The Crescendos

Episode 28 – The Crescendos

A relatively new group, The Crescendos have wasted no time making big strides. This young group out of Chelmsford High School are recent winners of their ICHSA quarterfinal, and a shining example of the newest generation of a cappella singers.

Katie Macdonald

Episode 27 – Katie Macdonald

On Episode 26, Katie Mac of GQ & one of the newest employees of Barbershop Harmony Society sits down to chat (with her signature zeal!) all things barbershop and the positive impact “Everyone in Harmony” has had on her life and so many others.

And in honor of some birthday milestones, Rachael and Amanda talk getting older and why it’s not as scary as you might think!

Learn more about GQ here: https://www.girlsquartet.com/
And about the great work of the Barbershop Harmony Society at: https://www.barbershop.org

Angela Ugolini

Episode 25 – Angela Ugolini

We’ve reached Episode 25 (!) tonight with a woman who excels in many avenues of a cappella. Whether it be on stage with Musae or creating some of the best recorded a cappella out there, Angela Ugolini stands out. And she’s just getting started.

After the interview, Rachael recaps her recent trip to Japan, which of course included a little a cappella!

Learn more about Musae at https://www.facebook.com/musaevocal/

Cassie Greene

Episode 24 – Cassie Greene

On Episode 24 we chat with Cassie Greene, a member of Business Casual. Even though this group isn’t a full-time endeavor, they’ve seen some incredible success- including a National Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival title, winning the VoiceJam Festival and earning a ticket to Vocal Asia, and two trips to the Varsity Vocals AcaOpen Finals.

Hear her unique perspective tonight on balancing a successful career and a cappella experience.

Learn more about Business Casual at https://www.bcvocals.com/

Lisa Forkish

Episode 23 – Lisa Forkish

We are back with the first episode of 2020 with none other than Lisa Forkish! From Divisi, to Vocal Rush to HIVE and even more in between, Lisa is a champion of inclusivity in the a cappella community. Whether it be through the many years of work with the Women’s A Cappella Association, being the driving force behind WeSing, writing original music, or being a constant mentor and coach to all, Lisa’s work is bringing us all a deeper level of connection and understanding.

Learn more about Lisa at https://www.lisaforkish.com/

Judy Minkoff

Episode 22 – Judy Minkoff

If there were a poster woman for girl power, Judy Minkoff might just be it. This DC area native has taken the NYC a cappella scene by storm, leading the SingStrong Single Singers and founding the 2016 Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival Champions and headliners for SoJam and Kettering National A Cappella FestivalStiletta

To learn more about Stiletta, visit www.stiletta.net.

To learn more about SingStrong, visit www.singstrong.org.

And, as all of the Acaville original content, we’ll be on break for the holidays and we’ll be back with Episode 23 with Lisa Forkish on January 7th!

Elena Georgieva

Episode 20 – Elena Georgieva

What started as a fun experience in a service oriented a cappella group at UCLA has led to a full career in sound engineer at Stanford. In addition to working as a lecturer in studio engineering, Elena Georgieva also records and runs live sound for the a cappella groups at Stanford.

Learn more about her most recent group Counterpoint and hear the album she just produced at http://www.counterpointacappella.com/

Sara Yood

Episode 19 – Sara Yood

Since 2003, Sara Yood has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to keep Varsity Vocals growing and running smoothly. These days you can find her backstage orchestrating Finals in NYC and doing it with incredible poise. All on top of her day job as an IP lawyer in NYC.

To learn more about Varsity Vocals visit www.varsityvocals.com .