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.
College isn’t too early to start making an impact. Amanda Purdue is the music director of the ACAbellas at Central Connecticut State University. She’s also been a part of the leadership team of the school’s a cappella society for the last few years. Under her guidance, the a cappella community at CCSU has grown significantly stronger, with more involvement, more outreach, and more impact on the community at large. Listen in to hear her advice on what it takes make it happen on your campus.
Owner of Viridian Productions and owning the stage with Musae, Mel Daneke is changing the game. Studying Vocal Performance, Audio Production, and Music Education at Ithaca College, Mel got her a cappella start with Premium Blend. She’s gone on to tour the world and has landed tracks on all of the major compilations.
Treble has been successfully navigating the post-collegiate a cappella scene since before the latest crop of recent grads was born. Longtime music director, Meredith Strang is a large part of their continued success and she has plenty of advice to offer on longevity, group dynamics, arranging for treble voices and more.
This week we’re talking with Giorgia Renosto of Women of the World. She started in a family full of musicians in Italy with a dream of attending Berklee College of Music. Making that dream come true led her to becoming part of one of the most powerful quartets in the world. Hear her story on Episode 14.
Episode 11 and we’re feeling super lucky to sit down with Meron Mogos! Think you might be interested in event planning? You don’t want to miss this golden advice from CASA – The Contemporary A Cappella Society’s Director of Events. She also happens to be the powerful and sultry voice that brings the low notes for VXN, a successful long distance vocal group.
Episode 10! We’ve hit double digits! This week we are featuring the incredible Shana Oshiro, of HALO Quartet/HALO, Incorporated whose quartet is taking barbershop well beyond entertainment with their Race and #RealTalk seminars.