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Deke Sharon: Introduction to A Cappella


Wed 13 Jul 2016, 4:00pm–6:00pm

Where: Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre - Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Students: $5.00
  • Adults: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Amylyes2

For the first time ever, Deke Sharon, the “father of contemporary a cappella,” producer of The Sing Off, and arranger, musical director, and vocal producer of Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 is coming to Auckland!

Deke has worked with everyone in a cappella from Pentatonix to Anna Kendrick, as well as founding several a cappella programmes.

As part of the 2016 Pan Pacific Harmony Festival, Deke will be running three interactive a cappella workshops for music-lovers of all ages on Wednesday 13 July.

The 'Introducing A Cappella' workshop will include:
- Contemporary A Cappella: What is contemporary a cappella and where did it come from? Learn about the current scene by tracing the roots of a cappella from chant and madrigals through a dizzying array of traditions including barbershop and doo-woop, with a look at how all previous styles have influenced the contemporary sound.

- Singing Instruments: 10 years ago, a cappella singing was mostly “bum” and “doo”. Now, people sound like drums, guitars, horns and a myriad of other instruments. Learn how to use one or many voices to sound like instruments, and work them into your arrangements.

- Beginning Vocal Percussion: Vocal percussion has become an essential element in presenting a dynamic, current sound with nothing but voices. Learn the fundamentals of this skill, weaving together bass drum, snare and high hat to provide a compelling groove, and begin to explore some additional sounds like cymbals, shakers, and wood blocks.

- Singing Games: Sometimes used as warm-ups, sometimes used to help build focus, musical precision, or confidence in improvisation. This session teaches a number of different singing games that can be enjoyed by all ages.

- Starting a Group: No need to learn the hard way! From conceptualisation through to your first performance, discover the best way to find members, run auditions, structure your group, build a quick repertoire, and start performing.

This workshop is open to the public - you don't have to be a singer! Suitable for all ages and skill levels.

Other Educational Workshops:
- Wednesday 13 July, 7 pm - 10 pm Deke Sharon: A Cappella Masterclass
- Wednesday 13 July, 10 am - 2 pm Deke Sharon: Arranger's Masterclass

The Pan Pacific Youth Harmony Festival is a brand new festival celebrating all things a cappella! From 13-14 July 2016, the festival will take over Auckland’s Aotea Centre for two days of workshops and concerts, as well as competitions for both barbershop quartets and a cappella groups.

With a focus on fun, education, and building confidence, the festival encourages everyone to take part, no matter their skill set. Whether music students, music educators or simply music lovers, this festival will help them discover just what they’re capable of, while learning from the best in industry.

Visit our website to sign up for a workshop, register as a contestant, purchase tickets to the festival, or find out more!

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