Reason #144: BOSS
In 2012, The Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA) started a new a cappella festival, Boston Sings, more commonly referred to as BOSS. It made sense for Boston to have its own major festival—a city that’s been a longtime hub for a cappella, particularly at the collegiate level, with major groups coming out of Berklee, Northeastern, Tufts, Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, Brandeis and other schools in the area.
In just a few years, the festival has grown into one of the most celebrated in the a cappella world. When it comes to live competition, it features one of the most electric one-night contests in the country, which has seen scintillating performances from the likes of Voices in Your Head, Reverb, and Ithacappella. Moreover, it’s become one of a cappella’s grandest stages for recognition with the live announcement of the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs) becoming a black-tie affair. Add onto all of this a growing tradition of brilliant pro performances and excellent workshops, and you have one of a cappella’s most inspired weekends.
I love it!