Programming note: Unfortunately, for the first time in The ACB's history, we will not be offering a review of the Mid-Atlantic Semifinals this year. Mike Chin was going to cover the show, but caught an insane amount of traffic on his drive to New Jersey, and could not make it to Rutgers in time for the show. We welcome readers to write in with their thoughts on this semifinal. Otherwise, the next ACB event review will be for the 2009 ICCA Finals.
Deke Sharon is the founder of the Contemporary A Cappella Society, a past director of the Tufts Beelzebubs, and a co-founder of BOCA, the ICCA tournament and a successful professional group, The House Jacks. Sharon took the time to answer questions from The A Cappella Blog.
The A Cappella Blog (ACB) You are among the best-known figures in contemporary a cappella. How is it that you first became involved with a cappella music? What drew you to it?
Deke Sharon (DS): First of all, thanks for the invitation to be interviewed, and the implication that I'm one of the best known figures in a cappella, especially when fame is such a commodity within American culture.
Alas, I think I'm essentially unknown outside of the inner circles of a cappella and choral music (as opposed to, say, Bobby McFerrin), but it's nice to imagine that my fifteen minutes of fame have already started.
Answering a question about my first involvement is difficult because I started singing in church choir at age 5, and in the San Francisco Boys Chorus at age 7 (which was the youngest you could be in both cases back when I was a kid), as it seems so long ago. Undoubtedly both had a strong impact on me, as I've always considered myself a singer, and music my first love.