On the surface, a cappella might seem like one of the simplest forms of music—there are no instruments required, and it’s an art frequently practiced by non-professional groups. But then there’s tuning, song selection, vocal percussion, choreography, transitions, choices in attire--when did a cappella get so convoluted? In Simply A Cappella, we discuss ways of stripping down complications and getting back to the core of a cappella. This is not advice for winning competitions or perfecting recordings; it’s advice for reminding yourself why you love to sing in the first place.
It seems more and more frequent that collegiate a cappella groups are run like businesses. Groups sell tickets to shows and record with an eye toward maximizing profits. They organize annual retreats, and coordinate tours far from home. They set short and long-term goals to determine by what point they should win CARAs, or ICCA championships, or make it on The Sing-Off.