Project-Philly does more than just run a cappella groups! We also offer occasional educational opportunities for our membership, other groups, and the general public.
Education is one of the three main goals of The A Cappella Project – Philadelphia. The very structure of the performing groups we offer is designed to maximize the educational experience of the groups’ members. Members of Project-Philly’s a cappella groups learn how to arrange their own music, run their own rehearsals, and improve their own performances. All groups have a designated group coordinator who sets the rehearsal schedule and typically runs the warm-up session. Directorship of the group, however, is shared “round-robin” style: each member who brings a music arrangement to the group is in charge of teaching and rehearsing that song. Spreading the wealth enables Project-Philly’s performers to build their skills and delve deeper into their passion for contemporary a cappella singing.
Project-Philly’s major educational event each year is the Project-Philly Winter Workshop. This event normally takes place in January or February at Lower Merion High school in Ardmore, PA. It is a full day of workshops, masterclasses, and performances geared towards high school, collegiate, and adult a cappella groups from all over Southeast Pennsylvania and beyond. The Winter Workshop typically features guest clinicians and performers sharing their expertise. Past guest clinicians have included such notable a cappella names as:
Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect Movies, the Sing Off, CASA, and more)
Barry Carl (Rockapella)
Tom Anderson (Random Notes, CASA)
Amy Engelhardt (The Bobs)
Jeff Thacher (Rockapella)
Snowday Vocal Band, Washington, D.C.
Cartoon Johnny, Washington, D.C.
KeyStone A Cappella, Philadelphia, PA
Seasonal Workshop Sessions
Project-Philly hosts live workshop sessions periodically designed to support the educational needs of our performing membership. This workshops typically help members prepare their music arrangements and directing abilities for the upcoming season of performances. Previous live workshops have also included arranger academy, vocal percussion skills, group management, stage presentation, microphone techniques, and solo singing.