DATE: Saturday 7 September, 2019
TIME: Registration 10:30, Workshops 10:45am to 12:45pm
VENUE: Wesley College – Cato Room – 577 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

The Heart of Vocal Harmony (1 hr)
From Deke’s book of the same name, this process, drawing upon diverse fields such as psychology and theater, teaches directors and singers how to get vocal harmony groups of all ages and sizes to perform each song in their repertoire with genuine unified emotion. 

Singing Without a Safety Net (1 hr)
We all have music inside us – some of us just have a hard time getting it out. In this workshop, suitable for any age or level of experience, we banish inhibitions and use the tools we all possess to create music in the moment. Beginning with some fun warm-ups, and progressing through improvisation games and listening exercises, participants will soon find themselves composing musical masterpieces on the fly. This is a truly empowering session that gets to the heart of what musicality means – over and over again, we’re surprised and delighted by the results.

Learn more about Deke Sharon

“The father of contemporary a cappella” – Entertainment Weekly
“A one man a cappella revolution” – Boston Globe
“Deke Sharon makes a cappella cool again” – NPR

Born and still living in San Francisco, California, Deke Sharon has been performing professionally since the age of 8. As a child he toured North America and shared the stage performing in operas with the likes of Pavarotti.

Heralded as “The Father of Contemporary A Cappella” this performer, arranger, music producer, author, producer and coach is credited by many as being responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella.   While at college, he pioneered the dense vocal-instrumental sound that we today take for granted as the sound of contemporary a cappella..

Deke founded the Contemporary A Cappella Society while in college, and is responsible for many seminal a cappella programs, including the CARAs (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards), the ICCAs (International Championship of College A Cappella), the BOCAs (Best of College A Cappella Compilations), the first contemporary a cappella conference (the A Cappella Summit), the Contemporary A Cappella League, the professional ensembles Voasis and Vocalosity, as well as the educational residential program, Camp A Cappella. He’s a frequent emcee at events, and gives corporate speeches on business lessons from vocal harmony, to companies like Google and Facebook

He is also contemporary cappella’s most prolific arranger, having arranged over 2,000 songs, with many of them in print worldwide with Hal Leonard/Contemporary A Cappella Publishing. A few of the songs he has arranged for DCappella appear in this folio.  He has written 5 books: A Cappella Arranging (2012), A Cappella (2015), The Heart of Vocal Harmony (2016), A Cappella Warmups for Pop and Jazz Choir (2017) and So You Want to Sing A Cappella (2017). He is also the vocal orchestrator for the Broadway’s first a cappella musical: In Transit (2016).

As the founder, director and arranger for the House Jacks for almost 25 years, the original “Rock Band Without Instruments,” Deke shared the stage with countless music legends, including Ray Charles, James Brown, Crosby Stills and Nash, Run DMC, The Temptations, LL Cool J and the Four Tops, and performed for luminaries including President Bill Clinton. The House Jacks have eight albums, and dozens of international tours to their names, including multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall, and even a performance of the “Monday Night Football Theme” with Hank Williams Jr. in 2011.

Deke has produced dozens of award winning a cappella albums (including Straight No Chaser, Committed, Nota, Street Corner Symphony and the Tufts Beelzebubs), created a cappella groups for Disneyland and Disneyworld, and frequently tours the world teaching a variety of topics to students and professional singers. His voice can be heard in commercials and video games, including “Just Dance Kids 2.” He is one of only 20 honorary members of the Barbershop Harmony Society since 1938, as well as an honorary member of BYU Vocal Point, and has received CASA’s lifetime achievement award in 2016 and the PT Barnum Award for Excellence from Tufts University in 2017.

Deke has also helped popularize a cappella in the mainstream.  He produced five seasons of The Sing Off for NBC (which was also adapted for TV in France, the Netherlands, South Africa and China), was arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for all three of Universal’s hit films in the Pitch Perfect franchise and was most recently seen in Lifetime Television’s Pitch Slapped, coaching the group Stay Tuned  and on BBC1’s Pitch Battle as music director and guest judge.

Most recently Deke was approached by Disney Concerts to co-create the concept of DCappella.  He led the search for the group, has arranged all the music performed by the group, including the music in this folio.  He is also music directing DCappella’s live appearances and producing their studio recordings.

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Learn more about The Swingles

The Swingles work in education has inspired generations of singers. Their disarming and accessible style appeals to all ages and abilities. At its heart is their belief that everyone can (and should!) experience the joy of expressing themselves through music.

‘Superhero singing to truly raise goosebumps.’ The Guardian (U.K.)

For more than half a century, The Swingles has pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy winning choral ensemble since it first made waves in the 1960s. At a time when a cappella music is more popular than ever, The Swingles is recognised as a master of its craft.

‘The Swingle Singers pitched those mysteriously lovely chords with laser-like precision … a triumph.’ The Daily Telegraph (U.K.)

In 1963, American-born Ward Swingle first assembled a group of Parisian session singers to sing Bach’s keyboard music. The resulting album, Jazz Sebastian Bach, launched the Swingle Singers to fame. Since then, they have won five Grammy® awards and made more than 50 recordings, with a repertoire that has grown to include a huge variety of music, including pop, jazz, folk, contemporary classical and new original songs. Recent releases include Folklore, inspired by traditional music from around the world; 50th anniversary album Deep End; and holiday collection Yule Songs vol. II.

The Swingles have appeared on numerous film and TV soundtracks, including Sex and the City, Wedding Crashers, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee. In 2017, they co-wrote and performed a song for the end credits of Alexander Payne’s film Downsizing. Their prolific output of music videos has also earned them millions of views online and new audiences around the world.

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Early Bird
Full Rate
(until sold out)
Adult  $30 (sold out)  $40 (sold out)  $50
Concession  $25 (sold out)  $30 (sold out)  $40
Child (<18)  $10 (sold out)  $15 (sold out)  $20
Group (Adult/Conc.)  $22.50 (sold out)  $27 (sold out)  $36
Child (School/Child)  $9 (sold out)  $13.5 (sold out)  $18.50

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