FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Amy Engelhardt and Jeff Thacher Headline the Second Annual Project-Philly A Cappella Summer Clinic and Showcase
ARDMORE, PA (May 28, 2012) - Vocal professional and songwriter Amy Engelhardt, former member of legendary a cappella group The Bobs, and Jeff Thacher, current vocal percussionist with the equally legendary vocal band Rockapella, will lead an open master class for all singers and provide on-stage performance clinics for full contemporary a cappella groups at the 2nd Annual A Cappella Summer Clinic and Showcase taking place at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, PA on Saturday, July 28, 2012.
AMY ENGELHARDT spent 13+ years as the sole female member of Grammy-nominated vocal "band without instruments," The Bobs, winning multiple ASCAP and ACA awards for writing, arranging and vocals on their CDs and DVDs and touring everywhere from Los Angeles to Lichtenstein. She created Rhapsody In Bob for the band (Gershwin's concerto arranged for piano and vocal orchestra), which premiered at Wolf Trap and toured with Columbia Artists. Amy’s insanely diverse vocal credits include Danny Elfman’s score for Real Steel, Jim Henson's Animal Jam, Harry Shearer & Judith Owen at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Barbra Streisand's Timeless concerts, the Los Angeles Bach Festival, Neil Young's Living With War, The Doctor Demento Show and dozens of professional theatrical productions. Her solo album, Not Gonna Be Pretty, hailed as “the unlikely marriage of Nellie McKay and Jim Steinman,” garnered multiple Just Plain Folks Award nominations (“The Grassroots Grammys” – LA Times). Amy was recently honored with the MAC Award for Songwriting (Manhattan Association of Cabarets) and was a finalist for the 2012 Richard Rodgers Award for New Musicals for her score to BASTARD JONES, a rock adaptation of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones. A graduate of Syracuse University and Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Amy is a proud member of ASCAP and AFTRA/SAG, and an honorary member of the Vienna Boys Choir. She splits her time between New York and Los Angeles. She can be found on the web at www.coldfoot.net/amy
JEFF THACHER is best known as a 19-year member of the notorious Rockapella (www.rockapella.com), which continues to be one of the most successful pro a cappella groups of all time. When not touring the globe with the group, he has applied his talents as a professional producer and recording engineer on dozens of a cappella albums, as well as for a variety of other independent artists. Jeff has been singing and performing in vocal ensembles from a very early age, and is a co-founder of Boston's pro a cappella group, FOCS (Five O'Clock Shadow). He holds a music degree from Boston's pioneering Berklee College of Music, and has given many lectures & workshops on the music industry and careers in music, as well as his colorful life in the studio and with Rockapella. He's happy to be joining The A Cappella Project to share the love!
These two accomplished professionals will be offering an open session for all singers attending the clinic. This open session will feature break-out sessions with each clinician on a number of topics, and also a practice session for an a cappella pick-up group composed of the clinic participants that will perform that evening at the Showcase. Participants will include the three summers-only a cappella groups sponsored by Project-Philly composed of undergraduate and adult a cappella enthusiasts. Arrangements for the pick-up group will be provided by and taught by Shawn Pearce of Value Vocals A Cappella Arrangements (www.valuevocals.com).
After the open session, Engelhardt and Thacher will provide a live on-stage clinic for Project-Philly's three summers-only groups and up to five additional a cappella groups from high schools, universities, and semi-professional post-collegiate backgrounds. Each group will have thirty minutes to perform and have their work critiqued by the clinicians.
At 7:30 PM, several of these groups and the pick-up group will take the stage in our Summer Showcase concert. This concert is free and open to the public, with donations to Project-Philly's scholarship fund greatly appreciated.
This clinic and showcase is an educational offering of The A Cappella Project - Philadelphia, a non-profit charitable organization promoting contemporary a cappella music in the Greater Philadelphia area (www.projectphilly.org). Resources for this event are also being provided by Value Vocals A Cappella Arrangements (www.valuevocals.com).
The 2nd Annual Summer Clinic and Showcase is open to the public. Participants can attend only the open session and observe the group clinics, bring their entire a cappella group for coaching, and sing in the evening concert - or any combination thereof! Registration can be completed online at http://project-philly-clinic2012.eventbrite.com
Event Schedule (subject to change)
11:30 AM Registration
12:00 PM Open Session with all singers
12:45 Rehearsal for a cappella pick-up group
1:30 On-stage clinics for full groups
5:30 Dinner break (not provided - there will be concessions available and there are many restaurants to patronize nearby)
6:30 Sound check
7:30 Showcase Concert featuring the pick-up group and participating full groups
Showcase concert is open to the public and is free. Project-Philly will be accepting donations to the Ani Fiordimondo Scholarship Fund, benefitting the Walnut Street Theatre.
When & Where
The A Cappella Project - Philadelphia
The A Cappella Project - Philadelphia is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the education and promotion of a cappella music in the Philadelphia area. As such, we have a multi-faceted mission:
Project-Philly is a charitable organization.
Our primary mission is to raise funds for local scholarship funds based in the arts. Currently, we are funding the Ani Fiordimondo Performing Arts Scholarship Fund, administered by the Walnut Street Theatre. Every year a scholarship to the Walnut Street Theatre's summer camp is given to a promising student in need who exhibits the spirit and dedication that we remember in Ani. All of our proceeds are donated the the scholarship fund, and we at Project-Philly fully support the Walnut Street Theatre and their mission in arts education. All of our proceeds are donated the the scholarship fund.
Project-Philly is an educational organization.
Through our our performing groups and workshops, Project-Philly gives members and non-members alike the tools to succeed in a contemporary a cappella group. These include skills such as arranging styles and techniques, sight-reading, vocal percussion and other extended techniques, recording techniques, direction, and group management. Our groups function as a lab environment for members to practice and perfect these skills under the supervision of experienced a cappella singers and certified music educators. Our membership is drawn from many different schools with many different a cappella traditions and we encourage the exchange of ideas between schools as a means of promoting a cappella music as a whole.
Project-Philly is a social outreach organization.
Our membership is drawn from collegiate singers and young post-collegiate adults. The atmosphere of our groups promotes relationships between those two groups of people, and allows them to learn from and serve as role models for each other.