2020 A Cappella Palooza Chicago

A Cappella Palooza
A Vocal Odyssey
April 3, 2020

Deke Sharon, Master Conductor


Chicago, Illinois

A Cappella Palooza: A Vocal Odyssey is a revolutionary new festival and concert event! Choirs of America and Deke Sharon have collaborated to create a cohesive oratorio concert experience featuring Deke’s fun and groundbreaking modern a cappella arrangements. Be a part of this incredible concertized retelling of Homer’s Odyssey as it has never been heard before!

The A Cappella Palooza festival will feature a wide variety of exciting educational experiences, including adjudicated performances, full-hour clinics with world-class clinicians, opportunities to sing for and with choirs from across the country, rehearsals with our Master Conductor, and the staging of a modern a cappella event: A Vocal Odyssey. This event is open to all choral ensembles.

Join Deke Sharon and choirs from across the country in the “Windy City” for this once in a lifetime experience!

    Festival Events (Day)
  • Adjudicated Performances
  • Full Clinics with COA’s Master Clinicians
  • xChange – A Meeting of Voices | Sing for Other Choirs… and Vice-Versa
  • Massed Choir Rehearsal | Led by Deke Sharon

  • Festival Events (Evening)
  • Master Conductor: Deke Sharon
  • Massed Choir Concert Performance – An A Cappella retelling of Homer’s Odyssey
  • Spotlight (Individual) Performance Opportunity for each Choir during the Concert

♬ Festival Only Rate | Performer: $149.00 per person
♬ Festival Only Rate | Directors & Chaperones: Free

^COA’s A Cappella Festival with Deke in Southern California in 2018

Deke Sharon (Short Bio): Heralded as “The Father of Contemporary A Cappella,” Deke is responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella, having created the dense vocal-instrumental sound in college, and subsequently spreading it around the world.

Among other things, Deke produces The Sing-Off worldwide (USA, Netherlands, China, South Africa), which had the highest ratings of any new, unscripted television show in the US in 2009, and was the third highest rated show on NBC a few years ago. He also served as arranger, on-site music director, and vocal producer for Universal’s Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, & Pitch Perfect 3 movies starring Anna Kendrick & Rebel Wilson. His most recent endeavor? Deke and Disney Music Group have co-created Disney’s new a cappella singing sensation – DCappella.

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