The Sounds of Aloha Chorus periodically holds A Cappella Academies for high school- and sometimes college-aged singers, most recently in 2014, 2015, 2019, and 2022. The earlier A Cappella Academies were for young men, but starting with the one in 2019 we have collaborated with our sister choruses, Honolulu Blend and Na Leo Lani, to offer it to young women and men alike. In 2020, the A Cappella Academy was virtual, with students self-recording at home and the results compiled into a fabulous chorus that you can view as the finale to the Sounds of Aloha's virtual benefit concert for Hawaii Theatre, Songs of the Season, starting at about 1:07:35.
Participating students typically receive sheet music and audio learning tracks to some a cappella songs, and after a day and a half of coaching and rehearsing over a weekend give a live public performance that also features any guest clinician quartets or individuals. The program usually is offered for a nominal fee, with one or more meals and T-shirts included.
Past news media coverage of the 2019 A Cappella Academy by Hawaii Public Radio is available by clicking here and scrolling down to the story on the A Cappella Academy, and by KHON2 News television here and here.
Please help spread the word to any young singers and music teachers you know about this fabulous recurring event. If you are a young singer or a music teacher and would like to be added to our contact list so that we can contact you about the next A Cappella Academy, please contact us or add yourself to our online list on our Contacts page!