Amy Engelhart and Jeff Thacher Headline the Second Annual Project-Philly A Cappella Summer Clinic and Showcase
ARDMORE, PA (May 29, 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