Information for Schools (2017)

Dear Chorus Teacher Colleagues,
The American Choral Directors Association of NH is sponsoring the eighth annual a cappella festival on October 27, 2017 and we would like to invite your a cappella ensemble at school to participate for FREE!!! The festival, Voices of the (603), will take place all day at the historical Capitol Center for the Arts (7:00PM concert start) in Concord for middle and high schools from all across New Hampshire.

Included in this day will be clinics for you and your students to learn some a cappella techniques from professionals in the field of a cappella and singing. Teachers will be provided with CEUs for attending these musical clinics. The schedule of clinics will be posted to our website: as soon as clinicians are confirmed.

Schedule options: There are several options for you and your school’s participation. SIGN UP HERE
1) Attend the whole day (clinics in the morning and performance at night),
2) Attend clinics (students + teachers) in the morning only (10AM-2:30PM),
3) Attend clinics (teacher only) in the morning only (10AM-2:30PM), or
4) Attend to perform only (students + teachers) (4:30PM-9:30PM).

(You may sign up for any/all of these times for CEUs for yourself or performances and clinics for your students/ensembles.)

Deadline: Please sign up by Monday, October 16th to, on our website:, over the phone 828-6739 or through mail: Jamie Saucier c/o Voices of the (603) | PO Box 322 | East Kingston, NH 03287.

Music: We will sing one ensemble piece: What do I Know? (Ed Sheeran) together and your group(s) will need to prepare two required a cappella pieces to perform. We have scheduled time to rehearse–as well as rehearsal times and sound checks for your individual ensembles. On the website: ( we have the different parts, mp3s and scorch files available for your ensemble. Please look this song over before coming with your ensemble.

Ensemble information: You must have a representative/chaperone for your ensemble the whole time. The only time when the chaperone would not be required to be with the students is during clinics- unless you wish to attend the same clinic together.

Cost: FREE to perform and have master classes! STUDENTS NEED TO PROVIDE BAG LUNCH. We will have Dinner provided.

Parking/Directions: There is on street parking meters on Main Street and 2 hour parking on surround streets. There is a parking garage (Storr’s Parking Garage). At the Capitol Center parking is free after 5:00 in Concord. Please tell your students’ parents that there is a close parking garage (and only limited on-street parking) at Capital Center. Construction on Main Street is done, so the parking is better than last year.

Tickets: Tickets are $15/each. Tickets can and should be purchased ahead of time: CAPITOL CENTER’S SITE.

Some other really cool things…

• Our professional presenters and clinicians and master class instructors are tremendous: We have – BALL IN THE HOUSE (professional a cappella group).
• We will be recording and photographing the concert again this year.
• We will also be having the WZID radio DJ: Heather Bishop emcee the event.
• I will also provide anyone who asks, with custom a cappella arrangements for your ensemble of a song of your choice throughout the year.
• Judging this year will continue to use festival ratings. The festival rating rubric is available on the website courtesy of the A cappella Education Association.

I know this letter is a few weeks later than normal and as a music educator myself, I know that this time of year may not be conducive to a competition; however, all that is needed is two a cappella songs from your group(s) and the willingness to have fun!

Thank you for your time and dedication to the music world and students.
Yours musically,

Jamie Saucier, Founder/director, director of school district engagement
PSU: CAGS in Educational Leadership: Arts, Leadership and Learning ‘14
Ithaca College: Masters of Music ‘11
(603) 828-6739