A Cappella Festival
July 6-11, 2020
Join Contemporary A Cappella ensembles from across the USA for the second International A Cappella Festival in Milan, Italy. This 4-day non-competitive event will allow ensembles an opportunity to perform for each other and local enthusiasts in charming small towns around the Milan area. The tour will culminate with a Concert Finale at the amazing Dal Verme Theatre under the leadership of J.D. Frizzell, an innovator in contemporary a cappella education. This festival tour will challenge and engage the hearts and minds of every participant and create profound memories to last a lifetime.
J.D. Frizzell, a composer, conductor, and baritone, is the Director of Fine Arts and Director of Vocal Music at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, TN. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting degree from The University of Kentucky. Dr. Frizzell earned the double Master’s in Music Theory/Composition and Conducting from The University of Southern Mississippi, where he also earned the bachelor’s degree in Music History and Literature.
A leader in the contemporary a cappella movement, he is the co-founder and President of The A Cappella Education Association, a nonprofit dedicated to helping groups around the world. His high school a cappella group, OneVoice, is a SONY Recording Artist. They were the winners of the Macy’s A Cappella Challenge judged by Pentatonix and contestants on America’s Got Talent. Frizzell is also the Director of Education and Marketing for Camp A Cappella. He co-authored "A Cappella Warm Ups" with Deke Sharon.
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Boldly informed by the belief that music inherently speaks as an expression of the human spirit beyond borders and in all cultures, Perform International seeks to empower music directors and ensembles to realize meaningful and life-changing immersion experiences and performances around the world.
We empower music directors, music ensembles and individual musicians to share and grow in their artistic expression and understanding of people and cultures.
We design and create rewarding performances as well as educational and cultural immersion opportunities by building and maintaining relationships with domestic and international musicians and music education organizations.
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Individual Singers Being Accepted Until November 30, 2019.
Join Dr. Frizzell in his own "Single Singers" group consisting of a cappella musicians from all over the country. If accepted, you'll get music, practice tracks, and coaching from Dr. Frizzell in advance of the event, and then you will rehearse with him and the entire group in Italy. This new ensemble will perform alongside other groups already accepted into the festival. All ages accepted from 15 up (singers under the age of 18 must have a parent guardian traveling with them).