TOTAL VOCAL WITH DEKE SHARON (5th Anniversary)

TOTAL VOCAL WITH DEKE SHARON (5th Anniversary)
Sunday, Mar 24, 2019
2:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Deke Sharon, Conductor and Creative Director
Total Vocal with Deke Sharon (5th Anniversary)
A celebration of contemporary A Cappella for singers from all over the world.  Join arranger/producer Deke Sharon, along with celebrity guests from 'Pitch Perfect', Broadway, and 'The Sing-Off' for this exciting opportunity at Carnegie Hall. 
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

The Choir & The Chorus
Affinity Female Voice Choir
A Different Direction Choir
A.K.A. Crescendo
Hong Kong Academy Community Choir
The Quaker Notes

The Choir & The Chorus

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Marc Jenkins
Marc Jenkins became a Community Choir Director in 2014 with Victoria, BC's The Choir. He spends most of his time arranging and writing, performing and facilitating music. He started All Together Now, a drop-in choir in 2016, and The Chorus, a sister group to The Choir, in 2017. Marc is also a touring musician, studio session player and producer.

Victoria’s The Choir and The Chorus are non-auditioned, community choirs that sing all-original arrangements of pop, folk and indie music. The Choir began as a small project based out of Victoria music store Larsen Music in early 2013, and grew to 100 members over the next 2 years. The Chorus launched in the fall of 2017 to meet the demand of people looking to sing with The Choir. They have enjoyed a run of successful concerts, and local folk and indie music festivals. The Choir and The Chorus are directed by Marc Jenkins and accompanied by Erin Gray. They perform separately, and also together, affectionately known as Megachoirasorus!

Affinity Female Voice Choir

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Diane Nicholson-Wright
Diane was born in Scotland and studied piano and voice performance at Aberdeen University before moving to Wales where she now works as a music teacher, accompanist and Musical Director. Dedicating her life to music has always been an easy choice and, whilst working with some of the finest voice choirs in the country, she has had the privilege of touring internationally and performing extensively. Diane has won several awards for her conducting over the years and arranges most of the music for her choirs herself. She is also an examiner for the UK music exam board Trinity College London.

Affinity was founded in Cardiff in 2012 and is a non-auditioned choir for women. Specialising in light repertoire, the choir learn around fifty songs every year in a variety of genres, and work hard to perform these to a high standard. Popular in Wales, Affinity have performed in Cardiff and Caerphilly Castles, many prestigious concert halls, hotels and wedding venues, and recently on tour in Edinburgh. Highlights of 2017 were a performance at Edinburgh Castle, and recording a CD to celebrate the fifth birthday of the choir. Whilst in NYC, Affinity are also performing at the Empire State Building and are thrilled to have been invited to participate in 'Total Vocal'.

A Different Direction Choir

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Chris Gammon
Chris studied music at Leeds University (UK) later specialising in musicology and graduated in 2006. From there he trained to teach Music to secondary school students and has since been teaching 11-18 year olds for the last ten years. Outside of work Chris enthusiastically and passionately leads community music making in the local area after founding both the Raunds Ukulele Orchestra and A Different Direction Choir which regularly perform in the area. He is also a keen player and enjoys singing, playing, preparing and arranging music at home for the groups he leads.

A Different Direction Choir is based in Raunds (Northamptonshire, UK) and was founded by Chris Gammon in 2011 after he and the original twelve members performed at a choir competition to help raise money for Cransley Hospice (UK). The competition put together several small choirs made up of singers who had never sung together before, or even sung in a choir. The group went on to win and hasn’t looked back. Numbers have swelled since and continue to grow attracting members from all over the local area. The group regularly performs a variety of popular accompanied and a cappella music and enjoys regularly raising significant amounts of money for local charities.

A.K.A. Crescendo

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Matea Biloglav
Matea Biloglav is one of the founders of Zadar’s co-ed a cappella group A.K.A. Crescendo, which after recently celebrating five years of existence still remains the only group of its kind in Croatia. From the start, Matea has been acting as the group’s music director. In 2018 she graduated Pedagogy, and Russian Language and Literature, and is currently pursuing a degree in pre- and elementary school education. Matea has attended elementary-level music theory classes, but found her passion to be group singing. As of now, she is working as an assistant for children with developmental difficulties, sings in Zadar’s country band No Ordinary, and has put together a new a cappella choir at the University of Zadar.

A.K.A. Crescendo is the only croatian university a cappella group, founded in early 2013. They can count over 450 appearances and gigs during their five year activity. In 2016, this university a cappella group took part at Croatia’s Got Talent which is the croatian version of the popular british and american TV talent show. In the audition episode they got the Golden Buzzer. In August 2016, A.K.A. Crescendo performed in Canada, at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. Furthermore, in December 2016 the group received the Award of the City of Zadar, for their contribution to culture and artistic expression of not only the University, but also to the city of Zadar. In 2017, the group won the Rector’s Award of the University of Zadar for outstanding contributions to culture and extracurricular activities. In July of the same year, the group took part in their first ever a cappella competition in Graz at vokal.total where they were awarded with the bronze diploma in the category Pop. In September 2017 they decided to take a big shoot and try to compete in The Open. They became one of the semi-finalists and their beatboxer got a Special Award for Outstanding Vocal Percussion .

Hong Kong Academy Community Choir

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Anne Drouet
Anne Drouet is the Director of Performing Arts at Hong Kong Academy, a non profit, independent IB world school. Anne's students have performed on various world stages, including the London Royal Festival Hall, the Formula One Grand Prix Shanghai Opening Ceremony and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre. Anne is a huge fan of Deke's work and is honoured to be participating in the TOTAL VOCAL experience for the second time.

The HKA Community Choir is an inclusive choir that brings together students, parents and teachers, united by a passion for singing. Rehearsing just once a week, the choir enjoys performing at school and wider charity events. It is an absolute honour to be here at Carnegie Hall with everyone.

The Quaker Notes

Stacy Jacobs is a history teacher at Horace Greeley High School where she is fortunate to advise the A Cappella Club.

The Quaker Notes are a dedicated group of talented women joined together by a passion for music and an unwavering bond. We are a student run group who value organization, dedication, and responsibility. Being a member of The Quaker Notes means that you can pursue and improve your singing abilities and understanding of musical dynamic, but also use the opportunity to create strong friendships and form a support system.