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Saturday, March 4 • 8:30am - 8:45am
Saturday Morning Kick-Off

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Good morning!! In this session, we will provide an overview of the day, discuss the locations of all classroom areas and masterclass spaces, and introduce all festival attendees to our clinicians for the day!

Moderators
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John DeFerraro

Director of Choral Activities, Conner High School
John DeFerraro is the Director of Choral Activities at Conner High School in Hebron, KY. Under his direction, choirs consistently earn State Distinguished Ratings with Sweepstakes honors, and regularly collaborate with other artists, such as the African Children’s Choir and Point of Grace. John is continually active as a clinician, guest conductor, elected official, and adjudicator for KMEA and ACDA, and he is part of a national NAfME... Read More →

Clinicians
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Brad Rees

Brad Rees serves as Chair of Performing and Visual Arts at Tiffin University in Tiffin Ohio, where he coordinates TU's commercial music and music industry degree programs, and directs University Choirs and the award-winning a cappella group Up in the Air.  He served as Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, and on the jazz faculty at Iowa's School for Music Vocations, Bowling Green State University, and... Read More →
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Ben Spalding

Choral Director, Centerville High School
Ben Spalding is the head Choral Director at Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio. At Centerville, Ben directs all of the choirs and the a cappella group Forte. In 2016, Forte was awarded first place in the ICHSA (International Championship of High School A Cappella). Under his direction the number of students involved with the program has more than doubled. He also music directs for the fall and spring musicals at CHS. He holds a Bachelor... Read More →

Artists
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The Exchange

The Exchange formed their vocal pop quintet after falling to Pentatonix on The Sing Off. Since 2012, it has been an incredible journey for the five singers: 32 European cities with The Backstreet Boys, 8 tours around the world, Season 5 of NBC’s The Sing Off, dozens of singles and videos, 3 albums with songs on iTunes Vocal Top 20, award winning studio albums, and headliners for festivals throughout Australia, Europe, Asia as well as a... Read More →
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Vocalight

Comprised of award-winning vocalists and performers, Vocalight brings the next generation of vocal music into the contemporary scene. Combining elements from pop, jazz, rock, and electronic dance music, Vocalight brings a unique blend of groove and soul to their listeners. The group consists of the power trio of Holly Gyenes, Natalie Spiroff, and Sophia Rosado and the tight rhythm section of Justin Crichfield and Joe Schlangen. Members of... Read More →


Saturday March 4, 2017 8:30am - 8:45am
Singletary Center Concert Hall 405 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40508

Attendees (30)