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Hello Colleagues!


On Saturday, March 21, 2015, Council Rock High School North will be hosting our second annual “A Cappella At The Rock” Festival! After last year’s tremendous success, we look forward to bringing an even more exciting festival to the community!


This year, THE HOUSE JACKS ( will be providing Master Classes as well as seminars during the festival portion of the day. THE HOUSE JACKS feature some of today’s best a cappella singers, including Nick Girard (NBC’s The Sing Off), Deke Sharon (One of today’s most famous A Cappella Arrangers, Hal Leonard, NBC’s “The Sing Off,” Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2), John Pointer, Elliott Michael Robinson, and Austin Willacy.


The concert portion of this year’s program will begin at 7:30. Each group will perform their best song which will be adjudicated “Festival-Style” by the House Jacks. After Intermission, THE HOUSE JACKS will perform. We hope all groups can stay and be a part of our Grand Finale and Awards Program at the end of the evening.


We are currently looking for 10 High School Pop A Cappella Groups to be a part of our festival.


Here is a basic outline of what the day will involve:


11:30AM           Arrival to Council Rock

12:00PM           Master Class Workshops / Seminars with THE HOUSE JACKS

                       (Each Group will receive Master Class time to work with members from THE HOUSE JACKS)


                       After the Master Class Workshops, THE HOUSE JACKS will host Seminars.

You will have a chance to go to the seminar(s) that you fits you best, and groups may split up.

Directors are encouraged to attend sessions that best compliment their group.

Some of the topics include:

Solo Delivery, Beginning Vocal Percussion, Close Harmony Blend, Contemporary A Cappella Arranging in 10 Steps, Sound & Tech


4:00PM             Sound Check & Rehearsal Time

5:00PM             Q&A with THE HOUSE JACKS

6:00PM             Dinner Available for Purchase at Council Rock North

7:30PM             A Cappella at the Rock Concert

                        ACT 1 – High School Festival Competition, ACT 2 – THE HOUSE JACKS

10:00PM          Awards Ceremony


To keep the cost of the festival realistic for all, each group will be required to pay a $250 registration fee.We realize this is different from last year, but think this is a fair fee for what everyone will be receiving. The fee includes admission in to all session, the concert, and periodic snacks.


Each director will receive feedback from THE HOUSE JACKS about their performances.


Tickets will be available for purchase beginning in February. Again, student participants and directors are admitted into the concert as part of the group registration fee. We had over 500 people at our first festival…we know this year’s festival will easily top that!


The fact is there are still few performance venues for Pop A Cappella Groups. We hope you will take advantage of this festival and be a part of something that is truly up and coming in our area.


There is limited space, so reserve your groups spot today!!!! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email ( or phone (215-944-1335).


I look forward to hearing from you!

Jared Williams