So life does make it difficult to actually document it all! It’s been a busy few weeks for Snowday and me personally, but still worth sharing….
On July 30, Snowday traveled to Ardmore, PA, just outside of Philadelphia to spend some time with The A Cappella Project – Philadelphia, more commonly known as Project Philly. Invited by their Board of Directors to provide a masterclass for their summer groups and then headline the evening’s concert, this was our first official trip as a group to the great state of Pennsylvania.
A long but exciting day we started off with a lunch trip to our favorite group dining locale, Panera Bread. (Seriously, I feel like we eat there as a group so often they should sponsor a tour or something….) After lunch we started the load in and sound check in the beautiful brand new auditorium at Lower Merion High School. Gorgeous and spacious stage, nice sound system, fun lighting options…..all good ingredients for a great show! This was just the precursor to the day ahead – packed with all of our favorite things: hanging out with other a cappella people, teaching, eating and performing.
At 3 PM the 2 summer groups for Project Philly, Project Lemon and Project Lime, arrived in the auditorium for their coaching session. While all of the members of Snowday have coached extensively before, this was the first time all 5 of us have coached together. It was like Voltron, a cappella style. In 2 hours’ time, we worked through 2 songs each with both groups. Given the great talent in both groups it was nice to be able to work with them on things like stage presence, mic technique and solo delivery at a more advanced level. By the end of the session both groups had made instant adjustments that really helped their sets come alive. It was great to work with people so receptive to new ideas, even though we know that some of the exercises might have felt a little silly or uncomfortable.
After the coachings, we headed down to the cafeteria area for dinner and were able to chat with Tom West, the organizer of this event. It was interesting to hear about the history of Project Philly and it’s Penn State based predecessor, Summer Project, founded by Shawn Pearce. The CASA representative in me was already thinking about ways of using this as a model for other cities…… but I digress.
Post dinner it was show time. We debuted our brand new look with this show, so it was fun for me to see us all dressed up in new clothes. We were able to watch Lemon and Lime from backstage and it was truly awesome to see them taking our advice and putting it to good use right away. It was also fun to hang out backstage with Theo, the emcee, who shared in our enthusiastic dance party to Project Lime’s “I Want It That Way”. To this day, I’m still waking up with that song in my head! We left our backstage dance party to step out to warm applause at the start of our set. We did a modified and extended version of our education set, singing for just about an hour. Highlights included Ward picking (of all people!) MY MOM to seranade during My Girl and watching the dance parties that broke out towards the end of our show.
It was great to be able to greet long time and new fans after the show. We only wish we could have stayed for post-show karaoke instead of making the long drive back home. The day felt too short to be over already!
Lower Merion High School posted a slideshow featuring images and audio from the evening. Check it out: http://www.lmsd.org/sections/about/default.php?t=distpub&p=distpub_video_view&menu=distpub&vid=ACAPELLA_SNOWDAY_110730.mp4
Also, tonight is the big concert for Project Philly – you can check it out online at projectphilly.org.
We wish them the best of luck – we know they’ll put on a great show!
Only a few more weeks until our school year gets started again. With new music and new schools being added, I’m looking forward to year 4 of our adventures and to sharing them with you here!