Andrew “Berko” Berkowitz is a full-time touring a cappella musician and award-winning songwriter based in Minneapolis, MN. He works primarily as the Vocal Percussionist for the internationally-acclaimed and 2012 National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions Six Appeal Vocal Band. He has also worked as their chief video producer for the past 6 years, creating unique music videos that show off the band’s dynamic music style.
Angela Ugolini is an audio engineer, performer, and vocal coach from Boston MA. She currently sings with powerhouse vocal band, Musae and runs Aurum Productions. She is also the former CEO of The Vocal Company and director of the ICCA Finalists from Florida State University, AcaBelles. Angela’s production work has been nominated for over 250+ CARAs and has earned multiple compilation placements on BOCA, BOHSA, SING, and Voices Only. She’s taught audio production at conferences like NACC, SoJam and BOSS.
Connor Warren Smith is a Los Angeles-based performer, studio vocalist, arranger and composer. As an in-demand LA session singer, Connor’s voice has appeared in major motion pictures (Mulan, The Call of the Wild), television shows (American Horror Story, The Blacklist), studio albums, video games, Disney Recordings®, and more. Connor is also a published choral composer, and his arrangements and compositions are performed worldwide by groups of all sizes and calibers. Learn more at www.ConnorSmithMusic.com.
David Das is a prolific composer, music producer, and songwriter based in Los Angeles. His experience ranges from feature films, TV shows, and other media work, over to music production, choral and orchestral writing, and more. He has composed music for dozens of TV shows, scored films (such as Lionsgate’s feature thriller The Appearing and the drama Trafficked), and written and produced songs for numerous pop, rock, R&B, soul, and indie artists. He serves as President of the Academy of Scoring Arts. daviddas.com
Denise (D-Nice) is an internationally-ranked competitive and professional beatboxer residing in New York City. Her main goal with beatboxing is to break the gender stereotypes about female beatboxers and encourage more women to join the beatbox community. Her unique sound is defined by her clean vocals and crisp beats. Denise is currently the beatboxer of an all-female semi-pro a cappella group called VICE, and was awarded Outstanding Vocal Percussion at the 2019 ICAO Semifinals, where VICE placed 2nd.
Drew Wheaton is the tenor of the 2016 International Barbershop Quartet champions, Forefront, and has been the Musical Director of the Thoroughbred Chorus since 2012. He holds music degrees from McGill University and the University of Louisville and a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting at U of L. He is now the director of adjudication for the A Cappella Education Association.Drew teaches private voice lessons and works as a coach, clinician, and live sound engineer across the a cappella world. drewwheaton.com
Actor/singer/songwriter Jared Dixon can currently be seen as Aaron Burr in the hit musical Hamilton: An American Musical the Philip Company. In the past two years he has also been on the Broadway National Tours of Disney’s The Lion King and The Color Purple as Simba and Grady, respectively. His regional credits roles include Collins in Rent, Benny in In The Heights, Seaweed in Hairspray, and Flick in Violet, and Eddie in Sister Act among others. Jared releases his original music under the name J. Dixon. Jared on Instagram
Jodi Jenkins Ainsworth
Jodi Jenkins Ainsworth is the soprano in Vox One, an award-winning a cappella jazz quintet from the Boston area that formed at Berklee College of Music. As a studio singer, Jodi has been heard commercially across the world in radio and television spots. Jodi has been on faculty as a Professor in the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA for almost 20 years. She teaches private voice lessons in all styles and vocal technique and works as a clinician with vocal groups around the country.
Joe is an arranger and performer for UK professional a cappella group The Sons of Pitches. Since winning the BBC’s ‘The Naked Choir’ in 2015, Joe and The Sons have completed 5 UK headline tours, taken their shows all around the world from New York to Hong Kong, and featured as the house band on Sky One’s ‘Sing: Ultimate A Cappella’ with Cat Deeley. As an arranger, Joe has had his arrangements commissioned by companies such as Nokia, ITV, Channel 4 and UK supermarket chain ‘Iceland’.
Jon Smith is a vocalist, arranger, director, vocal coach, and recording engineer from Long Island, New York. He currently sings Tenor in the five-time Grammy winning vocal group, The Swingles. Jon has received several awards and compilations for his arrangements. He specializes as a coach and masterclass clinician focusing on arranging, vocal technique, and more. You can hear Jon’s voice on film soundtracks such as “Downsizing,” “Cats,” and “Mary Poppins Returns.” Jon currently resides in London. www.jonjsmithmusic.com
Justin Glodich is a choral director at Valley Central Middle School in NY State, and serves as the AEA NY State Representative. He has shared the stage with Deke Sharon, Sean Altman and Jeff Thacher (of Rockapella) and Shelly Regner (Pitch Perfect, D’Cappella). Today, Justin aims to build a growing interest in a cappella geared towards middle school students and currently hosts The Aca-Education Podcast, a podcast which focuses on helping educators bring contemporary a cappella into the music classroom. www.justinglodich.com
A Toronto native now based in London, Kevin Fox is known internationally for his work as a singer, choral director, coach, adjudicator, and arranger. From 2007 to 2019 he was the baritone/vocal percussionist for the Grammy-winning group The Swingles. Since 2013 he has served as Artistic Director of the Israeli pop choir Vocalocity, and in 2017 he was Music Director on the British television show Sing: Ultimate A Cappella. Kevin has a passion for helping singers and ensembles to unlock their potential.
Kevin is a full-time arranger, producer/recording engineer, educator, and the bass singer for the award-winning, professional R&B/Pop a cappella group, Ball in the House. His arranging, production work, and singing has won and been nominated for multiple Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA). Outside of time with Ball in the House, Kevin is currently an arranger, clinician, and producer at Cut Off Studios, an Executive Board member of the NE Voices A Cappella Festival, and a member of Redline. www.kevinguestmusic.com
Kim Nazarian is a world renowned, Grammy nominated-jazz artist, educator and clinician. She has
been performing all over the world with the vocal group “New York Voices“ (NYV) for more than 30 years. She was recognized as one of the top 50 most influential Armenian artists in 2012. Kim is proud to be one of the featured voices on Bobby McFerrin’s “VOCAbuLarieS“ CD that gathered three grammy nominations. She also collaborated with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Manchester Craftman’s Guild on a concert tour dedicated to Ella Fitzgerald. Kim has conducted several All State Choirs in the US. kimnazarian.com
Kristine Slipson is a photographer and videographer based in Orange County, CA. Her a cappella career started in college as a soprano in The Lounge Lizards at UC Davis, and later directed her own post-collegiate group, Scenic Root. Kristine has now been the event photographer for several festivals, concerts, and Camp A Cappella. Her claim to fame is Home Free’s “All About That Bass” which now has over 13M views. Other video projects include artists such as Six13, Chris Rupp, The Funx, and 7th Ave Band. www.kristinekreations.com
Lisa Forkish is an award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, educator and self-described “Love Warrior,” infusing all she creates with fierce authenticity and heart. From 2011-2020, Lisa served as Vocal Music faculty at Oakland School for the Arts where she was most notably the founder and director of five-time national champion a cappella group, Vocal Rush, also seen on NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” She has taken the stage at such world-renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and SF Jazz Center. www.lisaforkish.com
Mason Van Gieson
Mason Van Gieson is a New York-based actor, vocalist, and clinician. She is a professional a cappella musician, serving as Creative Director for the powerhouse 5-woman vocal pop band VICE. She also sings with vocal collective Bridges as well as New York institution BLACKOUT. She received her training at the University of Michigan, where she served as Performance Director and choreographer of the prestigious group Amazin’ Blue, for whom she choreographed the award-winning ICCA Finals set “Chasin’ Love”. www.masonvangieson.com
Montario Hill is currently singing Baritone with international a cappella group, Ball In The House. Before BitH, he performed with various other choral ensembles and on Broadway stages. His first passion was teaching HS chorus. He has led several groups to award winning performances. With Ball In The House, he has the opportunity to coach ensembles across the world. www.ballinthehouse.com
NIKISHA WILLIAMS is a singer/actress originally from Mobile, Alabama. She holds a master’s degree in Choral Conducting and a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi. Nikisha also spent three years as Director of Choirs at White Station High School in Memphis, TN where she received the Outstanding Young Music Educators award. Her Regional Theater credits include The Color Purple, Memphis, and Hairspray. Broadway touring credits include The Color Purple and Hamilton. www.williamsnikisha.com
Award winning performer/producer Richard ‘Robot’ Steighner has spent 17 years as a beatboxer. He’s performed in over 50 countries, is a 2-time finalist on NBC’s The SingOff (Urban Method, The Exchange), toured with the Backstreet Boys, and won the National Harmony Sweepstakes. He’s collaborated with Flo Rida, Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles, Pentatonix, and dozens of other artists in his travels. Robot is known for inhuman vocal sounds (like a cricket) and high-impact vocal percussion. www.thisisbot.com
Rockapella co-founder and vocal arranger SEAN ALTMAN is widely regarded as “the Father of Modern Acapella”. As a former lead singer-arranger and founder of Rockapella, Sean released nine albums and appeared in all 295 episodes of the Emmy Award winning PBS-TV series “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?”, for which Sean co-wrote and arranged the famous theme song. Sean has received 3 CASA “Original Song of the Year” awards and a “Best Male Vocalist”. www.seanaltman.com