SingStrong is a weekend-long International A Cappella Music Festival. The festival includes 4 concerts, and 2 days of master classes and music coachings taught by professional musicians from around the country. The festival offers a unique experience as it showcases the power and versatility of the human voice. The event was hosted by South Lakes High School for six straight years between 2011 and 2016. Mrs. Gigliotti is a SingStrong Producer and has been on the SingStrong team since the origin of the organization.
SingStrong has brought the winners of each season of NBC’s the Sing Off to our stage (Pentatonix. Afro-Blue, Nota, Street Corner Symphony), in addition to internationally acclaimed groups from Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, Puerto Rico, and many more. Musical genres include classical choral, contemporary a cappella, overtone singing, looping artists, barbershop, folk, and multi-cultural. Our alumni come back annually to participate in the event because they were once inspired as high-school choral students, and they bring their entire collegiate a cappella groups to perform.
All of the musicians that perform donate their time and talents with proceeds benefiting the Alzheimer’s Organization and the SLHS Choral program. This one event has supported $10K- $15K of our annual budget each year.
Our SLHS a cappella groups perform at the high school competition on Saturday afternoon and receive a coaching with a premiere group. This event has been extremely motivating for our Choral students by showing them the musical opportunities that await them at the college, community, and professional levels as well as by offering coaching opportunities with many of the nation’s best a cappella musicians and by educating them in many other aspects of music-making.
We have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to host this one-of-a-kind music festival. The PCA has sponsored the event, and therefore, has coordinated ticketing, local publicity, on site set up, silent auction donations, back stage crew, hospitality, concessions, etc. It has taked 50-75 student and parent volunteers to run this event. The SingStrong team has also brought in an additional 30 volunteers to support the event. Choral Students can earn many service hours working this weekend festival.
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