1st Place – Madison Avenue | James Madison High School, San Antonio, TX | 342 points
2nd Place – Evolve | Chesapeake High School, Pasadena, MD | 326 points
3rd Place – SoundProof | Various, Overland Park, KS | 312 points
Congratulations to Madison Avenue and Evolve! They will both be moving on to the 2019 International Championship of High School A Cappella Finals at The Town Hall in New York City on April 26th.
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John Bragle is a former member and coach of The Michigan State University Accafellas. He provided a cappella arrangements for MSU’s Capital Green and The Friars, as well as SUNY Buffalo’s Royal Pitches. He found his college a cappella singing experience very influential in training to be a musician and is happy to have the opportunity to give back. He joined the Interlochen Arts Academy faculty as Director of Choir and Instructor of Voice in 2008. Previously, he was Director of Choirs for the Williamston Community Schools in Williamston, Mich. John has been on the Interlochen Arts Camp faculty as an Instructor of Choral Arts since 2005. In the past, he has been a visiting professor at Northwestern Michigan College, assistant director of the Michigan State University Men’s Glee Club, and Director of Choirs at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing.
A Brooklyn, N.Y. native, India Carney is a singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, and actress. A graduate of LaGuardia Arts High School and Manhattan School of Music Precollege, she earned her B.A. from UCLA in music (voice performance) with a music industry minor. While there, she served as music director for The ScatterTones, leading the group to ICCA Finals and earning both Outstanding Arrangement and Outstanding Soloist in the process. Other awards and accolades include the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (BKCM) Music Impact Award, a CARA, and recognition at the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival. India is also well-known for her national television debut on Season 8 of NBC’s Emmy-winning show, The Voice, where she sang with Grammy winner Christina Aguilera and Jason Derulo. She has performed as a featured artist with both the Pittsburgh and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras, Scary Pockets, Postmodern Jukebox, and sang on NBC’s A Pentatonix Christmas Special. She performs frequently as a backup and solo singer, and most recently toured with Katy Perry’s Witness: The Tour. When India is not performing, she writes and produces original music, conducts masterclasses in voice, serves as a voice instructor to more than 100 music and performing arts students for local inner-city schools and music conservatories, and teaches privately.
Matt Goldstein fell in love with a cappella in high school when he arranged and founded his own group. He went on to attend Vassar College for music and drama, where he served as music director of The Vassar Devils. While in the group, he transformed them from a group that had never placed at an ICCA Quarterfinal into ICCA 2015 Finalists, BOSS 2016 champions, and even led them to perform for President and First Lady Obama at the White House. Matt also sang, arranged for, and music directed Cape Cod’s professional all-male a cappella group, Hyannis Sound. His arranging work has garnered him numerous awards, including Outstanding Arrangement at the ICCA, BOSS, and SoJam, multiple CARA nods, and featured tracks on BOCA, Sing!, and Voices Only. Matt is now a full time professional arranger and clinician for groups across the globe.
Bill Hare is a Grammy-winning recording engineer/producer, and is recognized as a pioneer in bringing pop/rock production techniques to recorded contemporary a cappella. Over the past 35 years, Bill has recorded and/or mixed acclaimed albums for some of the best-known contemporary a cappella groups around the globe, from The Swingle Singers to The King’s Singers in the U.K., Basix to Vocal Line in Denmark, Italy’s Cluster, The Ghost Files, Alti & Bassi and Maybe6ix, German supergroups Wise Guys, Amarcord, and Maybebop, to name just a few, as well as artists from dozens of other countries, from Australia to Zambia. At the same time, he also covers the U.S. from his home base in California, working with top American acts, including The House Jacks, m-pact, Pentatonix, Peter Hollens, Street Corner Symphony, NoTa, +4dB, Duwende, The Backbeats, Brian Wilson/The Beach Boys, as well as working on the hit NBC show The Sing-Off. Collegiate a cappella clients include The Tufts Beelzebubs, University of Oregon’s On The Rocks and Divisi, The Stanford Harmonics, and scores of others. Bill’s story was also told in the original book version of “Pitch Perfect,” from which the popular movies were adapted. Bill’s accolades include more than 70 appearances on BOCA, over 100 CARA nominations, nearly 40 albums on RARB’s “Picks of the Year” lists, and 11 “DeeBee” awards since 1987 in the vocal jazz category from Downbeat Magazine. Bill has also had numerous appearances on Billboard, iTunes, and other major charts, Gold and Platinum record certifications around the world, and multiple music awards and nominations.
Selame Scarlett hails from Okemos, Mich. As an undergraduate at Michigan State University, she was part of Capital Green A Cappella, and served as music director, arranger and vocal percussionist. She served as a percussionist and vocalist for the CARA-winning, all-female sextet, Lady Jaye, and currently performs regularly with the all-female gospel powerhouse group Traces, which was featured on Season 5 of NBC’s The Sing-Off. In the summertime, Selame is an instructor and counselor at A Cappella Academy, a Los Angeles-based vocal camp for young adults (ages 13 to 17). Selame has been fortunate enough to record alongside groups such as Naturally 7, The Boxettes, Pentatonix, Duwende, and Traces of Blue (formerly Afro-Blue)! She is a sought-after clinician, and has led percussion workshops and masterclasses, both on her own and with her beatboxing colleagues.