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FAIRBORN — The vocal producer of the popular reality TV competition “The Sing-Off” will lead a contemporary a cappella singing camp on the Wright State University campus next week.


Held June 23–28, Camp A Cappella is expected to attract more than 200 students from around the world.


Founded in 2013, Camp A Cappella is organized by Deke Sharon, known as a pioneer of contemporary a cappella style, and music educator Brody McDonald. The camp’s faculty also includes music educators, choral directors, successful composers and arrangers and award-winning singers.


Home Free, Sing-Off season 4 champion and a Billboard Top 10 recording artists, will perform as part of the camp at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 27, in Wright State’s Student Union Apollo Room.


The concert will also include local Sing-Off alums Eleventh Hour. Tickets are $26 or $36 and can be purchased at https://www.ticketracker.com/SelectSection.aspx?eventId=54818.


The camp concludes with a final concert on Saturday, June 28, at noon, in Wright State’s Schuster Hall.


Sharon is the vocal producer of “The Sing-Off” and music director and arranger for the film “Pitch Perfect.” He founded the House Jacks a cappella group and the Contemporary A Cappella Society. A prolific arranger, Sharon has produced dozens of award-winning a cappella albums, created a cappella groups for Disneyland and Disneyworld, and frequently tours the world teaching students and professional singers.


McDonald teaches a cappella singing at Wright State, where he directs the student a cappella ensemble ETHOS, and is the director of choirs at Kettering Fairmont High School. He manages Eleventh Hour, an a cappella group that competed on “The Sing-Off’s” second season and has performed with international artists Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes and Rockapella.


McDonald described the camp as the biggest of its kind in the nation.


“Camp A Cappella is thrilled to come to Wright State University,” McDonald said. “The facilities, summer event staff and faculty are all excellent. We know our campers will have an unforgettable experience.”


“Wright State is a leader in choral and vocal music at the university level and one of the few colleges that offers a cappella singing in its curriculum,” said Hank Dahlman, music professor and director of Ohio Center of Excellence in Collaborative Education, Leadership and Innovation in the Arts (CELIA).


“We know that hosting Camp A Cappella will help to further the international reputation of the large, rich, talented, innovative and diverse choral program that we have at Wright State,” Dahlman said, “and we look forward to welcoming singers from all over the country and around the world to Wright State for an incredible week of singing, sharing and learning.”


More information on the camp is available at campacappella.com or wright.edu/news.


Story by Bob Mihalek, Wright State University.

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