A Cappella is Getting Younger!


A cappella, once regarded as the dorkiest of all music forms, reserved for old men and barbershop quartets, is seeing a renaissance. With the wild success of Pitch Perfect (which inspired the sequel, Pitch Perfect 2, now in production), NBC’s hit reality competition, “The Sing-Off,” and their season 3 godsend, Pentatonix, and the ever growing collegiate participation in the International Championships of Collegiate A Cappella, making weird noises in harmony is one of the fastest growing trends in music!  And that’s why PTX member Avi Kaplan, along with Ben Bram (alumnus of 3-time ICCA winning SoCal VoCals) and Rob Dietz have founded The A Cappella Academy. The Academy is a week-long summer program to teach and train young singers in the art of a cappella.  From the looks of it, things are going well.

And they’re just in high school… These budding vocalists will be showcased this Saturday in Los Angeles. For tickets click here. And for anyone who has yet to discover Pentatonix, enjoy:

Richard Mattox

Richard Mattox is the head editor of Smash Cut Culture and a 2013 alumnus of the Taliesin Nexus Filmmakers Workshop and Internship program. Currently pursuing a Masters in Professional Writing (screenwriting emphasis) from USC, Mattox is an avid film-junkie, a singer-songwriter, and a die-hard Baltimore Orioles fan.