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Total Vocal

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall


Deke Sharon, Guest Conductor and Creative Director
Total Vocal with Deke Sharon
Contemporary A Cappella featuring music from The SingOff! and Pitch Perfect

The Filharmonic, Special Guests
Total Vocal with Deke Sharon
Contemporary A Cappella featuring music from The SingOff! and Pitch Perfect

Also Featuring:

Chrissie Fit, Soloist

Hannah Juliano, Soloist

Andrew Fitzpatrick, Soloist

Vocalosity, Special Guests

Participating Groups


Chamber Bravura

Chautauqua Lake Chorus

Friends' Central School Chorus


Just Duet

Mounds View High School Concert Choir

Newcastle High School Concert Choir

ONCUE (from the Youth Singers of Calgary)

Peace Pipers; Divas

Pacific Stocktones

Prime Note Ensemble


Rowdy Rhythm from Peters Township High School


The Stereotypes

The Toccatatones

The Vocal Network


UBC A Cappella

University of Rochester Midnight Ramblers

White Station High School

Stay Tuned

Highlands Voices

Special Guests

Artist's Name

Deke Sharon

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Chrissie Fit

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Hannah Juliano

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Andrew Fitzpatrick

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The Filharmonic

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Participating Group Directors

Patricia Gerdes
Patricia Gerdes is a University of Alaska Southeast graduate who currently works for the university as a Math Specialist/Testing Coordinator. She became involved with Alaskapella in her Junior semester as a member of the Alto section. When not working or singing, she enjoys volunteering with the High School Academic Decathlon team as an assistant coach and the local fire department as a Firefighter/EMT. She is currently considering graduate school options.

Alaskapella began with four University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) students who loved music. Over four and a half years, the group has grown into an a cappella group that is proud to represent Alaska. Don't let the fact that UAS has no music program fool you. We are an amalgamation of the vast talent pool from our community, with singer's backgrounds ranging from folk to pop, drama & musicals, and instrumental. Alaskapella has performed for state functions, university events, and concerts across the community in an effort to share our love of music through all that we do. 

Chamber Bravura
Katherine A. Girvin
Katherine Girvin, a native of San Diego, attended the University of Missouri, Columbia where she received a Bachelors of Art and Science (2004), a Bachelors of Science in Middle School Education (2005) and a Masters in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction (2006). Katherine has been teaching choral education for seven years and has been working with Chamber Bravura for the last five years. Katherine is also an Adjunct Professor at San Diego Christian College, where she teaches current teachers, Education majors, and supervises college students in their student teaching assignments in both San Diego and Orange Counties. Katherine has been named Choral Educator of the Year by CMEA Southern Border division (2012) and in the same year received the Mackenzie-Haney award, an Outstanding Choral Educator Award voted on by her colleagues throughout the San Diego Unified School District. Katherine has an administrative credential and has plans to pursue leadership in Education as well as continue directing Chamber Bravura in the years to come.

Chamber Bravura is an extra-curricular vocal performance organization comprised of 30 vocalists from various middle and high schools in the San Diego area, with the average age being 13 years old. These students perform rigorous choral music through a program of regular rehearsals and concerts. They strive to study and perform challenging and interesting music in a variety of genres. Chamber Bravura began as an a cappella group from a local middle school after they performed in a national middle school choir concert in Carnegie Hall. Since their original performance in Carnegie Hall in 2012, Chamber Bravura performed a Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica in June 2013. These students were invited back to perform in Carnegie Hall twice in 2014 as part of a national and international choral performance. These students performed a concert tour of Austria and Prague in July, 2014 as well as a concert tour of Ireland, Wales, and England in July of 2015. Chamber Bravura will return to perform a Mass in St Peter's Basilica in August, 2016. Chamber Bravura was honored to work with Deke Sharon in a Master Class in San Diego last August and were thrilled at the opportunity to work with him again! A huge thank you to Deke Sharon and the DCINY team for providing this amazing opportunity for the kids!

Chautauqua Lake Chorus
Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Davis is a vocal and general music teacher at Chautauqua Lake Secondary School in Mayville, NY. She directs 3 vocal ensembles in addition to teaching general music, guitar, songwriting and piano/theory. A native of Rochester, NY, Davis earned a Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Fredonia (1995) and a Master of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music (2000). Davis is also active in the New York State School Music Association, serving on the Curriculum Committee and as a presenter for both winter and summer conferences.

The Chautauqua Lake Chorus is made up of singers in grades 9-12 who attend the Chautauqua Lake Secondary School in Mayville, NY. Select singers are participating in the Total Vocal experience who are interested in a cappella singing.

Friends' Central School Chorus
Michele Zuckman
Michele Zuckman has teaching Middle and Upper School vocal music at Friends’ Central School since 2011. Over the past five years, choral students at FCS have performed for community events throughout the Philadelphia area, including the Electrical Spectacle in Franklin Square, Main Line A Cappella Festival, and our annual Singing Valentines event, which raises money for local charities and scholarships. Ms. Zuckman is a member of the Chestnut Street Singers and Healing Presence Singers in Philadelphia, where she loves making music with and for others. She holds and a BFA in Voice Performance/Music Education from Carnegie Mellon University and an MM in Choral Conducting/Music Education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

Friends’ Central School is a Quaker, independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school for students in nursery through grade 12. Located on 41 acres across two campuses in Wynnewood, PA., Friends’ Central cultivates the intellectual, spiritual, and ethical promise of our students. Guided by our Quaker values, since 1845, we have been educating for excellence, inspiring tomorrow’s leaders, honoring each individual, and encouraging our students to peacefully transform the world.