8:00am-1:00pm Miami-Dade County Public Schools - High School Intensive
5:30pm-7:30pm Welcome Dinner
7:30pm-9:30pm All-Festival Chorus Rehearsal
10:00am-12:00pm Mix & Match
1:00pm-2:00pm All-Festival Chorus Rehearsal
2:00pm-5:00pm Free time - enjoy the beach!
6:00pm-6:30pm Staff Soundcheck
6:30pm-7:15pm All-Festival Chorus Dress Rehearsal
7:30pm-10:00pm BetsyAcaFest Showcase
10:00am-11:00am ”Coffee Talk” with BetsyAcaFest Team
MIX & MATCH
Community, creativity and collaboration are three key pillars upon which The Betsy’s A Cappella Festival was founded. In 2015, we developed a one-of-a-kind workshop that you can only experience at BetsyAcaFest called “Mix & Match.”
A few weeks before the festival, the BetsyAcaFest team puts on their “sorting hats” and places all festival attendees in new groups, with members “mixed” and “matched” from all attending participants. Our instructors provide an arrangement to their newly formed group, holding digital auditions for soloists and other features where applicable. Each singer is then tasked with coming to BetsyAcaFest prepared to sing (or beatbox!) with a new group of singers from all over the country. All participants are expected to be fully memorized the weekend of the festival to optimize learning from our amazing instructors and maximize fun.
At the close of the workshop, each newly formed group performs what they have worked on with their coaches for each other.
All festival attendees sing at the conclusion of our showcase as a member of the BetsyAcaFest All Festival Chorus. The chorus rehearses on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and directly before the Saturday evening showcase. Music is provided to all participants ahead of time, and students are expected to come to the festival with their music memorized to ensure a smooth and exciting learning process for all. Choral selections will be announced by the end of the summer. Please see “The Showcase” for more information on our exciting evening of performances!
Attending groups each receive a one hour masterclass with one of our clinicians. All masterclasses at BetsyAcaFest are “open” such that members attending without a group may benefit from these workshops as well. It is common for groups who have masterclasses on Friday to attend the Saturday morning masterclasses for the same reason and vice versa. Once finalized, the masterclass schedule will be published to the festival schedule.
HIGH SCHOOL INTENSIVE
Founded in 2015, the BetsyAcaFest High School Intensive (HSI) is for beginner and emerging a cappella students. It is free to groups that sign up for the festival and free to interested students from the MDCPS Performing Arts Honors Singing program. Workshops are provided on Friday morning, culminating in a chorus rehearsal so that any interested students may join the all-festival chorus on stage at our showcase on Saturday night.