About

The AcappellaFest Team:


Lindsey McGowen, the AcappellaFest 2013 Executive Producer, originally hails from the great city of Chicago, and started her a cappella career in high school as a founding member of Solace, at Glenbrook South High School in 1999. She went on to found Solstice, at Case Western Reserve University, and upon moving to Detroit in 2006, founded two CAL groups: Two Weeks Notice, and The Seekers. Lindsey is an avid arranger, an ICCA & ICHSA judge and producer, has a penchant for seeing songs in color, and a special place in her heart for lady-a cappella. Professionally, she is a Business Analyst in the software industry, and in her spare time enjoys all things related to Japan, vintage jazz dances, and being a giant nerd.

 


Amanda Cornaglia Aldag, CASA Vice President and Director of Events, oversees all CASA-sponsored events across the U.S. A Program Manager and mom by day, Amanda manages Clear Harmonies Productions and performs with the professional education-centered group, Snowday and Washington, DC based CAL group, Euphonism.

 


Megan Alexander, CASA Program Manager of Business and Program Development, is a Development Coordinator for the National MS Society by day. She spends most of her spare time over-decorating for holidays, cooking excessively large amounts of food, or watching terrible tv while cuddled up with her roommate’s dog.

 


Shane Ardell, CASA Infrastructure Program Manager, coaches local a cappella groups, judges for the ICCAs, and helps to maintain acaspot.com, an online a cappella group management tool that stemmed out of Georgia Tech. An engineer at heart, Shane spends most of her time tinkering around with new toys and figuring out how things work.

 


Blair Baldwin first joined the aca community back in 2004, when she was accepted into the UNCG Sapphires. During her tenure in the group, she served as the percussionist, arranger, and Musical Director, leading the group to numerous top-two finishes at ICCA and SoJam. She currently lives in Chicago, where she works as a wedding coordinator, and directs the pro group Vocal Chaos. Blair is a graduate of Columbia College with a degree in Arts Management, and believes that soy chai lattes are the key to happiness.

 


Brent Chismark has been involved in a cappella as a singer and consultant since 2004 when he joined a newly formed mixed group at Eastern Michigan University, having just graduated from Michigan State University. He then spent about a year vicariously learning a lot about how not to conduct an a cappella-focused business (ask him about it at the after-party.) Since then, he co-founded two Contemporary A Cappella League groups in the Detroit Area (Two Weeks Notice-2007, The Seekers-2011) and was part of the “first platoon” of Acappella Boot Camp. He currently works for an IT outsourcing company by day and by night splits his time between graphic design, sound engineering, and parenthood for the “AcaGeeklings.”

 


Virginia DeMoss began her a cappella career singing lead in her high school’s first female barbershop quartet with her three best friends. She then attended Florida State University where she spent two years in All Night Yahtzee followed by two years in the AcaBelles. She served as Public Relations Chair for one year in Yahtzee and arranged music for both groups, even after graduating. More recently, Virginia has served as an Event Producer,Judge and Volunteer Coordinator for Varsity Vocals as well as Production Assistant for Varsity Vocals Records. She has been a volunteer, selection panel member, CARA judge for CASA and currently serves as the Collegiate Competition Coordinator for SoJam. Virginia lives in beautiful Asheville, NC and directs a small a cappella group in the area.

 


Kristin LoBiondo, Assistant Director of Events for CASA, plans events for The Music Center and Mansion at Strathmore by day (site of VCN 2012). In the evenings, you will find Kristin singing with Vox Pop and Snowday in DC, planning baller after-parties for various aca-events, and quoting Arrested Development until someone slaps her. For ACF, she’ll be selling ALL OF THE merch. Let her know if you have questions about the process!


 

Host Group


Men in Drag (no men, occasional drag) is an all-female student a cappella group at the University of Chicago. MiD’s members embrace all that their name implies, challenging gender conventions, bringing sass, brass, and class to the all-female a cappella genre, and holding themselves to a high standard of modern musical entertainment. Whether rocking out in ties, high heels, or both, Men in Drag is always ready to shake things up. The group’s recent single, “On the Wing,” was featured on the international a cappella compilation album, Voices Only 2011, and received the 2012 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for Best Female Arrangement at the Boston Sings A Cappella Festival, where MiD also took home fourth place in the collegiate competition. The ladies are currently in the process of recording and producing their upcoming album, Late Nights, Parades (dropping December 2012!), featuring songs of all genres, including their smokin’ new single, “Cherry Pie.” Check out the group’s new music video on their YouTube channel (midacappella), get the latest updates on their Facebook fan page (ucmenindrag) and Twitter (ucmenindrag), and learn more about the group at http://menindrag.org.