Welcome to Polyphony, a podcast by Acaville Radio, whose mission is to bring together various members of the a cappella community to offer perspectives on issues we face in today’s climate.
Where Are We Going? The Future of A Cappella - To wrap up our second season, we take stock of where we're going - with Deke Sharon and Matt Woodward. From barbershop to identity issues, from mass media to community groups - it's all here!
Released: December 13, 2021 6:22 pm
Who better to help us understand the current state - and future - of a cappella than Deke Sharon, Father Of Modern A Cappella, and Matt Woodward, with expertise in K-12, barbershop, and semi-pro a cappella? On the heels of a continuing pandemic, is the story all rosy? Umm..no. But there are some bright spots, and some things to look out for. Plus, we pin them down on some predictions!
Inclusion in Barbershop - Barbershop traditions have a history of exclusion - by race, by gender, and more. We discuss the past, present, and future of breaking barbershop barriers with a great panel!
Released: October 6, 2021 6:00 pm
From the racist foundations of BHS and Sweet Adelines to the current issues around opening barbershop to all genders - and making all feel welcome, included, and at home - there are many issues around inclusion in the close harmony world. From the culture of choruses and areas/regions to competition, we discuss many aspects in this episode, featuring Kohl Kitzmiller, Shana Oshiro, and Katie MacDonald.
Scholastic A Cappella in the Pandemic - To explore the state of K-12 a cappella, we were joined by Dennis Gephart (HS, WI), Justin Glodich (MS, NY), and Lisa Marien (ES, CT) to talk about the impact across the grade levels.
Released: September 16, 2020 6:36 pm
We had a great time comparing notes with Port Washington HS' Dennis Gephart, Nathan Hale Arts Magnet's Lisa Marien, and Valley Central Middle School's Justin Glodich. We started by talking through the abrupt end to last year, and how that impacted summer plans - then moved on to look at how things are going now, and the strategies that each educator has found to adapt their programs and keep a foundation for moving forward.
Pro Groups: Surviving a Pandemic - How are Pro A Cappella groups surviving and creating in a pandemic? We got a panel together to find out, including members of Edge Effect, Face Vocal Band, and Women of the World.
Released: August 20, 2020 9:00 pm
Annette Philip, Sean Gerrity, and Mark Megibow joined us to talk about life during COVID. We talked about the initial fallout - including being in the middle of a cruise ship gig when things started happening, then turned to how these groups are continuing to create, innovate, and serve their communities. With ideas, stories, and fun, this is a jam-packed episode!
Antiracism in A Cappella - In this era of new attention to Black Lives Matter, racism, and marginalized groups, we talked with Bryan Guffey, Jasmine Barnes of Halo, and Isaiah Hawkins of CASA about how these issues intersect with a cappella and what we can all do to help.
Released: August 9, 2020 7:37 am
It seems like, at long last, awareness is finally growing around issues of race, class, and discrimination particularly in the US. A cappella both includes and reflects broader society, so it's no surprise that we have plenty of work to do in our own communities. This episode, we talk with Jasmine Barnes of HALO, the first Black barbershop quartet to win internationally; Isaiah Hawkins of State of Fifths and CASA; and activist Bryan Guffey about where some of the landmines are, how we can all work to improve the community, and the places to start.
Polyphony - Coming Soon! - Blending voices
Released: July 21, 2020 8:36 pm
Welcome to Polyphony, a new podcast by Acaville Radio whose mission is to bring together various members of the a cappella community to offer perspectives on issues we face in today’s climate.
Episodes will start dropping the week of July 27th, 2020.