EXCITING NEWS! We're happy to announce two of our brilliant featured instructors that are coming to SING! The Texas Vocal Arts Festival: the inspiring Lisa Forkish and Erin Hackel!
From mind blowing masterclasses to workshops about effective directing, arranging, songwriting, healthy contemporary singing, and creating a winning competition set, come learn from these flawless ladies who are moving a cappella forward. Oh, and did we mention that they also have a combined 10 Varsity Vocals and CASA festival victories between them?!
Lisa Forkish is an award-winning singer, composer, arranger and music educator. For the past six years, Lisa has been Vocal Music faculty at Oakland School for the Arts where she is founder and directer of the school's five-time national champion a cappella group Vocal Rush. A native of Eugene, Oregon, Lisa has performed all over the country, sharing the stage with a wide range of artists including Bobby McFerrin, Pink Martini, k.d. lang, Stephen Schwartz and Coldplay. As a songwriter/composer, Lisa has many accolades to her name; she was the winner of Portland's
Songwriter of the Year title in 2009 and the Johnny Mercer Songwriter's Project in 2010, in addition to receiving a
Songwriting for Social Change award at Berklee College of Music where she received her Bachelor of Music.
In addition to writing and performing, Lisa has been heavily involved in the rising contemporary a cappella scene since 2002, getting her start as music director for the University of Oregon's award-winning women's a cappella group Divisi, featured in Mickey Rapkin's best-selling book
Pitch Perfect (and later made into the box office smash hit film). Lisa's arrangements have been nominated for CARAs as has her student group Vocal Rush and her ACA-dubbed
ground-breaking women's quintet, The Riveters. Lisa was also also ranked #4 on the A Cappella Blog's
100 Coolest People in A Cappella and continues to pioneer as Executive Director and co-founder of the Women's A Cappella Association (WACA), an educational non-profit dedicated to lifting up women in a cappella.
Lisa's latest recording project combines her lush and dissonant a cappella arrangements with her honest and soulful songwriting.
Love Warrior EP is a collection of songs about the triumph of love and the power of the human spirit and features Lisa's vocals in layers of expressive harmony. For more details, visit lisaforkish.com.
Dr. Erin Hackel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver. She received her Bachelor's in Vocal Performance from James Madison University, a Masters in Opera from Binghamton University and a Doctorate in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is an active performer with Central City Opera's Outreach Ensemble, and has been a featured soloist in many Colorado vocal ensembles. She is also the founder of Spectrum Singing, an online platform for training contemporary singers.
Dr. Hackel's award winning a cappella groups, MIX and Lark have traveled across the United States and Europe competing and performing. Both groups have been BOSS and SOJAM champions, are recipients of multiple performance awards, and have won multiple Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs). MIX and Lark have been praised for their innovation and professionalism and have been singled out for their boundary changing work in collegiate a cappella. Dr. Hackel's ensembles have collaborated with the Swingle Singers, headlined the National A Cappella Convention, and won the Most Innovative Group award at the Aarhus Vocal Festival in Aarhus, Denmark.
Dr. Hackel's research and publication history centers on the lives of female composers and performers. Her original research on Norwegian musicians Agathe Backer Grøndahl and Nina Grieg has appeared in articles in the Journal of Singing, and her work on contemporary vocalists Dame Vera Lynn and Yvette Guilbert has appeared, or is slated to appear, in Women in Music. Dr. Hackel maintains an active profile as a presenter of workshops and classes at vocal festivals around the country on healthy contemporary singing, collaborative arranging techniques for vocal ensembles, and demystifying the pedagogy of modern singing styles.