SING! The Texas Vocal Arts Festival, November 16–17, Rockwall

SING! Texas, in association with A Cappella Education Association,
supported in part by the Southwestern District of the Barbershop Harmony Society,


November 16–17
with special guest, DEKE SHARON

Rockwall High School Performing Arts Center (at Utley Middle School)
1201 T L Townsend Dr, Rockwall, TX 75087


Friday Schedule (FUMC Rockwall/Rockwall ISD PAC)
Friday Masterclass Rotation (FUMC Rockwall/Rockwall ISD PAC)
Saturday Schedule (Rockwall HS PAC)


  • Scholastic Competition Friday Night, six slots available for high school and six slots for collegiate
  • Masterclasses for every scholastic competitor on Friday afternoon
  • A new JUNIOR HIGH/MIDDLE SCHOOL audition for Friday's Showcase opener
  • One winner in each division, HIGH SCHOOL and COLLEGIATE
  • All-Access Pass to attend workshops, sing in the Festival Chorus and attend two special event shows
  • EVERY participant will have the opportunity to sing in the Festival Chorus directed by DEKE SHARON!

This year's event brings Contemporary A Cappella music to the forefront of the Texas music scene with none other than Deke Sharon! In this rich community of choral music in Texas, there is a vastly growing amount of a cappella bursting onto the scene and this year it is all about taking it to the next level! SING! Texas Festival 2018 is designed for vocal music enthusiasts of all ages and styles. No matter if you are just beginning your exploration into contemporary a cappella or you have a rich culture already instilled, SING! Texas Festival 2018 is offering more this year than ever before!

Plan your weekend and travel for Friday, November 16 to Saturday, November 17 so you can take full advantage with an All-Access Pass. Beginning Friday at 1:00 p.m. we have workshops, masterclasses, SING! Festival Chorus (directed by Deke Sharon), a new feature performance for a selected junior high/middle school group, and a high school and collegiate level Scholastic Competition. Continuing on to Saturday we have specialty workshops with Deke Sharon, along with "Aca-Bombs" for our newly established groups, and an unprecedented FIVE workshop sessions offered! Participants will get to plan their classes and attend the areas THEY choose!

If you want ultimate experience to learn from the man himself, sign up to sing in the SING! Festival Chorus! Music will be selected by Deke Sharon and PDFs and digital learning media sent to you via email. Singers should come prepared to make music and a memorable performance for the Saturday Night Spectacular! We'll only have two short rehearsals before soundcheck, so come ready to rock! All voice parts are welcome and you do NOT have to be in an established a cappella group in order to participate. Scholastic competitors can participate in the Friday competition as well as the Festival Chorus on Saturday if they choose to do so.


Friday, November 16 at First United Methodist Church Rockwall (across the street from the PAC)
1:00 p.m. - Registration open
1:30 p.m. - All-Access Pass Workshop 1/Masterclass Session 1/Soundchecks/Individual Group Rehearsals
2:30 p.m. - All-Access Pass Workshop 2/Masterclass Session 2/Soundchecks/Individual Group Rehearsals
3:30 p.m. - All-Access Pass Workshop 3/Masterclass Session 3/Soundchecks/Individual Group Rehearsals
4:30 p.m. - Competitors Meeting
4:45 p.m. - Dinner break, transition to Rockwall PAC across the street

Rockwall ISD Performing Arts Center (at Utley Middle School)
1201 T L Townsend Dr, Rockwall, TX 75087

6:00 p.m. - Doors open
6:30 p.m - Friday Night Scholastic Competition

Saturday, November 18 at Rockwall ISD Performing Arts Center
**ACA-BOMBS throughout the day during our transitions to workshops, featuring the up and coming a cappella groups across the SING! Texas region!**

8:15 a.m. - Kick-off
8:30 a.m. - Festival Photo
8:45 a.m. - Saturday Workshop Session 1
9:30 a.m. - Saturday Workshop Session 2
10:25 a.m. - Saturday Workshop Session 3
11:20 a.m. - Saturday Workshop Session 4
12:15 p.m. - Lunch on your own
1:15 p.m. - Saturday Workshop Session 5
2:15 p.m. - Saturday Workshop Session 6
3:15 p.m. - Saturday Workshop Session 7
4:15 p.m. - Saturday Workshop Session 8
5:00 p.m. - Dinner on your own
6:00 p.m. - Doors open
6:30 p.m. - Saturday Night Spectacular, featuring Walk the Line, HS & Collegiate Scholastic Winners, and the SING! Festival Chorus


Friday Schedule (FUMC Rockwall/Rockwall ISD PAC)
Friday Masterclass Rotation (FUMC Rockwall/Rockwall ISD PAC)
Saturday Schedule (Rockwall HS PAC)


All-Access Pass: Friday afternoon through Saturday night, all Workshops, Masterclasses, Festival Chorus, and Friday & Saturday Night Events: $60
Friday Night Scholastic Competition: $25/Gen. Admission Ticket, $35/Reserved Seating
Saturday Night Spectacular: $25/Gen. Admission Ticket, $35/Reserved Seating

GROUPS: *For every 10 All-Access Passes purchased, receive one FREE*


All-Access Passes include:

  • Breathtaking concerts Friday and Saturday Night
  • Inspiring workshops
  • Expert panels
  • Live demonstrations
  • Networking opportunities
  • 2018 Festival t-shirt
  • Access to business & sponsored merchandise
  • If your group is selected to compete Friday night, you are guaranteed a masterclass Friday afternoon!
  • Singing with Deke Sharon in the Festival Chorus!


Here at SING! Texas, we believe that competition inspires growth, both on and off stage, especially when you have the voice of Deke Sharon giving you live feedback! With professional sound provided from the a cappella industry, leading performers and professionals selected nationally, and guaranteed one-on-one masterclasses; the Scholastic Competition is the ultimate learning opportunity! Click the link for more details.


Looking to get the ultimate contemporary a cappella experience from the master himself? Then join the Festival Chorus and be lead by Deke Sharon in two songs for the Saturday Night Spectacular! Repertoire selected by Deke himself, music PDFs and digital learning media of two songs will be shared with registrants who want to perform on the final concert. Music must be learned ahead of the festival as we will only have a sectional and one rehearsal with Deke before we put it together for soundcheck! Come and sing, and be inspired by the producer and arranger of Pitch Perfect, the mastermind behind The Sing Off, and the founder of the Contemporary A Cappella Society.

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