Texas Vocal Arts Convention, November 15–16

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

TVAC: Texas Vocal Arts Convention

Featuring HIVE, Freeplay, Green Tones, V.I.N.Y.L.
and special guest, Drew Wheaton


Lowery Performing Arts Center
368 N Greenville Ave, Allen, TX 75002

First United Methodist Allen
601 S Greenville Ave, Allen, TX 75002


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Friday, November 15

All Friday activities will be held at Lowery Performing Arts Center, 368 N Greenville Ave, Allen, TX 75002.

2:00 p.m.—Registration / Lowery PAC Lobby
2:00 p.m.—Soundchecks / Lowery PAC Auditorium
2:25 p.m.—Participant Meeting / Lowery Cafeteria
2:30 p.m.—Workshop 1 / Choir Room, Orchestra Room, Cafeteria
3:20 p.m.—Workshop 2 / Choir Room, Orchestra Room, Cafeteria
4:10 p.m.—Festival Chorus Rehearsal / Cafeteria
5:00 p.m.—Dinner / Cafeteria available for use

Friday Night Scholastic Competition
featuring HIVE, Freeplay from Toronto, Canada, UNT Green Tones, and the Scholastic Competitors

6:00 p.m.—Doors open / Lowery PAC Auditorium
6:30 p.m.—Friday Night Scholastic Competition / Lowery PAC Auditorium

Saturday, November 16

Saturday workshops and masterclasses will be held at First United Methodist Church, 601 S Greenville Ave, Allen, TX 75002.

8:00 a.m.—Registration / First United Methodist
8:15 a.m.—Rise & Shine Warmup Class / Fellowship Hall
8:45 a.m.—Festival Photo / Fellowship Hall
9:00 a.m.—Workshop 1 / Classrooms
9:00 a.m.—Festival Chorus Rehearsal / Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m.—Aca-bomb: Aperture, MacArthur HS, San Antonio
10:00 a.m.—Workshop 2 / Classrooms
10:45 a.m.—Aca-bomb: All Participants (Barbershop Tags)
11:00 a.m.—Workshop 3 / Classrooms
11:45 a.m.—Aca-bomb: All Participants (Improv with Lisa Forkish)
12:00 p.m.—Lunch on your own
1:15 p.m.—Workshop 4 / Classrooms
2:00 p.m.—Aca-bomb: Sting, Rockwall HS, Rockwall
2:15 p.m.—Workshop 5 / Classrooms
2:15 p.m.—Festival Chorus Rehearsal / Fellowship Hall
3:00 p.m.—Break
3:05 p.m.—Workshop 6 / Classrooms
3:50 p.m.—Send-Off / Fellowship Hall
4:00 p.m.—Dinner on your own

Saturday Night Spectacular
featuring HIVE, Freeplay from Toronto, Canada, V.I.N.Y.L., the Scholastic Competition Winners, and the SING! Festival Chorus

The Saturday Night Spectacular will take place in the Lowery Performing Arts Center, 368 N Greenville Ave, Allen, TX 75002.

6:00 p.m.—Doors open, Lowery PAC Auditorium
6:30 p.m.—Saturday Night Spectacular / Lowery PAC Auditorium
9:00 p.m.—Afterglow / PINSTACK, 635 Central Expressway North, Allen, TX 75013


Representing high schools and colleges across the state of Texas, we would like to congratulate the following groups!

  • Dually Noted, Marcus HS, Flower Mound
  • Fusion, Marcus HS, Flower Mound
  • Infiniti, Rockwall-Heath HS, Rockwall
  • Madison Avenue, James Madison HS, San Antonio
  • Noted, Robert E. Lee HS, Tyler
  • Overly Chromatic, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio
  • PFC, MacArthur HS, San Antonio
  • Remedy, Argyle HS, Argyle
  • Vox Cor, Rudder HS, Bryan
  • Walk the Line, Rockwall HS, Rockwall

Groups will perform Friday, November 15, 6:30 p.m., and each will receive a masterclass on Saturday, November 16. The winning group from Friday will be featured again at the Saturday Night Spectacular at 6:30 p.m.

Performing during the day Saturday in our popular "Aca-bombs" in the Performing Arts Center:

  • Vox, Saginaw HS, Saginaw
  • Aperture, MacArthur HS, San Antonio
  • Sting, Rockwall HS, Rockwall


The Festival Chorus is open to ALL ATTENDEES and ALL AGES. You do not have to be a competitor in order to sing in the Festival Chorus! The chorus will have three rehearsals and perform two a cappella arrangements, one contemporary a cappella piece arranged by Deke Sharon ("I Lived," OPB One Republic) and one mixed barbershop arrangement by David Wright ("Danny Boy"). Sheet music and digital learning media will be available upon group registration and individual All-Access Pass purchases.

Our 2019 Festival Chorus Director is Drew Wheaton, the National Championships Director for the A Cappella Education Association and tenor of the 2016 International Barbershop Quartet champions, Forefront. Drew has been the the Musical Director of the 2019 Cardinal District Champions, the Thoroughbred Chorus since 2012. Also a live sound engineer for various contemporary a cappella concerts throughout Louisville, Drew has been an active coach and clinician, teaching at various contemporary a cappella workshops and youth harmony camps throughout the US (Kettering National A Cappella Festival, Camp A Cappella, etc.). He holds music degrees from McGill University and the University of Louisville, and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting degree from University of Louisville.

SING IN THE FESTIVAL CHORUS! Music and digital learning media available. Interested in performing in the Festival Chorus? Please fill out this form to let us know your voice part!


La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Allen at the Village
1220 North Central Expressway
Allen, TX 75013

(214) 667-6772

Free breakfast
Plenty of bus parking
2 miles from Lowery Freshman Center

Call and mention SING! Texas
Make reservations by November 1


  • Scholastic Competition Friday Night, five slots available for high school and five slots for collegiate
  • Masterclasses for every scholastic competitor on Friday afternoon
  • A JUNIOR HIGH/MIDDLE SCHOOL audition for Friday's competition opener
  • One winner in each division, HIGH SCHOOL and COLLEGIATE
  • All-Access Pass to attend workshops, sing in the Festival Chorus, and attend both evening concerts
  • EVERY participant will have the opportunity to sing in the Festival Chorus, directed by BHS International Champion, DREW WHEATON.

This year we welcome HIVE, Freeplay from Toronto, Canada, UNT Green Tones, Booker T. Washington Vocal Jazz, and special guest, Drew Wheaton, our Festival Chorus director! In this rich community of choral music in Texas, there is a vastly growing amount of a cappella bursting onto the scene and TVAC is all about taking it to the next level! TVAC 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, TVAC is meant for you!

Plan your weekend and travel for Friday, November 15 to Saturday, November 16 so you can take full advantage with an All-Access Pass. Beginning Friday at 2:00 p.m. we have workshops, masterclasses, Festival Chorus rehearsal, a feature performance for a select junior high/middle school group, and a high school and collegiate level scholastic competition. Continuing on to Saturday we have specialty workshops and masterclasses with industry experts, and Aca-Bombs for our newly established groups! Participants will get to plan their classes and attend the areas THEY choose!

Sign up to sing in the Festival Chorus. Music will be selected by Drew Wheaton 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 will 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.


All-Access Passes include:

  • Breathtaking concerts Friday and Saturday Night
  • Inspiring workshops
  • Expert panels
  • Live demonstrations
  • Networking opportunities
  • 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 Drew Wheaton in the SING! Festival Chorus!


Here at SING! Texas, we believe that competition inspires growth, both on and off stage, especially when you have expert voices 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.


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