So you’re competing in the most popular contemporary a cappella contest in the world– and you want to win, right? 

Wherever you may be, our experienced a cappella professionals can help you take your ICCA or ICHSA set to the next level. We also guarantee that we can do it soon- within 48 hours!

Our team has taken groups to the International Finals in New York.  We’ve been on The Sing-Off.  We’ve produced and judged numerous quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals.

We know what it takes to compete at the highest level– and win.

Get Expert Help With:

  • Style-Appropriate Diction
  • Visual Cohesion
  • Overall Presentation Effectiveness
  • Establishing Strong Stage Presence and Energy
  • Creative and Effective Movement
  • Transitions and Blocking
  • Avoiding Common Pitfalls
  • Balance and Blend
  • Arrangement Tweaking
  • Rhythmic Concepts To Help Stay Together
  • Ways To Be More Expressive and Emotive
  • Tips for Improving Intonation
  • Strategies for Tone Building
  • Ideas for Creating Dynamic Contrast
  • Individual Microphone Technique
  • Bass and Vocal Percussion Mic Technique
  • Ordering Your Songs For Maximum Impact
  • Overcoming Stage Fright and Anxiety
  • What Judges Really Want To See
  • Coaching for your Soloists
  • Much more!

Meet Our Team Of A Cappella Pros

Hannah Juliano
Hannah Juliano
Hannah is best known for her work in the singing group Delilah, which was featured on season 3 of NBC’s hit competition show “The Sing Off.” While at Berklee College of Music, she joined the co-ed a cappella group Pitch Slapped, and immediately discovered her love of writing for vocal ensembles. Under Hannah’s direction, the group went on to compete on season 2 of “The Sing Off,” went to the finals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella consecutively and won in ’11, and also won the collegiate competition at the SoJam festival in Raleigh, NC. The group has traveled and performed all across the United States, in their hometown of Boston all the way out to Anchorage, AK, and shared the stage with Bobby McFerrin, Rockapella, Naturally 7, the Boxettes, and more. She has won multiple awards for arranging, choreography, and soloist work in the group.

Hannah is currently a member of 3 professional a cappella groups. Musae, Delilah, and Level. She works as an arranger for all types of vocal ensembles/styles, a performer, a studio singer, a coach, and teaches at a cappella festivals across the country.

Ben Spalding
Ben Spalding
Ben Spalding is the head Choral Director at Centerville High School in Dayton, Ohio. At Centerville, Ben directs all of the choirs including the a cappella group Forte. Forte has earned second place overall at the ICHSA two consecutive years in New York City and they have been selected to perform at the Ohio Music Educators State Conference. Under his direction, Forte has recorded five albums including an album of all-original a cappella music that won the Contemporary A cappella Recording Award (CARA) for the Best Overall High School CD in 2013. Forte’s recordings have won numerous awards and have been selected to appear on the Best of High School compilations, Sing9, and Voices Only 2014. Forte is currently working on their second album of all original songs as well as a collaboration track and video with Kirstie Maldonado of Pentatonix.

Ben is a founding member and the Treasurer of the A cappella Education Association. He has served as the Program Manager for High School Outreach for the Contemporary A cappella Society of America. Later this year Ben is releasing a book titled “A Cappella” with Deke Sharon and Brody McDonald. Ben’s a cappella roots go back to college, when he was a member of the University of Kentucky AcoUstiKats and a semi-professional group called 5 by Tuesday.

Dave Sperandio
Dave Sperandio
Dave Sperandio or “dio” is a performer, director, producer, and promoter of contemporary a cappella music. His work has helped to define and support the contemporary a cappella music community for more than two decades. Dave is the creator of the SoJam A Cappella Festival, as well as the ‘SING!’ vocal compilation CD. While attending UNC-Chapel Hill, Dave directed the UNC Clef Hangers, and went on to lead vocal bands Vocal Tonic and Transit. He later served as Director of Events for the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America, building events such as SoJam, the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival, and Boston Sings into international hubs of vocal music and sources of inspiration for all.

Dave founded the a cappella production company diovoce in 2000, and clients of diovoce have made more than 150 appearances on numerous “best-of” compilations, earning hundreds of recording and performance awards. Called the “Timbaland of a cappella” in the Gotham-published documentary “Pitch Perfect”, Dave is a regular instructor and master clinician at nearly every major contemporary a cappella festival in the United States.

Thomas TeKay King
Thomas TeKay King
TeKay has been involved actively in the a cappella world since 1990. He sang with the collegiate groups His-N-Hers and Carolina Tar Heel Voices at the UNC-Chapel Hill and with the semi-pro groups The Accidentals [of North Carolina] and hearsay during his graduate school years. He was one of the first “ambassadors” for CASA the Contemporary A Cappella Society back in the early ’90s. TeKay sings with award-winning Contemporary A Capella League group DeltaCappella in Memphis, TN.

TeKay has been involved with the ICCAs since 1996. The early years were spent as a coach and emcee and he eventually became a regional producer for the South in 1998 until the Spring of 2004. He still judges for various competitions.Currently, he is a producer of CASA’s Sing series. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for the Alliance of A Cappella Initiatives as a jack-of-all-trades. TeKay was the Associate Editor of the Contemporary A Cappella News magazine for more than a decade.

Shams Ahmed
Shams Ahmed
Shams Ahmed is an arranger, director, and vocal coach from Boston, MA. He has coached dozens of groups all over the country, specifically targeting critiques and planning for competition season. He is best known for his work directing, coaching and arranging for the Nor’easters (Northeastern University). Ultimately, he took the group from its casual roots to the 2013 ICCA and SoJamX championships. Under his leadership, the group was both compilation-selected and CARA-winning in that same year. During his tenure, he earned more Outstanding Arrangement Awards than any other collegiate arranger. He believes that any group can be successful in competition with a balance of creativity and sound decision-making.

Shams currently lives in Boston, coaching, directing, and mentoring several groups. He attends and instructs at a cappella festivals all over the country, and judges ICCA/ICHSA shows regularly.

Brody McDonald
Brody McDonald
Brody McDonald is the director of choirs at Kettering Fairmont High School and adjunct faculty at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. His choirs have performed regularly at OMEA, ACDA Central Division and ACDA National conferences. In addition, they have performed with international artists such as Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes, The Beach Boys, Kenny Loggins and Pentatonix. His award-winning a cappella group, Eleventh Hour, is the first high school group to be featured on NBC’s The Sing-Off and was featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

Brody is at the forefront of the high school a cappella movement, serving as a founder and the vice-president of the A Cappella Education Association. Eleventh Hour’s studio recordings have been included numerous times on Best of High School A Cappella and have won CARA awards for Best High School Album and Best High School Song. He is the author of A Cappella Pop: A Complete Guide to Contemporary A Cappella Singing. Brody recently partnered with Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off) to form Camp A Cappella (, an immersive educational experience for students and teachers of all ages.

Amy Malkoff
Amy Malkoff
Involved in a cappella since college (Kenyon College), Amy Malkoff is a founding member and bandleader of the award-winning group All About Buford, and she has appeared on stage and in the studio with such luminaries as Wayne Brady, Jonatha Brooke, The Persuasions, Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert, GrooveLily, Patty Griffin, and Dar Williams. She has a degree in music from Kenyon College, with music studies at Youngstown State University and masters-level coursework at the New England Conservatory of Music.

She is currently the Media Director for WACA (Women’s A Cappella Association), as well as being on the board, and the Marketing Director for the A Cappella Education Association. Amy served on the board and as the Web Content Director for CASA (Contemporary A Cappella Society) and is a longtime judge for the International Championships of Collegiate and High School A Cappella, Harmony Sweepstakes and various other vocal competitions, as well as a frequent workshop teacher and masterclinician. She is a writer, designer and runner of social media campaigns, as well as a singer/songwriter . Amy’s music has appeared on both the Rounder Records and Hear Music/Starbucks labels.

J.D. Frizzell
J.D. Frizzell
J.D. Frizzell, a composer, conductor, and baritone, is the Director of Fine Arts and Director of Vocal Music at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, TN. In this role, J.D. is responsible for coordinating all Fine Arts programs (K2-12th grade) and for teaching Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and OneVoice, a contemporary a cappella group. He also volunteers as the president and co-founder of the A Cappella Education Association.

His high school contemporary a cappella group, OneVoice, is a Sony recording artist. OneVoice has recorded 3 professional albums, each of which has been nominated for multiple Contemporary A Cappella Awards. Their most recent album, “Drive All Night”, had tracks included on worldwide compilation SING 11:One Louder and Best Of High School A Cappella 2014. They have also been finalists of the International Competition of High School A Cappella.

Selame Scarlett
Selame Scarlett
Selame Scarlett is the vocal percussionist for the female gospel powerhouse group, Traces…who were featured on NBC’s The Sing Off Season 5! In college, she served as one of the main beatboxers for Michigan State University’s Capital Green A Cappella for four years, as well as music director and arranger. Earning positive remarks on her VP from ICCA judges and various other musicians, she continues to build her drum set to bigger and better sounds.

Selame is a clinician, a vocal percussion instructor, and an arranger for various college/high school groups in the Midwest. In the summer months, she is a counselor/instructor at the prestigious A Cappella Academy, an LA based vocal camp for young adults (ages 13 to 17). Participating in numerous collaborative recording sessions, Selame was fortunate enough to record alongside Naturally 7, The Boxettes, Pentatonix, Duwende, Cadence, Traces of Blue (formally Afro-Blue), and Lady Jaye.

How It Works

Video Record Your Set

You record a video of your set.  Make sure that the camera captures everyone in your group, and that sound levels are set appropriately.  If you’d like, you can be in your performance outfits, but that’s not a must.  Upload it to YouTube or Vimeo as an unlisted video and send us the link!

Detailed Group Coaching Session

One of our experienced a cappella pros will set up a video coaching session with you and your group.  During this time, we will talk through your set in detail, providing you with actionable feedback, advice and techniques.  Don’t have a webcam?  No problem–we can set up a conference call, too!

Written Scores and Comments

Using the official Varsity Vocals® Judges Score Sheet, we will provide written comments and scores in every category.  You will be able to refer back to this as you continue to improve your set and work towards victory!

ICCA ICHSA Set Evaluation Package

$94 on sale for a limited time!

  • Judging Your A Cappella Group’s Competition Set

  • Use Of Official Varsity Vocals Judging Score Sheet

  • Includes Scores and Comments

  • Includes 30 Minute Video Coaching Session With Your Group

  • Includes Techniques For Improving Areas

  • Our Staff Has Judged and Competed at ICCA/ICHSA Finals

  • Tweak Your Set Before You Compete

  • Get An Edge Up On Your Competition With Our Expert Advice

The Choir Coach has no affiliation to or relationship with Varsity Vocals.

We also have the utmost concern for integrity.  Therefore, no Choir Coach staff member who is also a Varsity Vocals judge will be allowed to assist a group that he or she may be scoring in an official ICCA or ICHSA event.