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Derric Johnson To Lead Vocal Performance Clinic in Nashville

Location: Tennessee, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed


Nashville Singers Hosting Acappella Academy - Vocal Performance Clinic
Lead Clinician is Derric Johnson

Nashville, TN – For the fourth consecutive year Nashville Singers will be hosting an all-day vocal performance clinic called Acappella Academy. This educational event will be held at Whitworth Memorial Baptist Church. The church is located at 3014 Elm Hill Pike in Nashville. The clinician team will include Margaret Campbelle-Holman and Sloan Yarborough from Middle Tennessee and will be led by the renowned music clinician, conductor, arranger, and composer Derric Johnson based in Winter Garden, Florida. This event was made possible through a program grant from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

In the previous three years, this all-day vocal workshop has attracted 60 participants from a dozen cities across Tennessee, as well as Ohio and Alabama. Whether you’re in high school or a senior citizen, this program is open to men and women of all ages. Acappella Academy can help aspiring singers improve their singing in a positive, supportive, fun and creative environment. Participants receive a combination of technical and artistic vocal training in the areas of breathing, resonance, vowels, rhythm, dynamics, and artistry. Over the course of the day, participants will learn a new song with the members of Nashville Singers. At the conclusion of the educational portion or the program, participants will be invited to join Nashville Singers on stage that afternoon to present a free mini-concert for friends and family members. Participants can register early online for just $10. A $5 refund will be returned to them upon arrival, reducing the net cost to $5 for the entire day. Online registration can be completed by visiting The fee for walk-up attendees registering the day of the event is just $10 for the entire day. Bottled water will be provided. A box lunch can be ordered in advance for a nominal fee. The minimum age required for participants is 13 years old. Young singers aged 13-15 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the event.

About the Clinician Team

Derric Johnson has written 150 original songs, 23 cantatas and 2800 musical arrangements, published 32 books of choral collections and written nine books. He has been involved in producing 84 recorded albums on twelve labels. He founded and directed The Re'generation, a touring ensemble of singers who traveled for twelve years, logging over a million miles, performing to more than 12,000,000 people in 6,000 concerts. For six years he held the position of Artist in Residence / Director of Music Ministries at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Johnson has been awarded the George Washington Honor Medal by the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge twice, as well as the MOUSCAR (Walt Disney World's version of the Oscar) for outstanding creative achievement. Johnson has been a specialty writer for Radio City Music Hall and for seventeen years served as a Creative Consultant for Walt Disney World where he has arranged and produced Epcot Center's The Voices of Liberty.

Margaret Campbelle-Holman is the Executive Director of Choral Arts Link. This inspiring educator, author, composer and music education consultant has been impacting the lives of others for over 30 years. Her guidance as artistic director includes providing choral arts mentoring for music educators, pre-service music education majors and choral performance training for upper elementary, middle and high school singers. Organizations she has touched with her many gifts include the Chicago Symphony, Chicago Public Schools, Metro Nashville Public Schools, The Nashville Symphony, McGraw Hill Education, the W. O. Smith Nashville Community Music School, and the MET Singers, a youth choral ensemble representing Choral Arts Link, where she serves as Artistic and Executive Director.

Sloan Yarborough serves Nashville Singers as Associate Director and bass section leader. Yarborough has spent most of his life involved in the arts as a chorus member, studio singer, professional actor, teacher, and guitar player. He was the President and Student Conductor of the Auburn University Singers while at Auburn. Sloan is passionate about teaching children and taught musical theater at Jan Williams School of Music and Theater in Brentwood for two years. He is also involved with the children’s drama program and music ministry at Christ Presbyterian Church. He is very active in the theater community and has appeared on stage in over 25 shows, mostly at the Boiler Room Theater in Franklin. Sloan also serves as Rehearsal Director for the Nashville Choir. The Nashville Singers presented Sloan with the coveted Member of the Year Award for 2012.

About the Nashville Singers
In five years, this volunteer group has grown from four to 16 singers, learned a diverse repertoire of 50 songs, released two compact disc recordings, racked up 64 performances for 35 organizations in eight counties across Tennessee, and produced a successful concert series which has attracted 1500+ attendees from 41 cities in ten states across the USA. Their mission is to enrich lives through singing and the support of music education. This support comes in the form of music education grants, college scholarships, master classes for area schools, and an annual vocal performance clinic called Acappella Academy. Nashville Singers has also awarded $5,000 in music education grants and scholarships in the last three years, impacting 200 students in seven area schools and 60 other program participants. In 2013, The Nashville Business Journal’s annual “Book of Lists” ranked the Nashville Singers 8th in their list of the “Top 20” performing arts organizations in Nashville. The Nashville Singers, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For more information about the Nashville Singers, visit the organization online at or follow the chorus via social media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, ReverbNation, and LinkedIn.


Media Contact: Sarah Beatty
Office: 615-852-SING (7464)
Fax: 615-523-8633

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