Our Team

Our team consists of award-winning music educators, professional singers and vocal percussionists, and some of the most successful a cappella directors in the world.

Brody McDonald


Brody McDonald is the director of choirs at Kettering Fairmont High School 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 Rockapella.

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. They recently won a gold medal in the 2012 World Choir Games, which is considered the Olympics for singing groups. Eleventh Hour’s studio recordings have been included numerous times on Best of High School A Cappella, the prestigious SING compilation, and have won CARA awards for Best High School Album and Best High School Song.

Brody is at the forefront of the high school a cappella movement, serving as a founder and vice-president of the A Cappella Education Association (AEA). He has presented at numerous educational conferences on pop a cappella in the high school, and regularly lectures on the topic for ACDA chapters throughout the Midwest. He is the author of “A Cappella Pop: A Complete Guide to Contemporary A Cappella Singing“, published by Alfred Music. Brody is also on the faculty at Wright State University, where he directs the a cappella group ETHOS.

Deke Sharon


Born in San Francisco, California, Deke Sharon has been performing professionally since the age of 8, and as a child toured North America and shared the stage in operas with the likes of Pavarotti. Heralded as “The Father of Contemporary A Cappella,” he is responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella, having created the dense vocal-instrumental sound in college, subsequently spreading it around the world.

As the founder, director and arranger for the House Jacks, the original “Rock Band Without Instruments,” Deke has shared the stage with countless music legends, including Ray Charles, James Brown, Crosby Stills and Nash, Run DMC, The Temptations, LL Cool J and the Four Tops, and performed for luminaries including President Bill Clinton. The House Jacks have eight albums, and dozens of international tours to their names, including multiple appearances Carnegie Hall, and performed the Monday Night Football Theme with Hank Williams Jr. in 2011.

Deke produces “The Sing-Off” worldwide (USA, Netherlands, China), which had the highest ratings of any new, unscripted television show in the US in 2009, and was the third highest rated show on NBC in 2010. In addition, Deke served as arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for Universal’s “Pitch Perfect” starring Anna Kendrick (2012).

Prisca Strother

Prisca Strother, Songwriting

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Alex Phan, Arranging

Charlie Arthur

Charlie Arthur, arranging

Sam Wilson

Sam Wilson, Choreography

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Kurt Zimmerman

Rachel Chalhoub

Rachel Chalhoub

Mel Daneke

Mel Daneke, Vocal Percussion

Charlie Friday

Charlie Friday

Kristin Slipson

Kristin LoBiondo

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Cy Wood, Live performance

John Pickering

John Pickering

Anna King

Anna King