What is Next Level?

Now back for it’s 5th year, Next Level is an immersive, transformative, one week experience designed to elevate and expand your approach to music and more. With sessions held in Rochester and Boston, we provide a summer program experience where you will learn about topics such as a cappella production, arranging, directing and so much more. You’ll live and work alongside two talented lead clinicians and additional staff from The Vocal Company, studying what they do and how you can apply it to your own group and musical experience. You and your fellow attendees will collaborate on recording and performing projects, giving you the chance to expand your base of experience in a small group setting and network with some of the most promising minds in a cappella.

Most sessions are five days in length and held at Sled Dog Studios in Rochester, NY. You’ll have access to our studio and state-of-the-art production technology, as well as 24-hour access to qualified a cappella experts and mentors.


June 26 – 30, 2017 – Sled Dog Studios, Rochester, NY

If you’re just getting your start in a cappella production, or want to learn what the heck it is in the first place, this session is for you.  Lead instructors Peter Yang, and Jacob Tourjeman, will walk you through everything you need to know about recording a cappella, and how to make your music sound flawless in studio. This session will take place at Sled Dog Studios, in Rochester.


 July 9 – 13, 2017 – Sled Dog Studios, Rochester, NY

In this fast paced exploration, we will explore techniques for expanding creative possibilities, increasing efficiency, and standardizing your sound to ensure a radio-ready mix every time.

Dave Longo and Angela Longo will lead this seminar on post-production and advanced project production styles. Students will have hands on time with projects they have worked on, as well as glimpses into the behind the scenes of some of the top projects in a cappella.


July 24 – 28, 2017 – Winchester, MA

Designed for the a cappella director, this seminar will address introductory and advanced music education* and directing strategies with OneVoice director JD Frizzell and Jon Smith of the Swingle Singers. If you’re looking to lead your group to new heights, this session will walk you through tried and true rehearsal, performance, and inner group leadership strategies.

*Educators are eligible to receive up to 30 hours of continuing education credit, or PDP’s for their participation in Next Level. Proof of participation/completion can be provided.


August 5 – 9, 2017 – Sled Dog Studios, Rochester, NY

Arrangers of all levels can attend this session led by The Vocal Company’s Director of Arranging, Jon Smith, and assisted by up and coming TVC arranger Jacob Tourjeman. They’ll be exploring the strengths found in the basics and the tips and tricks of advanced arranging as they weave through different genre and voicing studies. Students will have time to work on their own arrangements, as well as collaborate on a group arrangement and recording project.

Program Director – Shannon McNulty

Shannon has been a part of Next Level since the early days, and she is so excited to make our fifth year bigger and better than ever. Have questions about the program or your application? Contact her at

2017 Next Level Application

Ready to apply?

Applicants for Next Level must have some a cappella knowledge or experience, and be aged 18 or older. Please indicate your availability, and preference for sessions. You will be considered for each session in order of preference, and selected for admission based on your background and portfolio. Only our advanced mixing seminar (NLSORCERY) requires a portfolio for admission. The deadline for Early Action Acceptance is April 30th, 2017. General Admission Acceptance closes on June 1st, 2017.

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