Help Me Get to ACA One Last Time!

$940 of $2,600 goal

Raised by 24 people in 11 months
Created February 13, 2018
Kaedi Dalley
on behalf of Hope Sinclair
Last round, everyone.

Hello everyone! My name is Kaedi Dalley. I'm 17 years old and I'm from New York, currently going to The Taft School, a boarding school in Connecticut.

Now, music has officially become my LIFE. I started singing from five or six years old, and I have enjoyed it immensely, but I didn't fully recognize that singing was my passion until I was 11. I taught myself how to play piano after taking lessons for a year, and I also teach myself how to play guitar. I've never received any formal vocal training; however I have participated in school and church choirs for majority of my life, which I can say have has helped me improve my vocal delivery. At Taft, I am currently a cohead of our Gospel choir group, and the co-head chorister and alto section leader of my school's chorus called Collegium Musicum. I am currently the head of an all-female a cappella group called Hydrox, a student-run club that I am very proud to be a part of. I have also participated in the past four fall musicals at Taft; in my freshman year I was part of the ensemble for "The Drowsy Chaperone," sophomore year I played the role Motormouth Maybelle in "Hairspray," junior year I played the role of Donkey in "Shrek the Musical," and earlier this senior fall I played Vi More in "Footloose."

Last summer, I was granted the blessing of being accepted into A Cappella Academy. For those who don't know, A Cappella Academy is a 10-day summer program in California, designed to educate highschool students ages 13-18 about a cappella music, as well as providing the campers with information about writing, arranging, and producing music. This program was created by Avi Kaplan - the bass member of the Grammy Award-winning Pentatonix, Ben Bram - Grammy Award-winning arranger and producer, and Rob Dietz - CARA-winning arranger who was an offscreen percussionist for the Warblers on Season 3 of Glee. These are three people I strongly believe are commendable and successful people in the music industry, a cappella especially. They have definitely shaped the way I define a cappella today, making me realize the authenticity of creating music with just your voice.
Last year I was accepted as one of the 78 who got accepted out of 588!
I'm extremely humbled to say that I have been accepted again! Although completely saddened that this will be my last year, I'm so excited to take part in this again, as it was hands-down one of the best experiences of my life.

You can check out my audition below!

[ACCEPTED] A Cappella Audition 2018 - Kaedi Dalley

Although I have been accepted into this program, I must do my part in covering my tuition and my traveling expenses, and this is not always possible.
The cost of tuition is $1995, without plane fare.
This is why I created this page.

A Cappella Academy enabled me to learn so much about the world of a cappella, as well as music in general. Whether it was writing, recording, or arranging music, I was always engaged in something new everyday. Each day presented a challange to me physically, mentally, and vocally, but with the help of the numerous directors on campus I could face them head-on.

ACA also provided me with opportunity to do what I love on a large scale last year, when the campers were able to perform with Pentatonix and the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl for the July 4th Spectacular in front of 17,500 people! I'm still so shocked that this has actually happened.

Pentatonix and the A Capella Academy kids - Bohemian Rhapsody (Hollywood Bowl 7/2/17)

At the end of the camp last summer, everyone was engaged in showcasing what they had practiced within their groups and genres in a performance that was presented to the public, as well as livestreamed. I was a part of a group called Sonorus, representing pop/R&B. You can check that out below.

Sonorus - Stockholm Syndrome/Schoolin' Life (One Direction/Beyoncé)

There was also a performance where all of the campers sang together. You can check those out too!

Academy Choir - How Can I Keep From Singing (Hymn)

For the 2016 summer session, each group was able to take a song from their 3-song that they rehearsed over the cousre of the camp and record it to incorparate into an album. My group, Dominant 7, recorded a cover of A Cappella (Something's Missing) by singer Brandy. I sang the first solo and the brodhe of the song, as well as the bassline throughout the song. It is now available on Apple Music/iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon! If you want to check out my group's song as well as the songs that my wonderfully talented friends recorded with their groups, the links are below.


A Cappella Academy 2017 album coming soon. ;)

ACA has provided me with a surplus of knowledge about music that has driven me to carry back what I know to my school community, as well as everyone around me. It affirmed in me that music is definitely a career that I want to pursue, and will continue to persue, because I want to share my passion with others. I remember being told by Avi that music is about spreading light to others, and so I will continue to do so wherever I go.

ACA has also provided me with some of the best and most genuine friendships that I have to this day. At camp, everyone was engaged in whatever activity was at hand, making sure that NO ONE was left out. The friendly, warm atmosphere that was radiating off of everyone made you feel comfortable with your peers and made settling in an easy task. I felt nothing but genuine happiness and love around me, because that was what I was receiving from my friends. I still regularly keep in touch with those that I have engaged with, and our bonds have never been stronger. The camp was all LOVE.

With all the knowledge that I have gained, the music that I have created, and the friendships that I have made, I feel it as imperative that I must take all the opportunitites I have in order to go back for the last time.

If you want a glimpse of what I experienced last summer, and hopefully this summer, check out their website and trailer video!
AUDITION NOW for A Cappella Academy!
ACA Website

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Thank you so, so much for your donations for the past two years that have allowed me to go to ACA. Please help me go one last time.
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$940 of $2,600 goal

Raised by 24 people in 11 months
Created February 13, 2018
Kaedi Dalley
on behalf of Hope Sinclair
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