KC A Cappella is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to providing a unique educational and musical experience for high school students around the Kansas City Metropolitan area. This organization houses the nationally ranked contemporary vocal a cappella group Sound Proof in which the members of the ensemble are introduced to the world of contemporary vocal a cappella and given the opportunity to grow as performers, vocalists and musicians.
Members of the group meet, learn, and perform with high school students outside their current high school community and perform music outside the typical high school repertoire including original compositions by our in-house composer/arranger. Additionally, members collaborate on programming, song selection, basic arranging and many other aspects pertaining to the overall success of the group as well as given the creative opportunity to perform and compete outside the standard high school choral environment.
James is originally from Prairie Village, KS and holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Kansas. He has a long history with contemporary vocal a cappella and dreamed of one day bringing this type of musical experience to students in the Kansas City area. Outside of Kansas City A Cappella, James teaches Vocal Music in the Blue Valley School District and serves as the Director of Music at John Knox Presbyterian Kirk in Kansas City, MO. Additionally, he serves as Music Director for several productions a year through various theatre companies including Shawnee Mission Theatre In The Park, The Barn Players Community Theatre, Olathe Civic Theatre, and The Culture House.
Assistant Music Director
Originally from Lenexa, KS, Alyson holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Special Ed and a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Wichita State University. She has performed all over the Kansas City area at venues including: Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park, OCTA, The Barn Players, Leawood Stage Company, and Nick Padgett Productions at Union Station. Throughout her time in college, she performed in A Cappella, Concert Chorale, Madrigals, and the A Capella group “Ad Astra” in which she was able to perform in Carnegie Hall. In the past few years she has also served as Music Director at Wichita State University and St Peter’s Catholic School. Alyson is so excited to be joining the KC A Cappella team!
Originally from Overland Park, KS, Jerry is a well-known performer and dancer in the Kansas City theatre community. After attending Butler Community College as a dance captain and head yell-leader for the Headliners Show Choir and the Butler Spirit Squad, Jerry has continued following his passion wherever it leads him. He has been seen performing at various theatres around KC and is currently serving as assistant choreographer for Theatre In The Park.
Board Of Directors/Administrative Support:
President, Amanda Albert
Vice President, Cassaundra Sutherland
Secretary, Allison Jones
Treasurer, Anne Haines
Website Specialist, Scott Salem
Fundraising, Shawna Pena-Downing