Meet The June Team
Dr. J.D. Frizzell is the Director of Fine Arts at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, TN. A leader in the contemporary a cappella movement, J.D. is the co-founder and President of The A Cappella Education Association and Founder and Executive Producer of The National A Cappella Convention (NACC). His group OneVoice has become one of the most respected scholastic vocal groups in the world, performing in front of 20 million people on America’s Got Talent, collaborating with GRAMMY winners, and receiving dozens of recording awards and compilation placements. As Chief Operating Officer for Camp A Cappella, J.D. oversees marketing and curriculum for nearly 400 students. He has directed vocal ensembles at state, divisional, and national music conferences. J.D. earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Doctorate of Music degree from The University of Kentucky. Always seeking ways to help push the art form forward, June represents the manifestation of J.D.’s strong preference for “just doing” over “just talking”.
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Angela began her a cappella career at FSU, where she directed the award-winning all-female group, AcaBelles, and led the ladies to ICCA finals as the 2009 South Champions. After graduating Angela relocated to NYC, where she studied Audio Production at SAE Institute of Technology. While in NYC, she sang with the Contemporary A cappella League group, The Red States (now known as Restated), and co-founded NYC’s newest CAL female group, Empire.
Now Angela lives in Rochester NY at Sled Dog ROC, The Vocal Company’s flagship studio. Her work has been nominated for 100+ CARAs as well as received dozens of compilation placements on SING, BOCA, BOHSA, WACA, Voices Only and Voices Only Forte. Angela also doubles as performer with her vocal band, Musae, and travels internationally as well as stateside to bring fierce a cappella all over the world.
Dennis Whitehead Darling
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Dennis is a multidisciplined and award-winning theatre and music director. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre, MA in Theatre Arts and is currently finishing his final year in an MFA Directing program at the University of Memphis. He began his career in Austin TX as a freelance actor, musical theatre performer, music director, and vocal coach. Now based in Memphis, Dennis continues to work in the theatre and music scenes as well as the community. He has previously served as the Resident Music Director for Playhouse on the Square and continues to receive accolades for his freelancing work at Hattiloo Theatre, Circuit Playhouse, Theatre Memphis, and Opera Memphis. Dennis is the Minister of Music at First Congregational Church, sits on the board for June Vocal Music and the Advisory Committee for the Tri-State Black Pride Festival.
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Robert is a multiple CARA winning producer who has been arranging, performing, and critiquing contemporary a cappella music for over ten years. His career began in high school as director of the critically acclaimed group Ascending Height, with whom he produced the first all-original high school a cappella album. Rob has studied at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney and at the Ithaca College School of Music, where he directed the award winning all-male group, Ithacappella. Since graduation, Robert has been an arranger and group coach for seasons 3, 4, and 5 of NBC’s The Sing-Off, as well as a vocal percussionist for the Warblers on Fox’s hit show, Glee. He came to Memphis to help the first June group develop their sound and sharpen their arrangements. Rob will work with staff arrangers as well as those in each group to do the same.
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Dave Longo is a connector, a talent curator, and a boundary pusher. Since his time as a vocalist in the Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Highlands Voices and RIT’s Eight Beat Measure, Dave has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments. His work can regularly be found on BOCA, SING, Voices Only, and each year’s CARA awards, and has recently garnered Best Mixed Co-Ed (Nor’easters Equilibirum, MIX Edifice, Octopodes Kraken), Best Male (Reverb – Evolve), and Best Female (AcaBelles – Rebel) Album. Dave started Sled Dog Music Group in 2010, which later became the parent organization of The Vocal Company, and has since involved himself with various entities and events ranging from CASA festivals to AEA National A Cappella Conventions. His mission, each day, is to change the world through music, whether that be via recorded media, workshops, or life changing events.
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Dave Sperandio (or “Dio”) has been involved with contemporary a cappella music for more than 20 years. As a producer, he helped create the contemporary vocal music sound through his production companies diovoce, VocalSource, and Vocal Mastering. His production work can be heard on nearly every “best-of” compilation in the world, and has been a part of hundreds of Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards. As a promoter and through work with nonprofits such as CASA (Contemporary A Cappella Society) and the AEA (A Cappella Education Association), he founded the SoJam A Cappella Festival and helped to create and develop BOSS (Boston Sings A Cappella Festival), LAAF (Los Angeles A Cappella Festival), and NACC (National A Cappella Convention). He also created the ‘SING‘ vocal music compilation, as well as NC Sings. As a mentor, he’s worked closely with many talented and inspiring performers, producers, and educators on their paths to success in the music world.
Kristin has been involved with the aca-world since 2002, when she attended a UNC Clef Hangers concert (because she had a crush on a boy, duh). After being mostly a spectator to a cappella, she graduated from Elon University in 2007 with a degree in vocal music, joined a group in Durham, NC, and attended SoJam, where she officially drank the Kool-aid. Since then, Kristin has performed with Vox Pop and Snowday in DC, and Jaded in North Carolina, as well as served on the planning teams for all 5 CASA festivals across the U.S. She has just come off her second year as a counselor at Camp A Cappella, and is currently assisting the SoJam XV team with social media and concert planning. Outside of a cappella, Kristin creates as much as she can – from lattes at Starbucks where she is a shift lead, to hand-lettering and running 5 Instagram accounts at once. She also has a side-hustle dog-sitting with her fiance, so she can snuggle all the pups.
Max Kuchenreuther serves as the Branding Advisor for June. Graduating from the University of Central Florida in the Spring of 2017, Max specializes in digital media, social media marketing, and web & graphic design. For Max, the key to a successful brand lies in the perfect balance of merging a group’s artistry with their business. In August 2015, Max co-founded the award-winning collegiate a cappella group, Mixed Mode. Since then, Max has worked with countless groups to help them develop their brand as both a freelancer, as well as serving as Marketing Coordinator for The Vocal Company. Currently, Max is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Central Florida.
Rachel C. Bathija
On a timeline, the year 2002 would be marked with a little star for Rachel. That’s when A Cappella started for her. First, it was performing with FSU’s Acabelles, then All-Night Yahtzee. After college it was South Florida’s Third Row Center, NYC’s Element, Long Island’s The Executive Board and NC’s Jaded. During those years she taught elementary school, hosted and produced “Inside A Cappella,” competed on Season Four of NBC’s “The Sing Off”, and toured as a performer and educational master-clinician. After years of being in front of the ‘camera’, Rachel now works in production and education designing LMS systems and working as a freelance Videographer. You may have seen her work with Camp A Cappella, SoJamXV, Kettering & Nordonia AcaFest, Vocalight, Freedoms Boombox, and RachelIsMyFriend.com. I dare you. Click it.
Caroline Mohler is a junior at Belmont University where she studies Music Theory. Caroline has been involved in the fine arts since she was 6 and continued singing, playing the piano, and composing throughout high school and into college. Outside of writing her own music, she sings and arranges for June. Caroline has achieved numerous musical honors. Some of these include: placing top 10 in All South-West and All State Tennessee Honor Choir, becoming a Sony Recording Artist with Briarcrest OneVoice, being nominated for CARA “Best Original High School Song”, and achieving significant musical scholarship to Belmont University. Some of Caroline’s musical inspirations range from Gabriel Fauré to Ola Gjeilo and Jacob Collier. She was a founding member and arranger for June in year one.
Austin McElveen is a self-employed visual and music artist based in Memphis, TN. Austin has been involved in the fine arts ever since he was tiny and has continued to create everyday since. Other than writing and recording his own music, Austin arranges for June. Austin was a member of OneVoice his junior and senior year of high school while also being heavily involved in the visual arts. Austin placed top 10 in the All South-West and All State TN Honor Choir and was awarded the Personal Visions Award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition his senior year. Some of Austin’s creative influences include Gustav Klimt, Sylvan Esso, Aurora Aksnes, and Sandy Skogland. He was a founding member and arranger for June in year one.