LENS is a full-day a cappella education and community experience hosted by Cut Off Studios! Our event is designed for contemporary a cappella groups of all levels who are eager to learn and love what they do. At each LENS event we bring together six to ten groups, either from different schools in the area or from one school, to
Learn, Envision, Network, and Sing!
Our LENS events consist of four main components:
Your group members are able to choose from a variety of educational classes taught by our expert team, learning side by side with members from other groups. Class topics can include arranging, competition preparation, leadership, performance techniques, vocal percussion and more!
Supporting a strong a cappella community is one of our core values here at Cut Off Studios. Through engaging and interactive activities, everyone will have the chance to meet, share with and learn from other members of the a cappella community and build lasting friendships.
Led by one of our experienced clinicians, each group has the opportunity to receive one-on-one instruction during their master classes. During this time, your group can receive feedback and insight on areas specific to your needs. And don't be shy with any questions you may have for
your clinician-this is YOUR time!
Our event closes with a performance showcase, allowing each group to share their talents and show some of what they have learned during the day at LENS in an encouraging and inclusive environment.
Standing ovations likely (and encouraged!)
By attending a LENS event, we promise that your group will gain valuable experience and insight that can be used in your rehearsals and performances, and provide a network for you to collaborate with in the future. We hope that each of you will not only walk away with new or improved tangible skills, but a transformative experience in your a cappella career!
Hosting a LENS
Interested in hosting a LENS at your school? You can work with us to book space on your campus, help guide other groups that come, and get a behind the scenes look at how it all happens.
Take classes with top a cappella professionals on anything and everything.
We see your potential, and we want to help you get there and do what you love.
Meet some of the best people in a cappella. Create friendships that will last a lifetime.
Come together to sing for each other, but most importantly, for yourself.
“LENS was such an amazing opportunity. As first timers, we really didn’t know what to fully expect, but came out of LENS learning so much as a team and bonding with so many other groups. We can’t wait for next year!”
"Being a part of the LENS event this past Fall was one of the best decisions our group has ever made. Not only did we gain invaluable skills from professionals in the a cappella industry, but we also made incredible connections with other groups from around Virginia, DC, and Maryland. LENS provided us with excellent knowledge and insight and proved to be a wonderful experience that has allowed our group to grow in ways unimaginable."