Arts & Culture

How Ohio Became An Epicenter for Acapella

Jun 27, 2016
Camp Acapella, Wright State University
courtesy of Brody McDonald

Many people here know the high school pop acapella group 11th Hour—their appearance on NBC’s The Sing Off and their success at competitions.  At their peak, choral director Brody McDonald chose a different road for this group that paved the way for the national Camp Acapella at Wright State this week.  Culture Couch producer David Seitz looks into how Brody McDonald helped make Ohio an epicenter for pop acapella.

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