Dr. Erin Hackel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her award winning a cappella groups, MIX and Lark have traveled across the United States and Europe competing and performing. Both groups have been BOSS and SOJAM champions, are recipients of multiple performance awards, and have won multiple Contemporary A cappella Recording awards (CARAS). MIX and Lark have been praised for their innovation and professionalism and have been singled out for their boundary changing work in collegiate a cappella. Dr. Hackel’s ensembles have collaborated with the Swingle Singers, headlined the National A cappella Convention, and won the Most Innovative Group award at the Aarhus Vocal Festival in Aarhus, Denmark. Dr. Hackel’s research and publication history centers on the lives of female composers and performers. Her original research on Norwegian musicians Agathe Backer Grøndahl and Nina Grieg has appeared in articles in the Journal of Singing, and her work on contemporary vocalists Dame Vera Lynn and Yvette Guilbert has appeared in the Journal Women in Music. Dr. Hackel maintains an active profile as a presenter of workshops and classes at vocal festivals around the country on healthy contemporary singing, collaborative arranging techniques for vocal ensembles, and demystifying the pedagogy of modern singing styles.
In her own words, quadruple threat, RyanNicole “utilizes every gift available to her for the liberation of all people”. Affectionately self-titled the “4A”, RyanNicole seeks opportunities to empower and inspire by way of her pursuits as an award winning Artist | Actress | Athlete | Activist. She is a world renown MC & Poet whose lyrical prowess has been exploited on international stages and web platforms, garnering fans in the thousands across the globe. She is a TEDx Fellow, whose musical compositions include a solo mixtape, entitled Dis’Onance and several collaborative efforts with her group Nu Dekades (dec-ades) and other artists. Her forthcoming solo release entitled ‘Queen of Everything’ is set to release early 2019. RyanNicole has performed with a wide array of artists and persons of influence, most notably President Barack Obama.
Tossie Long is a San Francisco native, vocalist, actress, dancer, facilitator; simply put, she is a multidisciplinary artist. Tossie is a GRAMMY-nominated singer on Best Children’s Album 2018, Rise Shine Woke by the Alphabet Rockers! Tossie’s voice has graced the albums of other highly acclaimed artist such as TuNeYaRdS, Tumbleweed Wanderers, The Sh8peShifter, Pancho Morris and other’s. With years of world music and vocal performance experience, Tossie has performed in gospel choirs, show choirs, recording studios, street actions, theater and live band stages. As an ensemble or solo performer she captivates souls. Her portfolio is not limited to work with Ase Dance Theater Collective, Amara Tabor-Smith's Deep Water Dance, Rara Tou Limen, Zakiya Harris, An Open Love Letter to Black Fathers and Elephantine, as well as various individual projects and appearances. Her proudest accomplishment is being mother. Tossie does not perform simply for the sake of performing, but rather, to challenge herself and to experiment with how far she can push her perceived limits.
Antwan Davis is a multi-percussionist that has co-founded the Las Vegas based performance arts company Molodi, performed with the Las Vegas and North American production of Stomp, and tour nationally with Step Afrika. He is actively performing and teaching workshops and residencies in the U.S and internationally. He has been engaging audiences for 14 years with body percussion and stepping. As a performer, he thrives on breaking down musical and genre barriers through creative, interdisciplinary projects. As an teacher he is enthused by creating community through body music, giving people a different outlet of expression. As an artist, Antwan has expanded his artistic crafts by becoming an improv actor and stand-up comedian. He strives to grow to become a better teacher, performer and person.
A native of Southern California, Christina Wilson is a full time musician and educator. She performs as part of the LA based folk group Honey Whiskey Trio, electro-pop band Neil Frances, choral ensemble Vox Femina Los Angeles and vocal group HIVE. She is part of the vocal faculty at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Hills Music Academy in Palos Verdes, and teaches alongside members of Honey Whiskey Trio in their community outreach efforts.
Nina Kasuya is a vocalist rooted in Los Angeles, California. Having graduated from UCLA with a degree in Ethnomusicology / Music Industry, she currently works as a professional singer and educator. Nina can be seen performing with Crimes of the Heart Cabaret, Hamiltease: A Burlesque Parody and Tribute to an American Musical, Sugarfly (rock/soul) and vocal group HIVE. In addition to her performance endeavors, Nina is the director of the theater program and a cappella group at Emerson Community Charter School.
Lisa Forkish is an award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, educator and self-described “Love Warrior,” infusing all she creates with fierce authenticity and heart. Based out of Oakland, CA, Lisa has released four solo albums of original music to date, and is currently putting out a new original song on Patreon every month. Lisa's latest solo release is a one-woman, all-vocal originals album called "Love Warrior" EP and combines her lush, dissonant a cappella arrangements with her honest and soulful songwriting. She has taken the stage at such world-renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and SF Jazz Center, and her arranging and musical directing work has been showcased with Alice Russell, Ben Harper, Pentatonix and Delta Rae. Since 2011, Lisa has been Vocal Music faculty at Oakland School for the Arts where she is the founder and director of five-time national champion a cappella group, Vocal Rush, also seen on NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Lisa is a prolific arranger, nominated for numerous Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards and commissioned works for a cappella and choral ensembles including the Oakland Symphony Chorus. Lisa continues to use her songwriting, performing and teaching as a vehicle for social change, and believes in the power of music to transform, uplift, empower and build connection.
HIVE is a group of 5 fierce and very different people making music with just their voices and some crazy sound effects - all while trying to make the world a better place. All HIVE singers are also music educators and not only sing and perform, but also teach workshops on vocal music. Giving back to the musical community through education is a core value of the group. HIVE is influenced by craftsmanship in songwriting, lyrics that are raw in honesty and true to spirit, and music that moves people. Artists like Krystle Warren, Hiatus Kaiyote, Merrill Garbus, Becca Stevens and Laura Mvula have shaped the sound and soul of HIVE’s music.
Be Steadwell is a singer songwriter from Washington DC. A blend of soul, acapella and folk-Be calls her music QUEER POP. In her live performances, she utilizes looping, vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be's original music features earnest lyricism, and Affirming LGBTQ content. Be has shared stages with fellow artist Activists Big Freedia, Nona Hendryx, Nikky Finney and Gina Yashere. In 2017 Be sang at The Women's March on the National Mall behind Maxwell and Janelle Monae in Toshi Reagon's Big Lovely Band. In may 2018 Be released her newest album "Queer Love Songs".
Moorea Dickason is a full time musician in the SF Bay Area. She has a music video series on Patreon with her husband and musical collaborator, Tarik Ragab. Moorea is the audio and mix engineer for the series, she shoots and edits the film, and conceptualizes, arranges and performs music for the project. In addition to performing live in Hive, Moorea is the lead singer and co-founder of the original art-rock band, MoeTar. Moorea teaches private lessons, provides vocal workshops and music-educational lectures at schools, and is the Associate Director of the Women’s A Cappella Association.
Creator of the #100DaysofUkuleleSongs project, Cynthia Lin is a YouTube sensation and a modern-day jazz ukulele diva based in San Francisco, California. Through her popular YouTube channel (20+ million views) and approachable teaching style, Cynthia has helped hundreds of thousands of people across the world to discover the joy of ukulele. Her online Patreon community has over 1900 members, and she leads the vibrant San Francisco Uke Jam community with her uke partner Ukulenny. Together they founded the first SF Uke-tober Fest, which was officially recognized by the State Assembly of California. As a singer-songwriter, Cynthia has released 7 album recordings independently, with her recent albums Ukulele Days and Cozy Christmas hitting the Billboard charts in their first week of release. Cynthia performs regularly solo, with a jazz and uke combo, and with her acclaimed Bay Area band, Cynthia Lin and the Blue Moon All Stars. She encourages you to follow your passion.