Meet the Producers: Richie Ferris

Wanna get the inside scoop on LAAF 2012? Now you can: each week, we’ll feature a different member of the LAAF production team. Producers will share their a cappella backgrounds, favorite LAAF memories, and of course what they’re most looking forward to at this year’s festival. Check back every Wednesday for a new profile!

Richie Ferris

Concert Director

1. Tell us about your background in a cappella.

Started singing in choir and musical theater late in high school, but wasn’t able to be truly exposed to the wonderful world of A cappella until entering UCLA fall of 2007. Figuring my low voice would be useful, I auditioned for one year old Bruin Harmony (UCLA’s only all male a cappella group). They took me in and I became their low bass for the next four years. Considering myself a “Bruin Harmony Major” at school, I decided my huge time investment should be focused more constructively, which lead me to become the president for my final two years with the group. Having graduated this past June, I’ve moved on from the world of collegiate a cappella and am currently singing with a newly formed coed group called Audacity, looking to find a more permanent, professional spot in the a cappella singing community.

2. How did you first get involved with LAAF?

I have been with LAAF from the very beginning. Fall 2009 marked the first proposal of the event to Bruin Harmony by our board of directors. From there, I took on much publicity and day-of responsibility to help get the event up and running in its first two years. Last year, with the newly joined forces of Bruin Harmony and CASA brought me to a new role as Concert Manager, overseeing all performances throughtout the day and night. I also had the honor to sing on stage each evening concert so far with Bruin Harmony. Now I’m once again running the night concert, which promises to be the most ridiculous night of a cappella music yet!

3. What is your favorite LAAF memory?

It would have to be one of two things, either sitting in the audience at the 2010 concert with my fellow exhausted Bruin Harmony brothers, absolutely going nuts about the magic that is SONOS live in concert, or rushing the stage last year with the rest of the audience as Mosaic sang “I’ve Got a Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas to end the night.

4. What are you most looking forward to at LAAF 2012?

Witnessing LAAF grow from a 1 day event to 3 days, and witnessing the first ever LAAF Collegiate Competition. Also…the night concert. Enough said.

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