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Avi Kaplan is a serious student of classical music who also plays guitar, composes and arranges music for both choral and a cappella. A Visalia, CA native, Avi moved to Walnut, CA in 2007 to attend Mt. San Antonio College, known worldwide for their strong choral and a cappella tradition. In 2008 he joined Fermata Nowhere, a high-energy male a cappella group that became the first community college a cappella entrants to win the prestigious ICCA. Avi won the competition’s award for “Best Rhythm Section,” the first year that this award had ever included a vocal bass (the award was called “Best Vocal Percussionist” before Avi’s victory prompted the language change). In his third year at Mt. San Antonio, Avi joined Sincopation, an award-winning jazz ensemble that won the Monterey Jazz Festival Competition in his first year. He has performed at venues worldwide, including New York City’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

Along with classical music, Avi singing voice was low in several vocal jazz and contemporary a cappella groups in the last 7 years. In 2008, he joined Avi "Fermata Nowhere" a cool, high-energy, in-your-face, male acapella group of Mt. San Antonio College. In its second year, "Fermata Nowhere" won the ICCA, the first community college ever to do so. In this competition, Avi received a special award for "Best Rhythm Section" in previous years, the award had been coined the "Best Vocal Percussionist" and had never been assigned a low voice. Avi was the first bass vocal to be given this award and the name of the award was changed specifically to honor him.

In the 3rd year of Avi at Mt. SAC, joined "Sincopation" an award-winning jazz group that in his first year, won the Monterey Jazz Festival competition and the following year performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Acapella Music is not only the passion of Avi, is your life.

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