GFS A Cappella is the coed close harmony vocal ensemble of Germantown Friends School. Founded by GFS teacher David Buffum in 1995, the group has been directed by GFS faculty member Allen Drew since the fall of 2002. They have been featured on WFLN's "Notes from Philadelphia,” NBC 10's 10! Show, and the NBC 10 5 o’clock News, and have performed in Poland, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Eastern Canada and China, as well as the greater Philadelphia region.
Their recordings over the years have received much critical acclaim, landing them 6 times in the Best of High School A Cappella (BOHSA) National Compilation CD. Their most recent BOHSA inclusion was the song “Dr. Feelgood” (soloist Johanna Velasquez) from “The Blue and White Album.” In addition to this, their CD “Vinyl” was one of the 5 nominees for the 2010 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA’s) in the categories of best high school song and best high school album. Furthermore, “The Blue and White Album” received the 2012 CARA for Best High School Solo (“Dr. Feelgood” again) and was nominated for all of the other three high school categories – best album, best song and best arrangement.
A Cappella is very excited about their CD, “Upload,” which was released in February 2013. Please buy a copy any time at the GFS front desk to support our ongoing efforts. Furthermore, a portion of each year’s proceeds goes to support the performing arts at GFS as well as a charity of the group’s choosing. This past year, the group chose to support an organization called Freeset Global.
A Cappella continues to distinguish itself by learning difficult arrangements and exploring a wide variety of musical genres.