The Grand Canyon University acapella club program is one of the most fun and rewarding club sports programs on campus! It is filled with opportunities for music, creativity, friendships, networking and friendly competition.
Many of our members and ensembles proudly represent GCU by singing the national anthem before sporting events on campus and elsewhere. Students also have the opportunity to enhance their college experience through competitions with other schools in seasonal intercollegiate showcase events across the state. These events feature small vocal ensembles singing mash-ups of energetic and harmonic pop tunes. Our off-site clinics and showcases each semester are in conjunction with conference and non-conference club teams from other universities and colleges.
More than 70 singers showed up for tryouts and placements in our acapella club ensembles for the 2016-2017 season. The program consists of fall and spring seasons with several on-campus music showcases. In the upcoming year, our goal is to have an acapella team in the regional finals with a chance at postseason competition.
GCU (Thunder Alley)
Philip Carr earned his Bachelor of Arts in vocal music performance in 1983 at Grand Canyon University, studying with the late Dr. Macon Delavan and Dr. Earl Logan. He earned his Master of Music in music education from Arizona State University in 2004 with a specialization in choral conducting. His choral conducting studies were taught by two world-renowned conductors, the late Dr. Douglas McEwen and Dr. Don Bailey.
Coach Carr teaches choral, instrumental and classroom music at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He maintains a private voice studio and serves as voice faculty at GCU. He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and a board member of Arizona ACDA, serving as R&S for worship literature. He is frequently called to serve as an adjudicator for local, state and regional festivals. He has judged soloists, vocal ensembles and choirs for Arizona All-State and Regional Choirs, Arizona State Solo and Ensemble Festivals, jazz and show choirs (Arizona Music Educators Association) and Christian school music festivals (Association of Christian Schools International).
Coach Carr is married to Delinda and they have two children, Sarah and Caleb.