Grand Canyon University’s Club Acapella 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 at various sporting events on campus, including performing the national anthem. Members also have the opportunity to enhance their college experience through competitions with other schools in seasonal showcase events across the state. These events feature small vocal ensembles singing mash-ups of energetic and harmonic pop tunes, as well as seminars to help members improve their craft. During the 2018-19 academic year, not only did GCU Club Acapella host their annual fall and spring showcases at Thunder Alley, they also hosted the Arizona Acapella Festival for the first time ever, bringing together groups from across the state for a daylong event.
More than 80 singers auditioned for placement in our club acapella ensembles for the 2018-19 season. Join today!
Pay your Club Acapella dues here.
Upon arrival on campus for the fall semester, watch for announcements on informational team meetings to get details on auditions and practice times.
Philip Carr earned his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music Performance in 1983 at Grand Canyon University, studying with Dr. Earl Logan and the late Dr. Macon Delavan. 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, Dr. Don Bailey and the late Dr. Douglas McEwen.
Carr serves as voice faculty at GCU; teaches choral, instrumental and classroom music at Scottsdale Christian Academy; and maintains a private voice studio. He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, and is a board member of the Arizona chapter, 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).
Carr and his wife, Delinda, have two children: Sarah (12) and Caleb (9).