Jonathan Minkoff is the Creator and Executive Producer for the annual international a cappella festivals known as SingStrong. SingStrong DC will be held in Reston, VA from Feb. 21-23, 2014 and SingStrong Chicago will be held in Skokie, IL from April 4-6, 2014. Profits from SingStrong go to support the Alzheimer's Association and local music programs. In 2011, SingStrong DC was nominated for "Favorite A cappella Event" in the A cappella Community Awards. Past headliners include Pentatonix, Nota, Afro-Blue, Street Corner Symphony, Maxx Factor, Da Capo, The Bobs, The Glue, Blue Jupiter, Cadence, West Side 5, Ball in the House, Fii, Zulal, The Edge Effect, Julia Easterlin and dozens more.
Since 2005, Minkoff has performed with the pop-jazz a cappella band, Blue Jupiter. Performance highlights have included tours of the US and Asia, performances on nationally syndicated radio for over 10 million listeners, headlining AcappellaStock2009 and opening for Third Eye Blind and Saturday Night Live star, Andy Samberg.
Jonathan Minkoff has directed various a cappella groups since 1984. Six of those years were spent as the founder and artistic director of the full-time men's a cappella rock quartet, Blind Man's Bluff. While directing and performing with Bluff, he toured nationally, recorded two albums and multiple radio and TV commercials, shared the stage with national recording artists like All-4-One, headlined the Improv Comedy Club, sang the anthem for the World Champion Chicago Bulls and performed in front of crowds larger than 100,000.
Minkoff holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (with a minor equivalent in theatre) from Northwestern University where he performed with the University's Chorus, Chorale, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Chapel Choir. Minkoff also holds a Juris Doctorate, cum laude with a concentration in Intellectual Property (copyrights, trademarks, entertainment law etc.) with honors from Boston University School of Law where he received the Dean's Award for achievement in Copyright Law. Minkoff is admitted to practice in both New York and Massachusetts. Minkoff also completed a certificate program in voice at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Jonathan Minkoff was the choral director and voice instructor for Grayslake High School. He has received numerous musical awards including the National Harmony Sweepstakes' Best Original Song and Best Original Composition, Chicago's Sweeps Champion, and Chicago's Audience Favorite. More recently, his song "Christmas Valentine" co-written with Judy Fontana, shared the Contemporary A cappella Recording Award nomination for "Best Holiday Album" in 2011, and "Album of the Year" in the Washington Area Music Awards, and won the WAMMY in 2012 for "Best A cappella Album" (Cartoon Johnny's "The More The Merrier").
Minkoff is a frequent judge at both collegiate and professional a cappella competitions including the New York and Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes, NCHSA and ICCA/Varsity Vocals and the Wooten A cappella Fest.
Minkoff has performed or conducted seminars in a cappella at the 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 East Coast A cappella Summits, SoJam 2005, the Vermont A cappella Summit 2007, SpringSing 2009 and SpringSing 2010: Voices United for a Cure, SingStrongDC2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, AcappellaStock2009, A cappella Fest Chicago 2009, the Los Angeles A cappella Festival, Midwest Vocal Fest 2010, Mile High Vocal Jam 2010 the "AH! Cappella" Music Festival 2011, The Bijou Blender 2012 and 2013 , at Amplify A cappella Festival 2012 and The Real Group Festival 2012 in Sweden. He was appointed Head Judge at The Aarhus Vocal Festival in Denmark, and teaches regularly at SingStrongDC and SingStrongChicago in the US.
Jonathan Minkoff served as Executive Director and Producer for the East Coast A cappella Summit from 2003 until 2008. He served three terms as the President of CASA — The Contemporary A Cappella Society, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the furtherance of a cappella music.
In late 2004 Minkoff received national attention as a featured expert in a cappella music on The Jane Pauley Show where he also musically directed, arranged for, and performed with the Jane Pauley Singers.
Minkoff runs a ProTools HD|3 based, vocal-centered recording studio, Evil Giant (formerly "Minkoff Arts, LLC"), where he records, writes and produces for a select group of artists, including former Harmony Sweepstakes Champions, West Side 5, Ball In the House, solo artist Wes Carroll, voiceover artist Diana Preisler and others. The studio is located on 42nd Street, in the heart of Manhattan, just steps from Times Square.
Minkoff has a funny, philosophical blog called Minky's Blog, an educational a cappella blog called A CAPPELLA 101 and has authored several articles on various issues relating to a cappella music including:
During daylight hours Minkoff can be found as a partner of the law firm of Fuchsberg & Fuchsberg, LLP. The firm has more than half a century's expertise in personal injury and medical malpractice. Minkoff has since expanded his personal practice to include artists and businesses who need intellectual property and entertainment law representation.
Personal Motto: sleep is for the weak.Jonathan Minkoff
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