“In my life, I’ve been “blessed to bless.” We are all born with unique talents. Mine is the ability to seek out the musically talenterd, offering them the opportunities to reach their full potential. I thank God for that.”
As the founder and artist liaison for Behind The Mic, Accola has filmed monthly interviews with over 100 artists, educators, and music industry specialists including Bobby McFerrin, The Hi-Lo’s (Clark Burroughs and Don Shelton), The Lettermen’s Tony Butala, The Manhattan Transfer (Janis Siegel, Alan Paul, and Cheryl Bentyne), Ben Folds, Home Free (winners of NBC’s The Sing-Off), Alvin Chea (vocalist with Take 6), Lee Greenwood (songwriter/vocalist of “God Bless The USA).
Accola has also interviewed the next generation of vocal groups from South Korea, the Philippines, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, India, Sweden, France, England, Brazil, Canada, and the United States.
In 2018, Behind The Mic produced the Worldwide Holiday Special hosted by Cheryl Bentyne, soprano for the multi-Grammy winning Manhattan Transfer and 8 international vocal groups. The YouTube 1-hour pilot was produced in consideration for a future network/public television broadcast. Ms. Bentyne closed the holiday concert in a performance of “Christmas Time Is Here” accompanied by an 8-part vocal arrangement by the 35 singers of the 8 vocal groups.
For 29 years, Accola served as the talent agent for the Minnesota vocal quintet, Five By Design. The artists performed with hundreds of symphony orchestras and performing art centers throughout the United States and Canada. Notable orchestras included the Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, Utah Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, and a 2012 holiday tour with the Boston Pops.
In addition, Accola served as a choral educator for 10 years and is a life-long member of the American Choral Educators Association, an organization serving hundreds of thousands of choral educators with a worldwide reach.