Encore Spring 2023

Vocal Point

Farewell to McKay Crockett, the BYU Vocal Point’s Visionary Director

BYU bids a fond farewell to McKay Crockett, who stepped down from his role as artisticdirector of famed a cappella group Vocal Point. Crockett’s impact on the success of the group isimmeasurable. He has made a significant contribution to shaping the future of a cappellacomposition and performance and has opened up new avenues for growth both for the genre andfor Vocal Point specifically.

Crockett’s journey with Vocal Point began more than a decade ago when, as a BYUstudent, he and the other eight members of Vocal Point finished in the top 5 on season three ofNBC’s hit reality show The Sing–Off. Since then, Crockett has been at the forefront of thea cappella music industry, leading by example and setting new standards for success. He hascofounded several ventures and is a world–renowned music director, producer, arranger, andperformance coach.

Throughout his career, Crockett has been recognized for his innovation and excellence.He has received numerous awards and honors, including an Emmy in 2017 for his role as musicdirector of BYUtv’s Christmas Under the Stars special. As a producer, he has reached No. 1 onmultiple Billboard charts and iTunes charts. He has also had the opportunity to work withacclaimed artists, such as Kristin Chenoweth, Colbie Caillat, Gladys Knight, and Ben Rector.Crockett’s influence extends beyond commercial success. He has been a mentor andadvisor to many students and performers, helping them to turn their visions into realities. Hisunwavering commitment to making a positive difference in the world has inspired countlesspeople and has left a lasting legacy.

In his farewell statement, director of Performing Arts Management and Crockett’slongtime friend Shane Wright said, “McKay has taken Vocal Point to the next level. His skillsetand amazing ability, passion for Vocal Point, and kindness will be greatly missed. He has left avery big hole, and we wish nothing but success to him and his family.”