The Exeter University Bluebelles

Interviews

In honor of the 2017 ICCA tournament, The A Cappella Blog pursued short interviews with competing groups to develop insights into why and how groups approach competition, and to get appropriately excited for the tremendous shows ahead of us.

What’s your group name and on what date is your group’s quarterfinal?

We are The Bluebelles and we will be competing at the Exeter Quarterfinal on the 5th of February.

How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

The Bluebelles was formed in 2013, so we're only just turning 4,  and we competed in the ICCAs for the first time last year.

Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

We are competing again this year because we loved meeting groups from around the country, competing at a high level against really strong competition, and challenges ourselves to perform in front of a large audience and knowledgeable judges in 2016. This year, we are pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone even more with our arrangements, and we'd love to impress the a cappella community with what we can do as a group as we grow,  and gain more experience of competing at this level.

How is your group preparing for competition?

To prepare, we are increasing our rehearsals in the run up to the competition, especially rehearsing with microphones as last year's competition was the first time we had ever performed with them. We also started learning music over the Christmas break, to free up time during the term to work on performance and choreography. 

If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be?

Three words to describe our set for the competition would be: ambitious, jazzy and light-hearted.

You can follow The Bluebelles using the information below:

Website: www.exeterguild.org/societies/acappella/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bluebellesacappella
Twitter: @The_Bluebelles

The Cornell University Class Notes

Interviews
Class Notes

In honor of the 2017 ICCA tournament, The A Cappella Blog pursued short interviews with competing groups to develop insights into why and how groups approach competition, and to get appropriately excited for the tremendous shows ahead of us.

What’s your group name and on what date is your group’s quarterfinal?

 We're The Class Notes from Cornell University, and our quarterfinal is on February 18th.  

How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

Our group has been around since 1983, but we started as a jazz group. Over time we've made the transition to singing pop songs instead and now are the oldest running co-ed a cappella group on Cornell's campus. We competed back in 2012 and made it to semifinals. 

Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

This year our group is very young--we have lots of new members and lots of renewed energy. I think it's lead everyone to wonder what we can become if we put all of our effort and time into the group and into this competition. In a way, we're using this competition to test our limits. The hope is that we exceed all of them. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

We have only four weeks of rehearsal to learn and polish the set, so the rehearsal schedule has been intense. We have designated each week to have a different duration, so they start at "regular rehearsals" and go to "extended rehearsals" then on to "extra-extended rehearsals" and finally to our "hell week". Hopefully all of this time will allow us to properly prepare. 

If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be?

I would describe The Class Notes as hilarious, talented, and loving. I think our set for the competition is bold, sexy, and creative. 

You can find The Class Notes on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheClassNotes  

The Beat @ UCSD

Interviews
Ucsdthebeat

In honor of the 2017 ICCA tournament, The A Cappella Blog pursued short interviews with competing groups to develop insights into why and how groups approach competition, and to get appropriately excited for the tremendous shows ahead of us.

What’s your group name and on what date is your group’s quarterfinal?

We are The Beat @ UCSD, and we will be performing at the Southwest Quarterfinal on February 4th.

How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

Our group has been singing and competing in the ICCA’s since 2004.
 
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

We try to compete every other year, so we are ready to join the race again after our break in 2016. In addition to gaining the incomparable experience of performing on an ICCA stage in front of judges, meeting new groups, and sharing our music and hard work, we ultimately hope to prove ourselves in the Southwest Quarterfinal and move on to the Semifinal.
 
How is your group preparing for competition?

As we previously mentioned, our last competition was in 2015, which means we spent all our rehearsal time and energy in 2016 perfecting our sound and learning to seamlessly blend our individual voices in preparation for this year’s competition. This last academic quarter leading up to the competition, however, we have incorporated more rehearsal hours for us to master our choreography and stage presence.
 
If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be?

Our set is: A Love Story
Our songs each have a different attribute: Attraction, Regret, and Revival.

You can follow The Beat online using the links below:

facebook.com/theucsdbeat
thebeat.ucsd.edu

The University of Minnesota Enchantments

Interviews

In honor of the 2017 ICCA tournament, The A Cappella Blog pursued short interviews with competing groups to develop insights into why and how groups approach competition, and to get appropriately excited for the tremendous shows ahead of us.

What’s your group name and on what date is your group’s quarterfinal?

We're The Enchantments from the University of Minnesota, and our quarterfinal date is February 4th.

How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

Our group has been around since 2006, so we're celebrating our 10th birthday this year! Our group has historically competed in smaller competitions in the past, but this is our first time competing in ICCAs. 

Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

We bit the bullet and decided to compete this year because it's something we, as a group, have talked about doing for years. We have nine graduating seniors this year, and we wanted those seniors to have the opportunity to compete before they graduated.

Because this is our first time competing, we're just hoping to have a good time and feel proud of our performance. We just can't wait to go through the whole experience and get a bunch of constructive criticism that the group can continue with and use to improve.

How is your group preparing for competition?

Our group is preparing by having twice-a-week rehearsals to help polish our set and choreograph our performance. 

If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be?

Women, empowerment, powerful.

You can follow The Enchantments using the information below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEnchantments/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheEnchantments

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/umnenchantments/

Snapchat: @UMNEnchantment

The Harvard LowKeys

Interviews

In honor of the 2017 ICCA tournament, The A Cappella Blog pursued short interviews with competing groups to develop insights into why and how groups approach competition, and to get appropriately excited for the tremendous shows ahead of us.

What’s your group name and on what date is your group’s quarterfinal?

We are the Harvard LowKeys and our quarterfinal is on Saturday, February 4th at the Berklee Performance Center.  

 How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

Our group was founded in 1999 and we compete in the ICCA every few years. We're especially excited to perform this year, because the last time we competed was in 2013. 

Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

We're really proud of the current talent in the group and would like to feature our fantastic arrangers, soloists, beatboxers, etc. Most importantly, we wanted to work together towards a common goal, and push ourselves to be better performers. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

To our surprise, we got the earliest possible quarterfinal date, so when we're back on campus for the spring semester we will have more intense rehearsals. We have a phenomenal choreographer and dedicated music director driving our group to sound our best, convey emotion, and tell a story through our set.

If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be?

Lots. Of. Cuddling.

You can follow The LowKeys online using the links below:

Website: www.theharvardlowkeys.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/theharvardlowk...
Facebook: www.facebook.com/harvardlowkey...  

St. Louis University Astha A Cappella

Interviews

In honor of the 2017 ICCA tournament, The A Cappella Blog pursued short interviews with competing groups to develop insights into why and how groups approach competition, and to get appropriately excited for the tremendous shows ahead of us.

What’s your group name and on what date is your group’s quarterfinal?

Astha A Capella, and February 11th. 

How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

11 years, and yes we have! 

Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

We always love competing at ICCA's. Our goal each year is to place. This year we believe we have what it takes. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

We plan on stepping up our choreo game. That is always where we lose points and we have a member that has dance experience and is willing to start earlier than normal. 

If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be?

Bold, Fresh, Unique. 

You can follow Astha A Cappella on Facebook at. Astha A Cappella, and follow the on Instagram @asthaacappella

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