Interviews

California University of Pennyslvania Isolated Incident

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Incident

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 Isolated Incident & our quarterfinal is on March 4th, 2017 at Carnegie Mellon University.

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

Our group is still very young & has been around since the Spring 2015 semester. Last year was our first time competing in the ICCA competition.

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

We are competing this year because it’s super fun & another performance opportunity for our young group. We are hoping to give all of our members a fun, memorable experience as well as give the audience an awesome & alternative a cappella experience.

How is your group preparing for competition?

Last semester we really tried to work on blending & bonding as a cohesive group as well as finding our own unique sound. Once this semester starts, we are planning on having a weekend long boot camp, our normally scheduled weekly rehearsals, & extra-long Sunday rehearsals leading up to the competition. We want to find the perfect balance between having fun & not stressing out about it too much, but also working hard to give our best performance yet.

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

Progressive, versatile, and driven.

You can follow Isolated Incident using the information below:
Facebook: facebook.com/isolatedincident8 

Twitter: @ICEincident


 

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SUNY Potsdam Stay Tuned

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Stay Tuned

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?

Stay Tuned! Our quarterfinal date is February 25th, 2017 at Hosmer Hall in Potsdam, NY.

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

Stay Tuned! Our quarterfinal date is February 25th, 2017 at Hosmer Hall in Potsdam, NY.

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

Our members find that past ICCA performances have allowed us to bond and grow as a musical family, and we are thrilled to have this opportunity yet again. Our mission statement is to redefine a cappella; we hope to stand by this, performing a set that combines various genres and styles in a unique and wildly entertaining way! All we can ask is that this ICCA is as rewarding as those of the past, and that we get to meet some great people who share our love of music.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We voted upon and began to prepare our ICCA set. This winter break, we will be performing a tour on Long Island, encompassing old and new repertoire. Once we return to Potsdam for the semester, we will further rehearse music 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?

Vivacious, innovative, and exhilarating.

You can follow Stay Tuned online using the links below:

Website: http://www.staytunedacappella.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/StayTunedAcappella
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StayTunedAcappella/?fref=ts
Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/search?q=stay%20tuned%20vocals&src=typd&lang=en


Central Connecticut State University Divisi

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 CCSU's Divisi and our quarterfinal is on February 25th at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

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

This is our 11th year as a group. We have been around since October 2005. Yes, we have competed in ICCA once before in 2014 as well as the BOSS Scholastic competition in 2013 and various other competitions around the state.

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

We hope to get our name out there in the competing world of a cappella and push ourselves to new limits as far as style and creativity. Winning is always great but our main focus is how we can improve as a group and we hope we get that with preparing for ICCA.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are starting to learn our ICCA set each on our own over this winter break so that part learning isn't as difficult when we get back so we can focus on other aspects of 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?

Our group can be described by these three words: unity, brotherhood, and professionalism.

You can visit CCSU Divisi on the web at www.ccsudivisi.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CCSUDivisi, and on Twitter www.twitter.com/ccsudivisi.

University of Kansas Genuine Imitation

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Genuine

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 Genuine Imitation and our quarterfinal is February 25th at Missouri State University.

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

Our group was founded in 2001 and we have competed in ICCA multiple times since then.

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

We are competing because we all have enjoyed the competitions in the past and we see it as great motivation to better ourselves and work to improve our sound each year. We took a lot of new singers in August, and we have been working hard to create an entirely different sound that is unique to this group of individuals. So we are hoping to bring something unique to ICCA this year while acclimating our younger members.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We started learning our ICCA set in late November. We had a few performances scheduled during that time, so the time we had allotted to ICCA prep was somewhat sporadic because we were preparing for those gigs. But now that the new semester has started we have learned our music and starting choreography. We also have a few weekend rehearsals scheduled where we get together, sing and do something fun like grab lunch or ice cream after. 

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

Diverse, determined and funky.

You can follow Genuine Imitation online using the links below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kugenuineimitation/?fref=ts

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

Salisbury University Squawkappella

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Squawk Fam

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?

Squawkappella; February 25th, 2017.

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

We have been around since 2007 and yes we have been competing for quite a few years, now!

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

We are hoping to diminish the idea that we are underdogs and wow the judges with our awesome set. It would be really awesome to go to semi's!

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are holding two weekend-long winter rehearsals over our winter break in January. These weekends are very long and intensive, and we use this time to fine tune our music and learn 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?

Fierce, 

You can follow Squawkappella online using the information below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squawkappella?fref=ts

Twitter: @Squawkappella

Instagram: @Squawkappella

Website: Squawkappella.wixsite.com

University of Florida Tone Def

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?

Tone Def A Cappella of the University of Florida. February 25, 7pm, the Phillips Center at UF.

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

Our group was established in 2012, so we've only been around for a few years.  Despite being a novice group, we've competed in a few competitions, including ICCA, and won first place in Hispanic Heritage Month Talent Show two years running.  We've competed in ICCA for the past three years and are looking forward to our fourth.

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

We make it a goal to compete in ICCA every year; not only does it help unify the group towards one objective, but it is also a great learning opportunity, for both new and experienced group members.  The newer members are given a chance to experience the magic of performing for a large audience in a professional setting, while the more experienced members can learn and be inspired by the creative choices made by the other groups performing.  

How is your group preparing for competition?

We've done a lot of work in preparation for this time of year - working together to form a set that really shows off who we are, arranging those songs to fit our sound, and choreographing the staging to help elevate our music.  Now, it's just a matter of mastering it all through our weekly rehearsals.

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

Unpredictable, unreserved, and competitive.

You can follow Tone Def using the information below:

Our website: www.uftonedef.com

Facebook: /tdacappella

Twitter/Instagram: @tdacappella

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