Interviews

UC Santa Cruz Acquire

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Acquire Group Pic Tahoe

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?

Acquire A Cappella (representing UC Santa Cruz), Quarterfinal: Feb. 25th. 
 
How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

Acquire was established in February of 2007. Acquire has competed in ICCA’s in prior years.
 
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

It’s been a few years since Acquire has competed in this competition, and we are ready to return! Every year, Acquire’s strengths and challenges change depending on our new members. This year, we hope to use the ICCAs to test our musical abilities as a group, including dynamics, arrangements, soloists, and choreography. We are also so excited to go to ICCAs to meet other groups and gain some new connections in the a cappella community. 
 
How is your group preparing for competition?

Our group has chosen a three-song set arranged by one of our amazing music directors, Jacob Darby. We also have a choreography leadership group in charge of choosing formations and helping the group learn choreo. Acquire currently meets twice a week as a group, and we also hold individual 1-hour long sectionals. One of Acquire’s greatest strengths is the support we have from our Alumni, and we hope to have their help, advice, and critique during this process.

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

Super.Hot.Fire.

You can visit Acquire online using the links below:

Website:  http://www.acquiremusic.org/ 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Acqui... 

University of Illinois Unseen

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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 Unseen Christian A Cappella and our quarterfinal is February 11 at DeKalb High School. 

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

Unseen was formed in October of 2015 and we have not competed in ICCA before.

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

As a relatively newly-formed group, we are hoping to flex our metaphorical biceps and see how much growing we can do with the added pressure of competition. While our primary goal isn’t to win, we really want to showcase our workmanship and praise God as we do so. We also hope to put ourselves out there and gain some exposure in the a cappella community. Being the only Christian A cappella group at our quarterfinal we hope to bring a new genre of music to the stage for our audience, showing that contemporary Christian music is more similar than different to mainstream pop music, overcoming any stereotypes that our kind of music isn't good. ICCA will also be a great bonding experience for our young group. For us, there's nothing like being able to combine our different identities of music and faith through a cappella, and we're excited to share that with our audience.

How is your group preparing for competition?

Most of our pieces have been learned by now and it’s a matter of selecting soloists, perfecting our blend, and learning choreography. Each song comes already laden with meaning from its writer and original performer, and there’s something wonderful about digging deeply into that as we figure out what the piece means to each of us. We are rehearsing about 7 hours a week, and our group has been planning everything out over winter break so we can work as efficiently as possible when we return to school.

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

Group: Sincere, inspired, resilient 

Set: Awakened, liberating, love.

You can follow Unseen on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/UnseenACappella/ 

Claremont Colleges Midnight Echo

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Midnight Echo

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?

Our group name is Midnight Echo, and we will be competing on February 11, 2017.

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

We've been around since the early 2000s, and competed early on, but our current members have never competed.

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

We are competing this year to put ourselves out there! We hope to grow musically through the rehearsal process, but we also wanted to simply do it for the experience.   We are excited to network with other groups and get a taste of the competition circuit.  

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are preparing by encouraging one another to rehearse, learn, and memorise our new music over our winter break.  Additionally, we are constantly checking in with one another to plan rehearsals and schedule our meetings so that we can be as prepared for ICCAs as possible. 

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

Expressive, quirky, loyal.

You can follow Midnight Echo on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/claremontmidnightecho/

The Richmond Octaves

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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?

Richmond Octaves, on February 11th.

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

Our group was founded in 1990 and our first ICCA competition was in 2015. This will be our second. 

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

We are competing because we have awesome raw talent. We now know what it takes to compete at ICCA's, and we hope to become a more technically skilled group on a big stage. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

Our group is rehearsing several hours per week while juggling other extra curricular activities such as varsity athletics, jobs, and musicals. Our focus is to accomplish an excellent blend and execute our arrangements while interweaving choreography into each piece.  

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

Energized, Engaging, Confident.

You can follow The Richmond Octaves using the information below:

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

Instagram: richmondtaves 

Ball State University Unexpected Resolution

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In honor of the 2016 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?

Unexpected Resolution. February 11, 2017 at Ball State University
 
How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

We’ve been around for three full school years, and this is our third time competing at a quarterfinal competition.
 
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

We are competing because it is a good way for us to make sure that we continue to improve each year! We hope to show the improvements that we have been working on since last year. 
 
How is your group preparing for competition?

We rehearse two to three times a week. 
 
If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be?

We do anything and everything that sounds good a cappella! We’ve done barbershop, vocal jazz, pop, musical theatre, and more!

You can follow Unexpected Resolution Facebook.

The Buffalo Chips

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Buffalo Chips Photo

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?

 The Buffalo Chips and our quarterfinal is on February 11, 2016.

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

Our group has been around for 22 years, and we are very proud of that! We have competed before; we have made it to finals before and have also won other awards such as "Best Choreography" and "Best Arrangement".

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

We have loved competing over the years. We grow as a group, as a family and we also better ourselves musically for other performances in the upcoming semester. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

We have added rehearsals and gotten a few choreographers to help us bring our competition set together. We are also coming back from Winter Break early to put on the last finishing touches to the 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?

Dedicated, Passionate, Hardworking

You can visit The Chips online using the links below:

Website: www.ubchips.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheChips

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ubchips/?hl=en

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBuffaloChips

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