Eric Soriano is a first-year medical student at the University of Rochester. He is an alum of the JHU Octopodes and a current member of the URSMD group On Call.
The weather may be cold, but the mics were hot in Rochester as Nazareth College hosted the last ICCA Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal of the 2013 season. The Linehan Chapel was buzzing with excitement as a sell-out crowd had gathered to watch the show. Nine groups, all hailing from New York State, competed for the final two spots at Semis. The competitors were:
The Cornell Chordials
RIT Eight Beat Measure
The Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Macaulay Triplets
Syracuse Main Squeeze
The Cornell Class Notes
The Syracuse Otto Tunes
The UB Buffalo Chips
The Syracuse Mandarins
Nazareth College Call4Backup
The night began with a welcome from the emcees for the evening, none other than Mike Chin and Mike Scalise, co-founders of The A Cappella Blog! You really have to hand it to these guys. For the past six years, the ACB has consistently been one of the most comprehensive and widely-accessible sources of a cappella content for the collegiate community, and it is due in large part to all of the hard work they have dedicated to the website. The Mikes handed the floor over to the host group, Nazareth College Call4Backup, who opened with a medley of Pat Benatar hits including “Shadows of the Night,” “We Belong,” “Heartbreaker,” “Love is a Battlefield,” and “Hit Me with Your Best Shot.” ICCA Mid-Atlantic Producer Holli Matze came on next to greet us before yielding the floor to the competing groups.