Event Reviews

Event Review: The 2015 ICCA Finals

On April 18, 2015, The Beacon Theatre in New York played host to the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Finals. Before the review, here’s a quick summary of the show.

The Competitors:
The ICCA Mid-Atlantic Champions, University of Maryland Faux Paz
The ICCA West Champions, The University of Southern California SoCal VoCals
The ICCA Midwest Champions, University of Chicago Voices In Your Head
The ICCA Great Lakes Champions, The University of Michigan G-Men
The ICCA Northeast Champions, The Vassar Devils
The ICCA South Champions, Baylor University VirtuOSO
The ICCA United Kingdom Champions, Kings College All The King’s Men
The ICCA Wild Card Champions, The Northeastern University Nor’easters

Event Review: The 2015 ICHSA Finals

On April 17, 2015, Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York played host to the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) Finals. As ICHSA Director Andrea Poole announced at the top of the show, a field of over one hundred twenty competing groups had been narrowed to the final twelve, representing eleven geographic regions throughout the US, plus a Wild Card champ. Before the review, here’s a quick summary of the show.

The Competitors:
The ICHSA Midwest Champions, DeKalb High School Enharmonic Fusion
The ICHSA Mid-Atlantic Champions , Western Alamance High School WA Cappella
The ICHSA Northeast Champions, The Northern Highlands Regional High School Highlands Voices
The ICHSA Wisconsin Champions, The Appleton East High School Insongniacs
The ICHSA New England Champions, Danvers High School Falconize
The ICHSA South Champions, Winter Park High School Take 7
The ICHSA Southwest Champions, Marcus High School Fusion
The ICHSA Wild Card Champions, Centerville High School Forte
The ICHSA East Coast Champions, The Wheeler School 18 Wheelers
The ICHSA Ohio Valley Champions, Crest High School Tonal Spectrum
The ICHSA Northwest Champions, Oakland School for the Arts Vocal Rush
The ICHSA Great Lakes Champions, Port Clinton High School Touch of Class

Event Review: ICCA Northeast Semifinal at Symphony Hall

On Sunday March 23rd, the Northeast Semifinal of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella was held at the historic Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. Ten groups, the top two from each Northeast Quarterfinal, competed for the title of Northeast Semifinal Champion and a chance to compete at the International Finals in New York City. Before the review, let’s begin with a summary of the event.

Competitors:
The Berklee College of Music CharlieChords
The Harvard Opportunes
Hofstra University Sigma'cappella
The New York University Mixtapes
Northeastern University Distilled Harmony
Emerson College Acappellics Anonymous
The SUNY Potsdam Pointercounts
SUNY Purchase Choral Pleasure
The Northeastern University Nor'easters
The Vassar Devils

Guest Performer:
2014 ICCA Champions, Berklee College of Music Pitch Slapped

Event Review: ICCA Northeast Quarterfinal at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Competitors:
Salem State University SSockappella
The Cornell University Touchtones
The Northeastern University Nor’easters
University of Hartford Uharmonies
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Chorallaries
The Suffolk Ramifications
The Simmons Sirens
The Vassar Devils | Vassar College
The Olin College of Engineering PowerChords
Northeastern University Pitch, Please!

Guest Performer:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Resonance

Sound:
Liquid 5th Productions

Event Review: ICCA West Quarterfinal at Rolling Hills Church

On Saturday, January 31, Rolling Hills Church in Tualatin, Oregon played host to an ICCA West Quarterfinal. Phots from the show are up now on the A Cappella Blog Facebook page. Before the review, here's a quick summary of the event.

The Competitors:
Western Oregon University Suspended
Oregon State University Power chord
Portland State University Green Note
University of Oregon On the Rocks
The Linn-Benton Community College Sirens
Western Oregon University 15 Miles West
Oregon State University Outspoken
Willamette university Headband
University of Oregon Mind the Gap
Linn-Benton Community College Blue Light Special

Guest Performer: Wilsonville High School Soul'd Out

Emcee: Courtney Jensen

Event Review: ICHSA Northwest Semifinal at Rolling Hills Church

On Friday, January 30, Rolling Hills Church in Tualatin, Oregon played host to the ICHSA Northwest Semifinal. Photos from the show are available now on the A Cappella Blog Facebook page. Before the review, here's a quick summary of the evening.

The Competitors:
The Monte Vista high School Monte Vista Chapel Ghosts
South Albany High School Rebelation!
The Athenian School hOWLers
The San Francisco University High School Satonics
West Albany High School Rhythmix
Bend High School Dynamics
Corvallis High School Spartacappella
The Sherwood High School Mixolydians
Lincoln high School Vivace
Oregon Children's Choir Synergy
Oakland School for the Arts Vocal Rush
Wilsonville High SChool Soul'd Out

Guest Performer: Oregon State University Outspoken

Emcee: Jason Kummerman from Outspoken

Event Review: The 2014 ICCA Finals

On April 26, 2014, Town Hall in New York, NY played host to the ICCA Finals. Before the review, a quick summary of the event.

The Competitors:
The University of Michigan GMen, ICCA Great Lakes Champions
The Universitiy of California-Los Angeles ScatterTones, ICCA West Champions
Berklee College of Music Pitch Slapped, ICCA Northeast Champions
King's College London All the King's Men, ICCA International Semifinal Champions
The New York University N'Harmonics, ICCA Mid-Atlantic Champions
University of Delaware Vocal Point, ICCA South Champions
The Belmont University Beltones, ICCA Wild Card Champions
The Saint Louis University Bare Naked Statues, ICCA Midwest Champions

Guest Group:
The Northern Highlands Regional High School Highlands Voices
Cheyenne Mountain High School Crimson
The Northern Highlands Regional High School Highlands Belles

Emcee: Cooper Kitching

One more introductory note--I'd be remiss not acknowledge Liquid 5th's work on this show--particularly Carl Taylor, manning the sound booth. Simply immaculate sound for this show, befitting an event the caliber of ICCA Finals.

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