Mike Chin checking in here after the ICCA and ICHSA Finals in New York this weekend. The show took place in Alice Tully Hall at The Lincoln Center. Simply put, this was a top-to-bottom solid show. Each of the competitors seemed to “belong” at the finals level, and things were quite competitive all night long.
First off, I must recognize the ICCA and ICHSA production staff, and, in particular Amanda Newman, the executive director of Varsity Vocals. These tournaments get bigger and better each year, and this year’s finals show was a demonstration and culmination of all of the hard work that goes into organizing these events. On behalf of the a cappella community, thank you to Amanda and company for their fantastic efforts.
Second, I will note that MTV had a pronounced presence at this show, which I had mixed, but ultimately positive feelings on. I’ll get to that later in the review.
Before we get to the review, a quick summary of the show:
High School Competitors:
Cheyenne Mountain High School Crimson
Pioneer High School Soulfege
The A&M Consolidated High School Eighth Notes
Haddon Heights Baptist Regional School Vocal Forte
Oxford University Out of the Blue
University of the Free State Marjolein
The Yale University Duke’s Men
Ithaca College Ithacappella
The Florida State University AcaBelles
The Missouri State University Beartones
Mt. San Antonio College Fermata Nowhere