<![CDATA[The A Cappella Blog]]> http://acappellablog.com/ The A Cappella Blog en Copyright 2017 2017-01-21T22:35:40-05:00 <![CDATA[The Exeter University Bluebelles]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-exeter-university-bluebelles http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-exeter-university-bluebelles

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 The Bluebelles and we will be competing at the Exeter Quarterfinal on the 5th of February.

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

The Bluebelles was formed in 2013, so we're only just turning 4,  and we competed in the ICCAs for the first time last year.

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

We are competing again this year because we loved meeting groups from around the country, competing at a high level against really strong competition, and challenges ourselves to perform in front of a large audience and knowledgeable judges in 2016. This year, we are pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone even more with our arrangements, and we'd love to impress the a cappella community with what we can do as a group as we grow,  and gain more experience of competing at this level.

How is your group preparing for competition?

To prepare, we are increasing our rehearsals in the run up to the competition, especially rehearsing with microphones as last year's competition was the first time we had ever performed with them. We also started learning music over the Christmas break, to free up time during the term to work on performance 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?

Three words to describe our set for the competition would be: ambitious, jazzy and light-hearted.

You can follow The Bluebelles using the information below:

Website: www.exeterguild.org/societies/acappella/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bluebellesacappella
Twitter: @The_Bluebelles

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2017-01-21T09:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The Cornell University Class Notes]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-cornell-university-class-notes http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-cornell-university-class-notes
Class Notes

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're The Class Notes from Cornell University, and our quarterfinal is on February 18th.  

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

Our group has been around since 1983, but we started as a jazz group. Over time we've made the transition to singing pop songs instead and now are the oldest running co-ed a cappella group on Cornell's campus. We competed back in 2012 and made it to semifinals. 

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

This year our group is very young--we have lots of new members and lots of renewed energy. I think it's lead everyone to wonder what we can become if we put all of our effort and time into the group and into this competition. In a way, we're using this competition to test our limits. The hope is that we exceed all of them. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

We have only four weeks of rehearsal to learn and polish the set, so the rehearsal schedule has been intense. We have designated each week to have a different duration, so they start at "regular rehearsals" and go to "extended rehearsals" then on to "extra-extended rehearsals" and finally to our "hell week". Hopefully all of this time will allow us to properly prepare. 

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

I would describe The Class Notes as hilarious, talented, and loving. I think our set for the competition is bold, sexy, and creative. 

You can find The Class Notes on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheClassNotes  

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2017-01-21T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The Beat @ UCSD]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-beat-ucsd http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-beat-ucsd
Ucsdthebeat

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 The Beat @ UCSD, and we will be performing at the Southwest Quarterfinal on February 4th.

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

Our group has been singing and competing in the ICCA’s since 2004.
 
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

We try to compete every other year, so we are ready to join the race again after our break in 2016. In addition to gaining the incomparable experience of performing on an ICCA stage in front of judges, meeting new groups, and sharing our music and hard work, we ultimately hope to prove ourselves in the Southwest Quarterfinal and move on to the Semifinal.
 
How is your group preparing for competition?

As we previously mentioned, our last competition was in 2015, which means we spent all our rehearsal time and energy in 2016 perfecting our sound and learning to seamlessly blend our individual voices in preparation for this year’s competition. This last academic quarter leading up to the competition, however, we have incorporated more rehearsal hours for us to master our choreography and stage presence.
 
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 set is: A Love Story
Our songs each have a different attribute: Attraction, Regret, and Revival.

You can follow The Beat online using the links below:

facebook.com/theucsdbeat
thebeat.ucsd.edu

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2017-01-20T09:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The University of Minnesota Enchantments]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-university-of-minnesota-enchantments http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-university-of-minnesota-enchantments

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're The Enchantments from the University of Minnesota, and our quarterfinal date is February 4th.

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

Our group has been around since 2006, so we're celebrating our 10th birthday this year! Our group has historically competed in smaller competitions in the past, but this is our first time competing in ICCAs. 

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

We bit the bullet and decided to compete this year because it's something we, as a group, have talked about doing for years. We have nine graduating seniors this year, and we wanted those seniors to have the opportunity to compete before they graduated.

Because this is our first time competing, we're just hoping to have a good time and feel proud of our performance. We just can't wait to go through the whole experience and get a bunch of constructive criticism that the group can continue with and use to improve.

How is your group preparing for competition?

Our group is preparing by having twice-a-week rehearsals to help polish our set and choreograph 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?

Women, empowerment, powerful.

You can follow The Enchantments using the information below:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheEnchantments

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

Snapchat: @UMNEnchantment

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2017-01-20T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The Harvard LowKeys]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-harvard-lowkeys http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-harvard-lowkeys

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 the Harvard LowKeys and our quarterfinal is on Saturday, February 4th at the Berklee Performance Center.  

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

Our group was founded in 1999 and we compete in the ICCA every few years. We're especially excited to perform this year, because the last time we competed was in 2013. 

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

We're really proud of the current talent in the group and would like to feature our fantastic arrangers, soloists, beatboxers, etc. Most importantly, we wanted to work together towards a common goal, and push ourselves to be better performers. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

To our surprise, we got the earliest possible quarterfinal date, so when we're back on campus for the spring semester we will have more intense rehearsals. We have a phenomenal choreographer and dedicated music director driving our group to sound our best, convey emotion, and tell a story through our set.

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

Lots. Of. Cuddling.

You can follow The LowKeys online using the links below:

Website: www.theharvardlowkeys.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/theharvardlowk...
Facebook: www.facebook.com/harvardlowkey...  

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2017-01-19T08:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[St. Louis University Astha A Cappella]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/st-louis-university-astha-a-cappella http://acappellablog.com/interviews/st-louis-university-astha-a-cappella

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?

Astha A Capella, and February 11th. 

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

11 years, and yes we have! 

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

We always love competing at ICCA's. Our goal each year is to place. This year we believe we have what it takes. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

We plan on stepping up our choreo game. That is always where we lose points and we have a member that has dance experience and is willing to start earlier than normal. 

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

Bold, Fresh, Unique. 

You can follow Astha A Cappella on Facebook at. Astha A Cappella, and follow the on Instagram @asthaacappella

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2017-01-19T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[University of Maryland PandemoniUM]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-maryland-pandemonium http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-maryland-pandemonium

What’s your group name and on what date is your group’s quarterfinal?

Our group’s name is PandemoniUM and our quarterfinal is February 4th at the University of Maryland’s Dekelboum Concert Hall.
 
 How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

We have been around for 21 years now, and have competed several times in the ICCAs. In 2010, when we were still in the South region, we advanced to the semifinal round and received a special award of Outstanding Arrangement (alumni Alex Brown and Suzanne DeStio) for a mashup of Chicago by Sufjan Stevens and Clocks by Coldplay. In 2014, again in the South region, Pandemonium placed third in our Quarterfinal, with alumnus Alex Moss taking the award for Outstanding Vocal Percussion.

More recently, last year, Pandemonium placed first in our Quarterfinal, with special awards for Outstanding Soloist (alumna Valen Gordon singing “Weight in Gold”) and Outstanding Choreography for the entire set (alumna Tiffany Bamdad and current member Taylor Sheely). We then advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Semifinal, where we placed Third overall, winning another special award for Outstanding Choreography. 

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

Last year we really found our niche as a group, and this year we hope to hone our music making and storytelling skills even further. While of course we want to do well in the competition, one of our main focuses as a group is making the audience feel something - the emotional impact of our set is the most important thing to us (but advancing in the competition doesn’t hurt). 

How is your group preparing for competition?

Since our quarterfinal is so close to the start of our school year, we’ll be meeting every day for 2 weeks, starting before school, to prepare for our quarterfinal. Our goal is to spend most of our rehearsal process polishing parts and choreography rather than learning parts, as our arranging will be done before the start of our 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?

The three words we would use to describe our group are “eclectic,” “unique,” and “family.”

You can follow PandemoniUM at their website at Pandemoniumumd.com.

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2017-01-18T08:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Partial Credit A Cappella]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/rensselaer-polytechnic-institute-partial-credit-a-cappella http://acappellablog.com/interviews/rensselaer-polytechnic-institute-partial-credit-a-cappella
Rpi Partial Credit

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're Partial Credit A Cappella from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Our quarterfinal is on February 25 at EMPAC (RPI's Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center).

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

Partial Credit is 13 years old - we were founded in 2003, and first competed at ICCA in 2007. We won Best Arrangement awards in 2015 and 2016, and last year placed 4th in our quarterfinal.

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

It's an awesome experience to be able to perform with so many other great groups, and receiving feedback for our performance helps us to better our craft.  We're hoping to place well and get some great advice on how to improve our performances!

How is your group preparing for competition?

We'll be dedicating most January/February rehearsals towards preparing for our set, as well as working on choreo during winter break.

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 current dynamic

You can follow Partial Credit A Cappella on Facebook and most major social media platforms, and visit their website.

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2017-01-18T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[University of Arizona Enharmonics]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-arizona-enharmonics http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-arizona-enharmonics
Enharmonics

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 is Enharmonics A Cappella and our quarterfinal is on February 4thin Scottsdale, Arizona.  

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

Our group was created in August of 2014 and we competed in ICCA for the first time in 2016

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

Our goal for ICCA is to do our personal best and grow from the experience of seeing other groups perform as well as from the feedback we get from the judges. More than half our group is brand new this semester and mostly freshmen, so we really want to expose our new members to the ICCA experience before some of us older members graduate

How is your group preparing for competition?

Our preparation for ICCA is much like our usual rehearsal routine, but we've extended most of our rehearsals to add plenty of time to work on choreography.  

You can follow Enharmonics using the information below:

Website: http://enharmonicsua.wixsite.com/enharmonicsua

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/enharmonicsacappella/

Instagram: @enharmonicsua

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2017-01-17T09:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Take a Bow]]>http://acappellablog.com/tuesday-tubin/take-a-bow http://acappellablog.com/tuesday-tubin/take-a-bow

This week, we present Oregon State University Divine performing Rihanna’s “Take a Bow.”

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2017-01-17T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[University of Arizona CatCall A Cappella]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-arizona-catcall-a-cappella http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-arizona-catcall-a-cappella
Catcall

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 name is CatCall A Cappella from the University of Arizona. Our quarterfinal is on February 4 in Scottsdale, AZ alongside 8 other Arizona groups. 

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

Our group has been around since 2008. This is our 6th year in a row competing. 

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

It's a yearly thing that our group does. Our group wants to be able to perform a new exciting set with excellence that our fans and audience will enjoy.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are about to finish choreography. We will be cleaning up our music and choreography now until the competition. 

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

Cohesive, slick and expressive. 

You can keep up with CatCall A Cappella using the links below and handles below:

Twitter and Instagram: @catcallua

Facebook: www.facebook.com/catcallua

Website: www.catcallua.com 

Snapchat: TheCatCallCats

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2017-01-16T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Let’s Stop Giving Out Best Choreography Awards]]>http://acappellablog.com/open-letters/lets-stop-giving-out-best-choreography-awards http://acappellablog.com/open-letters/lets-stop-giving-out-best-choreography-awards

Dear A Cappella Competition Organizers,

There was a time when I heard a lot of groups roll their eyes when they heard the word choreography. The complaints went something like this: we’re singers, not dancers. We’re not wasting our time learning a dance routine to every song.

Times have changed. As the audience for live a cappella has grown, there’s more and more demand for groups to not just vocalize, but perform their material, and that’s particularly true in competition settings.

To over-simplify, let’s look at this hypothetical case: Group A and Group B give ostensibly equal aural performances—their pitch, rhythm, technique, and level of difficulty is all about the same. The difference is that while Group A stands in an arc with a soloist at center stage for every song  and barely bobs, let alone dances, Group B stages a full on production, complete with grapevines, back flips, hand motions to align with the lyrics, and, of course, a big wall of sound moment on the finish. Again, assuming the aural properties are on the same level, Group B probably comes out ahead in this pairing for being more entertaining, not to mention executing at an extra level of difficulty for maintaining their sound amidst all of the challenging physicality of the performance.

Over the past few years, the times have changed all over again. We went from groups rejecting or begrudgingly embracing choreography to the opposite extreme of everyone choreographing every second of every competition set (not to mention plenty of non-competition songs). It got to the point that a set like the one that won Pitch Slapped the 2015 ICCA Championship was refreshing for sheer naturalism of showmanship—that the performers on stage came across as genuinely breezy because we weren’t watching musical theater, but rather professional-caliber musicians simply emoting, and looking comfortable in their own skin.

The funny thing is, in the past couple years, there doesn’t seem to be much of a divide about over-choreographing being undesirable in contemporary a cappella. We all agree less is more and we don’t want a non-essential box-step or Charleston. So why do groups keep doing it?

We chalk up some of the over-choreographing to a fad. True excesses will weed themselves out over time, just like the No Fear t-shirts my friends wore in junior high or folks playing Pokemon Go while driving last summer. Some of what comes across as excessive choreography is a matter evolution—what we think of as too much now may well be the new norm in ten years. But there’s also a more simple, accessible root issue at play here.

Time and again, I’ve heard competition organizers and adjudicators themselves belabor the point that we need to all chill on the choreography. And yet, in addition to the more ambiguous “visual presentation” being a part of so many competitions, why do so many competitions also still give out awards for Best Choreography?

Why do we do this?

The simple answer is that we do want to reward great staging, and a group that does a truly magnificent job with staging may not place in competition, but still ought to earn some recognition. Just like we give awards for top soloists and top vocal percussionists. Fair enough. But we do not have an epidemic of groups sacrificing sound, or over-saturating our senses via great solo or VP work.

We do have that choreo problem.

I’m not suggesting that we stop recognizing compelling visuals altogether. Organizations like Varsity Vocals rightly include on their score sheets visuals like professionalism, cohesiveness, and stage presence—in other words visual elements that actually enhance a performance. Moreover, if you want to have a special award for visuals, careful readers might notice the subtle tweak that I started including in my live event reviews years back—I don’t recognize best or outstanding choreography, but rather give a nod to best visual presentation.

Reframing the conversation from choreo to a stricter focus on how staging furthers the music places the emphasis where we all want it—on purposefully planning an engaging show. No, “Most Appropriate Movement” is not as sexy as a “Best Choreography” prize, but let’s all be the change we wish to see in the world and start the conversation by no longer rewarding that which we don’t really want to see.

Sincerely,

Mike

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2017-01-15T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The Fordham University Hot Notes]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-fordham-university-hot-notes http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-fordham-university-hot-notes
Hot Notes Smiling

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 the Hot Notes from Fordham University in the Bronx, NY! Not many people know this, but our name comes from the Duke Ellington standard, “Hit Me with a Hot Note.” We’ll be competing in the Northeast quarterfinal on Saturday, February 18th at New York Society for Ethical Culture. 

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

The Hot Notes were founded in 2011 as an a cappella vocal jazz ensemble. This will be our third time competing in the ICCA. Last year, we advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Semifinal for the first time which was an unforgettable experience! We’ve grown so much over the past few years and semifinals is definitely testament to that!

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

We want to build off of our momentum from last year. Last year was a huge year for us and we’re determined to make an even bigger splash this time around. But most importantly, we are such a tight-knit family and we want to use ICCA as an opportunity to learn and grow closer together. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

We’re finalizing some new arrangements now and will be jumping into choreography when we return from break. It’s gonna be a fun and exciting set! 

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

Different, weird, surprising. We love to surprise people with our arrangements by putting twists on them and interpreting songs from fresh perspectives. We try to draw people in by giving them something they’ve never heard before. We also try to stick to our roots as a vocal jazz ensemble, so we cover a lot of “old” songs, and our newer arrangements often have jazz influences.

You can follow The Hot Notes using the information below:

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

Instagram: @FordhamHotNotes

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/f...


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2017-01-14T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The NYU N'Harmonics]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-nyu-nharmonics http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-nyu-nharmonics
Nharmonics

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?

NYU N'Harmonics, February 18th

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

The N'Harmz were founded in 1997 in NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. We first competed in ICCAs in 2005, and later placed in finals in 2008 and 2014.

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

With new members, new music, and new energy, we're excited to bring the N'Harmz back to the ICCA stage. With most of the N'Harmz being active and working artists, a cappella has always been a refreshing artistic outlet for us, and so we're looking forward to sharing our sounds with the world. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

We're constantly rehearsing, always looking to improve the arrangements, better the set, and perfect our sound. The N'Harmz have always been an evolving group, so we're letting our ICCA set be an ever-changing journey up until our last 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?

"Screlt unwritten riffs"

You can follow the N'Harmonics online at the links below:

www.nharmz.com

www.facebook.com/nharmonicsnyu

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2017-01-13T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The Missouri State University Beartones]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-missouri-state-university-beartones http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-missouri-state-university-beartones
Beartones

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 Beartones (Missouri State University’s premier all-male a cappella group).

February 25th at 7:00 PM at Missouri State University.
 
How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

The Beartones were established in 2000 and started competing in 2002. We have made it 10 out of 15 years (6 consecutive). We made it to Finals once back in 2009 where we placed 3rd.

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

We competed last year with a very young group. Going into ICCA there were a lot of guys afraid that we might struggle. Luckily, we advanced to semis and placed 3rd. This really lit a fire under us and showed us that we can contend for finals every year and we should set the bar high. Coming into this year, we are returning a lot of strong members and looking forward we won’t be losing anyone next year. These next few years are very exciting for us because we know the potential we have, we just have to make it happen. We have never been a group that does ICCA just to win it, but for the experience of bonding as a brotherhood, as well as wanting to send a message to the audience. We have the power to influence people with our music, and we want the audience to leave truly pondering what our message means.
 
How is your group preparing for competition?

To prepare for ICCA this year, we are currently in the process of getting all of our arrangements in. Once they arrive, we will send them out to everyone and over Christmas break learn them. Our goal is to come back in January and have all of the notes learned. We won’t have a whole lot of time to prepare for quarterfinals because many of the guys are in the Missouri State Chorale, and they will be performing at the presidential inauguration for about 40 million people. For that reason, it sets us back a week, and it is crucial that we have our music learned quickly. After learning the notes, we can move into choreography and finding the deeper meaning to the music. We spend a lot of time dissecting the texts of our pieces and truly finding what the songs mean to us. The more time we have finding the deeper message, perfecting our choreography, and getting out of the music the better.

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

Introspective, Candid, Human

Our set is about what it is like to be human. Life can kind of suck sometimes, and we may spend a lot of time looking for the right answers. But, maybe we don’t have the answers, and maybe that’s okay.
 
You can follow The Beartones online via the following links:
 http://www.thebeartones.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheBe...
https://twitter.com/Beartones
https://www.instagram.com/bear...

Their Snapchat is @msubeartones.

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2017-01-12T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[University of Akron Nuance]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-akron-nuance http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-akron-nuance
Nuance

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 Nuance, The University of Akron's all-male a cappella group. We are competing in the February 4th Quarterfinals at Rochester University.

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

Nuance was founded in 2004. This year will be our second time competing in the ICCAs.

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

Last year was our first year competing, and we chose a set list that didn't really match our group's strengths. We are coming back this year to show the ICCAs who we really are.

How is your group preparing for competition?

Due to a fantastic director and super committed members, we have a very fast learning curve this year. We have selected two out of our three songs so far, and every song will be arranged by Christmas. We have eight rehearsals in January to get everything together, which I'm confident is more than enough.

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

Like never before.

You can find Nuance on Facebook (facebook.com/uanuance), Twitter (twitter.com/uanuance), Instagram (@uakronnuance), Snapchat (@uanuance), and the web (www.uanuance.com)

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2017-01-11T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The University of Chicago Ransom Notes]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-university-of-chicago-ransom-notes http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-university-of-chicago-ransom-notes
Ransom Notes 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?

We're the Ransom Notes, and we are competing in the Great Lakes Quarterfinal on January 21st at the University of Chicago! 

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

We were established in 1991 under a different name, but we became the Ransom Notes in 1997. We have been competing in the ICCA for the last several years.

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

We really love the structure the competition schedule gives to our academic year. We find preparing for the tournament to be an incredible bonding experience and opportunity to grow as musicians. We also love the excuse to connect with groups from other schools and to get feedback on our performance from professionals.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are holding four rehearsals a week and encouraging each section to meet twice a week in addition to that to work on music individually and polish parts. Some of those rehearsals are devoted to choreo, some are devoted to workshopping solos, and some are standard ensemble music rehearsals. The Ransom Notes also consider intra-group bonding to be instrumental to our performance preparation, so we host movie nights and potlucks during the weeks preceding the ICCA.

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

"Fine. Fresh. Fierce." – Katy Perry 

Follow The Ransom Notes using the links below:

Website: www.ransom-notes.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RansomNotesUofC/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Ransom_Notes

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2017-01-10T08:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Something’s Got a Hold On Me]]>http://acappellablog.com/tuesday-tubin/somethings-got-a-hold-on-me http://acappellablog.com/tuesday-tubin/somethings-got-a-hold-on-me

This week, we present Imperial College London’s Scopes performing Christina Aguilera’s “Something’s Got a Hold On Me.”

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2017-01-10T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[UMass Amherst S#arp Attitude]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/umass-amherst-s-arp-attitude http://acappellablog.com/interviews/umass-amherst-s-arp-attitude
Photoshoot Dancing

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?

Hello! We are S#arp Attitude, and our northeast region quarterfinal is on February 12th at Cohen Auditorium. I’m Archie Gopal, the current Music Director and Primary Arranger for the group this year, and I'll be answering these questions on behalf of the group.
 
How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

This is our 6th year in existence at UMass Amherst. We were formed by 2 amazing ladies, Alissa Platcow and Melinda Packer. This is our fourth year competing in the ICCA competition. The first time we competed we won Outstanding Vocal Percussion for the entire set thanks to Melinda Packer (she’s so good!!!). In the 2016 competition, we placed third in our quarterfinal and received the award for Outstanding Choreography thanks to our lovely alum Sam Cormier. 
 
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

S#arp Attitude would be nowhere near what we are today without the motivation of competition. We started out as an extremely casual all-female group and it wasn’t until we started competition that we gained some traction. Preparing 12 minutes of solid music with choreography is tougher than you think! Initially, it was a way for us to check in to the a cappella scene and gain some recognition and make some connections. It has taken some time for us to grasp the concept of what it takes to be successful in competition. Going into the competition last year, we had a small group of 8 and every single girl wanted to win, we just didn’t know how. Looking back, we worked so hard, but certain decisions we made really limited us. This year, as a group of 12, we want to prove ourselves. Last year, placing third (by only 4 points!!) was very difficult for us, and we know that we can make it to the ICCA Northeast Semifinal this year. The few returning members have learned from our experience last year and have instilled these takeaways in the new members so that we are all on the same page.

People often look down on all-female groups, and not a lot of us make it far in competition. It’s tough for a small all-female group to beat 16-17 people co-ed groups who have a huge wall of sound. But we believe all-female identified a cappella is an art of its own and we strive to be the best in our own craft. We look up to the individuals who have forged that path in the a cappella community and hope to continue following in their footsteps. You gain something from competition regardless of the outcome and historically, that is what has been most beneficial to S#arp Attitude.
 
How is your group preparing for competition?

Since our quarterfinal date is only two weeks after we get back from our month long winter recess, we already have two songs of the three prepared. One song has been with us since the beginning of the academic year and the second song I just arranged when I heard that our competition date was so soon. Many of our members are from out of state, so rehearsing over winter break won’t be possible. However, we’ve started to plan a retreat the weekend before we return so that we can learn our third song before we’re even back at school. Once we return, we’ll polish up the music and learn choreography in one week and workshop everything about the set and plan and rehearse our sound check the week before competition. There is no time for something to not work or for us to be behind schedule. At this point, we have to run like a well-oiled machine, and that takes a lot of effort from the leaders in the group. It also takes a lot of individual effort from every single member of the group. I am counting on these girls to learn and memorize music over our winter break. 2 weeks is not a lot of time, and I’m really hoping we can grasp choreography while maintaining our musicality before hitting the stage! 

Last year, we were featured on aca-reality show, Sing It On by Executive Producer John Legend. It was such a great experience and changed our group for the better, but it was so so stressful. We would be filming late at night for days in a row the week before the competition and for us, that time would have been used as crucial rehearsal time. The day of competition last year, we only got to run our set in full, with all of our members and with choreography, once. So while we are so grateful to have been in the spotlight for a little, we are definitely glad to have a more normal competition preparation process this year.


A few weeks ago, I attended SoJam, a festival hosted by CASA. While there, I realized that we had decided to do competition long before we entered 5 new members. I felt uneasy about the fact that, as a leader, I had no idea if everyone in the group was even on the same page. So I made it a point to call up each member and see what their stance was on competition and if they were willing to put in more effort to improve. What amazed me, and still amazes me today, is that every single member of S#arp Attitude not only wants to compete, but has the drive to be successful in competition this year. Because of this, we had to make some cuts and adjust some things, but I have never seen this group more focused and excited before. Regardless of the outcome, I am already so proud of the women in this group.

 
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: Unapologetic Female Empowerment
Our set: Powerful Emotional Creepy

You can follow S#arp Attitude on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/Sharp... and on Twitter and Instagram @sharpattitude. They also have a new album available on Loudr and iTunes now (available on Spotify soon!): https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/deja-vu/id1169541630.

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2017-01-09T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[University of Kansas Crimson and Blues]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-kansas-crimson-and-blues http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-kansas-crimson-and-blues
Crimson And Blue

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?

Crimson and Blues, February 25th at Missouri State University
 
How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

Our group was just formed in September of 2016. We are eager to compete for the first time!
 
 Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?
 
As this is our first year competing, Crimson and Blues is hoping to introduce ourselves to the a cappella community through our ICCA performance. 

We are so excited to travel to MSU and to compete, and are looking forward to some major group bonding time. We hope to come out of ICCA as a closer group, as stronger musicians, and knowing we did out best.

 How is your group preparing for competition?
 
Our group has begun rehearsing twice as much as we normally do. 

We are utilizing recordings, both audio and video, to play back and analyze how we look and sound. 

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

Unique. Powerful. Passionate.  

You can follow Crimson and Blue using the links below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crimsonandblues/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/crimsonandblues
Instagram: 
https://www.instagram.com/crim...

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2017-01-08T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The Fordham University F#s]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-fordham-university-f-s http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-fordham-university-f-s
F Sharpsz

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?

 Fordham University F#s, February 18th 2017.

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

The F#s were founded in January 2010. We compete at the ICCA quarterfinal yearly.

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

We love the energy of an auditorium full of a cappella enthusiasts. We want to have a great time and possibly win some awards.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We rehearse bi-weekly and perform two concerts a year.

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

Vogue, Vogue ,Vogue

You can follow The F#s using the information below:

Facebook: facebook.com/fordhamfsharps

Instagram: thefsharps

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2017-01-07T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The University of Miami 18th Notes]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-university-of-miami-18th-notes http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-university-of-miami-18th-notes
18Th Notes Group 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?

We are the 18th Notes from the University of Miami and our quarterfinal is on February 25, 2017. 

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

Our group officially started on February 1, 2015. We share a birthday with Left Shark!

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

This is our first time competing at the ICCAs and we are really excited to be going! As a group, we always strive for excellence and we have reached a place where we want to compete and sing outside of our campus environment. We are really proud of what we can do and ICCAs are a great way to see how far we have come as well as what we need to work on.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are very aware of the fact that we are the only Jewish a cappella group in our quarterfinal, and we see that as an asset. Our setlist is very different from what any other group will bring to the table and we think this will give us a great chance to stand out. We are going to begin working more intensely on performance elements to give some sparkle to our already exciting and innovative arrangements.

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

Exciting, interesting, fun

You can visit The 18th Notes on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/The-18th-Notes-821622154563997/?fref=ts  

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2017-01-06T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Southern Methodist University Stampede A Cappella]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/southern-methodist-university-stampede-a-cappella http://acappellablog.com/interviews/southern-methodist-university-stampede-a-cappella

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?

Stampede A Cappella, February 18th

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

We were established in 2014 and this is our first time at ICCA.
 
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

We hope to use ICCA as a goal to help us "up our game" so to speak and bring better performance quality to our community, and to add our unique style to the culture of collegiate a cappella. 
 
How is your group preparing for competition?

We have been brainstorming set list ideas and talking about what we want to offer this year.

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

Stampede is synchronized, innovative and dynamic. 

You can follow Stampede A Cappella on Facebook here: Facebook.com/stampedeacappella.

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2017-01-05T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Michigan State University State of Fifths]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/michigan-state-university-state-of-fifths http://acappellablog.com/interviews/michigan-state-university-state-of-fifths

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 State of Fifths and our quarterfinal is February 18th at Grand Ledge High School.

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

Our group was formed in 2008. This will be our group's 7th 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 to add to the growth of State of Fifths as a whole, and the growth of the individuals that make up the group. State of Fifths is still a relatively young group on campus, and every year we compete, we're able to learn what we can do as a group to better set ourselves apart from the other a cappella groups.  By competing in ICCA, as a group of individuals, we test our focus, teamwork, and willpower to the limit in rehearsals. In addition to the personal growth element, we choose to compete for our love of music and our desire to make an audience feel something they have never felt before.

How is your group preparing for competition?

Mid-November we set aside time to think about our song options for our set. After putting together our set, our arrangers spend a few weeks perfecting a set arrangement.  Around the time we get back from our winter break, we spend our rehearsals laying out the arrangement piece by piece and refining every detail. For the first month and half we usually stick to our five hour-per-week rehearsal schedule, but by the time January roles around, we typically add a few more hours to rehearsal, or set up extra rehearsal times for individual voice parts to meet up and master their portion of the arrangement. Once we have memorized an arrangement we sit down as a group and discuss what each song in our set means to us.  By doing this, we come up with a few words that capture the emotion of each song, so as to have a unified view of what we should be feeling at any given part of our set. After discussing emotion, it's all a matter of adding in meaningful choreography, and mastering every aspect of the music. 

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

I would describe our group as passionate, driven, and unique.

You can follow State of Fifths online via their website, www.stateoffifths.com. They are also on Facebook, as State of Fifths, on Twitter @msufifths, and on Instagram they're stateoffifths. Their music can be found on Spotify, iTunes, and YouTube.

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2017-01-04T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Ain't Got Far To Go]]>http://acappellablog.com/tuesday-tubin/aint-got-far-to-go http://acappellablog.com/tuesday-tubin/aint-got-far-to-go

This week, we present Cal State Northridge Acasola performing Jess Glynne’s “Ain’t Got Far To Go.”

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2017-01-03T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The University of Rhode Island Rhody Rhapsodies]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-university-of-rhode-island-rhody-rhapsodies http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-university-of-rhode-island-rhody-rhapsodies

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 The Rhody Rhapsodies, and our quarterfinal date is February 11th, 2017! 

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

We are just 3 years old and this is our very first competition! We're very excited to be taking this next step in collegiate a cappella! 

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

Since the start of this group, I think competing was always in the back of our minds. As singers, we live for the stage and the rush of competition, and this is the next step for us. We hope to gain some insight on what we can improve on, get some recognition, and obviously we hope to potentially win!

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are rehearsing regularly, shaping our music into a dynamically interesting product, and practicing our dance moves!  

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 is diverse, energetic, and inclusive.

You can follow The Rhody Rhapsodies on Facebook at The Rhody Rhapsodies, follow them on Twitter @rhodyrhapsodies, and follow them on Instagram @therhodyrhapsodies.

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2017-01-02T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[University of Central Florida KeyHarmony]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-central-florida-keyharmony http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-central-florida-keyharmony
Key Harmony

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

KeyHarmony and our ICCA Quarterfinal is Saturday, February 25th

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

KeyHarmony has been around since October of 2009. And yes we have competed before; this will be our 6th year.

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

This year KeyHarmony decided to compete because it gives us the experience we need to become even better at what we do. We want to be the best versions of ourselves and this is a step in that process. As a group KeyHarmony hopes to leave a memorable impression on the audience and to leave the audience feeling what we are trying to get across through our performance. We want to be able to walk off the stage being satisfied and confident with what we left out there. We also look forward to getting feedback from professionals and meeting other groups during this competition. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

This year KeyHarmony is having rehearsals three times a week for three hours.  In addition, we will be holding other rehearsals and lock-ins as the ICCA date approaches. We will also be planning teambuilding activities to build upon the trust and connection of the group while we prepare for ICCA.

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

Three words that describe KeyHarmony are: exposed, powerful, and family.

You can follow KeyHarmony using the links below:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KeyHarmony
Twitter: www.twitter.com/KeyHarmonyUCF

KeyHarmony also just released a new EP called
War Without Weapons. You can find it on Itunes, Loudr and Spotify. https://open.spotify.com/album...

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2017-01-01T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[University of Texas at Austin Fuse A Cappella]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-texas-at-austin-fuse-a-cappella http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-texas-at-austin-fuse-a-cappella

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's name is Fuse A Cappella. The date of our quarterfinal is January 21.

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

Fuse A Cappella was established in the fall of 2014. Our first (large-scale) competition experience was ICCA 2016.

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

Around this time last year, beginning to compete was the next step in continuing to grow as a relatively young group at UT Austin. After such a positive first ICCA experience, we came away confident that we had learned a great deal and could improve even more a second time around.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are maximizing our rehearsal time towards working on our ICCA set. In addition to that, we hold sectionals and group members have the music to work on outside of rehearsals. After winter break, we hope to hit the ground running with choreography sessions and (likely) additional 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?

Our group: family, diversity, growth.

You can follow Fuse A Cappella online using the links below:

Website: http://fuseacappella.com
Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/FuseAcappella/


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2016-12-31T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The Suffolk University Ramifications]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-suffolk-university-ramifications http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-suffolk-university-ramifications

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 Suffolk Ramifications - Feburary 4th

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

The Rams have been around for about 16 years. The group has competed a few times in the past, most recently in the Spring of 2015.

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 show everyone what we have been working on in the past two years. ICCAS is something we have been looking forward to since last Spring, we want to share our passion for this group with everyone else. We have really excelled together as a group, we have a new sound and a real drive to get our name out there. We hope to place and move on in the competition, but more so we hope to gain more experience and bond even more as a group. We can't wait to perform and show everyone the arrangements we have been working on! 

How is your group preparing for competition?

We have two students, Merin English and Lyndsay Bianco arranging two of our songs for our ICCA set and our music director Adam Levine will be arranging the third song. All three of them have been working tirelessly on creating and teaching their arrangments. We are so proud to have our arrangments be created by people in the group. We have been learning new music, adding extra rehearsals to our schedule, performing at outside gigs and bonding as a group more, so our sound will match/blend like how close we all are. 

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

Motivated, Inspired, Determined

You can follow The Ramifications using the information below:

Website: https://www.facebook.com/TheSuffolkRamifications

Twitter: @SuffolkRams

Instagram: @_ramstagram

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2016-12-30T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Elizabethtown College Melica]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/elizabethtown-college-melica http://acappellablog.com/interviews/elizabethtown-college-melica
Melica

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's name and on what date is the quarterfinal?

Melica, January 28th at Drexel University

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

Melica started back in 1994. We are 22 years old! We competed for the first time in 2014, and we placed first in our quarterfinal (total proud moment!) We also competed in 2015 and placed third at the quarterfinal.

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

We have grown a lot as a group these last few years. We truly have learned to blend in vocals and in friendship. We are a hodge-podge of different majors coming together with our love of music. This is our journey: to push our creative boundaries and test exactly where our potential lies. Our goal is to prove to ourselves, our college, and the greater community that we have what it takes to create inspiring music.

How is your group preparing for competition?

Practice, practice, practice! We practice approximately 6 hours a week as a group, but we really rely on our individual members to hash-out the music on their own time.

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: Musicianship, creativity, and friendship (sorry for the cheesiness).

You can follow Melicaon Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Melic...

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2016-12-29T04:00:00-05:00