<![CDATA[The A Cappella Blog]]> http://acappellablog.com/ The A Cappella Blog en Copyright 2017 2017-02-24T19:40:21-05:00 <![CDATA[SUNY Potsdam Stay Tuned]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/suny-potsdam-stay-tuned http://acappellablog.com/interviews/suny-potsdam-stay-tuned
Stay Tuned

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?

Stay Tuned! Our quarterfinal date is February 25th, 2017 at Hosmer Hall in Potsdam, NY.

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

Stay Tuned! Our quarterfinal date is February 25th, 2017 at Hosmer Hall in Potsdam, NY.

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

Our members find that past ICCA performances have allowed us to bond and grow as a musical family, and we are thrilled to have this opportunity yet again. Our mission statement is to redefine a cappella; we hope to stand by this, performing a set that combines various genres and styles in a unique and wildly entertaining way! All we can ask is that this ICCA is as rewarding as those of the past, and that we get to meet some great people who share our love of music.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We voted upon and began to prepare our ICCA set. This winter break, we will be performing a tour on Long Island, encompassing old and new repertoire. Once we return to Potsdam for the semester, we will further rehearse music 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?

Vivacious, innovative, and exhilarating.

You can follow Stay Tuned online using the links below:

Website: http://www.staytunedacappella.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/StayTunedAcappella
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StayTunedAcappella/?fref=ts
Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/search?q=stay%20tuned%20vocals&src=typd&lang=en


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2017-02-24T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Central Connecticut State University Divisi]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/central-connecticut-state-university-divisi http://acappellablog.com/interviews/central-connecticut-state-university-divisi

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 CCSU's Divisi and our quarterfinal is on February 25th at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

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

This is our 11th year as a group. We have been around since October 2005. Yes, we have competed in ICCA once before in 2014 as well as the BOSS Scholastic competition in 2013 and various other competitions around the state.

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

We hope to get our name out there in the competing world of a cappella and push ourselves to new limits as far as style and creativity. Winning is always great but our main focus is how we can improve as a group and we hope we get that with preparing for ICCA.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are starting to learn our ICCA set each on our own over this winter break so that part learning isn't as difficult when we get back so we can focus on other aspects of 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?

Our group can be described by these three words: unity, brotherhood, and professionalism.

You can visit CCSU Divisi on the web at www.ccsudivisi.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CCSUDivisi, and on Twitter www.twitter.com/ccsudivisi.

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2017-02-23T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[University of Kansas Genuine Imitation]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-kansas-genuine-imitation http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-kansas-genuine-imitation
Genuine

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 Genuine Imitation and our quarterfinal is February 25th at Missouri State University.

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

Our group was founded in 2001 and we have competed in ICCA multiple times since then.

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

We are competing because we all have enjoyed the competitions in the past and we see it as great motivation to better ourselves and work to improve our sound each year. We took a lot of new singers in August, and we have been working hard to create an entirely different sound that is unique to this group of individuals. So we are hoping to bring something unique to ICCA this year while acclimating our younger members.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We started learning our ICCA set in late November. We had a few performances scheduled during that time, so the time we had allotted to ICCA prep was somewhat sporadic because we were preparing for those gigs. But now that the new semester has started we have learned our music and starting choreography. We also have a few weekend rehearsals scheduled where we get together, sing and do something fun like grab lunch or ice cream after. 

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

Diverse, determined and funky.

You can follow Genuine Imitation online using the links below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kugenuineimitation/?fref=ts

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

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2017-02-23T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Salisbury University Squawkappella]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/salisbury-university-squawkappella http://acappellablog.com/interviews/salisbury-university-squawkappella
Squawk Fam

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?

Squawkappella; February 25th, 2017.

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

We have been around since 2007 and yes we have been competing for quite a few years, now!

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

We are hoping to diminish the idea that we are underdogs and wow the judges with our awesome set. It would be really awesome to go to semi's!

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are holding two weekend-long winter rehearsals over our winter break in January. These weekends are very long and intensive, and we use this time to fine tune our music and learn 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?

Fierce, 

You can follow Squawkappella online using the information below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squawkappella?fref=ts

Twitter: @Squawkappella

Instagram: @Squawkappella

Website: Squawkappella.wixsite.com

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2017-02-22T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[University of Florida Tone Def]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-florida-tone-def http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-florida-tone-def

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?

Tone Def A Cappella of the University of Florida. February 25, 7pm, the Phillips Center at UF.

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

Our group was established in 2012, so we've only been around for a few years.  Despite being a novice group, we've competed in a few competitions, including ICCA, and won first place in Hispanic Heritage Month Talent Show two years running.  We've competed in ICCA for the past three years and are looking forward to our fourth.

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

We make it a goal to compete in ICCA every year; not only does it help unify the group towards one objective, but it is also a great learning opportunity, for both new and experienced group members.  The newer members are given a chance to experience the magic of performing for a large audience in a professional setting, while the more experienced members can learn and be inspired by the creative choices made by the other groups performing.  

How is your group preparing for competition?

We've done a lot of work in preparation for this time of year - working together to form a set that really shows off who we are, arranging those songs to fit our sound, and choreographing the staging to help elevate our music.  Now, it's just a matter of mastering it all through our weekly 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? 

Unpredictable, unreserved, and competitive.

You can follow Tone Def using the information below:

Our website: www.uftonedef.com

Facebook: /tdacappella

Twitter/Instagram: @tdacappella

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2017-02-22T03:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Passionflower]]>http://acappellablog.com/tuesday-tubin/passionflower http://acappellablog.com/tuesday-tubin/passionflower

This week, we present Port Washington High School Limited Edition performing Jon Gomm’s “Passionflower.”

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2017-02-21T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[UC Berkeley Dil Se]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/uc-berkeley-dil-se http://acappellablog.com/interviews/uc-berkeley-dil-se

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 UC Berkeley Dil Se, and our quarterfinal is taking place on February 25 in Redwood City, CA.

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

Dil Se was founded in 2004 as UC Berkeley's first South Asian Fusion a cappella group. We have competed in ICCA in the past, the most recent time being at last year's quarterfinal hosted in Berkeley, where one of our singers won the Best Soloist Award for the night. 

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

This year, our team has a lot of new members who are especially excited about ICCA.  We've done a lot of basic training and rebuilding, so ICCA is a very special opportunity for us to showcase new talents.    

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are continuing with three practices a week to perfect our pieces and make sure everyone is getting excited for 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? 

Our group is: exciting, dedicated, and like a family.

Dil Se's new website is available at ucberkeleydilse.com, and our Facebook page is available at facebook.com/ucberkeleydilse.

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2017-02-21T03:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[University of Delaware Vocal Point]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-delaware-vocal-point http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-delaware-vocal-point
Vocal Point

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?

Vocal Point, Februaty 25th, 2017.

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

Vocal Point has been around since 1998 and we have competed for the past several years.

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

This year we are competing to keep challenging ourselves and produce great music and a great set.  We have added 5 new members (or newbs) to the group this year and they are all so excited to get their feet wet in the ICCA competition season.  We hope to accomplish an exciting set all while making the group better as a whole and the members better as individuals.  We believe competition season really allows us to put our best foot forward and become the best group of musicians and friends we can be. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

To prepare for the competition, we have been arranging and performing songs throughout the Fall semester.  We are always doing concerts and gigs because we believe any performance opportunity can better our skills for the ICCA and beyond.

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

Fun, Supportive and Dedicated.

You can follow Vocal Point online vocalpointud.com, or on Facebook as Vocal Point, or on Twitter @vocalpointud. 

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2017-02-20T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The Johns Hopkins University Notes of Ranvier]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-johns-hopkins-university-notes-of-ranvier http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-johns-hopkins-university-notes-of-ranvier

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 called the Johns Hopkins Notes of Ranvier and we are competing on February 25th.

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

This is our third official year as a group, and this 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?

We’re competing this year since we had so much fun performing at the quarterfinals last time, and singing at the ICCAs allows our group to gain more competition experience. We hope to place at quarterfinals this year, and perform a better set than we did last year in terms of both vocals and choreography.

How is your group preparing for competition?

All competing members came back to Johns Hopkins during our winter break in order to rehearse four times per week in preparation for the ICCAs.

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 quirky, animated, and close-knit.

You can follow The Notes of Ranvier using the information below: 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jhunotesofranvier

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPe_JiVgszE4IJM7vX4kw6g

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2017-02-20T03:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The SUNY Binghamton Harpur Harpeggios]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-suny-binghamton-harpur-harpeggios http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-suny-binghamton-harpur-harpeggios
Harpur Harpeggios

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 Harpur Harpeggios, or more commonly known as The Pegs. Our quarterfinal is February 25th, in Potsdam, NY. 

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

Our group has been around since 1983. We have competed before, with the most recent competition being in 2013.
 
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

We're competing this year because we feel that we have grown so much in the past few years. Musically, we have been able to formulate a sound that we are extremely happy with. We're extremely proud of how far we have come. We're excited that we have the opportunity to compete this year, as it will be most of the group members' first times performing in the ICCAs. Our goal is to make it past quarterfinals, but ultimately we are just so grateful for this experience and we hope that it helps us to become even better performers.
  
How is your group preparing for competition?

We have created a completely new set for this competition that is unlike anything we have ever done before. It's a bit difficult to be learning something so new and so different with a fairly short amount of time, but we think that it's going to be worth it. We're going to start learning our new set over winter break, and then have some hardcore rehearsals once the spring semester starts!

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 group would be, supportive, determined, and empowering.

You can visit the Harpur Harpeggios online using the information below:

Our website is http://thepegs.wixsite.com/the...

Our Facebook page is Harpur Harpeggios

Our Twitter username is HarpurHarpeggio

Our Instagram username is harpurharpeggios

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2017-02-19T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The Ohio State of Mind]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-ohio-state-of-mind http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-ohio-state-of-mind
Osm

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 OSM a Cappella (also known as The Ohio State of Mind), and our quarterfinal date is February 25th in Centerville, Ohio.

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

OSM a Cappella was founded in 2010 as "Key of Gee", so we have been around for about 7 years now. We started competing in 2013, and last year was the first year that we placed -- we were 3rd place in our quarterfinal!

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

Our goal is to advance to semifinals this year, and we hope to further develop our group's performance and musical abilities. We also look forward to sharing our love of music with the other groups participating, and to watching groups from other schools perform.

How is your group preparing for competition?

To prepare for competition, we try to learn our music as early as possible, so that we can focus on the big picture as the competition gets closer. This also makes choreography much easier to learn. Our goal is to be able to work on our expression and performance of our set to the best of our ability.

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 accurately describe our group are: ambitious, dedicated, and silly!

You can visit Ohio State of Mind's website at www.osmacappella.com and stay up to date with them via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pg/OSMacappella/about/?entry_point=about_section_header&ref=page_internal), Twitter (https://twitter.com/osmacappella) and Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/c/OSMaCappella).

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2017-02-19T03:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[University of Central Missouri Rainbow Tones]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-central-missouri-rainbow-tones http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-central-missouri-rainbow-tones
Rainbow Tones Selfie Talent Show 2016

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 Rainbow Tones.  We will be performing on February 25.

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

We have been around for four years.  We competed at the ICCA for the first time last year (Spring of 2016).

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

We had a fantastic experience performing last year and all of our group members were interested in doing it again.  This competition is a great bonding experience for our members, and it helps us learn and grow as performers.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We started learning our set list for the show at the very beginning of the Fall semester of this year, and we have already learned a bit of choreography, as well.  We will continue to refine our singing technique and overall performance in the first few months of the Spring semester before the competition to make sure that everyone is comfortable with their individual parts.  We are also fundraising like crazy so we can afford the trip.

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

Love is love.

You can follow Rainbow Tones on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/RainbowTonesUCM/?fref=ts

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2017-02-18T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The University of British Columbia Fantastic Beats]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-university-of-british-columbia-fantastic-beats http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-university-of-british-columbia-fantastic-beats
Beats

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 called The Fantastic Beats and our quarterfinal is on February 25th.

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

Our group, as a composite made of many singers in an a cappella club in University of British Columbia, was formed this past September. In UBC A Cappella there are four main a cappella groups and The Fantastic Beats is made up of members from all four groups all with various years of singing experience.

Most of our members have little to no experience experience in competition a cappella.

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

Our group's main goal is to grow together musically through this new competition experience. We look forward to creating long lasting memories with each other and sharing our passion for music with others.

How is your group preparing for competition?

As competition draws near we hold two two-hour practices weekly, focusing on music and choreography respectively. Individual voice parts also hold their own sectionals weekly/biweekly outside of rehearsal times.

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

Describing our group with three words: fun, dynamic, contributive.


You can follow University of British Columbia a cappella using the information below:

Website: Www.ubcacappella.com

Facebook: Www.facebook.com/ubc.acappella

Twitter: @ubcacappella

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2017-02-18T03:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The MIT Chorallaries]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-mit-chorallaries-1 http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-mit-chorallaries-1

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 Chorallaries of MIT! We’re competing at the February 18th quarterfinal in NYC.

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

Our group was founded in 1976. We actually just celebrated our 40th anniversary with a big concert where alumni from all different generations (including one of our founders) came back to perform again. We’ve been competing in ICCAs and local competitions since long before I was in the group. It’s always been something that has pushed us to be better performers.

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

We have been a competitive group for a few decades now, but we are really striving to improve our musicality and competitiveness as the collegiate a cappella community becomes a more mainstream entity. We work really hard and think we have something really special to show for it, so we want to compete and display the results of all of our efforts! We’re hoping that the experience pushes us to the next level in terms of our stage presence and musicality as a group, and so far the pressure of preparing has been really helpful for promoting improvement within the group.

How is your group preparing for competition?

Our music directors started arranging our set over the summer, and as soon as we were all back together for fall semester, we started rehearsing. We also perform a lot in our area in addition to regular rehearsals, so every time we have the opportunity to showcase what we’ve been working on is an opportunity for us to take feedback from that and get better. We do all of our own arrangements and choreography, so any outside feedback we get is really helpful, so we’ll often have local alums help us review our work at rehearsals or gigs.

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

Nerds sing too!

You can follow The Chorallaries one at the links below:

www.choral.mit.edu

https://www.facebook.com/ChorallariesOfMIT

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2017-02-17T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[University of Connecticut A Minor]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-connecticut-a-minor http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-connecticut-a-minor
A Minor

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 A Minor, the University of Connecticut’s premiere co-ed a cappella group, and we are competing in the Northeast region Quarterfinal on February 25, 2017 at RPI.

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

We were founded in 2004 by a small group of friends from the Asian American Cultural Center on campus who simply loved making music with one another. This is our first time ever competing in the ICCAs and we could not be more thrilled!

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

A Minor has always been a passionate group and we thrive on the challenge to better ourselves. However, our current group might be one of the strongest, closest, most driven groups in our history. We are now at a point where a majority of us have been in the group for at least one year, and we are ready to take it to the next level. In addition to this, we want to branch out into the a cappella world! We look forward to having a fantastic time competing and forming new connections within this amazing international a cappella community.

Our ultimate goal going into the ICCAs is to share our passion for music and love of performing with the audience! We’re excited to have this opportunity and are going to give this competition all we’ve got!

How is your group preparing for competition?

A lot of careful planning and preparation goes into making sure we create a schedule that will prepare us for our competition. We typically have two rehearsals a week, but because we have so much to accomplish in a short amount of time, we are also having weekly sectionals to reinforce the musical aspects of our set. We try and leave a little space between our rehearsals and sectionals each week because rehearsing takes a lot of energy. Rest and recuperation will be crucial to doing our best and keeping ourselves focused during these next few weeks.

Additionally, we have been hard at work crafting a set that will show off our strengths, while creating a story that the audience can easily follow and relate to. Each song in our set is unique and powerful in its own way, and we are going to highlight these aspects through our performance. We will be taking the time to analyze the meaning of what we’re singing and the message we’re trying to send, allowing us to channel our emotions into our performance and clearly conveying our story to every member of the audience. The weeks leading up to our competition will be intense, but we are confident that with hard work and determination we can make this our best performance yet!

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 a passionate, dedicated family. Our set is empowering, introspective, and honest.

You can follow A Minor using the information below:

Website: http://uconnaminor.weebly.com/

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

Twitter: @uconn_aminor

Instagram: @uconnaminor

Snapchat: uconnaminor

AMinor also recently released a new album, Ignite, available now on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify!

iTunes: https://itun.es/us/L5fJgb

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4r1bc93d2fCEdz9773ssfG

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2017-02-17T03:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Texas Christian University License to Trill]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/texas-christian-university-license-to-trill http://acappellablog.com/interviews/texas-christian-university-license-to-trill
Tcu

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?

License to Trill | February 18, 2017 @ The Riley Center, Fort Worth, TX

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

This is our group's second year in existence as well as our second year competing. 

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

We are competing simply because we believe that competition breeds excellence and because we want to share our music with the world. Winning is great and fun and awesome, but we are competing because we love a cappella music and because we believe that connecting with people through music is the most incredible experience that exists.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We rehearse between 6-8 hours a week, and have perfected all of our music as we move into our month long 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?

Fierce, intense bangers!

You can follow License to Trill on Facebook at TCU License to Trill, on Twitter @tcu_l2t, and on Instagram @tcu_l2t.

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2017-02-16T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The Towson Trills]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-towson-trills http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-towson-trills

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 Towson Trills AKA The Trills. We are competing at JHU on February 25th and we are so excited!

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

We’re celebrating out one year anniversary! We have never competed before seeing as we haven’t been around very long at all but we are so excited to compete and sing with the rest of the a cappella community!

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

We are competing because this is our dream and we’ve always wanted to be able to say we’ve done something as amazing as this. We want to show people that if you work hard and do what you love that you can accomplish anything. And we are definitely going to be working as hard as possible.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are using our regularly scheduled rehearsals and are not accepting as many performance requests. Our choreographer Katie Sacha is researching previous winners of ICCAs, as well as other professional groups and is using that to help us create our own choreo style. Our music director Leroy Hyson is constantly challenging us with new techniques and honing our sound. Our beatboxer Aaron Bayne went to camp a cappella and learned beatboxing under Richard Steighner and is constantly working on new sounds for our set. Abby Reinhold is keeping our social media presence active and the rest of us are doing some behind the scenes things to keep the group running and keep our active status on campus. Harmony Reichert also attended a workshop with Deke Sharon to get some tips and tricks for 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?

Three words for both our group and our set would be Epic. Passion. Party.

You can follow The Trills on all social media (Facebook/instagram/twitter/youtube) under Towson Trills

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2017-02-15T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The University of Waterloo Interdudes]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-university-of-waterloo-interdudes http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-university-of-waterloo-interdudes

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 Musical Interdudes and our performance date is February 25th!  

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

The Musical Interdudes were founded in Spring 2014 and this is our first time competing!

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

The Dudes have been establishing ourselves as one of the main groups within the acapella club at The University of Waterloo and we were excited to see how far our skills can go at the ICCA. We also want to take this as an opportunity to witness some of the great talent all over North America! This also serves as a great opportunity to learn and use this experience to elevate each other to greater heights.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We've added extra weekend rehearsals to our regular schedule specifically to prep our ICCA set. We are also working on Choreography structuring to make sure our set is cohesive and flows well from start to finish. The more practice the better, we want to show our best at 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? 

Quirky, Humorous, Intense.

You can follow The Interdudes on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/TheMusicalInterDudes/

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2017-02-15T03:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Pace University Tonal Recall]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/pace-university-tonal-recall http://acappellablog.com/interviews/pace-university-tonal-recall

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 named Tonal Recall. We're the only a cappella group at Pace University. This year, we'll be competing in the Northeast Quarterfinal at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on February 18th.

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

Tonal Recall was started about 3 years ago by our current president. We have performed at multiple events around our university and at other invitationals held by other schools. This is our first year competing in ICCA.
 
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

Since our group was established only 3 years ago, we have been focusing on building our repertoire and finding our group's sound. Since this is our first year competing, we're hoping to better our arrangements and performance quality while meeting more groups in the area and making a name for ourselves in the process. We're looking forward to the event and hope to learn a lot while competing and watching our competitors.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We've been trying to create a setlist that will showcase our members, our talents, and who we are as a group overall. Rehearsing multiple times a week, we have  different members arranging and blocking each song so that everyone has a hand in the final performance 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?

Unique, Reflective, Powerful.

You can follow Tonal Recall using the information below:

Website: http://tonalrecall.wixsite.com/tonal-recall
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaceTonalRecall/
Twitter: @tonal_recall
Instagram: tonal_recall

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2017-02-14T08:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[When We Were Young]]>http://acappellablog.com/tuesday-tubin/when-we-were-young http://acappellablog.com/tuesday-tubin/when-we-were-young

This week, we present The Virginia Gentlemen, performing Adele’s “When We Were Young."

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2017-02-14T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Ithaca College Voicestream]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/ithaca-college-voicestream http://acappellablog.com/interviews/ithaca-college-voicestream
Ic Voicestream

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 IC Voicestream and we are competing February 18th at Ithaca High School

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

This year, Voicestream is actually celebrating our 15th anniversary! This will be our third time competing at the ICCAs.

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

We are competing because we always have such a great time at the ICCAs. Its a competition that really brings us together as a group, and we love the opportunity to create a unique, choreographed set that we are truly able to put 110% of our efforts into.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We chose out setlist before Thanksgiving break, and now we are working as a group to arrange our songs together in a way that works best for us and in a way that allows us to really connect to our set. When thats done, we'll be working everyday to learn our set and choreo, and to have a fun time doing so!

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

Together we'll rise.

You can follow IC Voicestream on Facebook (IC Voicestream), Twitter (@OMG_Voicestream), and Instagram (ic_voicestream).

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2017-02-13T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The University of St. Andrews Alleycats]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-university-of-st-andrews-alleycats http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-university-of-st-andrews-alleycats

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 Alleycats, and our quarterfinal is on February 19th!

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

The Alleycats were founded in 2001, though back then we were an all-male group. We became a mixed group in 2007 and we've competed in most major competitions since then, though our focus has always been on performing in Scotland. As you can guess, it's a long way to travel to London!

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

Last year's ICCA semi-final was the first time we've performed fully micced up, and it was the best we've ever sounded. We all had goosebumps afterwards, the sound was totally intoxicating. If we can come away from this year's performance feeling the same amazing buzz, it would have been worth it, regardless of the outcome. Because the standard is always so high, it's just a great show. It's always grand to catch the other groups and see what they come up with.

How is your group preparing for competition?

Rehearsals, rehearsals, rehearsals! We have a brand new set with songs we’ve never performed before, and we want it to be perfect! We are also performing at a wedding the day before our quarterfinal so hopefully we will be in the zone!

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

Dark; Dramatic; Dangerous.

You can visit The Alleycats online using the links below:

Website: http://www.thealleycats.co.uk/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thealleyca...

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2017-02-13T03:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[We Need a Sara Bareilles A Cappella Album]]>http://acappellablog.com/open-letters/we-need-a-sara-bareilles-a-cappella-album http://acappellablog.com/open-letters/we-need-a-sara-bareilles-a-cappella-album

Dear Sara Bareilles,

I’m a big fan of yours. I think that your music is just great; I appreciate your candid, funny, compassionate social media presence; though I understand it was kind of miserable for you, I thought you were shining star on The Sing-Off; and I very much enjoyed your book. You’re on the shortlist of artists whose new albums I’ll pre-order without needing to hear a track. I think you’re that neat.

What’s more, when you wrote the music for Waitress, and went the extra mile to record all of the songs with help from Jason Mraz, I thought it was just awesome. A really good album, sure, but even better than that, it demonstrated an unusual level of creative ambition. This wasn’t just a concept album, but a gifted artist telling us a story well outside the wheelhouse and genre she’s known for, and I thought it was awesome.

So what’s next? As prolific and creatively gifted as you are, you probably have something underway, and I can’t wait to hear it. But when your schedule allows, I’ve got an idea for you: an a cappella album.

As a member of the a cappella community, I take great joy in “claiming” you. Before there was Pitch Perfect, name-dropping you as an alum of your college a cappella group was a way of both explaining and justifying the a cappella world as musically viable and something that legitimately talented, famous people were a part of. Moreover, hearing you taking the lead on “I Want You Back” for Straight No Chaser’s Under the Influence cover album offered one of my favorite tracks from the collection—not just the original professional artist singing an old favorite with aca-backing, but  a contemporary vocalist putting her own spin on a classic in about as fun fashion as possible.

You’ve proven your ability to not only experiment with but thrive in off-beat genre work via What’s Inside. I’d love to hear you take on another genre from your past, and offer another distinctive sound style to a mass audience by arranging and recording an a cappella album—returning to the kind of work you put in for the original recording of “Gravity” with Awaken A Cappella.

Maybe this would involve forging an all-star a cappella team with a roster of contemporary artists filling in the appropriate vocal parts. Maybe it would involve collaborating with an existing pro group, or even a scholastic group. Maybe you hit the road, sort of akin to Ben Folds’s University A Cappella project and record different tracks with different groups. I’m not here to tell you your business--OK, admittedly, I sort of am given the nature of this column; please forgive me that and do what you will with the germ of an idea I’m offering you.

You’re wonderful and you don’t owe the a cappella world anything. But, it would be pretty awesome if you went for this.

Sincerely,

Mike

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2017-02-12T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[New York University Vocollision]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/new-york-university-vocollision http://acappellablog.com/interviews/new-york-university-vocollision
Vocollision

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 Vocollision from New York University. We will be competing on Feb 18, 2017 at a Northeast Quarterfinal. 

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

We are the youngest group on campus, founded in 2012. This year is the first time we will be competing at ICCA. 

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

It has been our dream to be a part of ICCA for a long time. We finally felt that we reached the level to be able to compete with many amazing groups. Our goal is clear and it is to go as far as possible. We have nothing to lose. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

Practice, practice and practice! We are focusing on some creative choreography and it will take many more hours.

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

Innovative, dramatic and caring. 

You can follow Vocollision on Facebook.

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2017-02-11T08:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[University of Hartford UHarmonies]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-hartford-uharmonies http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-hartford-uharmonies
Uharmonies

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 UHarmonies from the University of Hartford (UHart), and our quarterfinal is on February 25.

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

2017 is actually UHarmonies' tenth year, and yes, the group competed in ICCAs two years ago.

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

We are competing this year because we are very proud of the sound we have been able to achieve, and we feel we are ready to take on the challenge. We are all very excited just to be a part of this experience, and we hope to have a lot of fun while going through the learning experience of doing a large competition like this.

How is your group preparing for competition?

Leading up to auditions, we were all working hard on our sound, and putting in lot of time and effort into our rehearsals. We have been arranging new pieces, perfecting our tuning, and spending time as a group both in and out of rehearsal to really get the group chemistry going!

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

Empowering, uplifting, innovative

You can visit UHarmonies online using the links below:

Website: http://uharmonies.wixsite.com/home   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UHarmonies/

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2017-02-11T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The Lehigh Melismatics]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-lehigh-melismatics http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-lehigh-melismatics

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 Lehigh Melismatics, and our quarterfinal is on February 11th in Staten Island.

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

Our group was started in 2001 by Anita Green and Hayley Teich. We have competed multiple times in ICCA's, most notably winning second place in the 2010 Mid-Atlantic quarterfinal and winning first place in our 2016 Mid-Atlantic quarterfinal.

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

We compete every year for multiple reasons, most importantly being building a stronger connection with our group's members. Though placing well in the competition is a wonderful added bonus, preparing for events like this bring our group together in a way unlike any other. We hope that, after competing this year, we will come out as a stronger and more experienced group of performers and individuals, no matter how well we do! 

How is your group preparing for competition?

We tend to prepare for competition the same way each year. After reviewing music over winter break, we typically use our first rehearsals to learn and perfect our pieces. The latter half of our rehearsals are spent on creating and learning choreography created by our choreo team.

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

Mysterious, fun, and blazing. We are never ones to give it all away too fast, but still manage to have an incredible time creating an experience for our audiences, no matter what that audience may be. And whether it's seeing us in concert or listening to our album, we make sure that our fiery passion is heard by our listeners. 

You can follow The Melismatics online on Facebook at facebook.com/thelehighmelismatics/, on Twitter at twitter.com/lehighmels and on Instagram @thelehighmelismatics.

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2017-02-10T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Illinois State University Secondary Dominance]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/illinois-state-university-secondary-dominance http://acappellablog.com/interviews/illinois-state-university-secondary-dominance

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?

Secondary Dominance, February 11th in DeKalb, Illinois.

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

We were established in 2004, and have competed for 9 years.

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

We always love competing in ICCA because it gives us a chance to show off what we've been working on for the year. Of course we would love to move on, but just competing in quarter finals is a great learning experience and an awesome opportunity to see other amazing groups! 

How is your group preparing for competition?

We have girls that are busy arranging songs, and our choreography chairs are hard at work creating dance moves and formations!

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

Bubbly, dedicated, outgoing

You can visit Secondary Dominance at their website, and follow then on Facebook (Secondary Dominance), Twitter (@2ndarydominance) and Instagram (@secondarydominance).

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2017-02-09T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[The Bryant University Bottom Line]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-bryant-university-bottom-line http://acappellablog.com/interviews/the-bryant-university-bottom-line

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 Bryant University's The Bottom Line, and we will be participating in the ICCA Northeast Region Quarterfinal on Saturday, February 11th at Tufts University. 

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

The Bottom Line (TBL) was founded in 2006, and we have never competed before, surprisingly! While it is something we've always dreamt of doing, we never really had a group who collectively was this dedicated to competing and taking things to the next level. We have received overwhelming support from The Bottom Line alumnus, however. In fact, several TBL alumni will be supporting us at the quarterfinals - including some of TBL's founding members. 
 
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

As some might know, Bryant University is known as a "business school." We're hoping to prove to the a cappella community that we are musicians, and serious participants in the a cappella community, although our school doesn't have a formal music program. We are student-led, so we're hoping to prove to ourselves that we're capable of achieving great things. 
 
How is your group preparing for competition?

To prepare for competition, we rehearsed extensively over winter break. In addition, we had all of our group members move back to school early and held a week long intensive a capella boot camp. It was amazing! We worked day in and day out on our pieces, choreo, and team building. Our boot camp week just ended, and we're feeling confident and excited! 

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: contemporary, emotional, energetic.

You can follow The Bottom Line using the links below:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BryantTBL

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


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2017-02-09T03:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[UC Santa Cruz Acquire]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/uc-santa-cruz-acquire http://acappellablog.com/interviews/uc-santa-cruz-acquire
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... 

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2017-02-08T04:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[University of Illinois Unseen]]>http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-illinois-unseen http://acappellablog.com/interviews/university-of-illinois-unseen

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/ 

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2017-02-08T03:00:00-05:00