Friday Factoid

Friday Factoid: Which group has appeared most often on BOCA?

On selected Fridays, The A Cappella Blog publishes a fact, statistic or piece of history from collegiate a cappella. We welcome readers to share their own bits of uncommon knowledge, or to pose questions if there's a Friday Factoid they'd like to see.

No group has made more appearances on the Best of Collegiate A Cappella (BOCA) compilation than University of Pennsylvania Off the Beat, which has landed a whopping 13 tracks since the collections inception in 1995. The mixed group most recently earned placement on BOCA in 2008 with its cover of Rilo Kiley’s “Does He Love You.”

Sources: varsityvocals.com, a-cappella.com

Friday Factoid: The Most Common Group Name

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The most common group name in collegiate a cappella today is The Sirens, with 12 groups from The University of Southern California to Johns Hopkins University sharing that name.

Source: The A Cappella Blog directory

Friday Factoid: The Site of the First Collegiate A Cappella Show

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It has been well-documented that the Yale Whiffenpoofs, who took shape in 1909, was the first collegiate a cappella group. Given that the group was an offshoot of the Men’s Glee Club and, more specifically an elite quartet derived from it, the exact history of when, how, and under what terms it officially formed are difficult to define. Nonetheless, the group seems to have taken shape most clearly through performances at Mory’s Temple Bar, an establishment local to New Haven where the group took to performing on a weekly basis. It can, therefore, reasonably stated that Mory’s Temple Bar was the site of the first collegiate a cappella performance.

Sources: yale.edu/whiffenpoofs

Friday Factoid: The Number of Competing Groups in the 2009 ICCAs

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In 2009, there were approximately 140 collegiate a cappella groups that competed on stage in the ICCA tournament. The largest region turned out to be the Midwest with 35 groups, though it was the West region’s winners who ultimately won the championship.

Source: varsityvocals.com

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Friday Factoid: The Number of Mixed Groups to Win the ICCA Championship

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Since the competition’s inception in 1996, there have been only four mixed groups to win the ICCA/NCCA championship. Those groups are Stanford University Talisman A Cappella (1997), The University of Michigan Compulsive Lyres (2002), Millikin University One Voice (2004) and The University of Southern California SoCal VoCals (2008).

Source: varsityvocals.com, google.com

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Friday Factoid: The winningest region in the ICCAs

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No region has won more ICCA championships than the west, which has taken home an impressive seven out of thirteen championships. The champs coming out of the west are Stanford Talisman A Cappella, UC Berkeley Men’s Octet (two times), Brigham Young University Vocal Point, Brigham Young University Noteworthy, The USC SoCal VoCals, and, most recently Mt. San Antonio College Fermata Nowhere. The next closest region is the Midwest, with three, followed by the Northeast with two and the Mason-Dixon (South) region with one.

Source: varsityvocals.com

Friday Factoid: The most ICCA championships for a single school

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Out of the twelve ICCA champions, there have been only three schools to win the entire competiton on more than one occasion. UC Berkeley won it twice, with the Men’s Octet winning consecutive championships in 1998 and 1999. Secondly, Millikin University plays host to two champions—Chapter 6 in 2001 and OneVoice in 2004. Lastly, Brigham Young University has also come out on top twice, first with all-male Vocal Point winning top honors in 2006, then with all-female Noteworthy winning in 2007.

Friday Factoid: The most collegiate groups at one school

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Harvard-Radcliffe plays host to more collegiate a cappella groups than any other school, with a total of 20 ensembles. These groups are C-Sharp, The Callbacks, ‘Cliff Notes, Collegium Underground, Din & Tonics, Fallen Angels, Glee Club Lite, Krokodiloes, Kuumba Brothers, Kuumba Sisters, Low Keys, Mizmor Shir, On the Rocks, Opportunes, Radcliffe Ptiches, Underconstruction, The Veritones, two business school groups, Heard on the Street and She-E-Os and one law school group, The Scales of Justice.

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