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.