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 Midnight Echo, and we will be competing on February 11, 2017.
How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?
We've been around since the early 2000s, and competed early on, but our current members have never competed.
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 put ourselves out there! We hope to grow musically through the rehearsal process, but we also wanted to simply do it for the experience. We are excited to network with other groups and get a taste of the competition circuit.
How is your group preparing for competition?
We are preparing by encouraging one another to rehearse, learn, and memorise our new music over our winter break. Additionally, we are constantly checking in with one another to plan rehearsals and schedule our meetings so that we can be as prepared for ICCAs as possible.
If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be?
Expressive, quirky, loyal.
You can follow Midnight Echo on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/claremontmidnightecho/