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).
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