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.
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