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 OSM a Cappella (also known as The Ohio State of Mind), and our quarterfinal date is February 25th in Centerville, Ohio.
How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?
OSM a Cappella was founded in 2010 as "Key of Gee", so we have been around for about 7 years now. We started competing in 2013, and last year was the first year that we placed -- we were 3rd place in our quarterfinal!
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?
Our goal is to advance to semifinals this year, and we hope to further develop our group's performance and musical abilities. We also look forward to sharing our love of music with the other groups participating, and to watching groups from other schools perform.
How is your group preparing for competition?
To prepare for competition, we try to learn our music as early as possible, so that we can focus on the big picture as the competition gets closer. This also makes choreography much easier to learn. Our goal is to be able to work on our expression and performance of our set to the best of our ability.
If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be?
Three words that accurately describe our group are: ambitious, dedicated, and silly!
You can visit Ohio State of Mind's website at www.osmacappella.com and stay up to date with them via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pg/OSMacappella/about/?entry_point=about_section_header&ref=page_internal), Twitter (https://twitter.com/osmacappella) and Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/c/OSMaCappella).