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?
Richmond Octaves, on February 11th.
How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?
Our group was founded in 1990 and our first ICCA competition was in 2015. This will be our second.
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?
We are competing because we have awesome raw talent. We now know what it takes to compete at ICCA's, and we hope to become a more technically skilled group on a big stage.
How is your group preparing for competition?
Our group is rehearsing several hours per week while juggling other extra curricular activities such as varsity athletics, jobs, and musicals. Our focus is to accomplish an excellent blend and execute our arrangements while interweaving choreography into each 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?
Energized, Engaging, Confident.
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