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 the 18th Notes from the University of Miami and our quarterfinal is on February 25, 2017.
How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?
Our group officially started on February 1, 2015. We share a birthday with Left Shark!
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?
This is our first time competing at the ICCAs and we are really excited to be going! As a group, we always strive for excellence and we have reached a place where we want to compete and sing outside of our campus environment. We are really proud of what we can do and ICCAs are a great way to see how far we have come as well as what we need to work on.
How is your group preparing for competition?
We are very aware of the fact that we are the only Jewish a cappella group in our quarterfinal, and we see that as an asset. Our setlist is very different from what any other group will bring to the table and we think this will give us a great chance to stand out. We are going to begin working more intensely on performance elements to give some sparkle to our already exciting and innovative arrangements.
If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be?
Exciting, interesting, fun
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