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're The Enchantments from the University of Minnesota, and our quarterfinal date is February 4th.
How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?
Our group has been around since 2006, so we're celebrating our 10th birthday this year! Our group has historically competed in smaller competitions in the past, but this is our first time competing in ICCAs.
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?
We bit the bullet and decided to compete this year because it's something we, as a group, have talked about doing for years. We have nine graduating seniors this year, and we wanted those seniors to have the opportunity to compete before they graduated.
Because this is our first time competing, we're just hoping to have a good time and feel proud of our performance. We just can't wait to go through the whole experience and get a bunch of constructive criticism that the group can continue with and use to improve.
How is your group preparing for competition?
Our group is preparing by having twice-a-week rehearsals to help polish our set and choreograph our performance.
If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be?
Women, empowerment, powerful.
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