New Rules

Tuesday Tubin'

This week we present the Hofstra University Hofbeats perfroming Dua Lipa's "New Rules."

Enormous High School Groups

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #178: Enormous High School Groups

In recent years, high school a cappella groups have inched closer and closer to their college counterparts in terms of song selection, staging, and number of group members. But there’s a history of much larger high school groups, some of which are still thriving in their local communities today.

I recall my first few ICHSA shows and seeing groups with as many a thirty to forty members on stage. Sure, the number is a little unwieldy, and can cause problems when it comes to quality control, tuning and blend, and figuring out an effective, dynamic visual presentation for so many people. Just the same, there’s a certain kind of joy that’s intrinsic to these performances and to these groups.

A cappella is a competitive medium, but particularly at the scholastic level, it should also be platform building friendships and community. The biggest groups also suggest the biggest hearts, for a mentality of helping everyone who wants to be involved find a spot, and embracing the joy of creating as one big community.

I love it!

All We Got

Tuesday Tubin'

This week we present Temple University Owlcappella performing Chance the Rapper's "All We Got."

Aca-Couples

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #177: Aca-Couples

Don’t get me wrong—intra- or inter-group aca-dating can be problematic. The theatrics of relationship spilling over into any work or performance situation runs the risk posing a distraction and throwing larger group dynamics off-kilter. Moreover, for inter-group dating, there’s the potential for jealousies or conflicts of interest that can take a toll on a relationship.

But then there are the times when it works.

As I imagine most people who take the time read a post on The A Cappella Blog might agree, investment in the a cappella world is rarely a casual pursuit. What may start as an extracurricular or a hobby so often becomes the center of so many singers’ lives. Thus, having a partner who can instantly relate to the experience of rehearsals and competition, who can speak using the same musical vocabulary, and who actively wants to hear your old group’s old album, all add up to beautiful foundation for a beautiful relationship.

I love it!

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Tuesday Tubin'

This week we present The Virginia Gentlemen performing Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."

Groups With Unique Identities

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #176: Groups With Unique Identities

I’ll always remember my first trip to ICCA Finals, back in 2007. It’s a show that Noteworthy rightfully won, making a statement for all-female a cappella. A show that featured a raucous classic-rock-rooted set from The Binghamton Crosbys. It was the first time I heard a Christopher Diaz solo.

But for all of these amazing performances, one of the pieces that sticks out most was the set from Rocktavo. Yes, it was a very good set. But all the more so, it was a theatrical, imaginative set that sound like nothing else in contemporary a cappella in the year 2007.

I’m not here today to make an argument that Rocktavo was or is necessarily better than any other group competing in ICCA, but I am writing to emphasize how distinctive a set needs to be to stand out in the mind of critic ten years and over fifty competitions later.

Whether it’s song selection, sound, look, or the combination of these and far less readily labeled factors, a group with its own, unique identity stands out and stands a chance of accomplishing the kind of set that becomes the stuff of legend.

I love it!

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New Rules
Enormous High School Groups
All We Got
Aca-Couples
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
Groups With Unique Identities
Stages
You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Pocketappella
Lay Me Down
Off-Beat Openings
The One Person Rocking Out the Hardest
Hush Hush
Creating Moments
The End to Controversy on the Internet
Heavenly Father
Controversy on the Internet
Improvisation
Wake Up Everybody
Start-Up Groups
The Diversity of Acts In a Competition
Cocoa Butter Kisses
Mashups
Rediscovering an Album
Came Here For Love
Bringing Alumni on Stage
Big Crescendos
Big Crescendos
Halloween Mashup
Making the Most of Your Time