UC Berkeley Dil Se

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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?

Our group name is UC Berkeley Dil Se, and our quarterfinal is taking place on February 25 in Redwood City, CA.

How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

Dil Se was founded in 2004 as UC Berkeley's first South Asian Fusion a cappella group. We have competed in ICCA in the past, the most recent time being at last year's quarterfinal hosted in Berkeley, where one of our singers won the Best Soloist Award for the night. 

Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

This year, our team has a lot of new members who are especially excited about ICCA.  We've done a lot of basic training and rebuilding, so ICCA is a very special opportunity for us to showcase new talents.    

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are continuing with three practices a week to perfect our pieces and make sure everyone is getting excited for the competition!

If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be? 

Our group is: exciting, dedicated, and like a family.

Dil Se's new website is available at ucberkeleydilse.com, and our Facebook page is available at facebook.com/ucberkeleydilse.

University of Delaware Vocal Point

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Vocal Point

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?

Vocal Point, Februaty 25th, 2017.

How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

Vocal Point has been around since 1998 and we have competed for the past several years.

Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

This year we are competing to keep challenging ourselves and produce great music and a great set.  We have added 5 new members (or newbs) to the group this year and they are all so excited to get their feet wet in the ICCA competition season.  We hope to accomplish an exciting set all while making the group better as a whole and the members better as individuals.  We believe competition season really allows us to put our best foot forward and become the best group of musicians and friends we can be. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

To prepare for the competition, we have been arranging and performing songs throughout the Fall semester.  We are always doing concerts and gigs because we believe any performance opportunity can better our skills for the ICCA and beyond.

If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be?

Fun, Supportive and Dedicated.

You can follow Vocal Point online vocalpointud.com, or on Facebook as Vocal Point, or on Twitter @vocalpointud. 

The Johns Hopkins University Notes of Ranvier

Interviews

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?

Our group is called the Johns Hopkins Notes of Ranvier and we are competing on February 25th.

 How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

This is our third official year as a group, and this will be our second time competing in the ICCAs.

Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

We’re competing this year since we had so much fun performing at the quarterfinals last time, and singing at the ICCAs allows our group to gain more competition experience. We hope to place at quarterfinals this year, and perform a better set than we did last year in terms of both vocals and choreography.

How is your group preparing for competition?

All competing members came back to Johns Hopkins during our winter break in order to rehearse four times per week in preparation for the ICCAs.

If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be?

I would describe our group as quirky, animated, and close-knit.

You can follow The Notes of Ranvier using the information below: 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jhunotesofranvier

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPe_JiVgszE4IJM7vX4kw6g

The SUNY Binghamton Harpur Harpeggios

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Harpur Harpeggios

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 Harpur Harpeggios, or more commonly known as The Pegs. Our quarterfinal is February 25th, in Potsdam, NY. 

How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

Our group has been around since 1983. We have competed before, with the most recent competition being in 2013.
 
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

We're competing this year because we feel that we have grown so much in the past few years. Musically, we have been able to formulate a sound that we are extremely happy with. We're extremely proud of how far we have come. We're excited that we have the opportunity to compete this year, as it will be most of the group members' first times performing in the ICCAs. Our goal is to make it past quarterfinals, but ultimately we are just so grateful for this experience and we hope that it helps us to become even better performers.
  
How is your group preparing for competition?

We have created a completely new set for this competition that is unlike anything we have ever done before. It's a bit difficult to be learning something so new and so different with a fairly short amount of time, but we think that it's going to be worth it. We're going to start learning our new set over winter break, and then have some hardcore rehearsals once the spring semester starts!

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 to describe our group would be, supportive, determined, and empowering.

You can visit the Harpur Harpeggios online using the information below:

Our website is http://thepegs.wixsite.com/the...

Our Facebook page is Harpur Harpeggios

Our Twitter username is HarpurHarpeggio

Our Instagram username is harpurharpeggios

The Ohio State of Mind

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Osm

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).

University of Central Missouri Rainbow Tones

Interviews
Rainbow Tones Selfie Talent Show 2016

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?

Our name is Rainbow Tones.  We will be performing on February 25.

How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

We have been around for four years.  We competed at the ICCA for the first time last year (Spring of 2016).

Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

We had a fantastic experience performing last year and all of our group members were interested in doing it again.  This competition is a great bonding experience for our members, and it helps us learn and grow as performers.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We started learning our set list for the show at the very beginning of the Fall semester of this year, and we have already learned a bit of choreography, as well.  We will continue to refine our singing technique and overall performance in the first few months of the Spring semester before the competition to make sure that everyone is comfortable with their individual parts.  We are also fundraising like crazy so we can afford the trip.

If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be?

Love is love.

You can follow Rainbow Tones on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/RainbowTonesUCM/?fref=ts

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