Elon University Sweet Signatures

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Sweet Sig
Photo credit: Nic Nelson

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?

The Sweet Signatures will be competing on February 11th at UGA. 

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

Sweet Signatures, Sweet Sigs for short, was founded in 2001 at Elon University. We compete every other year, and record a full album on the off years. This gives us the chance to share our music in a variety of ways, both on and off the stage!

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

The Sweet Sigs compete every other year, and thoroughly enjoy the experience each time. For some groups, competing is about securing another title or racking up more awards. While the Sweet Sigs enjoy receiving accolades and acknowledgments, our primary motivation is reaching our own goals. We push ourselves to reach our fullest potential, and support one another while doing so. We are also grateful for the opportunity to make memories that bring us closer together while traveling to new places. They are the kind of memories we talk about for years to come, and no trophy or award can ever take the place of the love and laughter shared between close friends.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We recently selected our ICCA set list and are learning music and new choreography. Our music director is hard at work on creating unique moments in our arrangements and our choreographers are adding fun nuances to the dance routines we will perform.

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

To describe our group, we’d say we are “sassy but sweet.”

You can follow The Sweet Signatures online using the links below.

Website: http://www.sweetsignatureselon...
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sweet...
Instagram: @sweetsignatureselon

The UNCG Sapphires

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Sapphires

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 UNCG Sapphires! Our quarterfinal is Feb 4th, 2017 in Durham, NC

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

Our group will be 16 years old this year (est. 2001)! We have competed for most years since our group has been in exsistence but this year we have lots of new faces so it will definitely be a learning experience for many of our members. 

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

We are traditionally a competitive group. We compete at least once a year, so this is a very regular event for us. Because we have such a young group this year, my hope is that they get to see and feel all of the excitement that comes with ICCA and will learn lessons that they will pass on to future generations of Sapphires. It's not every day that college students get to get up on a stage and perform thrilling and beautiful music with a group of people that they've come to love and respect, and I hope they enjoy every second of their experience. Events like these are moments that can enhance the college experience, and are why schools urge students to get involved. I'm very happy that we've been lucky enough to be able to participate. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

So far, we've been having rehearsals twice a week for 3 hours. We have also gone on retreats and had Ava-Bootcamp very recently. We try and keep our practice environment fun while also keeping in mind that there's always room for improvement, so focus is a must. But because we love what we do and each other, it's usually a lot of fun! 

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

Describing our group, I would say our three words are:

Angsty
Refreshing
Real

Describing our set I would say you could expect to feel:

Soulful
Emotion
Hope

You can follow Sapphire online using the information below:
Twitter: @uncgsapphires
Instagram: @uncgsapphires 
Facebook: UNCG Sapphires 

The Drexel University Treblemakers

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?

We are the Drexel TrebleMakers and our quarterfinal is on January 28th, 2017.

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

Our group has been around since 2004 and yes, we have competed before!

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

We are competing this year to get more competition experience, meet other acappella groups and go for the win! We hope to learn more about performing in front of a large audience as well as make friends with other people that love acappella just as much as we do. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are practicing three times a week for two hours each to get our music down. We also have a four hour practice once a week for choreography. 

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

Powerful, Emotional, and Unexpected.

You can learn more about The Treblemakers via the links below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DUTrebleMakers/?fref=ts

Instagram and Twitter: @dutreblemakers

Website: http://www.drexeltreblemakers.org

West Chester University Under A Rest

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?

Under A Rest A Cappella, Quarterfinal Date: January 28, 2017.

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

Under A Rest became a group on West Chester University’s campus in September 2014. This is their second year competing. In last year’s Mid-Atlantic quarterfinal at Drexel University, Under A Rest placed third and won awards for best arrangement and best choreography. 

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

At the conclusion of last year, our group decided that our main goal as UAR is to reach our highest potential as an a cappella group collectively, and musicians individually. We believe in teamwork and individual responsibility, and the ICCA is the perfect platform for us to share our progress with the a Cappella community. Out of this experience, we hope to show the judges and audience a new layer of storytelling that isn’t too common in this form of music. Through that, we hope to achieve greatness within ourselves and create a sense of self empowerment to those listening. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are preparing for competition by having 2 long weekend “bootcamps” over our winter break that include full day rehearsals of music and choreography along with many more rehearsals once the semester starts back up. 

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 set can be described in three words: Story worth telling.

You can follow Under A Rest using the information below:

Website: http://underarestacappella.wixsite.com/wcuar

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/underarestwcu/

Twitter/Instagram: @WCU_UnderARest


Georgetown University Superfood

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Georgetown Superfood Blog Picture

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?

Georgetown Superfood, February 4, 2017 at Rowan University.

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

Superfood has been entertaining the Georgetown University community since 1995! Superfood competed in the ICCA for the very first time in 2015, continuing all the way to the Mid-Atlantic Semifinals. This year marks our second time competing.

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

When we first competed, not only was it a great bonding experience for our members, but we also learned so much about our sound from the feedback we received each time we performed. We really valued what the judges had to say about our set, and we appreciated the opportunity to continually improve. This year, we are competing because we’ve improved so much over the last two years. We want to show how much our sound has grown and evolved. We also hope to meet and connect with other a cappella groups who are just as passionate as we are about making music and having fun while doing it.

How is your group preparing for competition?

Before the holiday break, we made sure that all of the members were comfortable with and ready to perform our arrangements. We were even able to perform the set for the Georgetown community at our fall concert. Coming back from break, we have just about three weeks to incorporate some changes that our musical director made to the arrangements as well as learn our choreography! To best prepare, we are making sure each member is not only practicing on their own, but also coming to rehearsal with focus and a positive attitude. However, while we acknowledge how important it is to prepare and rehearse, we also realize that one of the most crucial things to putting on a quality performance is having fun on stage. When we are performing together, in any capacity, we are always having a great time, and we are so excited to bring that energy to the ICCA stage.

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

Determined, Dynamic, and Daring.

You can follow Superfood online at their website: www.georgetownsuperfood.com

The Notre Dame Echoes

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Recent Echoes

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 Echoes from The University of Notre Dame, and we are excited to be performing on February 11th, 2017 at Ball State.

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

The Echoes were founded in 2012, and this will be our first official competition. 

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

We think this will be a wonderful learning experience for our group, and we are excited to challenge ourselves with more complex music and choreography. Our group is also looking forward to bonding during the drive through Indiana--our road trip songs are guaranteed to sound glorious. After this year we will hopefully have a better understanding of the competitive process and how to improve for subsequent years of competition! 

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are currently working on creating some really exciting new arrangements, and will be perfecting their performance when we return from the holidays! 

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 set will be: Modern, Electrifying, Impassioned

You can follow The Echoes on Facebook.

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