Ithaca College Voicestream

Interviews
Ic Voicestream

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 IC Voicestream and we are competing February 18th at Ithaca High School

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

This year, Voicestream is actually celebrating our 15th anniversary! This will be our third time competing at the ICCAs.

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

We are competing because we always have such a great time at the ICCAs. Its a competition that really brings us together as a group, and we love the opportunity to create a unique, choreographed set that we are truly able to put 110% of our efforts into.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We chose out setlist before Thanksgiving break, and now we are working as a group to arrange our songs together in a way that works best for us and in a way that allows us to really connect to our set. When thats done, we'll be working everyday to learn our set and choreo, and to have a fun time doing so!

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

Together we'll rise.

You can follow IC Voicestream on Facebook (IC Voicestream), Twitter (@OMG_Voicestream), and Instagram (ic_voicestream).

The University of St. Andrews Alleycats

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 Alleycats, and our quarterfinal is on February 19th!

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

The Alleycats were founded in 2001, though back then we were an all-male group. We became a mixed group in 2007 and we've competed in most major competitions since then, though our focus has always been on performing in Scotland. As you can guess, it's a long way to travel to London!

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

Last year's ICCA semi-final was the first time we've performed fully micced up, and it was the best we've ever sounded. We all had goosebumps afterwards, the sound was totally intoxicating. If we can come away from this year's performance feeling the same amazing buzz, it would have been worth it, regardless of the outcome. Because the standard is always so high, it's just a great show. It's always grand to catch the other groups and see what they come up with.

How is your group preparing for competition?

Rehearsals, rehearsals, rehearsals! We have a brand new set with songs we’ve never performed before, and we want it to be perfect! We are also performing at a wedding the day before our quarterfinal so hopefully we will be in the zone!

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

Dark; Dramatic; Dangerous.

You can visit The Alleycats online using the links below:

Website: http://www.thealleycats.co.uk/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thealleyca...

We Need a Sara Bareilles A Cappella Album

Open Letters

Dear Sara Bareilles,

I’m a big fan of yours. I think that your music is just great; I appreciate your candid, funny, compassionate social media presence; though I understand it was kind of miserable for you, I thought you were shining star on The Sing-Off; and I very much enjoyed your book. You’re on the shortlist of artists whose new albums I’ll pre-order without needing to hear a track. I think you’re that neat.

What’s more, when you wrote the music for Waitress, and went the extra mile to record all of the songs with help from Jason Mraz, I thought it was just awesome. A really good album, sure, but even better than that, it demonstrated an unusual level of creative ambition. This wasn’t just a concept album, but a gifted artist telling us a story well outside the wheelhouse and genre she’s known for, and I thought it was awesome.

So what’s next? As prolific and creatively gifted as you are, you probably have something underway, and I can’t wait to hear it. But when your schedule allows, I’ve got an idea for you: an a cappella album.

As a member of the a cappella community, I take great joy in “claiming” you. Before there was Pitch Perfect, name-dropping you as an alum of your college a cappella group was a way of both explaining and justifying the a cappella world as musically viable and something that legitimately talented, famous people were a part of. Moreover, hearing you taking the lead on “I Want You Back” for Straight No Chaser’s Under the Influence cover album offered one of my favorite tracks from the collection—not just the original professional artist singing an old favorite with aca-backing, but  a contemporary vocalist putting her own spin on a classic in about as fun fashion as possible.

You’ve proven your ability to not only experiment with but thrive in off-beat genre work via What’s Inside. I’d love to hear you take on another genre from your past, and offer another distinctive sound style to a mass audience by arranging and recording an a cappella album—returning to the kind of work you put in for the original recording of “Gravity” with Awaken A Cappella.

Maybe this would involve forging an all-star a cappella team with a roster of contemporary artists filling in the appropriate vocal parts. Maybe it would involve collaborating with an existing pro group, or even a scholastic group. Maybe you hit the road, sort of akin to Ben Folds’s University A Cappella project and record different tracks with different groups. I’m not here to tell you your business--OK, admittedly, I sort of am given the nature of this column; please forgive me that and do what you will with the germ of an idea I’m offering you.

You’re wonderful and you don’t owe the a cappella world anything. But, it would be pretty awesome if you went for this.

Sincerely,

Mike

New York University Vocollision

Interviews
Vocollision

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 Vocollision from New York University. We will be competing on Feb 18, 2017 at a Northeast Quarterfinal. 

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

We are the youngest group on campus, founded in 2012. This year is the first time we will be competing at ICCA. 

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

It has been our dream to be a part of ICCA for a long time. We finally felt that we reached the level to be able to compete with many amazing groups. Our goal is clear and it is to go as far as possible. We have nothing to lose. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

Practice, practice and practice! We are focusing on some creative choreography and it will take many more hours.

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

Innovative, dramatic and caring. 

You can follow Vocollision on Facebook.

University of Hartford UHarmonies

Interviews
Uharmonies

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 UHarmonies from the University of Hartford (UHart), and our quarterfinal is on February 25.

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

2017 is actually UHarmonies' tenth year, and yes, the group competed in ICCAs two years ago.

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

We are competing this year because we are very proud of the sound we have been able to achieve, and we feel we are ready to take on the challenge. We are all very excited just to be a part of this experience, and we hope to have a lot of fun while going through the learning experience of doing a large competition like this.

How is your group preparing for competition?

Leading up to auditions, we were all working hard on our sound, and putting in lot of time and effort into our rehearsals. We have been arranging new pieces, perfecting our tuning, and spending time as a group both in and out of rehearsal to really get the group chemistry going!

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

Empowering, uplifting, innovative

You can visit UHarmonies online using the links below:

Website: http://uharmonies.wixsite.com/home   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UHarmonies/

The Lehigh Melismatics

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 Lehigh Melismatics, and our quarterfinal is on February 11th in Staten Island.

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

Our group was started in 2001 by Anita Green and Hayley Teich. We have competed multiple times in ICCA's, most notably winning second place in the 2010 Mid-Atlantic quarterfinal and winning first place in our 2016 Mid-Atlantic quarterfinal.

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

We compete every year for multiple reasons, most importantly being building a stronger connection with our group's members. Though placing well in the competition is a wonderful added bonus, preparing for events like this bring our group together in a way unlike any other. We hope that, after competing this year, we will come out as a stronger and more experienced group of performers and individuals, no matter how well we do! 

How is your group preparing for competition?

We tend to prepare for competition the same way each year. After reviewing music over winter break, we typically use our first rehearsals to learn and perfect our pieces. The latter half of our rehearsals are spent on creating and learning choreography created by our choreo team.

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

Mysterious, fun, and blazing. We are never ones to give it all away too fast, but still manage to have an incredible time creating an experience for our audiences, no matter what that audience may be. And whether it's seeing us in concert or listening to our album, we make sure that our fiery passion is heard by our listeners. 

You can follow The Melismatics online on Facebook at facebook.com/thelehighmelismatics/, on Twitter at twitter.com/lehighmels and on Instagram @thelehighmelismatics.

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