The Richmond Octaves

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?

Richmond Octaves, on February 11th.

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

Our group was founded in 1990 and our first ICCA competition was in 2015. This will be our second. 

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

We are competing because we have awesome raw talent. We now know what it takes to compete at ICCA's, and we hope to become a more technically skilled group on a big stage. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

Our group is rehearsing several hours per week while juggling other extra curricular activities such as varsity athletics, jobs, and musicals. Our focus is to accomplish an excellent blend and execute our arrangements while interweaving choreography into each piece.  

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

Energized, Engaging, Confident.

You can follow The Richmond Octaves using the information below:

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

Instagram: richmondtaves 

Ball State University Unexpected Resolution

Interviews

In honor of the 2016 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?

Unexpected Resolution. February 11, 2017 at Ball State University
 
How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

We’ve been around for three full school years, and this is our third time competing at a quarterfinal competition.
 
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

We are competing because it is a good way for us to make sure that we continue to improve each year! We hope to show the improvements that we have been working on since last year. 
 
How is your group preparing for competition?

We rehearse two to three times a week. 
 
If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be?

We do anything and everything that sounds good a cappella! We’ve done barbershop, vocal jazz, pop, musical theatre, and more!

You can follow Unexpected Resolution Facebook.

The Buffalo Chips

Interviews
Buffalo Chips Photo

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 Buffalo Chips and our quarterfinal is on February 11, 2016.

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

Our group has been around for 22 years, and we are very proud of that! We have competed before; we have made it to finals before and have also won other awards such as "Best Choreography" and "Best Arrangement".

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

We have loved competing over the years. We grow as a group, as a family and we also better ourselves musically for other performances in the upcoming semester. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

We have added rehearsals and gotten a few choreographers to help us bring our competition set together. We are also coming back from Winter Break early to put on the last finishing touches to the 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?

Dedicated, Passionate, Hardworking

You can visit The Chips online using the links below:

Website: www.ubchips.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheChips

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ubchips/?hl=en

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBuffaloChips

Notre Dame Halftime

Interviews
Halftime

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 Halftime A Cappella from the University of Notre Dame. Our quarterfinal date is February 11 at Ball State University.

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

Halftime was founded in 2004 as Notre Dame’s first co-ed a cappella group. Halftime has been working hard to improve and grow as a group over the last few years, competing on campus and in smaller competitions. We competed in the ICCA for the first time last year at the Indiana University Midwest Quarterfinal and cannot wait to come back for our second year!

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

Halftime is still relatively new to the competitive a cappella scene, so our goal in competing this year is to establish a stronger presence for our group. We want to start creating a legacy for Halftime and grow as performers and musicians. We had a great experience last year, but now that we have been through it before, we are trying to improve on last year’s performance and hopefully place while we’re at it!

How is your group preparing for competition?

Our music director is currently arranging a cohesive set specifically for the competition! As a group, we have been working all semester on developing our musicality and presence on stage. We recorded an EP in December, which has helped all of our members gain confidence and really connect with the music we’re singing, and we think that will help our ICCA performance immensely! Additionally, we have been looking to peer groups at Notre Dame, in the Midwest, and other notable collegiate a cappella groups in order to learn what different styles and approaches many groups take to the ICCA.

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

Energetic, passionate, edgy.

You can follow Halftime online using the information below:

Facebook: @Halftime

Twitter: @HalftimeND

Instagram: @NDHalftime!

Website: www.halftimend.com

University of Florida Gestalt

Interviews
Gestalt

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 Gestalt--the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Our ICCA quarterfinal will be held on February 25 in Gainesville, FL (South region).

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

Our first rehearsal took place in August 2016, so this season will mark our ICCA debut!

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

Gestalt was founded with the intention of flourishing in competition. Through this facet, we are creating artistic sets that will reach our niche audience—fans of collegiate a cappella. In doing so, we really seek to break the mold of contemporary a cappella by eliciting very dynamic and organic emotive responses from our audiences. Rather than expecting audiences to hear our own stories, we want our performances to allow others to tap into their own experiences through our music.

How is your group preparing for competition?

Drive, ambition, intention, and hard work!

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

Beyond the archetype.

You can follow or contact Gestalt using the information below:

Website: www.gestaltacappella.com

Instagram: @gestaltacappella #dvdp

Feel free to send us an email at contact@gestaltacappella.com, too!

Grand Valley State University Euphoria

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?

Euphoria. February 18, 2017.

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

This is Euphoria’s 11th year as an active a cappella group. We have competed in numerous local and state-wide competitions, including several ICCA competitions.

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

We are competing this year in hopes to represent Grand Valley as best we can through music, and to have a ton of fun while doing so! We are hoping to learn a lot about ourselves and our rehearsal processes, as well as learn from watching, and getting to know, the other competing groups as well along the way.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We have been working very hard to prepare a spectacular set to perform at the ICCAs! Part of our preparations have included a “boot camp” that we completed upon coming back from our winter break where we spent nearly an entire weekend doing nothing but learn our music and choreography for our upcoming ICCA set so that we could have as much polishing time as possible! We also competed in the 7th annual A Cappella-Off! in Allendale, Michigan and took 1st place! Now we are rehearsing twice a week to continue striving to accomplish one of our best performances ever at the upcoming ICCA 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?

Three words to describe our set would be: Love, Loss, and Funk.

You can follow Euphoria using the information below:

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

Twitter: @Euphoriagvsu

Website: http://www.euphoriagv.com


 

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