The Bryant University Bottom Line

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 Bryant University's The Bottom Line, and we will be participating in the ICCA Northeast Region Quarterfinal on Saturday, February 11th at Tufts University. 

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

The Bottom Line (TBL) was founded in 2006, and we have never competed before, surprisingly! While it is something we've always dreamt of doing, we never really had a group who collectively was this dedicated to competing and taking things to the next level. We have received overwhelming support from The Bottom Line alumnus, however. In fact, several TBL alumni will be supporting us at the quarterfinals - including some of TBL's founding members. 
 
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

As some might know, Bryant University is known as a "business school." We're hoping to prove to the a cappella community that we are musicians, and serious participants in the a cappella community, although our school doesn't have a formal music program. We are student-led, so we're hoping to prove to ourselves that we're capable of achieving great things. 
 
How is your group preparing for competition?

To prepare for competition, we rehearsed extensively over winter break. In addition, we had all of our group members move back to school early and held a week long intensive a capella boot camp. It was amazing! We worked day in and day out on our pieces, choreo, and team building. Our boot camp week just ended, and we're feeling confident and excited! 

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: contemporary, emotional, energetic.

You can follow The Bottom Line using the links below:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BryantTBL

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brya...


UC Santa Cruz Acquire

Interviews
Acquire Group Pic Tahoe

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?

Acquire A Cappella (representing UC Santa Cruz), Quarterfinal: Feb. 25th. 
 
How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?

Acquire was established in February of 2007. Acquire has competed in ICCA’s in prior years.
 
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?

It’s been a few years since Acquire has competed in this competition, and we are ready to return! Every year, Acquire’s strengths and challenges change depending on our new members. This year, we hope to use the ICCAs to test our musical abilities as a group, including dynamics, arrangements, soloists, and choreography. We are also so excited to go to ICCAs to meet other groups and gain some new connections in the a cappella community. 
 
How is your group preparing for competition?

Our group has chosen a three-song set arranged by one of our amazing music directors, Jacob Darby. We also have a choreography leadership group in charge of choosing formations and helping the group learn choreo. Acquire currently meets twice a week as a group, and we also hold individual 1-hour long sectionals. One of Acquire’s greatest strengths is the support we have from our Alumni, and we hope to have their help, advice, and critique during this process.

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

Super.Hot.Fire.

You can visit Acquire online using the links below:

Website:  http://www.acquiremusic.org/ 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Acqui... 

University of Illinois Unseen

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 Unseen Christian A Cappella and our quarterfinal is February 11 at DeKalb High School. 

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

Unseen was formed in October of 2015 and we have not competed in ICCA before.

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

As a relatively newly-formed group, we are hoping to flex our metaphorical biceps and see how much growing we can do with the added pressure of competition. While our primary goal isn’t to win, we really want to showcase our workmanship and praise God as we do so. We also hope to put ourselves out there and gain some exposure in the a cappella community. Being the only Christian A cappella group at our quarterfinal we hope to bring a new genre of music to the stage for our audience, showing that contemporary Christian music is more similar than different to mainstream pop music, overcoming any stereotypes that our kind of music isn't good. ICCA will also be a great bonding experience for our young group. For us, there's nothing like being able to combine our different identities of music and faith through a cappella, and we're excited to share that with our audience.

How is your group preparing for competition?

Most of our pieces have been learned by now and it’s a matter of selecting soloists, perfecting our blend, and learning choreography. Each song comes already laden with meaning from its writer and original performer, and there’s something wonderful about digging deeply into that as we figure out what the piece means to each of us. We are rehearsing about 7 hours a week, and our group has been planning everything out over winter break so we can work as efficiently as possible when we return to school.

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

Group: Sincere, inspired, resilient 

Set: Awakened, liberating, love.

You can follow Unseen on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/UnseenACappella/ 

Claremont Colleges Midnight Echo

Interviews
Midnight Echo

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 Midnight Echo, and we will be competing on February 11, 2017.

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

We've been around since the early 2000s, and competed early on, but our current members have never competed.

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 put ourselves out there! We hope to grow musically through the rehearsal process, but we also wanted to simply do it for the experience.   We are excited to network with other groups and get a taste of the competition circuit.  

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are preparing by encouraging one another to rehearse, learn, and memorise our new music over our winter break.  Additionally, we are constantly checking in with one another to plan rehearsals and schedule our meetings so that we can be as prepared for ICCAs as possible. 

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

Expressive, quirky, loyal.

You can follow Midnight Echo on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/claremontmidnightecho/

My Blood

Tuesday Tubin'

This week, we present The Northern Highlands Regional High School Highlands Belles performing Ellie Goulding’s “My Blood.”

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 

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