University of Wisconsin Madison Under A-Rest

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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?

Under A-Rest, February 4th in Madison.

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

Under A-Rest was formed two years ago as an all-male a cappella group. We then transitioned into a co-ed group (as we are now) a year and a half ago. This is our first time competing at ICCAs!

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

It has been a goal right from the beginning for Under A-Rest to compete at ICCAs as we wanted to give the members of our group a platform to showcase their talents. Since it is our first year competing, it would be easy for us to go "for the experience", but we are going to show everyone that we are not just "the new group on campus", we are a competitive a cappella group. Our goal is to leave ICCAs proud of ourselves and move the audience, making them believe in our sound. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

We have been preparing for ICCAs through practice, practice, practice. Under A-Rest is really one big family, so we are all together practicing all the time because we genuinely enjoy each others company. We arrange all of our ICCA set in house and work with a choreographer to prepare in the best way we think we can.

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

Believe in Yourself. Although the set tells a love story, the ICCA journey for Under A-Rest would not be happening if we didn't believe in ourselves. We are still an incredibly young group and since ICCA's is such a premier showcase of talent, we have to believe that we are capable to compete with the best of the best.

You can follow Under A-Rest on Facebook.

Penn State University Coda Conduct

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Coda Conduct

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 Coda Conduct, from Penn State University. Our quarterfinal is Feb. 4th in Rochester, NY.

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

The Coda Conduct has been around for 4 years and will celebrate its 5th anniversary on July 5th, 2017.

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

While competitions are fun, and winning is even more fun, we compete for the chance to show fellow a cappella lovers what our group is about and how much we have group in the few years our group has existed. We're also doing it for each other; the entire ICCA process is an "interesting" one that is often a rollercoaster ride that ultimately allows the group to be a closer and more tight-knit family.

How is your group preparing for competition?

Coda likes to treat what we call ICCA season as simply a more rigorous and attention-intensive time. Our rehearsals are slightly more zoned in, have more attention to detail and we rehearse a little bit more than normal. However, we try out best to not stray away from our normal schedule. We try to have a majority of the planning done before we leave for Winter Break and we learn our music over the break to ensure we are well-prepared to jump right into rehearsals and choerography in the spring.

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, sassy & mysterious.

Coda Conduct is on iTunes and Spotify, and you can follow them online using the links below:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thecodacon...                                  

Website: http://www.thecodaconduct.com/

St. Louis University Decadence

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Decadence

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?

Decadence A Cappella; February 4, 2017.

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

Our group was founded in 2010 and we have competed in ICCA for the past 4 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 make it past the Quarterfinals. As our group is fairly new, we have not yet had the opportunity to advance. Our group has been building up its numbers every year and we are currently at the largest number of members that we have ever had. With 19 members, it is incredibly important to us to enjoy the experience and gain valuable performance skills.

How is your group preparing for competition?

We have already begun arranging our songs for the competition. Along with that, we will be rehearsing every day for around two weeks until the competition. These rehearsals include working on singing technique and choreography as well as discussing the meaning of each song in detail. 

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

Emotion, determination, empowerment.

You can visit Decadence online using the links below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stlouisdecadence/?fref=ts
YouTube: 
https://www.youtube.com/user/sludecadence/featured

University of Exeter Sweet Nothings

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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?

Sweet Nothings – 5th February in Exeter

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

This is actually the group’s 10-year anniversary and we’re still in contact with old members who love to hear what we’re up to. This will be the third year of the group entering the ICCAs, which is a competition we love, especially because we get to hear so many other great University groups sing.

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

We think it’s a great way to push ourselves to be the best that we can be. In a competition scenario, everyone works that extra bit harder as they want to win! We’d love to come away proud of our performance and maybe even a place in the semi-final!  
 
How is your group preparing for competition?

On an average week we have 3 rehearsals a week together, however this will step up towards the competition. We have singing, choreography and microphone technique rehearsals and even rehearsed at 7am last year! 

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

Sensational, Surprising, Sassy

You can follow Sweet Nothings using the information below:
 https://www.facebook.com/exete... 
Twitter – sweetnothingsx
Instagram – sweetnothingsx
Snapchat – sweetnothings06

The Washington University Amateurs

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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?

The Washington University Amateurs! We're competing on Saturday, February 4th at Washington University. 

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

The Amateurs were established in the fall of 1991. We have competed in ICCA since 2013.  

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

The Amateurs' motto is "we do it because we love it," and our approach towards ICCA is no different. We are competing in ICCA to work together as a group in a competitive context, and create a set that we're proud of and enjoy performing. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

We prepare for ICCA with extensive vocal and choreography rehearsals starting in fall semester. We record videos of ourselves in order to evaluate our progress and get a better audience perspective. We also have group workshops to discuss the story that each song tells, and hone the emotions that we want to convey in our 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? 

Three words that describe our set this year: hustling, reflective, and empowering.

You can follow The Amateurs online using the information below:

Website: http://amateurs.wustl.edu

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/WashUAmateurs/about/?tab=page_info

Twitter and Instagram: @WashUAmateurs 

Elon University Sweet Signatures

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Sweet Sig
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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?

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

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