Salisbury University Squawkappella

Interviews
Squawk Fam

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?

Squawkappella; February 25th, 2017.

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

We have been around since 2007 and yes we have been competing for quite a few years, now!

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

We are hoping to diminish the idea that we are underdogs and wow the judges with our awesome set. It would be really awesome to go to semi's!

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are holding two weekend-long winter rehearsals over our winter break in January. These weekends are very long and intensive, and we use this time to fine tune our music and learn 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?

Fierce, 

You can follow Squawkappella online using the information below:

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

Twitter: @Squawkappella

Instagram: @Squawkappella

Website: Squawkappella.wixsite.com

University of Florida Tone Def

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?

Tone Def A Cappella of the University of Florida. February 25, 7pm, the Phillips Center at UF.

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

Our group was established in 2012, so we've only been around for a few years.  Despite being a novice group, we've competed in a few competitions, including ICCA, and won first place in Hispanic Heritage Month Talent Show two years running.  We've competed in ICCA for the past three years and are looking forward to our fourth.

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

We make it a goal to compete in ICCA every year; not only does it help unify the group towards one objective, but it is also a great learning opportunity, for both new and experienced group members.  The newer members are given a chance to experience the magic of performing for a large audience in a professional setting, while the more experienced members can learn and be inspired by the creative choices made by the other groups performing.  

How is your group preparing for competition?

We've done a lot of work in preparation for this time of year - working together to form a set that really shows off who we are, arranging those songs to fit our sound, and choreographing the staging to help elevate our music.  Now, it's just a matter of mastering it all through our weekly rehearsals.

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

Unpredictable, unreserved, and competitive.

You can follow Tone Def using the information below:

Our website: www.uftonedef.com

Facebook: /tdacappella

Twitter/Instagram: @tdacappella

Passionflower

Tuesday Tubin'

This week, we present Port Washington High School Limited Edition performing Jon Gomm’s “Passionflower.”

UC Berkeley Dil Se

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?

Our group name is UC Berkeley Dil Se, and our quarterfinal is taking place on February 25 in Redwood City, CA.

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

Dil Se was founded in 2004 as UC Berkeley's first South Asian Fusion a cappella group. We have competed in ICCA in the past, the most recent time being at last year's quarterfinal hosted in Berkeley, where one of our singers won the Best Soloist Award for the night. 

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

This year, our team has a lot of new members who are especially excited about ICCA.  We've done a lot of basic training and rebuilding, so ICCA is a very special opportunity for us to showcase new talents.    

How is your group preparing for competition?

We are continuing with three practices a week to perfect our pieces and make sure everyone is getting excited for the 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? 

Our group is: exciting, dedicated, and like a family.

Dil Se's new website is available at ucberkeleydilse.com, and our Facebook page is available at facebook.com/ucberkeleydilse.

University of Delaware Vocal Point

Interviews
Vocal Point

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?

Vocal Point, Februaty 25th, 2017.

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

Vocal Point has been around since 1998 and we have competed for the past several 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 keep challenging ourselves and produce great music and a great set.  We have added 5 new members (or newbs) to the group this year and they are all so excited to get their feet wet in the ICCA competition season.  We hope to accomplish an exciting set all while making the group better as a whole and the members better as individuals.  We believe competition season really allows us to put our best foot forward and become the best group of musicians and friends we can be. 

How is your group preparing for competition?

To prepare for the competition, we have been arranging and performing songs throughout the Fall semester.  We are always doing concerts and gigs because we believe any performance opportunity can better our skills for the ICCA and beyond.

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, Supportive and Dedicated.

You can follow Vocal Point online vocalpointud.com, or on Facebook as Vocal Point, or on Twitter @vocalpointud. 

The Johns Hopkins University Notes of Ranvier

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?

Our group is called the Johns Hopkins Notes of Ranvier and we are competing on February 25th.

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

This is our third official year as a group, and this will be our second time competing in the ICCAs.

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

We’re competing this year since we had so much fun performing at the quarterfinals last time, and singing at the ICCAs allows our group to gain more competition experience. We hope to place at quarterfinals this year, and perform a better set than we did last year in terms of both vocals and choreography.

How is your group preparing for competition?

All competing members came back to Johns Hopkins during our winter break in order to rehearse four times per week in preparation for the ICCAs.

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

I would describe our group as quirky, animated, and close-knit.

You can follow The Notes of Ranvier using the information below: 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jhunotesofranvier

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPe_JiVgszE4IJM7vX4kw6g

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