THE INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OF COLLEGIATE

A CAPPELLA

DEAR FRIENDS,

 

Welcome to Varsity Vocals’ 22nd season! After two incredible decades of presenting the best student groups – on stage and in the studio – our enthusiasm for the art of a cappella is greater than ever.

Our tournaments have grown from a handful of events to the massive showcase they are today, featuring more than 600 groups and 8,500 singers at 85 events across North America and the United Kingdom.

Our original tournament inspired the hit movie Pitch Perfect, based on the nonfiction book documenting the true story of rival groups competing against each other in our very own ICCA. The franchise released its third film this past December and remains the highest-grossing musical series of all time.

The stories of our real ICCA competitors are also the subject on the TV docu-series Sing It On, which follows competing groups on their journey to ICCA Finals. Sing It On aired in 80 million homes on POP TV and is now available on Netflix.

Despite the incredible growth and mainstream popularity we’ve enjoyed, our focus remains sharply on the promotion and development of the talent that crosses our stage. We believe competition fosters growth, as groups work together toward a specific goal and cultivate lifelong friendships. 

We provide top-notch feedback from our highly qualified judges – but more importantly, our singers get to connect with a larger audience from across the country, learning from their peers and finding inspiration in other groups.

With those same goals in mind, we were thrilled to launch the International Championship of A Cappella Open last summer. “The Open” (#AcaOpen) is an all-access a cappella tournament that brings together singers of all ages, regardless of student status, to compete on an international stage for a chance at $25,000. In its very first season, The Open featured 70 groups from around the world and culminated in a sold-out Finals at New York City's Carnegie Hall -- and we expect even bigger things this summer, as our second season kicks off.

We hope that over the years, The Open will encourage the growth of professional a cappella, much in the way the ICCA helped catapult competitive a cappella into the mainstream in Pitch Perfect and Sing It On, or how the development of the ICHSA contributed to the rapid growth of high school a cappella programs across the country. 

This is the biggest program extension in our long history, and we think it’s a natural one. After all, our founding goal was “to inspire young people to sing their entire lives.” If we want people to keep singing past the age of 22, well, they’re going to need a stage, right? 

We have seen a cappella make great strides from where it began on our stage 22 years ago, and we can’t wait to see where our 2018 season takes us. Committed to promoting our singers and energized by the great music they create, we look forward to another memorable season. Thank you for joining us!

Sincerely,

Amanda Newman
Executive Director

ICCA SOUTHWEST QUARTERFINAL

 

Timpanogos High School
Saturday, January 27, 2018

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ABOUT VARSITY VOCALS

 

Since 1996, we have encouraged students worldwide to sing a cappella throughout their lives. Our programs include the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA), and the International Championship of A Cappella Open (The Open). We also produce the annual Best of College A Cappella (BOCA) and Best of High School A Cappella (BOHSA) compilation albums.

Our a cappella competitions give top-notch a cappella groups the opportunity to showcase their talents for an international audience and to take home valuable feedback from our qualified judges. This year, competing groups will appear in venues all around the world, offering their energetic musical performances for your enjoyment.

 The college tournament takes place from January through April in nine regions across the country and around the world. Each region holds anywhere from 3 to 5 quarterfinals, and the top groups from each quarterfinal advance to the semifinal. The winning group at each semifinal is named Regional Champion and advances to the ICCA Finals at the historic Beacon Theatre in New York City.

 The high school tournament is now in its 13th year and continues to grow fast. We are now holding quarterfinal rounds in most regions, so that we can feature even more high school groups. The winners of each of 8 semifinal rounds will advance to the ICHSA Finals at The Town Hall in New York City.

The Open tournament took place for the first time in summer 2017 and featured 70 groups competing in six US  semifinals, an international semifinal, and a wild card round. The winners of those events advanced to The Open Finals at Carnegie Hall, where they competed against our reigning ICCA and ICHSA champions for $25,000. The second season of The Open will take place starting this summer and will culminate at Carnegie Hall on September 22.

 For a full tournament schedule, visit us at www.varsityvocals.com.

ABOUT TONIGHT'S SHOW

 

The performance order was determined by random draw this afternoon and will be announced from stage.        

Tonight’s performers will be evaluated on elements of their vocal and visual performance, which carry numerical weight. The highest and lowest score from the individual judges will be dropped for each group. Our judges may recognize exceptional performances with special awards as they see fit.

There will be a 15-minute intermission. After the final group has performed, a guest performer will entertain you while the scores are tabulated.

Because each group only has 12 minutes to perform, we ask you to keep your applause to an enthusiastic minimum between songs. Please feel welcome to applaud as much as you want after each group has finished its set.

Videotaping and non-flash photography for personal use is permitted during the concert, so long as you do not disrupt our performers or other patrons. Due to licensing regulations, we do not provide a video or audio recording of this performance.

TONIGHT'S COMPETITORS

 

Above Ground is a brand-new all-male a cappella group at Brigham Young University this year. These seven men share a zest for life, service, and music (in that order). Their vision is to make a difference in the world by serving all through music, especially the broken, down-trodden, and poor-spirited.  Their mission is to bring a smile to each individual, to bring hope and peace, no matter what they may be going through, by delivering energetic and moving performances!

Founded in the fall of 2012, Amplified A Cappella is a co-ed a cappella group from the University of Arizona. 17 members strong, they strive to bring joy to their campus and community through music. This will be their fifth year competing in the ICCA. Previous ICCA accomplishments include advancing to Semifinals in Los Angeles and earning awards for Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Soloist. They look forward to sharing their passion for music with you!

Beyond Measure strives to be a professional, unified group, centered on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Through their uplifting music, they hope to inspire others to do good works and become closer to the Savior. Beyond Measure is a safe haven for its singers to escape life's hurdles through music, as well as a springboard for those who desire to pursue musical careers. Beyond Measure aims to accomplish these things by physically, emotionally, and spiritually strengthening themselves in order to be able to strengthen others, both through music and through acts of service and charity.

Duenna is an all-female a cappella group from Brigham Young University. This is their second year competing in the ICCA. 

The High Howlers, from the University of South Dakota, is a student-run a cappella group from a small city in South Dakota. Currently in their second year, The Howlers are dedicated to offering a pop a cappella experience to the group members and their audiences. Their personal goals include inspiring young musicians, giving back to the community, and creating lifelong memories with one another. With members from all over the South Dakota and the Midwest, The High Howlers is a diverse group of students full of different majors and talents.

The Highlanders is Northern Arizona University's premier all-male a cappella group. Established in 2013, the group was founded by NAU students who simply wanted to create music together and bring joy to the ears of those who listened.  As the group progressed, they began to participate in gigs throughout the community and the ICCA. The group went on to place 2nd in its 2017 ICCA Quarterfinal and went on to place 4th at Semifinals. Throughout the years, The Highlanders have performed for various audiences throughout Flagstaff. Highlights include performing for retirement homes throughout the community, welcoming new freshmen to NAU in their dorm halls, and sending off seniors at their graduation ceremonies. This year, The Highlanders will join other NAU a cappella groups in headlining the Acappellooza festival in Las Vegas and give workshops on a series of a cappella techniques to area high school groups.The Highlanders look forward to expanding their performance horizons from high school recruiting tours to competing in certain California a cappella festivals. The NAU Highlanders plan to continue striving for greatness and strengthening the great friendship they already share.

Infrared A Cappella is still the University of Utah's only pop a cappella group. While its members enjoy filling this void at the U, their goal is to continue developing a cappella culture on campus and in Salt Lake City at large. Last year, the ensemble became an official class in the School of Music and they couldn't be more thrilled with this development. They love participating in choral showcases, gigging on and off campus, and participating each year at ICCA. They can't wait to see what the other groups have put together this year and to share their music with them as well!

TONIGHT'S JUDGES

 

Dr. Daniel Tuutau is originally from Los Angeles, Calif. He holds B.A. and M.M. degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a D.M.A. in vocal performance from the University of Utah. He is currently adjunct voice faculty at the University of Utah and performs around Salt Lake City. As an undergrad, Daniel sang with UC Santa Barbara's co-ed a cappella ensemble, Naked Voices, and in 2003, he founded the school's first all-male a cappella ensemble, Brothas From Otha Mothas (BFOM). He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Brandy, and their four children. 

Eva Kiviat has been an active a cappella performer, arranger and enthusiast for the past 15 years. As a member of Binghamton University's mixed Jewish-themed group, Kaskeset, she served as the group's musical director for two years and remains an active arranger for her group and others. A classically trained musician and instrumentalist, Eva has studied with esteemed professors from The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and the Vienna Conservatory. She is currently a music educator and founded a rock music summer program for teens.

Catherine Williams attended Brigham Young University, where she received both a Bachelor in Music in media music, as well as a certificate in sound recording technology. At BYU, she served as music director of Noteworthy. She has arranged for the group for over 10 years, and served as director and arranger for their 2007 ICCA Finals set. Catherine has recorded and produced three albums for Noteworthy, and continues to write both commercial music and her own self-produced solo music. Most recently, she has been recording and mixing for JANE a cappella.

SPECIAL THANKS

 

Varsity Vocals would like to recognize and thank our judges, hosts, competitors, volunteers, partners, and producers; and you, the audience, for supporting Varsity Vocals programming.

 

Amanda Newman
 Executive Director

Dave Rabizadeh
 ICCA Director

Andrea Poole
 ICHSA Director

Lucy Jacobs
The Open Director
 ICCA West Producer

Andrew Poole
 Director of Digital Media

Erica Tackett
 Director of Marketing & Social Strategy

Emily Sucher
 Director of Publications

Virginia DeMoss
 Album Production Coordinator

Emily Flanders
Director of Adjudication
 ICCA Great Lakes Producer

Sara Yood
 ICCA & ICHSA Finals Producer
 ICHSA Northeast Producer

Courtney Jensen
 ICCA Southwest Producer

Holly Hayes
 ICCA Northeast Producer

Holli Kitching
ICCA Mid-Atlantic Producer

Arvin Zabalerio
ICCA Central Producer

Lindsay Howerton-Hastings
 ICCA South Producer

Leah Alrutz
 ICCA Midwest Producer

Matt Shirer
 ICHSA West Producer

Henry Harrod
 ICCA United Kingdom Producer

Elise Hackl
 ICHSA Midwest Producer

Riley McMahon
 ICHSA Great Lakes Producer

Jillian Kimberlin
 ICHSA Mid-Atlantic Producer

Evan Powers
 ICHSA South & Southwest Producer

Mark Chen
ICHSA Southwest Co-Producer

OUR TEAM

 

We have an amazing team of people who work tirelessly to make our programs so valuable for our singers and audiences alike — and they all do it while holding down full-time day jobs, too! 

 

The top two placing groups advance to ICCA Southwest Semifinals.

BRING THE HARMONY HOME

 

Find your favorite groups on Best of College A Cappella (BOCA) and Best of High School A Cappella (BOHSA), available for purchase on iTunes and Loudr!

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THE OPEN

 

The International Championship
of A Cappella Open

ARE YOU READY?

Carnegie Hall
 Saturday, September 22, 2018