THE INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OF COLLEGIATE

A CAPPELLA

DEAR FRIENDS,

 

Welcome to Varsity Vocals’ 23rd season! Our enthusiasm for the art of a cappella is greater than ever after almost a quarter century of presenting the best student groups on stage and in the studio.

Our tournaments have grown from a handful of events to the massive showcase they are today, featuring more than 650 groups and 9,800 singers at 87 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 Pitch Perfect franchise 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 enjoyed a long stay 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 two years ago. “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. Its third season will kick off this summer.

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 23 years ago, and we can’t wait to see where our 2019 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 MID-ATLANTIC QUARTERFINAL

 

The College of New Jersey
Saturday, February 9, 2019

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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 annually produce The Best of College A Cappella (BOCA) and The 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 three to five 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 in New York City.

The high school tournament is now in its 14th year and continues to grow fast. We are now holding Quarterfinal rounds in all of our regions, and the 2019 season will feature the largest high school tournament field in our history. The winners of each of seven Semifinal rounds will advance to the ICHSA Finals at The Town Hall in New York City.

The Open Tournament took place for the second time ever in summer 2018 and featured six semifinals that lead to the Open Finals featuring those six Regional Champions, two Wild Card Champions, and our 2018 ICHSA and ICCA Champions. Those 10 groups competed at Carnegie Hall in New York City this past September.

 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

 

The Lafayette Chorduroys is Lafayette College’s premier all-male a cappella group. Founded in 1992, this group includes students from all different majors who come together to make music. They perform on and off campus at a variety of events.

Til' Further Notes is a mixed-voice a cappella group from Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. The group is composed of 17 members, many of whom are part of the university’s B.F.A. musical theatre program. The group, however, performs anything but showtunes, exploring other genres of music, from jazz to hip-hop to rap to popular hits of the past and present. They are incredibly grateful to be performing at the ICCA this year and hope you enjoy the show!

Rowan Vocals, or RoVo, is Rowan University's only co-ed a cappella group. RoVo consists of 17 performers, composed of both music and non-music majors. They enjoy all genres of music and perform some from every category at events on and off campus. They have been fortunate enough to compete in the ICCA in their first two years since joining the a cappella scene, and believe the third time’s the charm! RoVo hopes to make a big splash at the ICCA in year three, with the addition of new voices and a reawakened drive for success.

Deep Treble is one of Rutgers University's oldest a cappella groups, and is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary! The group strives to bring great music to Rutgers and the surrounding community. This past spring, Deep Treble released a new EP titled, Grown, as well as a new music video! The group also celebrated their anniversary with 20 years worth of a cappella alumni. Deep Treble hasn't competed in ICCA since 2015 and hopes to do all of their alumni proud at this year’s competition. 

The OrphanSporks, founded in 1999, is one of Rutgers University's oldest co-ed a cappella groups. Known for their signature multi-color shirts, unique stage presence, and dynamic vocal performances, The OrphanSporks are ready to bring their own sense of Scarlet Knight pride to the ICCA stage. The OrphanSporks recently completed their latest album, Tracks. Having invested time and energy in that project, the group is putting that same drive toward the ICCA. They perform a wide range of genres, including the typical pop and R&B styles, as well as folk, indie, and EDM. This group is equally capable of performing upbeat songs, heart-wrenchingly emotional performances, and dramatic show-stoppers. The OrphanSporks’ seek to bring this range of performance energy to engage all of their audiences. They pride themselves on being unique, excelling musically, and fostering a deep group bond that supports the  group dynamic on and off stage. The OrphanSporks are grateful for the opportunity to perform on the ICCA platform and are ready to leave a memorable impression. So sit back and relax as they give you a taste of what The Sporks can do onstage.

Rutgers RAAG is an award-winning co-ed South Asian fusion a cappella group in New Brunswick, N.J. Throughout the year, they perform at invitationals and competitions at other universities throughout the nation, as well as at their home campus of Rutgers University. They have traveled to perform in California, Boston, North Carolina, Virginia, and more. 

The Trentones was founded in 2002 by a group of passionate students and the rest is history! They are very active in the community, performing and hosting workshops at schools all over New Jersey. The Trentones are very involved on campus, performing at various academic functions. In addition, they frequently perform with other college a cappella groups all over the coast. The Trentones pride themselves in being an eclectic group of students with a wide range of interests. While they have a few music majors, others study pre-law, english, urban education, business management, math, art history, computer science, and many more. The Trentones enjoy that although they all have different roots on campus, they are able to come together and do what they love! 

Formed in the fall of 2015, The Trills are known as the smallest and quirkiest a cappella family at Towson University. With just seven members, The Trills became one of the smallest groups to ever compete at the ICCA Finals during the 2017 season. Outside of the ICCA, The Trills perform at many public and private events in the Baltimore area, and even released their debut EP, Pillars, available on all streaming platforms. They hope you enjoy their performance and check out @towsontrills for more! 

Tiger Tones is the only all female a cappella group from Towson University. They are a spunky and diverse group of young women who come together to make amazing music. They are proud to have created an amazing bond of friendship through their love of making music.

The Deaftones is Westminster Choir College’s one and only co-ed a cappella group. Founded in 2008, the group prides itself on being entirely student-led. All of The Deaftones are some type of music major, whether performance, education, or composition. The group members sing in choirs nearly every day and some have performed with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and internationally, from Oxford, U.K. to Bejing, China. The Deaftones are proud to be an active presence in the Princeton community. They host performances with other groups on their campus and visit other campuses to spread all the music they have to share. After a year-long absence, The Deaftones are thrilled to be returning to the ICCA stage. The Deaftones won its first Quarterfinall in 2014 at Drexel University, and have taken home awards for Outstanding Soloist and Outstanding Vocal Percussion in recent years. The Deaftones want to wish the rest of the competing groups luck and look forward to sharing the music they have prepared with you.

TONIGHT'S JUDGES

 

Grammy-winning conductor and singer Frank Albinder directs the Washington Men’s Camerata, the Virginia Glee Club at UVA, and the Woodley Ensemble. A native of Hollywood, Calif., Frank holds degrees from Pomona College and the New England Conservatory of Music. He was Director of Choral Activities at Davidson College in the mid-1980s, and for 11 years, he was a singer, associate conductor, and finally acting director of the world-renowned vocal ensemble, Chanticleer. During his tenure with the group, Frank performed in all 50 states and in 20 foreign countries. He appears on 21 of the ensemble’s recordings, including Wondrous Love, which was recorded under his direction, and the Grammy-winning Colors of Love, for which he designed the concept and selected the repertoire. Other performance credits include the Boston Camerata, the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, the Washington Bach Consort, and the Concord Ensemble. He recently served two terms as the National Chair of Repertoire and Standards for Male Choirs for the American Choral Director's Association, and sang for 12 years as part of the professional music staff at St. John's Church, Lafayette Square, and the Church of the Presidents. Frank is currently President of Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, a member of the steering committee for ChoralNet, the online portal for information and resources relating to the choral field, and the D.C. representative of the National Collegiate Choral Organization

Charnice Frazier has a long-lasting relationship with music, and has been singing since she could speak. In addition to singing in choirs from middle school through college, Charnice was part of a chamber a cappella ensemble in high school called Infinity. Through this ensemble, she realized that she wanted a cappella to always be a part of her life. In the fall of 2012, Charnice joined James Madison University's premier female a cappella group, Note-oriety, and served as business manager and president during her years with them. Along with leading the group, she arranged songs and helped record their award winning album, Note-oriety. Charnice currently resides in Southern Maryland and is the choral director at Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, Md. Outside of teaching, Charnice sings in D.C.'s newest all-female vocal group, The District, and is one of the group’s assistant music directors. 

Marc Silverberg is an adjunct professor at Five Towns College and former Director of Education for CASA.orgHe is the author of “Quest for the A Cappella Major,” a blog that discusses the continuing education of contemporary a cappella music and group improvisation. He has presented workshops on vocal improvisation at several CASA-sponsored festivals, SUNY Purchase, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, The New York State School Music Association, the Nassau County PEAK Festival, as well as the American Choral Directors Association’s 2013 national convention. His Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) group, Satellite Lane, was crowned the 2013 and 2014 New York Harmony Sweepstakes Audience Favorite, and he won Best Arrangement in the 2013 and 2016 Harmony Sweepstakes competitions. Under his pseudonym “Docacappella,” he has released several humorous a cappella parodies, including “I’ll Never Be In Pentatonix,” which was nominated for a 2016 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA). In addition to being an a cappella clinician, conductor, and performer, he also writes original musicals and plays. His original work, “He’s Not Himself,” premiered Off-Broadway in 2012 as part of the New York Music Theatre Festival. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Westminster Choir College. 

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 Flanders
Director of Adjudication
 ICCA Great Lakes Producer

Emily Sucher
 Director of Publications

Virginia DeMoss
 Album Production Coordinator

Sara Yood
Senior Producer

Helena Benthall
 ICCA United Kingdom Producer

Holli Kitching
ICCA Mid-Atlantic Producer

Lindsay Howerton-Hastings
 ICCA South Producer

Leah Alrutz
 ICCA Midwest Producer

Courtney Jensen
 ICCA Southwest Producer

Holly Hayes
 ICCA Northeast Producer

Arvin Zabalerio
ICCA Central Producer

Elise Hackl
 ICHSA Midwest & Southwest

Producer

Matt Shirer
 ICHSA West Producer

Riley McMahon
 ICHSA Great Lakes Producer

Jillian Kimberlin
 ICHSA Mid-Atlantic Producer

Evan Powers
 ICHSA South Producer

Nicole Kohlweiss
 ICHSA Northeast 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 finishing groups advance to the ICCA Mid-Atlantic Semifinal!

BRING THE HARMONY HOME

 

Find your favorite groups on The Best of College A Cappella (BOCA) and The Best of High School A Cappella (BOHSA), available for purchase on Apple Music and Amazon Music!

VIEW ALBUMS

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THE OPEN

 

The International Championship
of A Cappella Open

ARE YOU READY?

Carnegie Hall
 Saturday, October 5, 2019