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 SOUTH QUARTERFINAL

 

The Carolina Theatre
Saturday, February 2, 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

 

Extreme Measures is the newest a cappella group on Christopher Newport University's campus, established in 2013. The group is made up of 17 unique members who consider themselves a family and love to compete together all over the state! Since the group’s founding, they have became a powerhouse team, embracing challenges and throwing their hearts into every performance! 

Wolfgang is a co-ed a cappella group at North Carolina State University, created to build exceptional musical experiences. They sing a variety of pieces that aim to foster creativity, while building a unified sound and a close-knit dynamic. Their music has been described as powerful, inspiring, and meaningful. They strive to promote personal growth, incite originality, and foster a diverse group of individuals with a common love for music. 

The Ladies in Red is North Carolina State's all-female a cappella group, established in 1993. The Ladies work to empower and inspire others through song, and the group is student-led with support from the NC State Music Department. Singing music from various genres, the group is made up of diverse women with different majors and musical backgrounds. The Ladies are proud to represent NC State as they perform at events on and off campus, compete against a cappella groups on an international level, and put on their own concerts!   

For more than four decades, The Grains of Time has been part of North Carolina State’s campus life. Performing a wide variety of music from favorite oldies to Ariana Grande, the group remains one of a kind among collegiate a cappella groups. Bridging contemporary collegiate a cappella with that of professional groups, they create a performance style that lends itself to both excellent musicality and showmanship, all without any outside directors, funding, or even a formal music major. Though officially styled as NC State University’s premier men’s a cappella group, they are known by their loyal fans as “The Grains.” 

The Loreleis is the premier all-female a cappella group at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Serenading the Hill since 1981, The Loreleis is named after the mythical siren that enchanted sailors with her beautiful voice. Established in 1981, the group is a nonprofit organization consisting of 16 dedicated undergraduate women. They perform for both campus and community events, release a new album every other year, and tour nationally and internationally twice a year. Their repertoire includes a wide variety of styles, including contemporary pop, R&B, country, alternative, oldies, and holiday classics. When they’re not singing their hearts out at a gig or concert, you can probably find them at Linda’s Bar and Grill chowing down on their legendary cheese fries. They also enjoy watching vines and constantly reference them, with favorites such as “Ninki Minjaj,” “Road Work Ahead??” and “Let’s catch another fish.” Some of their proudest moments include performing at the White House, opening for Jay Leno, and winning 14 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs). Their most recent album, Where the Secret Lies, was released in April 2018 and can be purchased on iTunes and steamed on Spotify and Apple Music. They hope you enjoy their performance! 

The UNC Walk-Ons is a co-ed a cappella group from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Founded in 2001, The Walk-Ons are known for being a fun-loving group of individuals who are as eclectic as the songs they sing, and for rocking their signature blue shoes. They enjoy competing and performing in a variety of settings on and off campus. You can listen to their latest EP, 15, on Spotify and iTunes. 

Tar Heel Voices, established in 1988, is The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s oldest co-ed a cappella group. Since its founding, THV has played a pivotal role in UNC’s music scene. From performing at “Late Night with Roy” as the 2017 National Championship banner was presented to competing in the ICCA, THV continues to leave its musical mark on audiences at UNC and the surrounding area. THV records an album every other year and tours the country annually. THV is a close group of students and friends, bonded by a passion for music and community. They carry on a tradition of camaraderie and togetherness, forever remaining 14 hearts, one voice. 

Formed in the fall of 2010, Seabelles is the University of North Carolina, Wilmington’s sassiest and classiest women's a cappella group. This group consists of women from different backgrounds, cultures, musical experience levels, and majors! As a student-led nonprofit organization, the group prides itself on being active within the community. Performing at events on and off campus, Seabelles’ repertoire includes a variety of genres. Hoping to leave a strong impression, the group strives to connect with audiences through their music. 

The Ramifications is Virginia Commonwealth University’s most active co-ed a cappella group. The group has released a full-length album, Genesis, and provides music all around the city, from rooftops to art galleries and everywhere in between. The group is honored to have partnered with SPARC Richmond, and has performed alongside Sara Bareilles, Josh Groban, Jason Mraz, and many other incredible artists! The Ramifications are excited to continue spreading music and artistic opportunities throughout the Richmond community. 

No Ceiling is a mixed a cappella group from William & Mary, established in 2015. Though they enjoy singing many different types of music, No Ceiling found its niche in lesser-known songs that create space for creativity in their arrangements. The lack of audience expectation allows them to craft their selections into a dynamic set, rather than just a list of songs, and they strive to complement their music with unique choreography. No Ceiling persists in the face of heavy workloads and busy schedules, and to pushes itself to become the best that it can be. Beyond its competitive aspect, No Ceiling comprises a group of close friends who enjoy spending time together. Their fondest memories include long road trips, group dinners, and late nights jamming to their favorite tunes. They like to think that their close friendship makes them stronger performers, and they strive to convey that connection musically each time the pitch pipe is blown. As they say after each rehearsal, No Ceiling, lots of feeling.

TONIGHT'S JUDGES

 

As a student at Appalachian State University, Alex Alberti served as a student conductor for the Men's Glee Club. In his sophomore year, he co-created the co-ed pop a cappella group, Enharmonix, and contributed to its development as a teacher, arranger, piano player, and manager. He entered into an international choral composition contest as a senior, and received 3rd place in the college/university category, granting a performance of his piece by the Vancouver Chamber Choir. He now teaches chorus at Southern Lee High School, and directs its a cappella group, The Cavalyrics. 

Lauren France has been a multifaceted fixture in the a cappella community for the past 12 years, serving as a performer, arranger, choreographer, master class clinician, and taking on various leadership roles. She is passionate about giving back, especially by working with and supporting students and other newcomers to the a cappella world. Over the years, Lauren has been exposed to a wide range of a cappella groups, styles, and competitive formats, by attending and assisting with more festivals and competitions that she can count. She believes that these opportunities not only reinforce the realms of what's possible in a cappella, but also helps a cappella experts and super-fans appreciate the dual challenge of creating an innovative set while executing a clean and polished performance. She is excited for tonight’s competitors to rise to this challenge and is thrilled for the opportunity to contribute to the ICCA! 

A triangle area native, Freddy Perkins’ love for music emerged at a young age. He began his musical career as a saxophonist, and attended Appalachian State University to study classical saxophone and music therapy. There, Freddy co-founded Enharmonix, a co-ed a cappella group , where he served as the group's president and arranger for three years. In addition to his a cappella background, Freddy has performed in jazz vocal ensembles, musical theatre productions, community choirs, and voice recitals. Since graduating, Freddy has stayed involved in a cappella, recently co-founding Spectrum Vocals, a semi-professional a cappella group, based in the triangle. Freddy is a board-certified music therapist, and uses music to improve socialization, emotional expression, and speech/language with children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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 South 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!

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THE OPEN

 

The International Championship
of A Cappella Open

ARE YOU READY?

Carnegie Hall
 Saturday, October 5, 2019