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 University of Tennessee
Saturday, January 26, 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

 

In 2011, two Appalachian State students came together to create Enharmonix A Cappella. The founding goal was to strive for musical excellence while valuing diversity and acceptance. Today, ENX has won awards for Best Overall Group and Best Co-Ed Group at Appalachian State's Acappellageddon for consecutive years, and they have opened for Us The Duo in concert. Enharmonix has competed in the ICCA South Semifinal in 2017 and 2018, receiving awards for Outstanding Arrangement, Outstanding Vocal Percussion, and Outstanding Soloist. Outside of competition and performance, ENX prides itself in having fostered meaningful relationships with many of the clubs and organizations at Appalachian and being a family that creates exquisite music together. 

The Beltones is a 14-member student-run, co-ed a cappella group from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Founded in 2009, they have grown to include local and national performances, including ICCA Finals in New York City in 2013, 2014, and 2017. The Beltones are built on a foundation of positivity and value the privilege of making good music with people they love. This fun and positive group is dedicated to fostering a community for its members and students through music. 

Pitchmen is the premier student-run men’s a cappella group from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. The group members range in their majors from commercial voice to audio engineering to music business and more and are selected through an annual audition process. Pitchmen’s music is selected and arranged by members of the group and comes from a wide range of musical genres. Pitchmen strives to provide its audiences with a high quality and fun a cappella experience. 

Prismatics is Belmont University's newest co-ed a cappella ensemble. The group was  founded in the fall of 2015 and they are eager to compete in their third ICCA. They strive to promote unity within music and to spread love among musicians and throughout the world. This year, they would like to dedicate their set to mental health awareness, reminding each and every person that they are not alone. Help is one call away at 1-800-273-8255. 

Greyscale was formed at East Tennessee State University in the fall of 2013 by 12 singers. They chose the name "greyscale" to represent the nonspecific genre of music they perform. Not exclusively black or white, they experiment with pop, jazz, classical, folk, country, rock, and contemporary. The ensemble commissions, creates, and seeks out existing arrangements that combine a variety of these styles. Greyscale released its first studio album in March 2016, self-titled Greyscale. Their second album, Spectrum, followed in April 2017, and their third album, Five Alive, was released this past November to celebrate the group’s fifth anniversary. The albums are available on all major digital distributors, including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and more. Greyscale tours annually and has performed widely throughout the region. Greyscale is directed by Alan Stevens and assisted by Robert Jeter. They record with multiple Grammy-winning sound engineer, Martin Walters. 

The Volatiles is a fresh new group with soul and swag, and their name speaks for itself. They are from Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C. They love to joke and have fun, but will bring the house down when it’s time. 

Founded in the fall of 2017, The Volatiles is the newest, student-led, all-male a cappella group at the University of Tennessee! Their repertoire consists of music from several genres, including but not limited to pop, R&B, and alternative styles. They are excited to perform in their second ICCA. 

UT Singers is the oldest vocal ensemble on the UT campus, and was the original choral ensemble in what was then the Department of Music. Their roots date back to the 1950s and and they have been named Tennessee's Musical Ambassadors by the Tennessee General Assembly. UT Singers started as a traditional choral ensemble and went on to  incorporate a show choir element over the years, then became a jazz choir, and is now an a cappella group. 

Entering its fourth year, VOLT is the University of Tennessee’s premier student-led co-ed a cappella group! VOLT performs a unique array of tunes to shake up the top 40s normally heard in a cappella music, and provides a twist on choral music and modern-day collegiate a cappella. With a 50-50 mix of new and old members, they are taking strides to expand and grow within the a cappella community, while embracing originality and diversity. Special thanks to Misty Anderson, their enthusiastic faculty sponsor. They are excited for the new ICCA season and are so ready to perform for you!

Founded in 1994, Juxtaposition is the oldest a cappella group at Virginia Tech. Juxtaposition has produced 11 studio-recorded albums over the past 25 years of their existence, with appearances on BOCA and Voices Only compilation albums. This bunch of dudes loves coming together to make music, and they’re not afraid to dive into the depths of the early Jonas Brothers era for some absolute smash hits, nor do they shy away from traveling back to the 80s to polish up some of the world's greatest classics. The guys of Juxta (for short) come from many different backgrounds, but they all share the love for the awesomeness of a cappella music.

TONIGHT'S JUDGES

 

Brad Maffett is the assistant conductor of the Athens Symphony. He previously performed with the Athens Symphony Chorus and continues to serve as a rehearsal assistant. Brad presently conducts band and choir at Franklin County Middle School and has previously conducted for “Musica Fraterna” of the Atlanta Children’s Choir, Local Vocals, and B Natural. Brad has been involved in all aspects of music, from serving as a singing waiter to playing tuba in a polka band. When he isn’t making music, he can be found cooking barbecue in competitions throughout the Southeast. 

John Robinson got his a cappella start in 2005 as a founding member of The UCF Crescendudes. In grad school, he served as music director for Georgia Tech's Infinite Harmony, and recorded and produced its first album. Since that first foray into audio production, he has helped record, edit, and mix albums for several collegiate and post-collegiate groups in the Southeast (he hates live sound engineering, but does that too). He sang bass for Catatonic (2014 Harmony Sweeps Finalist) and has taught masterclasses and courses at SoJam on the science of vocal sound and microphones. 

Kenley Teigue is a recent graduate of The Florida State University, where, she was a member of the all-female group, The AcaBelles. During her time with The AcaBelles, the group competed in ICCA all four years, with South Champion titles in 2009 and 2011, leading to appearances at Finals in New York City. Kenley served as president during her senior year and lad the group to a 2nd place finish at SoJam in 2011, as well as a strong showing at the ICCA South Semifinals, placing 2nd overall with awards for Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Arrangement, and Outstanding Soloist, the latter for Kenley herself. In spring 2012, she co-produced The AcaBelles’ latest album, Seamless. After graduation, Kenley moved to the Nashville area where she is currently interning at Rolling Hills Community Church!

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