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Aca-Wrap Up: ICCA and ICHSA Week #3

Posted by AJ Marino on Feb 15, 2017 3:58:02 PM

This past weekend, Varsity Vocals put on a whopping fourteen events but don't stress - we'll help catch you up on everything that went down! Skim to your favorite region or get the full update, we've got everything you need to stay in the loop as we head into peak a cappella competition season.

Here's your wrap up for the February 4th and 5th ICCA and ICHSA Quarterfinals. 


Great Lakes - Quarterfinal #3

One of the most talked about quarterfinals from the Great Lakes region took place this weekend, hosted at the University of Wisconsin by Fundamentally Sound. Heavy hitters, University of Chicago's Voices in Your Head, were back to start their journey for another spot on the Finals stage quarterfinal of the season and they did not disappoint. Voices took home first place with their 418 point set. Not to be ignored however, was University of Minnesota's 7 Days, who's standout performance on "22, Over Soon" was repeatedly noted both Bradley Woodford and Max Palmer's arrangement and Erik Starkman's powerful solo. That song helped push them to a second place finish and a spot at semi-finals. The battle for second was a close one, however, as University of Wisconsin's Pitches and Notes narrowly took home third, coming in 6 points behind 7 Days. Judges commended them for Sylvie Weintraub's Vocal Percussion and Sabrina VandenHeuvel's choreography, showing that this won't be the last we hear of Pitches and Notes.    

Great Lakes Semifinal Bracket (so far) 

Gold Vibrations (Oakland University)  
No Comment (Univeristy of Illinois) 
Maize Mirchi (University of Michigan) 
Amazin' Blue (University of Michigan)
Voices In Your Head (University of Chicago)
7 Days (University of Minnesota) 

Northeast - Quarterfinal #1

The Northeast region opened up the ICCA season with a quarterfinal at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. The Northeastern University Nor'easters came in first place, blowing away the competition with a stellar 444 points and an award for Anthony Rodriguez's solo, "Writing's On The Wall." The LowKeys out of Harvard University came in second place with 402 points and nearly swept the outstanding awards, earning one for Hurlink Vongsachang's VP for the entire set, Olga Romanova's arrangement of "Settle Down," and Allison Toledo's choreography for the entire set. From the Colleges of the Fenway came Tonal Recall, who rounded out the standings with third place and 322 points.

Northeast Semifinal Bracket (so far)

The Nor’easters (Northeastern University)
The Harvard LowKeys (Harvard University)

South - Quarterfinal #3

Down in North Carolina, the third South quarterfinal was underway at the Carolina Theatre. The College of William & Mary's No Ceiling came in first place with an impressive 432 points and the outstanding soloist award for Jordan Gillard's performance of "Midnight River." North Carolina State University's Acappology secured second place, and a spot at semifinals with 363 points. Aided by Foster Machicote's outstanding choreography, the University of North Carolina's Walk-Ons took third place, with 320 points. Meanwhile, all female group the UNCG Sapphires, showed the co-ed groups that they're not to be messed with, as they snagged Outstanding Arrangement for Devereaux Nash & Joy McNeil's arrangement of "Runaway."

South Semifinal Bracket (so far)

The Beltones (Belmont University)
Enharmonix (Appalachian State University)
Gemini Blvd. (University of Central Florida)
The Acaphiliacs (Florida State University)
No Ceiling (College of William & Mary)
Acappology (North Carolina State University)

Mid-Atlantic - Quarterfinal #2

The Mid-Atlantic region is in full force, with two quarterfinals on Saturday. The first was down in College Park at the University of Maryland, who's groups scored very highly with the judges.  The big winner of the night was UMD's PandemoniUM, who earned first place with a 386 point set, and a nod for Ari Ness's stellar Vocal Percussion. Co-ed group, the GW Vibes, are now heading to semifinals after taking home two big awards for the arrangement, and choreography of their entire set.  Coming in just 5 points below the Vibes was UMD DaCadence, who's set got noticed for the powerhouse solo on "River" by Jenna Barbieri. 

Mid-Atlantic - Quarterfinal #3 

Up at Rowan University in New Jersey, Georgetown University's Superfood served up an amazing set, and the judges thought so too, granting them first place with 383 points, as well as outstanding awards for Austin Lee's vocal percussion and Ryan Sudo's arrangements, both for the entire set. Rowan's own RoVo slid into second place, earning a spot at semifinals, with 365 points, and an award for Alix Vitarelli's stellar solo of "All I Ask." The University of Delaware's YChromes rounded out the standings, taking 3rd place, with 334 points. The judges also gave a choreo nod to 'Til Further Notes' Ross Thompson for the entire set.

Mid-Atlantic Semifinal Bracket (so far)

Supernovas (Villanova University)
Under A Rest (West Chester University)
PandemoniUM (University of Maryland)
The GW Vibes (George Washington University)
Superfood (Georgetown University)
RoVo (Rowan University)


Central - Quarterfinal #1

The Central region has quickly grown in it's first few years, and this year they kicked off their season with a quarterfinal held right down the street from our home studio at the University of Rochester. Two groups had judges torn, but at the end of the night, it was Penn State's The Coda Conduct who took home the top slot with their 404 point set. Rosie Turner did serious justice to the biggest Ariana Grande song of the summer, earning her best solo for "Dangerous Woman." Their arrangement of "Garands," meanwhile earned Ian Wolfe a nod for his outstanding arrangement.  Right behind The Coda Conduct, was a group from the host school, U of R's Vocal Point. It was easy to see why the judges were conflicted - they put on an awesome show, earning them a specialty award for their choreography, done by Elizabeth Johnson and Susanna Chibber, and a spot at semi-finals. University of Buffalo's Enchords took home third place, and fellow University of Rochester group, The Yellowjackets, took an award for Darren Huang's Vocal Percussion. 

Central Semifinal Bracket (so far)

The Coda Conduct (Penn State) 
Vocal Point (University of Rochester)


Midwest - Quarterfinal #1

Completely out of left field, the first quarterfinal of the Midwest at Washington University in St. Louis ended in TWO groups coming in first place. Both Washington University's The Amateurs and Truman State's True Men are moving on to semifinals, both scoring 338 points. The Amateurs also received an award for their arrangements, done by Mary Strod and Carianne Lee for the entire set. Because of the tie, three groups are moving on to the next round, with Saint Louis University's Bare Naked Statuesearning second place and 327 points. Daniel Ditch and Will Higgins of Bare Naked Statues also took home outstanding choreography for their performance of "Brother Sky." Decadence came in close, landing in third place with 324 points, and an award for Abby Parra's solo of Demi Lovato's "Stone Cold."

Midwest Semifinal Bracket (so far)

The Amateurs (Washington University in St. Louis)
True Men (Truman State University)
Bare Naked Statues (Saint Louis University)


United Kingdom - Quarterfinal #2

Across the Atlantic, the UK quarterfinals are almost all wrapped up! The February 5th competition at Northcott Theatre Exeter landed in a victory for The University of Bristol's Suspensions, earning them a whopping 409 points. The Bristol Suspensions' Eleanor Leaper also locked in the Outstanding Choreography award for the entire set as well. The University of Exeter's Illuminations took home second place, with 387 points and the award for Phillip George's VP, for the entire set! Last, but most certainly not least, the University of Bath's Aquapella secured third place, with a score of 369 points, and the Outstanding Soloist award for Georgia Blessitt's performance of "Purple Rain."

United Kingdom Semifinal Bracket (so far)

The Rolling Tones (Kings College, London)
Cadenza (University of Cambridge)
The Bristol Suspensions (University of Bristol)
Illuminations (University of Exeter)
Aquapella (University of Bath)

Southwest - Quarterfinal #2

Over in sunny Scottsdale, the Southwest region held it's second quarterfinal at an event packed with the best of Arizona a cappella. Northern Arizona University came out on top, with Axecidentals taking home first place at 413 points, and The Highlanders coming in right behind them at 405 points. Axecidentals had not one, but two award-winning songs for the evening - Aaliyah Bancod was awarded for her amazing sop solo on "Rise Up" and the whole group was commended for their arrangement of "Breathe Me." Justine Saugen used her choreography talents to help boost her group, University of Arizona Amplified, to third place, while Aj Asa of the Devil Clefs got a shout out for his vocal percussion skills. 

Southwest - Quarterfinal #3 

The Southwest had two quarterfinals this Saturday, with the other happening in beautiful San Diego. Coming from the home of last year's Southwest Semifinal champs are new favorites, the Chapman University ChapTones. They took home first place with their 384 point set, thanks in no small part to Avery Roberts's arragement of the Kelly Clarkson throwback, "Behind These Hazel Eyes." Southwest standards, Mt San Antonio College's Fermata Nowhere, came in second with 338 points. From there, the judges noted many great moments of the evening.  The Accidentals from Occidental College came in third with a 304 points, while the UCSD Daughters of Triton's Lea Magro took home best solo, and The Beat was awarded for Adrian Santoso's Vocal Percussion and Samuel Albert's Adele ballad choreography on "Turning Tables."

Southwest Semifinal Bracket (so far)

VirtuOSO (Baylor University)
HardChord DynaMix (Texas A&M University)
The Axecidentals (Northern Arizona University)
The Highlanders (Northern Arizona University)
The ChapTones (Chapman University)
Fermata Nowhere (Mt San Antonio College)


Mid-Atlantic - Quarterfinal #3

Up in Maryland at La Plata High School, the second-to-last ICHSA Mid-Atlantic quarterfinal ended in a victory for Appomattox Regional Governor's School's Dragon Scales, with a staggering 431 points! Mallorie Greene of the Dragon Scales took home outstanding solo for "Stone Cold," and Lindy Pokorny and Brett Baboorian took home outstanding arrangement for "Same Old Blues." La Plata's own Unplugged earned second place with 367 points, and taking home the remaining awards for Edwin Santos's VP and the group's choreography for the entire set. Haddon Heights Baptist Regional School's Vocal Forte closed out the standings with third place and 321 points.

Mid-Atlantic Semifinal Bracket (so far)

Stay Tuned (Cherry Hill High School East - Cherry Hill, NJ)
Soulfege A Cappella (Millburn High School - Short Hills, NJ)
Highlands Voices (Northern Highlands Regional High School - Allendale, NJ)
LumeNation (Newark Academy - Livingston, NJ)
Dragon Scales (Appomattox Regional Governor’s School - Petersburg, VA)
Unplugged (La Plata High School - La Plata, MD)

Northeast - Quarterfinal #2

The second ICHSA Northeast quarterfinal at Danvers High School in Massachusetts saw a slew of awards and recognition for the groups competing that night. Starting with DHS's own Falconize, the group dominated their quarterfinal, taking first place with 389 points, and an outstanding award in EVERY category; Siobhan Breen's solo for "All Too Well," Jared Casey's VP for the entire set, Bella Burrell's arrangements for the entire set, and the group's choreography for the entire set as well. Salem High's WitchPitch? came in second with 296 points, and Marblehead High's Luminescence took third with 292 points. In addition to the standings, three more outstanding awards were given that night, with Tema Siegel of the Newtones's solo for "Crazy," Juan Lopez of the Sachimes's VP for the entire set, and Neva Ventullo, Valerie Stebbins, Owen Decleene, and Joanna Keaton of NOTEorious's arrangement for "Gangster/I Started A Joke."

Northeast Semifinal Bracket (so far)

Wellsville Acapella Vocal Ensemble - WAVE (Wellsville Central School District - Wellsville, NY)
For Good Measure (Mohonasen High School - Schenectady, NY)
Accent A Cappella (Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School - Sudbury, MA)
Falconize (Danvers High School - Danvers, MA)
WitchPitch? (Salem High School - Salem, MA)
Luminescence (Marblehead High School - Marblehead, MA)

Great Lakes - Quarterfinal #2

Starting at Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton, OH, CJHS's Vega crushed their quarterfinal and won first place, with 415 points and awards for Grace Jackson's solo for "River," Sam Brown's VP for the entire set, and Jacob Ely's arrangement of "River" as well. Central Catholic/Oakland Catholic's Free Verse traveled all the way from Pittsburgh, PA to land the second place spot, with 333 points. Cleveland Heights HS's Gold Rush took home third place, with 327 points, not far behind Free Verse. Charlestown HS's Scaliwags will no doubtedly be back next year for the title though, having taken home the awards for choreography and McKenzie McQuillen's arrangement of "Castle."

Great Lakes Semifinal Bracket (so far)

Major VI (Novi High School - Novi, MI)
Skyline Blues (Skyline High School - Ann Arbor, MI)
Midweek (Wapakoneta High School - Wapakoneta, OH)
Vega (Chaminade Julienne Catholic HS - Dayton, OH)
Free Verse (Central Catholic/Oakland Catholic - Pittsburgh, PA)
Gold Rush (Cleveland Heights High School - Cleveland Heights, OH)



Midwest - Quarterfinal #1

The first ICHSA quarterfinal took place at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center in Wisconsin, however the competition was swept by three groups from Niles West High School from Skokie, IL! NWHS's Echo Effect clenched a first place win by one point over High Fidelity, with 396 and 395 points, respectively. NWHS's Guys and Dolls rounded out the sweep with third place and 355 points. Isaiah Lopez of Echo Effect took home outstanding VP for the entire set, Nicole Cho of High Fidelity took home outstanding solo for "Half The Man," while also taking outstanding arrangement for "Half The Man" and "Bird Set Free." Raciel Millan of High Fidelity earned outstanding choreography for the entire set, and Parth Shah of Guys and Dolls nabbed an outstanding solo award for "Writing's On The Wall."

Midwest Semifinal Bracket (so far)

Echo Effect (Niles West High School - Skokie, IL)
High Fidelity (Niles West High School - Skokie, IL)

Wow, what a weekend! Stay tuned for next week's 2017 ICCA and ICHSA Aca-Wrap Up!

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Topics: Competition, ICCA, ICHSA