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Aca-Wrap Up: ICCA and ICHSA Week #4

Posted by Max Kuchenreuther on Feb 15, 2017 3:57:19 PM
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Another weekend, another jam packed wrap up of this weekend's exciting Varsity Vocals events. As we quickly approach the end of the month, catch yourself up on what's happening to stay in the know for Semifinals!

Here's your wrap up for the February 11th ICCA and ICHSA Quarterfinals. 


Southwest - Quarterfinal #4

Kicking it off out west at Pomona College, the ScatterTones wowed audiences with their Outstanding Choreography for the entire set (done by Kyle Frattini and Sara Gilbert), and took home the gold, with a whopping 432 points! #TVCFamily favorites, UCLA Resonance (who will be recording an album with us soon!), will also be moving on to the semifinal round, coming in second with 367 points, as well as an Outstanding Arrangement award for Brandon Tai's work on "Sledgehammer." Santa Barbara's Naked Voices left it all on the stage that night, coming in third place with 359 points, and an Outstanding Soloist award for Hunter Schwarz and Peyton Lyon's duet on the classic, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Plus, Nimisha Patil of Asli Baat also won Outstanding Vocal Percussion for the entire set!

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
ScatterTones | University of California, Los Angeles
Resonance | University of California, Los Angeles

South - Quarterfinal #4

With Georgia their minds, Georgia Tech's Sympathetic Vibrations showed the competition who's boss, bringing home first place with 409 points, and Arrion Jackson's solo award for "Until The End Of Time." The University of Georgia's all-female group, Noteworthy, served up a noteworthy-enough performance to net second place, with 300 points. Elon University's Vital Signs closed out the standings with third place and 291 points. But the judges were also quite impressed with some groups that didn't make the cut - Steven Park of Infinite Harmony laid down the best VP of the night for "Castle," meanwhile Aria Davis of Pretty Major was praised for her choreography for the entire set.

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
Sympathetic Vibrations | Georgia Tech
Noteworthy | Univerity of Georgia

Northeast - Quarterfinal #2

Hosted at Tufts University in Medford, MA, #TVCFam came in strong, taking home first and third place! Northeastern University's Distilled Harmony came out on top with 383 points, meanwhile UMass Amherst S#arp Attitude came in third place with 313 points, and a nod for Rebekah Phillip's impressive choreography for the entire set! Joining Distilled Harmony at semifinals, the University of New Hampshire Notables performed a notable set that placed second with 343 points, and the solo award for Asa Gomberg's delivery of the popular song, "Rise Up." In addition to Gomberg, Abby Collyer of the The Rhody Rhapsodies also took home a solo award for "Give Me Love," just as Jonathan Yu of Off The Clock brought home outstanding vocal percussion for the entire set.

Northeast Semifinal Bracket (so far)

The Nor’easters | Northeastern University
The Harvard LowKeys | Harvard University
Distilled Harmony | Northeastern University
The Notables | University of New Hampshire

Mid-Atlantic - Quarterfinal #4

The latest Mid-Atlantic quarterfinal saw a refreshing amount of talent and every group truly came in swinging! Lehigh University's Melismatics clenched a first place finish with 355 points and a nod to Phil Basnage for his arrangement of "Reincarnation,"  as well as John Larson and Carley Powers' choreography for the entire set. Coming in close second at 335 points, Hofstra University's Sigma’cappella (shout out to #TVCFam's previous marketing intern Christopher Hoffman!) delivered a set awesome enough to warrant the judges awarding Caroline McFee for her solo, "At All." Rounding out the standings in third place, Stockton University's Stockapella earned 300 points and an award for Mohanad Barhoum's VP for the entire set. But the judges were so impressed with the show that night that they also gave out TWO more awards to some stellar groups who came in strong. Byron Dickerson of Interchorus was awarded Outstanding Soloist for "I Was Here," meanwhile Connor Martin of The Hofbeats delivered a killer arrangement of "In The Air Tonight." With awards in tow and sights set on semifinals, we'd love to see these awesome groups at our AcaEd Mid-Atlantic Festival on February 25th in Baltimore, MD! It's 100% free, and we'd love to see all you talented groups there! Sign up today! Spots are running out!

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
Rowan Vocals (RoVo) | Rowan University
The Melismatics | Lehigh University
Sigma’cappella | Hofstra University

Great Lakes - Quarterfinal #4

Up at DeKalb High School in Illinois, the all-male Fundamentally Sound gave an outstanding performance, coming in first with a massive score of 436 points. But that wasn't enough for Fundamentally Sound - they also sealed in two Outstanding awards for Zach Zimmerman's vocal percussion and Daniel Viveros' choreography, both for their group's entire set. Northern Illinois' Harmelodics secured their spot at the Great Lakes semifinal, taking second place and 342 points. Lena Burke's arrangement of "Ocean Avenue" was great enough to set the odds in their favor and seal their spot, a mere TEN points ahead of the third place group, the Acafellaz, from Illinois State. The Acafellaz's 332 point set earned Sam Nicholas the solo award for the night for "Porcelain."

Great Lakes Semifinal Bracket (so far) 

Gold Vibrations | Oakland University
No Comment | University of Illinois
Maize Mirchi | University of Michigan
Amazin’ Blue | University of Michigan
Voices in Your Head | University of Chicago
7 Days | University of Minnesota
Fundamentally Sound | University of Wisconsin
Harmelodics | Northern Illinois University

Midwest - Quarterfinal #2

Ball State University's a cappella scene showed the competition who's boss, taking home both of the semifinal spots that night. With a killer set closer and Kayla Robertson's solo for "Here's Where I Stand," BSU Sedoctave took home the quarterfinal championship with 387 points. BSU's Ladies’ Choice will be joining their friends Sedoctave at the Midwest semifinal, also taking home outstanding solo for Aasia Sampley's "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs," and 359 points. Murray State University EQ Blu closed out the rankings with 298 points, and the outstanding arrangement award for Nathan Brown's entire set. BSU's all-male group, Note to Self also saw some praise that night, earning an award for Abe Robinson and John Michael Gage's choreography for the whole set, while Kiehl Carlquist of Hooshir took home the award for vocal percussion, also for the group's entire set.

Midwest - Quarterfinal #3

Out at Washington University in St. Louis, the all-female powerhouse group, The Naturelles, from the University of Missouri, victoriously bested the competition with Kate Andrea's outstanding vocal percussion and 387 points. Washington U's own Stereotypes will be joining the Naturelles at semifinals, sliding into second place with 379 points, assisted by Joey Flihan's outstanding arrangement of "Sweet Disposition." Saint Louis University's dangerous women, Beyond All Reason, came in third place with 294 points, and an award for Carmen Roberson's solo of Ariana Grande's "Dangerous Woman." In addition to the standings, the judges also chose to award the Bathtub Dogs for their stellar choreography for the entire set.

Midwest Semifinal Bracket (so far)

The Amateurs | Washington University in St. Louis
True Men | Truman State University
Bare Naked Statues | Saint Louis University
Sedoctave | Ball State University
Ladies’ Choice | Ball State University
The Naturelles | University of Missouri
The Stereotypes | Washington University in St. Louis

Central - Quarterfinal #2

Up in Ohio at Bowling Green High School, Ohio State University - Lima's own Carmony came to play! Carmony's well-rounded and thrilling performance awarded them first place and 393 points. Collin Hoffman's vocal percussion and Shaunna Basinger's choreography, both for Carmony's entire set, are a testament to all the hard work they put in to come out on top. The University of Buffalo's Buffalo Chips will also be moving on to the next round, landing in second place with 359 points. Qualeil Miller of the Buffalo Chips also wowed the judges with an outstanding performance of "Kiss The Sky." But Bowling Green State University's own Ten40 Acappella would not go down without a fight, additionally winning the other outstanding solo award for Daniel Carder's "Be Still," and coming in third by only ONE point, with 358 points.

Central Semifinal Bracket (so far)

The Coda Conduct | Penn State University
Vocal Point | University of Rochester
Carmony | The Ohio State University at Lima
The Buffalo Chips | University at Buffalo


Midwest - Quarterfinal #2

The ICHSA Midwest region has always proven itself to be one of the most competitive regions of the Varsity Vocals tournaments, even against the collegiate circuit. Showing no mercy, South Milwaukee High School's Delta V slammed down a fantastic winning set, earning 430 points and three special awards - solo, for Arjuna Yelanjan's performance of Twenty One Pilots' "Car Radio;" arrangement, for Jacob Henry's "You're The Voice," and the award for Jackson Vance's choreography for the entire set. Likewise, Overland Park's SoundProof proved they're not to be messed with, earning second place and 374 points, as well two special awards for Maddie Charles' solo of "She Used To Be Mine," and Sterling Turner's percussion for the entire set. Port Washington High School's Limited Edition took third place and 351 points, earning a VP award for Nick Froelich's percussion for the entire set. Lee Kottke of the Graftonics also flaunted those arranging chops, earning an arrangement award for "Cecilia and the Satellite."

Midwest Semifinal Bracket (so far)

Echo Effect | Niles West High School (Skokie, IL)
High Fidelity | Niles West High School (Skokie, IL)
Delta V | South Milwaukee High School (South Milwaukee, WI)
SoundProof | Overland Park Area Schools (Overland Park, KS)

Northeast - Quarterfinal #3

Fresh off their win at N.E. Voices, Chelmsford High School's Thursdays absolutely dominated the ICHSA stage as well, winning with an enormous 422 points and taking home awards for Michael Xavier's solo of "If You're Out There," and Abhinar Muraleedaran's percussion for the whole set! Way to dominate, Thursdays! Wheeler School's 18 Wheelers finished in second with 341 points, earning a spot at the Northeast semifinals. Wakefield High School's She Major earned their spot at semifinals in style, coming in third with 320 points and taking home an award for Gina DiMascio's solo of "Addicted To You." Additionally, the Dobbs 16 may not have placed, but they did take home two special awards for Adam Leung's arrangements and Emma Rubinson's choreography, both for the whole set. Zachary Cote of DyRAMics also secured his own award for his fantastic vocal percussion, closing out the night.

Here are your official competitors for the ICHSA Northeast Semifinal on March 11th, 2017 at the Sullivan Auditorium at Worcester State University!

Northeast Semifinal Bracket

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)
The Thursdays | Chelmsford High School (Chelmsford, MA)
The 18 Wheelers | Wheeler School (Providence, RI)
She Major | Wakefield High School (Wakefield, MA)

South - Quarterfinal #2

All the way down in sunny Florida, the second ICHSA South Quarterfinal in Fort Myers ended in last year's ICHSA Southeast Finalists, TAG - The A Cappella Group, taking home the gold. TAG delivered a first place set worthy of 401 points and awards for Kennedy Floethe's solo for "The Words," as well as an award for their choreography for the entire set. Pine Ridge High School's Acapocalypse sealed their spot at semifinals, earning second place for their 383 point set. Palm Harbor University High School's After School Specials cleaned up as well! Their 357 point set earned them third place and a couple outstanding awards for Caleb Windstrup's vocal percussion for "Wicked Game," and Christian Feliciano's solo of "Falling In Love." Brooke Shapiro of The Pink Panthers also took home an award for her impressive arrangement of their entire set.

South Semifinal Bracket (so far) 

In Tone Nation | New Manchester High School (Douglasville, GA)
Tonal Spectrum | Crest High School (Shelby, NC)
Syncopate | RJ Reynolds (Winston-Salem, NC)
TAG- The A Cappella Group | Cypress Lake Center for the Arts (Fort Myers, FL)
Acapocalypse | Pine Ridge High School (Deltona, FL)
After School Specials | Palm Harbor University High School (Palm Harbor, FL)

Another great weekend in the books, getting closer to naming semifinals champions! Stay tuned for next week's 2017 ICCA and ICHSA Aca-Wrap Up.

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Topics: Competition, ICCA, ICHSA