It's time for another Varsity Vocals ICCA/ICHSA Aca-Wrap Up! We're halfway through March and that much closer to Finals!
Here's your wrap up for the March 11th ICCA and ICHSA Semifinals.
ScatterTones at the 2017 ICCA Southwest Semifinal. Source: Facebook
South - Semifinal
Kicking off the weekend in Athens, GA, ten of the best groups in the South went head-to-head for a spot at Finals! Coming in third place, the University of Florida's newest a cappella group, Gestalt, keeps turning heads! Their 311 point set will advance them to the ICCA Wildcard Round for a second chance at Finals. Georgia Tech's Sympathetic Vibrations have had a sensational run from the get-go - taking first at their Quarterfinal round and second at Semifinals! Going home with 353 points, an award for Arrion Jackson's solo for "Until The End of Time," they will also have a second chance to advance to Finals along with Gestalt. In first place, your new South Champions, the Belmont University Beltones will be moving on to the 2017 ICCA Finals in New York City! The Beltones were awarded 371 points, and special nods for Tyra Thompson's solo for "Something Beautiful," as well as Carter Harrell's vocal percussion for the entire set! Nice work Beltones! Lastly, the judges felt inclined to highlight a few more standout groups that night - Grayson Kilgo of No Ceiling was awarded for the group's choreography for the whole set, and the University of Central Florida's Gemini Blvd. took home the Outstanding Arrangement award for Lily Schultz's work on "Father."
Congratulations to The Beltones for advancing to The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Finals on April 22nd at The Beacon Theatre in New York City!
Southwest - Semifinal
The ICCA Southwest region is home to some of the most talented and competitive groups in the country! With that in mind, it's no wonder these groups come out swinging. Out west at UCLA, Resonance showed the competition who's boss, coming in third place and earning 348 points! Brandon Tai was given an outstanding arrangement award for "Sledgehammer," and the group will have a shot at the Wildcard Round for a spot at Finals. The Texas a cappella scene has been off the charts lately, and ICCA is no exception! Texas A&M University's HardChord DynaMix continues to amaze, coming in second place with 351 points and an award for Benjamin Ikwuagwu's solo on "Drowning Shadows." And no stranger to the Finals stage, the UCLA ScatterTones will be advancing to the next round in New York City, with a massive 436 point finish, and a special award for Kyla Frattini and Sara Gilbert's choreography for the entire set! The judges also awarded Oliver Page of The Highlanders for his VP for "Bottom of the River."
Congratulations to the ScatterTones for advancing to The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Finals on April 22nd at The Beacon Theatre in New York City!
ICCA Wildcard Bracket (so far)
Amazin’ Blue | University of Michigan
Fundamentally Sound | University of Wisconsin
Sympathetic Vibrations | Georgia Tech
Gestalt | University of Florida
HardChord DynaMix | Texas A&M University
Resonance | University of California, Los Angeles
The winner of the ICCA Wildcard Round will advance to The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Finals on April 22nd at The Beacon Theatre in New York City.
ICCA Finals Bracket (so far)
The winner of ICCA Finals will advance to the International Championship of A Cappella Open on September 23rd, 2017 at Carnegie Hall in New York City! Stay tuned for the rest of the competitors!
The Thursdays - 2017 ICHSA Northeast Semifinal Champions. Source: Facebook
Northeast - Semifinal
Up in Worcester, MA, #TVCFam is KILLING the ICHSA game, and we are here for it! Taking both the first and second place spots that night, we couldn't be more proud! Coming in third place with 288 points, Wakefield High School's She Major delivered an impressive set that netted them a special award for Skyler Dube's vocal percussion for "Carry On Wayward Son." Danvers High School's Falconize took second place, earning 315 points and a special award for Bella Burrell's arrangement of "All Too Well." Congratulations to both groups! Advancing to ICHSA Finals and adding the Northeast Champion title to their already impressive N.E. Voices victory, Chelmsford High School's Thursdays destroyed the competition, earning 392 points and two outstanding awards - one for Michael Xavier's solo and Nadya Lisciotto's choreography for "If You're Out There." We're so proud of you guys and we can't wait to see you take the Finals stage soon! Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School's Accent A Cappella also made a fantastic splash at semis, earning two special awards as well - one for Lauren Weintraub's solo on "Ghost," and one for Brian Lynch's vocal percussion for "What Is Love." Killing it guys!
Congratulations to The Thursdays for advancing to The International Championship of High School A Cappella Finals on April 21st at The Town Hall in New York City!
West - Semifinal
Out in the West region, we're skipping quarterfinals completely and jumping right to semis! Coming in third place, Oakland Area Schools' She earned 337 points and a spot in the Wildcard Round! With the special awards going to the top two groups of the night, The Nueva School's Soundwaves took home second place, with 353 points and the awards for arrangement and vocal percussion, going to Emily Ross for "Winter Song" and Christine Cho for "Unsteady," respectively. Closing out the night, and finally returning to add to their three-time ICHSA Championship glory, OSA Vocal Rush will be moving on to the ICHSA Finals, earning a near-perfect 451 points, and the other two special awards for Barbara DeVeaux-Griffith's solo for "Have Mercy," and the outstanding choreography award for the entire set!
Congratulations to Vocal Rush for advancing to The International Championship of High School A Cappella Finals on April 21st at The Town Hall in New York City!
ICHSA Wildcard Bracket (so far)
Soul’d Out | Wilsonville High School (Wilsonville, OR)
Some Cool Guys | Oregon Children’s Choir (Eugene, OR)
Vocal Point | Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School (Galesville, WI)
Echo Effect | Niles West High School (Skokie, IL)
Falconize | Danvers High School (Danvers, MA)
She Major | Wakefield High School (Wakefield, MA)
The Soundwaves | The Nueva School (San Mateo, CA)
She | Oakland Area Schools (Oakland, CA)
The winner of the ICHSA Wildcard Round will advance to The International Championship of High School A Cappella Finals on April 21st at The Town Hall in New York City.
ICHSA Finals Bracket (so far)
Synergy | Oregon Children’s Choir (Eugene, OR) (Northwest Champion)
Enharmonic Fusion | DeKalb High School (DeKalb, IL) (Midwest Champion)
The Thursdays | Chelmsford High School (Chelmsford, MA) (Northeast Champion)
Vocal Rush | Oakland School for the Arts (Oakland, CA) (West Champion)
The winner of ICHSA Finals will advance to the International Championship of A Cappella Open on September 23rd, 2017 at Carnegie Hall in New York City! Stay tuned for the rest of the competitors!
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Keep up the pace everybody! Stay tuned for next week's 2017 ICCA and ICHSA Aca-Wrap Up.