ICCA 2019 Finals Preview

On April 27, a brand new ICCA Champion will be named at the Playstation Theatre in New York City.

Each of this year’s groups brings a different set of talents and strengths – which group will rise to the top? Will the ScatterTones or The Originals finally outdo their previous 2nd place finishes? Will longtime strong competitors like The Trills, the N’Harmonics, and The G-Men learn from their past attempts? Or will a newcomer surpass them all?

Seats in the theater are sold out, but there is a livestream and we’ll be sure to bring you a full recap!

Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s finalists:

Aquapella – UK Champion
University of Bath, Bath, UK

Aquapella, Prince, Bath, ICCA,, Finalist, UK

BisCaydence – South Champion
University of Miami, Miami, FL

The G-Men – Great Lakes Champion
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

G-Men, Michigan, UM, collegiate, ICCA, Great Lakes, Champions, a cappella

HardChord DynaMix – Southwest Champion
Texas A&M, College Station, TX

Texas, a cappella, collegiate, A&M, ICCA, Southwest, Champions, singing

N’Harmonics – Northeast Champions
New York University, New York City, NY

a cappella, live music, NYU, NYC, collegiate, ICCA, Northeast

The Originals – Central Champions
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

CMU, Carnegie Mellon, a cappella, collegiate, ICCA, Pittsburgh, Central, Champions

Pitch, Please – Wildcard
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

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ScatterTones – West Champions
University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

a cappella, UCLA, singing, India Carney, ICCA, West, Champions

Sedoctave – Midwest Champion
Ball State University, Muncie, IN

a cappella, Muncie, Indiana, Ball State, BSU, singing, ICCA, Midwest, Champions

The Trills – Mid-Atlantic Champions
Towson University, Towson, MD

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ICHSA 2019 Finals Preview

On April 26, this year’s top nine high school a cappella groups will take the stage at The Town Hall in New York City.

If someone told us ten years ago just how great high school a cappella would be now, we would have never believed them. But now, a seat in the house at this competition is likely to be one of the best shows you’ll see all year.

A few tickets remain, so make sure you get yours now.

Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s finalists:

PFC – Southwest Champion
MacArthur High School, San Antonio, TX

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The Thursdays – Northeast Champions
Chelmsford High School, Chelmsford, MA

a cappella, ICHSA, Thursdays, Chelmsford, MA, Massachusetts, high school, singing

InToneNation – South Champions
New Manchester High School, Douglasville, GA

a cappella, InToneNation, high school, ICHSA, singing, competition, Georgia

Highlands Voices – Mid-Atlantic Champions
Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ

a cappella, ICHSA, live music, singing, Highlands Voice, Pitch Slapped, a capella, New Jersey, NJ

Skyline Blues – Great Lakes Champions
Skyline High School, Ann Arbor, MI

Skyline Blues - 2018 ICHSA Set

Knight Club – Midwest Finalist
Oak Creek High School, Oak Creek, WI

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Free to Breathe – West Champions
Sunset High School, Portland, OR

a cappella, ICHSA, singing, Oregon, Portland, high school, a capella

Madison Avenue – Wild Card Finalist
James Madison High School, San Antonio, TX

a cappella, ICHSA, singing, high school, San Antonio, TX, Texas, Wild Card, a capella

Evolve – Wild Card Finalist
Chesapeake High School, Pasadena, MD

a cappella, ICHSA, Evolve, Maryland, Chesapeake, singing, high school, a capella

Techapella Returns October 15th

In 2013, the Silicon Valley tech world a cappella groups came together to create an informal, non-competitive concert to share their passion for music with the world.

This showcase-like event is a huge community builder for the ever-growing circle of tech-company based a cappella groups. With sold-out crowds, varied repertoires, and even the occasional beatbox battle, this event grows in popularity each year. So much so, that they recently expanded to two shows instead of just one.

San Francisco Bay Area fans will have two chances to see Techapella live this year, with the first show on October 15th at Fox Theatre and the second show on November 4th at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The lineup for each show is different. On October 15th you’ll see:

Googapella and Alphabeat (both from Google)
The Vocal Network (Facebook)
The Keynotes (Apple)
InTune (LinkedIn)
Syncopation (Dropbox)
Funderstruck (an inter-company techie mix)
and the newest Techapella group The Chromotones (23andMe).

And on November 4th, Deke Sharon will emcee along with performances by:

Googapella (Google)
The Vocal Network (Facebook)
Songbirds (Twitter)
The Square Registers (Square)
The Pintunes (Pinterest)
Airbnbeats (Airbnb)
Scalesforce (Salesforce)
Internote (an inter-company a cappella group)

Acaville members will have access to the LIVE recording from October 15th!

 

Listen LIVE – Vocals Only on October 13th

Tune in to Acaville Radio this Saturday, October 13th from 7-11 pm EDT for 7 great groups LIVE from Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA.

We’ll be hearing from:

Capital Blend

Capital Blend - Paint It Black

Drop The Mic

a cappella, singing, vocals, Washington, DC, Gaithersburg

Euphonism

a cappella, singing, vocals, Washington, DC

Impitched

a cappella, singing, vocals, Washington, DC

Mezzo

a cappella, singing, vocals, NYC

Pitches Be Crazy

a cappella, singing, vocals, Washington, DC

Supreme Chord

The Open Approaches

The week of #AcaOpen is here and we’re gearing up for an incredible weekend in a cappella. The Finalists will fill Carnegie Hall on Saturday, September 22nd with the sweet sounds of a cappella and one will walk away with the $25,000 prize.

Tickets are still available – See the action in person.

We’ll be catching up with all of the finalists in NYC, but here’s a preview:

Wild Card: Business Casual
San Mateo, CA

Current National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions and certainly a force to be reckoned with. With a deep repertoire of originals and unique covers, their sense of brand is as strong as their stage game.

Wild Card: COLLAB
Los Angeles, CA

Bringing together performers from UCLA and CSUN these 13 singers were inspired by the first year of the Open to give it a shot themselves. They earned a shot at the Wild Card after placing second to HIVE – we think the talent pool in California runs deep.

Northeast Champion: Ember
Baltimore, MD

What do you get when you pull from a top notch collegiate group and students at Peabody Conservatory and THEN add some handpick specialty talent? Oh, and then debut a full set of stellar originals? The hottest thing to come out of Baltimore since Old Bay.

West Champion: HIVE
Los Angeles, CA

Five superstar voices. Personality for days. If you’re in the audience live, you might just catch the talent that spills out of them on stage.

New England Champion: Iris
New York, NY

Only three members and first performed as Iris on the semifinal stage at Berklee College of Music and they walked away the winner and also took home Outstanding Arrangement and Outstanding Vocal Percussion. So new that there’s no trace of them online – this may be the very best kind of a cappella witchcraft.

2018 ICHSA Champion: Legacy
Los Angeles, CA

Founder Rob Dietz taps into to some serious scholastic talent with this high school community group. This will be the group’s second appearance in the Open, representing Southern California in last year’s inaugural event.

Midwest Champion: LUXE
Columbus & Dayton, OH

Another new group – this one full of  ICHSA and ICCA all-stars, many of whom are already making huge strides as young and rising pop stars. Can they use their former success to guide them to the big prize?

Virtual Champion: RISE
Arlington, TX

After taking 4th place in the ICCA Finals, RISE will return for another shot at the top. They make their own rules and they are clearly ready for more.

2018 ICCA Champion: The SoCal VoCals
Los Angeles, CA

5-time International Champions and a legacy in the ICCA. Will this collegiate magic win at a new level? We don’t expect the audience to stay in their seats, that’s for sur

International Champion: VoCollective
London, UK

This sextet is just getting warmed up. Largely unknown outside of the UK – making their US debut on none other than Carnegie Hall feels like a good start.

Listen Live! Platinum Moments – The Alexandria Harmonizers 70th Anniversary

Today at 4 pm EDT, we’ll be bringing you a SOLD OUT performance from Alexandria, VA!

Tune if for Platinum Moments, a celebration of the Alexandria Harmonizer’s 70th Anniversary. This 4-time international champion is fresh off an 8th place finish at BHS Internationals, where the chorus scores were off the charts!

They’ll be joined by special guests Signature Quartet, the 2018 International Quartet Runners-Up, and Toronto Northern Lights, the 2013 International Chorus Champions, now directed by Jordan Travis.

We hear there are plenty of surprises in store – hear it all live right here on acaville.org!