Vocal HERspective Episode 19 – Sara Yood

Since 2003, Sara Yood has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to keep Varsity Vocals growing and running smoothly. These days you can find her backstage orchestrating Finals in NYC and doing it with incredible poise. All on top of her day job as an IP lawyer in NYC.

Don’t miss a fantastic conversation with this a cappella Wonder Woman on Episode 19 of Vocal HERspective, debuting Tuesday at 6:30 pm PST/9:30 pm EST here on Acaville!

New Varsity Vocals Champions Named

The stages of Town Hall and the PlayStation Theater brought a cappella to Broadway this weekend for the 2019 ICHSA and ICCA Finals.

After two evenings of performances that marked the culmination of a year of hard work from all of the finalists, two new groups joined the legacy of Varsity Vocals champions – InToneNation and the N’Harmonics.

Here are the full results:

ICHSA Finals
InToneNation ICHSA 2019

OVERALL STANDINGS
1st Place: InToneNation (New Manchester High School) – 441 Points
2nd Place: Skyline Blues (Skyline High School) – 338 Points
3rd Place: The Thursdays (Chelmsford High School) – 331 Points

SPECIAL AWARDS
Outstanding Soloist: Tyler Lewis (InToneNation) for “Dancing On My Own”
Outstanding Vocal Percussion: Chris Ekpiken (Skyline Blues) for the entire set
Outstanding Arrangement: InToneNation for the entire set & Griffin Prillwitz (Free to Breathe) for “Sweet Dreams”
Outstanding Choreography: Evolve for the entire set

ICCA Finals
N'Harmonics ICCA 2019
OVERALL STANDINGS

1st Place: N’Harmonics (New York University) – 444 Points
2nd Place: BisCaydence (University of Miami) – 358 Points
3rd Place: ScatterTones (UCLA) – 352 Points

SPECIAL AWARDS
Outstanding Soloist: Tyler Lewis (HardChord DynaMix) for “Trainwreck”
Outstanding Vocal Percussion: Lora Riehl (Pitch, Please) for the entire set
Outstanding Arrangement: Brett Castro (N’Harmonics) for the entire set
Outstanding Choreography: Brett Castro and Devon McDowell (N’Harmonics) for the entire set

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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New Tunesday – April 16, 2019

We’re pretty close to the end of the school year, so we’re waiting with unbridled anticipation of all the aca-goodness to come! And lucky for all of us, the end of year release extravaganza has begun.

But first – reigning Barbershop Harmony Society Quartet Champions, After Hours, performed LIVE on the Today Show in honor of Barbershop Quartet Day! Barbershop Quartet Day (April 11) honors the official beginning of organized barbershop with the founding of BHS, now 81 years strong. Watch it HERE.

And there aren’t any videos (yet), but 2018 National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions, 2018 AcaOpen Finalists, and now 2019 VoiceJam Champions, Business Casual, just dropped a new album. Check it out now on Spotify and then get your own copy on iTunes or Amazon!

PFC

This outstanding high school group out of San Antonio is on their way to NYC to compete in ICHSA next week, but they gave us THIS goodness before they go. And within just days of release, it has nearly 65,000 views!

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Committed

The Sing-Off Season 2 Champions prove they still have the magic that won them the top prize.

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Six13

These recent CARA winners just keep putting out the hits. Chag Kasher v’Sameach!

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Citizen Queen

The fire is still burning hot for Citizen Queen who surprised fans with a live take of “Too Little, Too Late” over the weekend.

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North Cape

Alright, we know at least some of you are back in Game of Thrones heaven. Here’s a treat for you out of Poland. And it’s cool to listen to even if you aren’t a fan of the show.

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Duke Pitchforks

This Shawn Mendes song has made quite the rounds in a cappella circles this year. Pair it with a great video and some nice dance moves and we’re sold.

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5280 A Cappella

A Jonas/Zedd mashup done a cappella? Yes.

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Flight Scene

Who knew there were more country a cappella groups out there? It was good news to us, so we wanted to share this awesome Kelsea Ballerini cover.

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The Chromatix

I’m ready for a new cover of Royals. Enjoy this live take from Wisconsin.

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The Eight Tracks

So, this Jonas Brothers tune is just *so* catchy, we have another version for you.

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Colour of Voices

This Malaysian group is so excited for Ed Sheeran to make a tour stop, they used this music video as a lover letter.

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Pitches Be Trippin’

If Ariana Grande is going to own the charts, it only makes sense to put out a mashup.

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Elementary Mix

I can never resist talented elementary school kids singing great music. Hear the latest from this super talented group of barbershop’s future.

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And while this isn’t new, Ringmasters‘ stellar version of “Notre Dame Medley” made the rounds this week as the world watched fire engulf the treasured and storied cathedral in the heart of Paris. As we saw in so many news clips, music is already bringing peace to those feeling the impact of the loss.

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