New Tunesday – The Summer Wrap-Up

While we were out enjoy the sun, the sand, the surf, and all of the other spoils of summer, the titans of a cappella still churned out some great new music. Here are the highlights:

Pentatonix

There were a lot of mixed feelings about the Lion King remake, but there no questioning the PTX take on this classic song off the soundtrack.

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BYU Vocal Point

Not to be outdone, the men of Vocal Point released their own Lion King harmonies with their cover of Circle of Life.

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MICappella

It was a busy summer as always for these Singapore superstars and rumor has it there will be even more music coming soon. Get your abbreviated Chinese music history lesson now.

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N’Harmonics

It is almost time to submit your applications for the 2020 ICCA season. Be inspired by the set from the 2019 champions.

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Nor’Easters

They may not have made an ICCA appearance last season, but these collegiate powerhouses did take their talents to Memphis to win the NACC Collegiate Competition.

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m-Pact

There’s never a bad time for Earth, Wind & Fire, especially not when covered by m-Pact, who we can’t wait to see in November for the m-Pact Vocal Festival in Kansas City.

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From The Roots

SING! Texas is just around the corner, but not before you can relive this gem of an original written by Hannah Lewis.

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Plus, they released another new original “Broke My Window.”

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Midtown

This year’s BHS International 5th place medalists have been making quite a slash with their music videos. Have a little fun with this cover from the Goofy Movie, a follow up to their Spiderman Theme Song.

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Pitch Slapped

If this is how the ladies of Pitch Slapped are kicking off the new year, we’ve got a lot more amazing music coming our way.

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New England Voices in Harmony

Harmony, Inc. unleashed part of the winning set from the 2018 International Champions. Enjoy “I See The Light” arranged by Kevin Keller.

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New Tunesday – June 25, 2019

Clearly, there’s no slowing down a cappella this summer. Set aside a good deal of time to catch up on all of the great new music we found this week!

The Filharmonic

A Sing-Off favorite brings us a Jonas Brothers cover for a little summer fun – live.

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Business Casual

This Bay Area group is on a monumental rise, and this new video featuring their original tune “Ain’t No Way” is just another step at the top.

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N’Harmonics

The final installment from their winning ICCA set, the reigning champions mixed modern with classical to wow the audience.

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Vadé

This group wins over our hearts more and more with each video.

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Postyr

Capturing the sentiment wrapped up in family scattered around the world, this futurist Danish quartet continues to blaze forward.

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New England Voices in Harmony

Harmony, Inc. has unleashed a treasure trove of videos from the 2018 International Contests, including this one featuring the chorus gold medalists.

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Zero8

Need to hear something spectacular? How about one of the world’s best barbershop choruses fronted by one of the world’s best barbershop quartets singing something from one of the world’s best barbershop arrangers? Ok, then.

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Midtown

With BHS International in Salt Lake City just around the corner, we were thrilled to get a little peek at one of the world’s top quartets through this clever video.

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MVP 

This quintet out of Australia keeps us well stocked in fun content – party along with their latest release.

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Flow

The fascinating art of pop rock a cappella choirs makes everything a bit more interesting. What would you do with this many voices?

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Mendicants

The group responsible for bringing the legend that is Bill Hare into the a cappella fold back in 1988 and many years later, the relationship still stands.

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Crimson & Slate

The Colorado a cappella scene is growing and mighty.  Enjoy this throwback video with an arrangement by Johanna Vinson.

The Lost Keys

Who doesn’t love a classic Elvis tune every once in a while?

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Council Rock High School South Vocal Ensemble

While we’re on lovable guilty pleasures, here’s a spot on cover of the music of Phineas & Ferb,

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Gold for New England Voices In Harmony and Aged To Perfection

In two very hotly contested finals, Harmony, Incorporated now has a new champion chorus and four new Harmony Queens.

On Friday, New England Voices in Harmony of Nashua, New Hampshire topped the field with a 79.7%. The group performed a special Disney themed set in a risky director-less set, but proving that Director Renee Tramack had prepared them well, they sang “That’s How You Know” from Enchanted and “I See the Light” from Tangled in gorgeous jewel-tone gowns.

New England Voices in Harmony - 2018 Gold Medal Chorus
New England Voices in Harmony – 2018 Gold Medal Chorus

The Village Vocal Chords, under the direction of the legendary Jeanne O’Connor, took second place for the second time with a score of 78.9%. Jordan Travis and A Cappella Showcase from Milton, Ontario finished in third with 78.4%. Limestone City Voices and Sounds of the Seacoast round out the medals in fourth and fifth, respectively.

See the full scores for the Chorus Finals.

The contests came to a close on Saturday afternoon with the Quartet Finals that ended with Aged To Perfection winning the crown. This team of two mothers and daughters scored an incredible 80.7%, edging out T4 who finished with an 80.0%.

Aged To Perfection - 2018 Harmony Queens
Aged To Perfection – 2018 Harmony Queens

Alexa Beal, Gaye LaCasce, Kathy Pomer, and Ellie Pomer are now a long distance quartet and all first time queens. Scoring 1441 in the Semi-Final round with a phenomenal rendition of “Blues in the Night” and “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?,” Aged To Perfection raised the bar in the Finals with a total score of 1463 singing a solemn “Cry Me A River” and a lively, and genuinely adorable uptune in “Together, Wherever We Go.”

Rounding out the medals were Area 3’s Lip Service finishing third with 76.0%, Area 2’s Balancing Act in fourth with 75.2%, and Tonic! in fifth with 73.8%. Tonic! was also honored with the Image in Harmony Award and the Accord Award.

See the fulls scores from the Quartet Finals.

The IC&C closed out with a Showcase of Champions to a room full of Harmony Sisters (and a T-Rex), marking the end of Christina Lewellen’s two-year term as International President. The gavel was turned over to Donna McKay, who will push forward with the new initiative, “Harmony. Stronger.”