New Tunesday – June 11, 2019

It may be summer, but we’re still enjoying new music!

Voicebox

What better way to start off this week than a tribute to Pride with a cover of The Greatest.

Vadé

We sincerely hope you’re not still sleeping on this group because we’re a little obsessed. Enjoy another smooth cover from this London sensation.

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N’Harmonics

One last piece from their winning ICCA set – enjoy the champions’ live take of Choker’s “Juno.”

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Studio 4

We’re getting SUPER excited about BHS International in Salt Lake City next month, so imagine our joy to see this live performance of a Chicago tune done by one of the world’s top quartets.

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Reverse Osmosis

Sung live, RO took on the Staves, led by Sarah Exodus.

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New Tunesday – May 14, 2019

N’Harmonics

Fresh off their ICCA win, this NYU group released a studio recording of “To The Wolves” from their winning set.

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Vadé (ft. Jermaine Riley)

We can’t help but compare this London group to Boyz II Men. Just hear for yourself.

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Highline Vocal Jazz

Here’s a little George Gershwin from the jazz quintet out of New York City.

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קוינטה וחצי Quinta and a Half

For those of us outside of Europe, Eurovision seems like a pretty magical competition. Qunita and a Half gives us a little evolution video in honor of the kick off of Eurovision 2019 in Tel-Aviv.

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Elephant Claps

Proof that the Moscow Spring A Cappella Festival was a great experience even if you didn’t win anything.

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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

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

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BisCaydence – South Champion
University of Miami, Miami, FL

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

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

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

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

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Pitch, Please – Wildcard
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

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

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Sedoctave – Midwest Champion
Ball State University, Muncie, IN

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

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