This past weekend marked the finals for the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) and International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) competitions, right here in my backyard of New York City. Sadly, I wasn’t able to make it to either event, but from what I hear both featured very high levels of competition. This week’s AcaVids pays tribute to those groups that worked so hard and got so close…but couldn’t take the trophy. That’s right, I’m not featuring the winners (they get the trophy and the title), but the runners-up.
Incidentally, you can read one perspective of the ICCA finals from the A Cappella Blog here and the ICHSA finals from that same website here. There was also an interesting review of the ICCA finals on an NPR (National Public Radio) blog about, as Elie Landau summarized on Facebook, the “proper balance between showmanship, musicianship, and repertoire” which you can read right here.
First up, as high school groups get more talented, better organized, and more effectively run, we get a glimpse into the future of a cappella. The runners up from the ICHSA competition are well-known in the a cappella community, Centerville’s Forte:
Now for the ICCA runners-up, the only group with a repeat appearance from the 2012 Finals, the UCLA Scattertones (I could not find their Finals set yet, but here are the 3 songs they performed to win their regional semifinals):
Ok, the third place finishers, the Cornell Chordials, will also get a shout-out with their semifinal set.
Finally, an unrelated note: the weekend I traveled to Boston for BOSS, I was forced to miss the 20th anniversary concert of my second aca-alma mater, the Potsdam Pointercounts. I was disappointed, because a lot of guys I haven’t seen in years were traveling up to Potsdam for the concert, and I most certainly would have enjoyed being there. Here is a clip of the original Potsdam Pointercounts, 20 years later, getting back together onstage to sing one of their early tunes.
And here is the current group plus the alumni doing a number of tunes which have resurfaced in the repertoire over the years. Everyone seems to be having fun, which makes me even sadder that I missed out.
Congrats, fellas, and keep up the good work making us old guys proud!