A cappella music will be echoing on campus Monday night.
TCU’s three a cappella groups will perform at 7:30 in the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom.
The teams enjoy performing on campus because it allows them to prepare for the International Collegiate Competition of A Cappella (ICCA), said Will Benish, member of The Horned Tones.
The men’s team and the mixed gender team participated in their first ICCA competition last semester, but neither teams placed in the top three.
“Although we didn’t place, we all went through an extremely valuable learning experience,” said Sabrina Harb, License to Trill’s music director. “We now know what to expect for the ICCA competition in February of 2017.”
A competition performance is 12 minutes long, consisting of three songs.
Here Comes Treble recently submitted its audition video for the ICCAS, hoping to qualify for the group’s first competition.
“That would mean we get to compete in real life ‘Pitch Perfect,’” said member Blakely Higgins.
Harb said a cappella members bond over their love for music.
“Our rehearsals consist of 13 guys just doing what they love,” said Benish. “Our chemistry as a group is strong and vibrant because of that.”
Harb agreed that members of her team are some of her closest friends.
“We do more than just sing notes. We make music,” she said. “We bring forth our own personal stories and relay it to our audience members in a way that speaks to us, and hopefully in a way, that speaks to the audience members as well.”
The singing groups practice between four and eight hours a week.
Each a cappella group will hold three concerts this school year, but have been asked to perform for other organizations and at events.
In addition to performances, License to Trill will be hosting a 5K neon glow walk on January 28 with seven other Texas a cappella groups. The walk will end with an a cappella concert in the BLUU ballroom. All proceeds will go to LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s leading lung cancer-focused nonprofit.
“It’s going to be aca-awesome,” Higgins said.