You know that amazing feeling you get when you accomplish something you’ve worked so hard towards? I experienced this pride and satisfaction along with the other members of Call4Backup after our performance on Saturday, February 4th. We had just competed in the quarterfinals for the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) at the University of Rochester.
Call4Backup is Nazareth College’s only all-female a cappella group, consisting of fourteen members of various ages and areas of study. Our common interest in vocal music is what brought us together and allowed us to form a tight bond as a group during our many rehearsals. We had competed as a group in the ICCA quarterfinals for the first time in 2016. It was such a worthwhile experience that we knew we wanted to do it again the following year. We started to prepare as soon as we could.
Our group submitted a video in the fall semester to enter the ICCA and was one of ten groups chosen to compete in the Central Quarterfinal at the U of R. A set list of three contrasting songs was prepared, including How Will I know by Whitney Houston, an original mashup arranged by Call4Backup co-leader, Jessica Tripi, and Greedy by Ariana Grande. We came up with our own choreography and added additional rehearsals to our regular schedule in order to prepare. Going into the competition, we were already extremely pleased with how much we accomplished with only a few weeks of rehearsals before the performance.
The day of the show started off with a short drive to the U of R, followed by a meeting for all of the performing groups, in which the run-down for the show was discussed and the performance order was chosen. The rest of the day consisted of a sound check in the auditorium, more in-group rehearsing, and getting our hair, makeup, and matching outfits ready. As a group, we warmed up and got got energized, preparing ourselves to go out there, give it our all, and have a blast.
Nerves were high and excitement was through-the-roof as we prepared to go backstage. We could hear the U of R Yellow Jackets through the wings as we each gathered ourselves and tried to contain our excitement. This was it. We went out on stage and did our thing, and as Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect would say, we crushed it.
In the end, we did not win. There were two groups chosen to advance to the semifinals, and four other individual awards given, none of which were awarded to Call4Backup. But we were not disappointed. We knew that we still gave it our all and we were very proud of what we had accomplished.
We know we will be back next year and hopefully we will keep improving as a group while still having the time of lives doing it.