Title

The World of A Cappella

Presenter Information

Nicole Prigge

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom A

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Acappella, Music, Popular Culture

Abstract

A cappella music was born within the church and literally means "music in the chapel" but has come to be defined as music without instrumental accompaniment. In recent years, the popularity of a cappella music has sky-rocketed, moving to the forefront of pop music. With television shows like “The Sing Off”, movies like Pitch Perfect, and artists like The Pentatonix leading the charge, a cappella music is more accessible than ever. Boots ‘n’ Cats is Central’s very own premier small mixed a cappella ensemble. The modern musical selection mixed with complex harmonies, vocal percussion, and choreography has transformed a cappella into an accessible form of music for both the young and old. Small ensemble a cappella has allowed the members of Boots ‘n’ Cats a chance to flex their collective cerebral muscles through self-leadership, musical arranging, choreography, fund raising, and coordinating group travel. Boots ‘n’ Cats is a rare group within Central’s very own a cappella scene, in that every ensemble member is one on a part. This means each member is solely responsible for balance, dynamics, intonation, diction, etc. for their respective parts. Boots ‘n’ Cats will sample pieces from our International Championships of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) set list. This set gave us a berth to the Western Semifinals at Pomona College held April 5.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Weidenaar, Gary

Additional Mentoring Department

Music

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The World of A Cappella

SURC Ballroom A

A cappella music was born within the church and literally means "music in the chapel" but has come to be defined as music without instrumental accompaniment. In recent years, the popularity of a cappella music has sky-rocketed, moving to the forefront of pop music. With television shows like “The Sing Off”, movies like Pitch Perfect, and artists like The Pentatonix leading the charge, a cappella music is more accessible than ever. Boots ‘n’ Cats is Central’s very own premier small mixed a cappella ensemble. The modern musical selection mixed with complex harmonies, vocal percussion, and choreography has transformed a cappella into an accessible form of music for both the young and old. Small ensemble a cappella has allowed the members of Boots ‘n’ Cats a chance to flex their collective cerebral muscles through self-leadership, musical arranging, choreography, fund raising, and coordinating group travel. Boots ‘n’ Cats is a rare group within Central’s very own a cappella scene, in that every ensemble member is one on a part. This means each member is solely responsible for balance, dynamics, intonation, diction, etc. for their respective parts. Boots ‘n’ Cats will sample pieces from our International Championships of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) set list. This set gave us a berth to the Western Semifinals at Pomona College held April 5.