HomeEvent Review: ICCA Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal at Cornell University

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On February 19, 2012, Cornell University hosted an International championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Mid-Atlantic quarterfinal. The event occurred in Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall.

Before we get to the review, a quick summary of the show:

The Competitors:
Binghamton University Kaskeset
SUNY Potsdam A Sharp Arrangement
The SUNY Potsdam Pitches
Elizabethtown College Phalanx
The SUNY Potsdam Pointercounts
The Cornell University Class Notes
The Cornell University Hangovers
University of Rochester After Hours
The Cornell University Touchtones
The University of Pittsburgh Pitt Pendulums

Guest Group: The Cornell University Key Elements

The Cornell University Key Elements kicked off the evening with Joan Jett’s ”I Love Rock N Roll.” The killer perc and a fun breakdown section toward the close were the highlights for this talented co-ed group. Saqib Mikey Yasin from Varsity Vocals took the stage next with the standard announcements, then handed things over to Olivia, the emcee.

The first competing group was Kaskeset a Jewish, co-ed a cappella group out of Binghamton University. They wore black and blue. The group took the stage with energy and attitude, en route to kicking off their first song. This was a fun performance. While it clicked musically, the truest highlight was the visual presentation, which included a pair of female, and later a pair of male backup dancers joining the soloist for a well-choreographed routine up front. Nothing jaw-dropping here, but a solid opener to set a light a tone and help establish the group’s identity.