By Mia Ingui
Four a cappella groups rocked Mayo Concert Hall on Monday, Aug. 28, at the annual, “Fellas, Bellas and A Cappella” concert, which brought Welcome Week 2017 to a close.
The concert began with the College’s Christian a cappella group, Voice of Hope. The group began with a mashup of “Going Home” and “Voice of the Lord,” which featured a fun rap portion to get the entire audience cheering. Voice of Hope followed with “One More Time,” and closed with the group’s alumni song, “Stand In.”
Next up was the College’s all-female a cappella group, The Treblemakers. The group began its set with Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.” The Treblemakers then followed that up with a tender performance of Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity,” and closed with an upbeat medley of “Chains,” by Nick Jonas and “Side to Side,” by Ariana Grande.
Korina Stelzenmueller, a senior biomedical engineering major and the president of the Treblemakers, told The Signal that her group has a lot up its sleeves for this upcoming year.
“This semester actually marks our 10th anniversary concert, so we invited all of our alumni back and will be doing a few old favorite arrangements that they chose,” Stelzenmueller said. “We have songs by Sia, Katy Perry, Paramore, Andy Grammer, Martin Garrix and more.”
Following the Treblemakers were the iTunes — named for the incorporation of international music into the group’s repertoire. iTunes opened with a bubbly version of Jess Glynne’s “Hold My Hand.” After that was an iTunes favorite from last year, “Settle Down,” by Kimbra, followed up with “Ghost,” by Ella Henderson. The iTunes has a cohesive, upbeat sound, as the group members are always on stage dancing and having a great time while performing.
Last up were the Trentones, the College’s only competition a cappella group, which attends the International Championship for Collegiate A Cappella. The Trentones opened with “Ain’t Got Far to Go” by Jess Glynne. After that was Bruno Mars’ hit “Chunky.” The soft “Skinny Love,” by Birdy followed. They closed with “The Greatest,” by Sia, but with a twist, as the Trentones incorporated other Sia songs like “Alive,” and “Elastic Heart,” to create a medley.
Karaline Rosen, a junior business management major and member of the Trentones, enjoyed the performance.
“I think it was great. It’s always fun performing with them, and since we always hang out, this is just another big hangout for us. It’s awesome,” Rosen said.
Stelzenmueller was happy to be back singing with the Treblemakers.“We killed it,” she said. “We love singing together and I’m so happy to be back. We’re definitely excited to get new girls and our group has grown to blend so well together. I’m really proud of how hard we’ve worked and how far we’ve come.”
All four groups told the audience about their upcoming auditions, encouraging everyone at the College to come audition and find their “aca-fam.”
Auditions for each group will be held after the Activities Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 6 in the Brower Student Center. Those interested in auditioning can sign up for an audition slot at the fair.