Acapalooza performances showcase variety of student talent

By Kim Tang
Correspondent

There wasn’t a single seat left open in Mayo Concert Hall on Oct. 21 by the time all of the College’s a cappella groups were ready to take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

The Trentones put an aca-twist on hit tracks. (Meagan McDowell / Photo Editor)

The Trentones, i-Tunes, Treblemakers and Voice of Hope all highlighted their own voice, style and passion for music in a fun-filled evening that helped start the week off right.

The Trentones, the only competing a cappella group on campus, opened up the night with Lipps Inc’s “Funky Town.” The song featured solos from several students, including sophomore early childhood education major Katelyn Dunkel and Karaline Rosen, a junior business management major. The group ended its first set with Coldplay’s passionate and haunting number, “Violet Hill,” which was sung by junior urban education major Kieran Choi.

Voice of Hope, the campus’ Christian a cappella group, performed next, singing Hillsong Worship’s, “Who You Say I Am.” Sophomore biology major Seth Marcelo performed a solo next when he sang Riley Clemmons’ “Broken Prayers.”

The group closed its set by opening up the stage for the audience to join in during the song, “I Stand In Awe,” a hymn arranged by previous Voice of Hope singers that had been passed down to the new group members.

The Treblemakers, the College’s all-female a cappella group, launched into Pentatonix’s mashup of Daft Punk’s biggest hits such as “Technologic,” “Get Lucky” and more. The soloists for that song included Lorri Guzman, a junior communication studies major, Najalis Gual, a sophomore history secondary ed major, Emma Eisenbeil a sophomore English secondary education major, Shayla Nolan a junior art education major and Klaudia Stanislawski, sophomore international studies and history major.

Nolan and Katie Ely, a freshman physics and secondary education major, later delivered an emotional rendition of Billie Eilish and Khalid’s “Lovely,” before Alyssa Fanelli, a senior math secondary education major, ended the group’s set with a performance of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

i-Tunes, which performs both international music and American songs, were third to take the stage. The group opened its set with Estelle and Kanye West’s “American Boy,” and senior biology major Madhav Patel  and sophomore secondary education and biology dual major Daniela Pareja rocked the stage with their duet. Arta Qosja, a freshman nursing major, performed Britney Spears’ iconic “Toxic.”

The group closed its set with a powerful performance of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know,” which was sung as a duet by Patel and Mallory Ilves, a senior special education and women’s, gender and sexuality studies major.

The Trentones hit the stage once again to close the show with Pulkit Gupta, a senior accounting major, and Dunkel singing their own rendition of Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam,” and finally closing with a mashup of Charlie Puth’s “Done for Me” and Michael Jackson’s famous hit, “P.Y.T.”

All the groups gathered on stage one last time to sing CeeLo Green’s “Forget You,” although no one in the audience would soon forget their performance.

“Acapalooza was an amazing event all round,” said sophomore psychology major Jennifer Bedele. “The talent showcased on the stage was tremendous. I had goosebumps for almost the entire event and didn’t want it to end. I’m glad to see TCNJ has a platform like this for students to showcase their amazing talents.”