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WNCC adds Acapella choir to music program

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If you’re a lover of performing arts, specifically of the singing variety, you’ll be interested to know that WNCC has added an Acapella choir to their repertoire of activities.  

The new group was added to the music program this year, but the idea for it had been circling the minds of two students since last year. Henry Schmall and Rebekah Carlson, both in their second years at WNCC, said that they were the ones who came up with the idea and proposed it to Dr. Imgyu Kang, WNCC’s choir teacher.

“We got the idea from (the movie) Pitch Perfect,” Schmall said. “We liked what they were doing.”

This is the first time WNCC has had an Acapella group on campus and also the first time Dr. Kang has conducted one. Though, he’s no rookie. Kang sang in an Acapella group in his college days and has taught music for 27 years.

When asked about the inspiration of the idea for the group, Kang said, “I wanted another choir to showcase the really talented people in the music program.”

Kang also mentioned how the new choir would be easier to handle for certain performances.

“Small groups are better for the last minute events we schedule,” he said, “The Acapella group can sing more religious songs for church performances.”

Kang expressed how he expects the group to do very well, though they aren’t performing in any competitions like one would see in the movie Pitch Perfect. They’re just going to be doing regular performances like all the other choirs. However, Kang also said they hope to build up to that level someday.

Carlson and Schmall both agreed that there were advantages of singing Acapella. They said, “It creates unity.”

“Singing without music trains your ear to listen to the group.” Schmall said.

And Rebekah noted the authenticity of Acapella.

“There’s no cheating by lip syncing,” she said. Giving reference to how people are shy in larger groups and don’t project their voice as much.

The Acapella choir was announced to the music program at the beginning of the year and tryouts were held just a week after. The group, as of now, consists of three men and six women, but Kang expressed that he would like to have more men join.

“Many people tried out and there were a few cuts,” he said. “There were too many women for the ratio of men they had, so, unfortunately, some had to go. But, if you’re a male who can sing in a low tenor or bass voice, the group would love to have you still. Maybe if there were enough men, we could even have more women. It’s all about balance.”

The season of the choir lasts all year, throughout both semesters, and they meet once a week after choir class. They sing both Acapella and regular songs that require an accompaniment for showcases and small group requests.

Whether you want to join or not, Acapella can be very enjoyable to listen to. The choir’s first performance is in the Vocal Showcase on October 29 at the Midwest Theatre.

“We’re most definitely excited,” says Carlson. “It’ll be a lot of fun.”

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