Choir performs at A Cappella Showcase

Chamber Singers, Men’s Ensemble and Rhapsody in Blue performed at the A Cappella Showcase Friday, Feb. 1.

A capella is a type of music in which performers sing without instrumental accompaniment. By performing a capella pop songs, the three choir groups hope to raise money while showcasing the choir program.

“We’re trying to start something new and no one around here does [a capella], so that makes our performance special,” Chamber Singers senior Sarah Bai said. “My favorite part of performing with chamber [was] the group dynamic. It was a lot of fun to perform with them.”

Men’s Ensemble performed songs such as “Toot-Toot-Tootsie” by Al Jolson and “Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight” by The Overtones. Rather than dressing up in their normal concert attire, Men’s Ensemble decided to dress up in jeans and a T-shirt, reflecting the hipster aesthetic of the performance.

“We’re dressing up casually and we’re singing pop, and that makes the concert a time of having fun,” Men’s Ensemble senior Bryan Ybarra said. “We [performed] decently. It could’ve been better, but it could’ve been worse. We just have to work on being more confident.”

Rhapsody in Blue members sang “Wake Me Up” by Avicii and “Gold Forever” by the Wanted.

“Hearing a recording of Rhapsody, I felt like we were good because we were loud and had good pronunciation, which I felt like made our singing sound better,” Rhapsody in Blue senior Molly Tseng said. “My favorite part of performing was just being able to sing. It was just nice to find an outlet.”

Chamber Singers performed various pop songs including “Feel it Still” by Portugal. The Man, “Mr. Sandman” by The Chordettes and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen.

“I feel like a capella is one of those things where you can sing to it and groove,” Bai said. “With other kinds of concerts, we don’t get the musical freedom to do that.”

By Andrew Kim, Staff writer
Photo by Isaac Le