Competition Countdown: Voicebox

Known for their spooky pop vibe, Voicebox from University of Central Florida has shifted gears a bit for their UpStaged AID submission, entering the competition with Imagination, originally performed by Labrinth. The group is competing for The Trevor Project (https://www.thetrevorproject.org/) in the Southeast Region.

Their video can be seen at: https://youtu.be/tKo2Zm36vXM.

Be sure to vote: https://www.upstagedu.com/event/vote-here-for-your-favorite-school-a-cappella-teams-in-the-upstagedaid-one-world-every-student-voice-virtual-competition.

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Competition Countdown: The Midnight Ramblers

The University of Rochester Midnight Ramblers have achieved international recognition through their live performances and recordings and maintain their status as one of the most energetic and musically ambitious college a cappella groups in the country. The Ramblers are competing in UpStaged AID’s Northeast Region with their rendition of Redbone, featuring soloist and arranger Ben Emmerich and Keegan Stricker on VP. The group has chosen the Rochester Area Community Foundation (https://www.racf.org) for their charity.

Their video can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcSpTvX6dtA&feature=youtu.be.

Be sure to watch all the competitors and vote at https://www.upstagedu.com/event/vote-here-for-your-favorite-school-a-cappella-teams-in-the-upstagedaid-one-world-every-student-voice-virtual-competition.

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Competition Countdown: Amplified

Amplified from University of Arizona is a 17 member, mixed voice, student-led a cappella ensemble. They are competing in UpStaged AID’s West Region and have chosen the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program (https://www.naacp.org/issues/environmental-justice) as their charity! The group has submitted their rendition of Saturn, originally performed by Sleeping at Last, as their competition song.

Their video can be seen at: https://youtu.be/sy8-tpOtoOU.

Be sure to vote: https://www.upstagedu.com/event/vote-here-for-your-favorite-school-a-cappella-teams-in-the-upstagedaid-one-world-every-student-voice-virtual-competition.

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Competition Countdown: Hum A Cappella

Born in the heart of Texas, Hum A Cappella is the University of Texas’ very own South Asian fusion a cappella group. They are competing in UpStaged AID’s Southwest Region with their rendition of Bheege, featuring soloists Ajay Thatte, Sumedha Nag and Rupasri Shankar
and arranged by: Rupasri Shankar. The group is competing for the Lebanese Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org.lb/index.aspx?pageid=907).

Their video can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReE3Emw2DCM.

Be sure to check out all the competitors and vote at https://www.upstagedu.com/event/vote-here-for-your-favorite-school-a-cappella-teams-in-the-upstagedaid-one-world-every-student-voice-virtual-competition.

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Competition Countdown: Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap is the gender-inclusive a cappella group on campus at the University of Oregon competing in UpStaged AID’s West Region. They submitted their mashup of Rise / The Weekend, originally performed by Solange/SZA (feat. Calvin Harris) and selected to appear on BOCA 2020! They are competing for Don’t Shoot Portland (https://www.dontshootpdx.org).

Their video can be seen at: https://youtu.be/vAMDuWCeg4Q.

Be sure to vote: https://www.upstagedu.com/event/vote-here-for-your-favorite-school-a-cappella-teams-in-the-upstagedaid-one-world-every-student-voice-virtual-competition.

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Competition Countdown: Duke Out of the Blue

We were so thrilled to sit down with UpStaged AID competitors, Out of the Blue, the oldest, all-female a cappella group at Duke University. We spoke with Rebecca and Julia about the importance of their charity, The Trevor Project (https://www.thetrevorproject.org), and their submission Muddy Waters, originally performed by LP. These ladies had so many thoughtful things to say about their process in creating this song and this video.

Their video can be seen at: https://youtu.be/sIGw0m8mivc.

Be sure to vote: https://www.upstagedu.com/event/vote-here-for-your-favorite-school-a-cappella-teams-in-the-upstagedaid-one-world-every-student-voice-virtual-competition.

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Competition Countdown: Harvard Opportunes

Next up in our series on UpStaged AID, we are featuring the Harvard Opportunes, who are competing in the New England region with their rendition of All For Us, originally performed by Labrinth, featuring Zendaya. The group is competing for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Defense (https://www.naacpldf.org). We talk to Ben, Carly, and Travis about how they chose this particular song to compete with and why their charity is so special to them.

You can watch their submission at https://youtu.be/ibe2UCSGBlw.

Vote for your favorite at https://www.upstagedu.com/event/vote-here-for-your-favorite-school-a-cappella-teams-in-the-upstagedaid-one-world-every-student-voice-virtual-competition.

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Competition Countdown: Princeton Footnotes

The first group we sit down with for this season of Competition Countdown focusing on groups competing in UpStaged AID is The Footnotes from Princeton University. The group is competing in the Mid-Atlantic Region with their version of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy in support of the National Center for Transgender Equality – https://transequality.org. Tune in to hear directly from the group about this song, this competition, and this charity!

To watch their video submission, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38fbCnBrXlI.

You can vote for your favorite here: https://www.upstagedu.com/event/vote-here-for-your-favorite-school-a-cappella-teams-in-the-upstagedaid-one-world-every-student-voice-virtual-competition.

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Competition Countdown: The Conchords

We sat down with The Conchords from Guildhall School of Music back in January and are airing our interview with the group from back then, along with their 2020 ICCA set, which earned the the right to compete in finals. Originally aired March 30th, 2020. (Note: Due to the coronavirus, all ICCA and ICHSA competitions have been cancelled. We reached out to competing groups to give them a chance to share their sets and talk about them and present them here for you unedited and in their entirety.)

You can learn more about the group here: https://www.instagram.com/theguildhallconchords.

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Competition Countdown: The Hofbeats

An interview with a cappella group The Hofbeats from Hofstra University. Originally aired March 30th, 2020. (Note: Due to the coronavirus, all ICCA and ICHSA competitions have been cancelled. We reached out to competing groups to give them a chance to share their sets and talk about them and present them here for you unedited and in their entirety.)

You can watch the set in its entirety here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk6pI4G-DWg.

You can learn more about the group here: https://www.facebook.com/The-Hofbeats-193463071776.

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