Most of AU’s a cappella groups took the stage for the first time this semester at their preview concert on Sept. 8. On A Sensual Note, Treble in Paradise, Dime a Dozen and Pitches Be Trippin’ performed two songs each for a packed crowd in Kay Spiritual Life Center, stirring up excitement for the year to come for the a cappella community. The concert was held a week before their auditions on Sept. 15, and each group hoped to show new students what they’re all about.
AU’s oldest all-female a cappella group, Treble in Paradise, started the concert off with a spirited cover of “Location” by Khalid, featuring junior Emma Dion as a soloist. Their second song was “New Rules” by Dua Lipa, which gave many of its members the chance to be in the spotlight, with solos spread out throughout the song. They stayed true to their foundation as a group all about female empowerment and kept the crowd cheering.
Dime a Dozen, the only co-ed a cappella group at AU, performed after Treble. Although there were only five members present, because many of the group’s members graduated last year, they held their heads high and sang their hearts out, creating a strong presence. They performed a well-balanced set that included “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man (featuring sophomore Janie Goheen) and “This Is Gospel” by Panic! At the Disco (featuring senior Sarah Jane Bookter).
Pitches Be Trippin’ took the stage next, bringing more girl power to the room. Maya Krishnan, a junior, took the solo on “Too Good At Goodbyes” by Sam Smith, setting a soulful mood. Just after the song, Krishnan said “I think it's a little weird we sang a song about saying goodbye as our first song but that's just me,” adding some humor as she introduced her group to the crowd. They then switched up the beat and sang “End of Time” by Beyonce, with junior Emma McCloy as the soloist.
AU’s all-male a cappella group, On A Sensual Note, closed out the concert on a high note, with the low bass notes of soloist Andrew Watring, as the group sang “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love” by Barry White. The last song of the concert was “Gives You Hell” by the All-American Rejects, featuring Hunter Rich. As each OASN member rocked out to the song and audience members clapped along to the beat, one thing was clear: a cappella is a lot of fun.
Auditions for all of the groups will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15. Absent from the concert was the new POC-centric acapella group, Acabellas ‘n Fellas, started by junior Indira Mohabeer, which had its first interest meeting for the semester on Sept. 9.