Event Program for the ICHSA Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal taking place at Cherry Hill High School East on January 16th, 2016

Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal @ Cherry Hill HS (1-16-2016)

Tonight's Competitors Rebel Yell is one of the oldest contemporary high school a cappella groups in America! In fact, before the ICHSA existed, Rebel Yell performed exhibition sets at several ICCA events for Varsity Vocals in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. This mixed aca-group represents Howell High School with pride, averaging 30 to 35 shows per year. This big happy family spends downtime together listening to soft jazz in darkness and silence, and frequently visits giraffe sanctuaries in order to center themselves in preparation for rehearsals and shows. “Break legs” to all tonight, with love, from Rebel Yell! Rebelation is Howell High School's all-female a cappella team! Although the group is six years old, this will only be their second ICHSA appearance. In an interview with John Cena, it was revealed to the world that the members of Rebelation are the season 15 winners of “America's Next Top Model”! This group of cuties is just like family: they pull each other's hair, and get into catfights, but they ultimately are always there for each other (like for hiding bodies, etc.). They love piña coladas and being caught in the rain, but their favorite place is in your arms. Founded over 20 years ago, The Princeton High School Testostertones have a sustained tradition of producing great, local, all-male a cappella music. Composed of 13 sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the group is a solid mix of slick harmonies and impressive vocals, with a chill, laid-back vibe that the ladies just can't get enough of. The group has changed a lot since its first appearance at the ICHSA, losing 10 of its members to graduation. However, with a crop of talented newbies filling the void, the guys feel ready to show, once again, why The Testostertones truly are Princeton High School's only all-male, all-swag a cappella group! Stay Tuned hails from Cherry Hill East High School, and is directed by Ms. Heather Lockart. This group performs at events all over the tristate area. They have received many awards in just four years of existence, including first runnerup in two Varsity Vocals ICHSA competitions, with awards for Best Soloist and Best Choreography. They took first place in two additional competitions, “A Cappella at the Rock” and “A Cappella for Autism,” also winning Best Choreography and Best Soloist at these events. Most recently, Stay Tuned was selected as one of two a cappella groups nationwide to be featured in “Pitch Slapped,” which is currently airing on Lifetime. For eight weeks, Stay Tuned worked with a cappella sensation, Deke Sharon, as they prepared for weekly competitions with ICHSA competitors (and friends)! They look forward to sharing the stage tonight with such outstanding a cappella groups!
Tonight s Competitors Rebel Yell is one of the oldest contemporary high school a cappella groups in America  In fact, befo...
Tonight's Competitors Rebel Yell is one of the oldest contemporary high school a cappella groups in America! In fact, before the ICHSA existed, Rebel Yell performed exhibition sets at several ICCA events for Varsity Vocals in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. This mixed aca-group represents Howell High School with pride, averaging 30 to 35 shows per year. This big happy family spends downtime together listening to soft jazz in darkness and silence, and frequently visits giraffe sanctuaries in order to center themselves in preparation for rehearsals and shows. “Break legs” to all tonight, with love, from Rebel Yell! Rebelation is Howell High School's all-female a cappella team! Although the group is six years old, this will only be their second ICHSA appearance. In an interview with John Cena, it was revealed to the world that the members of Rebelation are the season 15 winners of “America's Next Top Model”! This group of cuties is just like family: they pull each other's hair, and get into catfights, but they ultimately are always there for each other (like for hiding bodies, etc.). They love piña coladas and being caught in the rain, but their favorite place is in your arms. Founded over 20 years ago, The Princeton High School Testostertones have a sustained tradition of producing great, local, all-male a cappella music. Composed of 13 sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the group is a solid mix of slick harmonies and impressive vocals, with a chill, laid-back vibe that the ladies just can't get enough of. The group has changed a lot since its first appearance at the ICHSA, losing 10 of its members to graduation. However, with a crop of talented newbies filling the void, the guys feel ready to show, once again, why The Testostertones truly are Princeton High School's only all-male, all-swag a cappella group! Stay Tuned hails from Cherry Hill East High School, and is directed by Ms. Heather Lockart. This group performs at events all over the tristate area. They have received many awards in just four years of existence, including first runnerup in two Varsity Vocals ICHSA competitions, with awards for Best Soloist and Best Choreography. They took first place in two additional competitions, “A Cappella at the Rock” and “A Cappella for Autism,” also winning Best Choreography and Best Soloist at these events. Most recently, Stay Tuned was selected as one of two a cappella groups nationwide to be featured in “Pitch Slapped,” which is currently airing on Lifetime. For eight weeks, Stay Tuned worked with a cappella sensation, Deke Sharon, as they prepared for weekly competitions with ICHSA competitors (and friends)! They look forward to sharing the stage tonight with such outstanding a cappella groups!
Tonight s Competitors Rebel Yell is one of the oldest contemporary high school a cappella groups in America  In fact, befo...
Tickled Pink is based in West Windsor Plainsboro High School South, from West Windsor, N.J. Often referred to as "Teep", they are an all-female and completely student-run powerhouse of fabulousness. Teep is ecstatic to compete for their first time ever, and honored to be a part of the ICHSA. Despite being a first-time competitor, Teep has more talent than it has estrogen, and they are ready to rock the stage at Cherry Hill East High School. The Connetquot Seventh Street Singers is a select vocal ensemble from Connetquot High School in Bohemia, N.Y. “Seventh Street” originated as a show choir, but has developed into an exclusively a cappella group. They were thrilled to participate in last year's ICHSA competition, and are excited to be back for a second year. "Remember the address for sounds so sweet - Seventh Street!" Tonight's Judges Vocal Forte comes from Haddon Heights Baptist Regional School in southern New Jersey. This is their eighth year participating in ICHSA, with three appearances at the National Final in N.Y.C. This past year, Vocal Forte has performed with actress Lucy Hale and the Voices of Meningitis team, filmed two episodes of Lifetime's new series, “Pitch Slapped,” and will appear on the 2016 Best of High School A Cappella (BOHSA) CD. They also spend a large portion of the school year performing at local churches, community functions, and charity events. Vocal Forte would like to thank all of the family and friends that support them throughout the school year! Vocal Resolution was established in 2013 as an extracurricular a cappella ensemble at Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, N.J., and its 20 current members are thrilled to participate in their first ICHSA event. Under the direction of Highland's choir director, Jessica Kolody, they will be performing original arrangements, primarily choreographed by students. The group is resolved to fully embrace the joy of music through teamwork, diligence, integrity, and gratitude. The Unaccompanied Minors of Columbia High School began in April 2011 as a one-song project. In the four years since this humble beginning, the group has evolved into a 24-voice, three-ensemble army of a cappella that performs custom arrangements of popular music throughout New Jersey. The Unaccompanied Minors are proud to model collaborative rehearsals, with all arrangements by Ms. Bunce, students, and alumni of the program. The group's many public appearances have included music conventions, multiple performances of the national anthem at MSG-televised Red Bull games, and a guest appearance on Lifetime’s “Pitch Slapped.” @unaccompdminors The Leading Tones of Abraham Clark High School is a group of diverse students from Roselle, N.J. Together, they create a cohesive, energetic sound, filled with soulful old-school flavor, and mixed grooves of today. Although The Leading Tones are only in their second a cappella season, they have already shared the stage with Lucy Hale as finalists in the “Boost The Volume” competition, and have worked with the likes of Deke Sharon and Bri Holland. Ultimately, they strive to join the legacy of great groups from the Garden State. Twitter: @LeadingTones, Facebook: Leading Tones, Instagram: theleadingtones. Jonathan Sears began singing a cappella in 1996 at Elizabethtown College with the all-male group Phalanx. In his senior year, he led Phalanx to their first-ever appearance in the ICCA, placing third in their Quarterfinal. This performance set the stage for future years, which saw them advance to the regional Semifinals and their first BOCA appearance. After graduating in 2000, he performed with a number of professional a cappella groups at shows and festivals throughout North America. He is a two-time Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) nominee, first in 2000 in the Best Male Collegiate Arranger category, and again in 2005 in the Best Contemporary Pop/Rock Original Song category. He is a five-year veteran of the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB), where he adjudicated over 70 a cappella albums submitted by both collegiate and professional groups. Jonathan lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his beautiful wife, Kelly, and their two girls, Molly and Emma. 2016 marks Jonathan’s 10th year as an adjudicator for the ICCA and ICHSA, and his 20th year as an active member of the a cappella community. Dr. Joseph Ohrt holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the University of South Carolina, and has served on both schools' faculties. His choirs have performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, Chicago Symphony Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Severance Hall in Cleveland, over 20 times at Carnegie Hall, and eight times at the White House. He has conducted special performances for President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Nelson Mandela of South Africa, President Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic, and Prime Minister Shimon Perez of Israel. He has coached Broadway stars, sung backup for Barbra Streisand, appeared on MTV, and has arranged music for the new Broadway musical, “Amazing Grace.” He also arranged music for Las Vegas Celebrates the Music of Michael Jackson, performed by the Vegas casts of “Phantom of the Opera” and “Jersey Boys.” Dr. Ohrt is a composer, master teacher, author, and advocate for contemporary composition, and has collaborated with composers from around the globe, premiering over 400 new works in the last 20 years – a world record. He currently serves as Director of Choral Activities of the nationally acclaimed Central Bucks High School-West Choirs in Doylestown, Pa., where pop star P!NK was his student.
Tickled Pink is based in West Windsor Plainsboro High School South, from West Windsor, N.J. Often referred to as  Teep , t...
Tickled Pink is based in West Windsor Plainsboro High School South, from West Windsor, N.J. Often referred to as "Teep", they are an all-female and completely student-run powerhouse of fabulousness. Teep is ecstatic to compete for their first time ever, and honored to be a part of the ICHSA. Despite being a first-time competitor, Teep has more talent than it has estrogen, and they are ready to rock the stage at Cherry Hill East High School. The Connetquot Seventh Street Singers is a select vocal ensemble from Connetquot High School in Bohemia, N.Y. “Seventh Street” originated as a show choir, but has developed into an exclusively a cappella group. They were thrilled to participate in last year's ICHSA competition, and are excited to be back for a second year. "Remember the address for sounds so sweet - Seventh Street!" Tonight's Judges Vocal Forte comes from Haddon Heights Baptist Regional School in southern New Jersey. This is their eighth year participating in ICHSA, with three appearances at the National Final in N.Y.C. This past year, Vocal Forte has performed with actress Lucy Hale and the Voices of Meningitis team, filmed two episodes of Lifetime's new series, “Pitch Slapped,” and will appear on the 2016 Best of High School A Cappella (BOHSA) CD. They also spend a large portion of the school year performing at local churches, community functions, and charity events. Vocal Forte would like to thank all of the family and friends that support them throughout the school year! Vocal Resolution was established in 2013 as an extracurricular a cappella ensemble at Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, N.J., and its 20 current members are thrilled to participate in their first ICHSA event. Under the direction of Highland's choir director, Jessica Kolody, they will be performing original arrangements, primarily choreographed by students. The group is resolved to fully embrace the joy of music through teamwork, diligence, integrity, and gratitude. The Unaccompanied Minors of Columbia High School began in April 2011 as a one-song project. In the four years since this humble beginning, the group has evolved into a 24-voice, three-ensemble army of a cappella that performs custom arrangements of popular music throughout New Jersey. The Unaccompanied Minors are proud to model collaborative rehearsals, with all arrangements by Ms. Bunce, students, and alumni of the program. The group's many public appearances have included music conventions, multiple performances of the national anthem at MSG-televised Red Bull games, and a guest appearance on Lifetime’s “Pitch Slapped.” @unaccompdminors The Leading Tones of Abraham Clark High School is a group of diverse students from Roselle, N.J. Together, they create a cohesive, energetic sound, filled with soulful old-school flavor, and mixed grooves of today. Although The Leading Tones are only in their second a cappella season, they have already shared the stage with Lucy Hale as finalists in the “Boost The Volume” competition, and have worked with the likes of Deke Sharon and Bri Holland. Ultimately, they strive to join the legacy of great groups from the Garden State. Twitter: @LeadingTones, Facebook: Leading Tones, Instagram: theleadingtones. Jonathan Sears began singing a cappella in 1996 at Elizabethtown College with the all-male group Phalanx. In his senior year, he led Phalanx to their first-ever appearance in the ICCA, placing third in their Quarterfinal. This performance set the stage for future years, which saw them advance to the regional Semifinals and their first BOCA appearance. After graduating in 2000, he performed with a number of professional a cappella groups at shows and festivals throughout North America. He is a two-time Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) nominee, first in 2000 in the Best Male Collegiate Arranger category, and again in 2005 in the Best Contemporary Pop/Rock Original Song category. He is a five-year veteran of the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB), where he adjudicated over 70 a cappella albums submitted by both collegiate and professional groups. Jonathan lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his beautiful wife, Kelly, and their two girls, Molly and Emma. 2016 marks Jonathan’s 10th year as an adjudicator for the ICCA and ICHSA, and his 20th year as an active member of the a cappella community. Dr. Joseph Ohrt holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the University of South Carolina, and has served on both schools' faculties. His choirs have performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, Chicago Symphony Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Severance Hall in Cleveland, over 20 times at Carnegie Hall, and eight times at the White House. He has conducted special performances for President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Nelson Mandela of South Africa, President Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic, and Prime Minister Shimon Perez of Israel. He has coached Broadway stars, sung backup for Barbra Streisand, appeared on MTV, and has arranged music for the new Broadway musical, “Amazing Grace.” He also arranged music for Las Vegas Celebrates the Music of Michael Jackson, performed by the Vegas casts of “Phantom of the Opera” and “Jersey Boys.” Dr. Ohrt is a composer, master teacher, author, and advocate for contemporary composition, and has collaborated with composers from around the globe, premiering over 400 new works in the last 20 years – a world record. He currently serves as Director of Choral Activities of the nationally acclaimed Central Bucks High School-West Choirs in Doylestown, Pa., where pop star P!NK was his student.
Tickled Pink is based in West Windsor Plainsboro High School South, from West Windsor, N.J. Often referred to as  Teep , t...
Neil Aaronson is a professor of Physics and Acoustics at Stockton College. A founding member of the TCNJ Trentones, Neil continued working with a cappella ensembles while in graduate school at Michigan State University. Since 2008, he has helped the a cappella community grow from one ensemble with 10 members to three ensembles with over 45 singers, all working together to foster musical growth at their campus. He is the executive director of the ASTA/NJ Chamber Music Institute, assistant conductor of the Stockton Oratorio Society, and Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey. Dr. James Reddan is Director of Choral Activities and Choral Music Education at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md., where he conducts the University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and is artistic advisor for two vocal a cappella ensembles: Xenharmonics and BelleTones. Ensembles under Dr. Reddan’s direction have been featured at local, regional, national, and international conventions and choral festivals, including the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. His ensembles have performed at Christchurch Cathedral (Dublin), Royal Academy of Music (London), Beijing Conservatory of Music (Beijing, PRC), the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and won a World Championship in the Mixed Chamber Choir Category at the eighth World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia in 2014. He has appeared as adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor, presenter, and panel member throughout the United States. In 2010, Reddan received the Special Citation for Excellence in Music Education from the American Prize in Choral Conducting. Shams Ahmed is an arranger, music director, and educator from Cherry Hill, N.J. He is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, where he directed the 2013 ICCA Champions, The Nor'easters. During his tenure, the group picked up several compilation placements and CARAs, won SoJamX, and gained national attention. Shams also earned more arranging awards than any other collegiate arranger before him. Throughout an exciting a cappella career, he has developed a strong belief that the heart of an a cappella group is the arrangement. He is working to bring better arrangements to groups all over the country in the hope that he can, in some small way, push the boundaries of a cappella at large. Shams wholeheartedly believes in the spirit of competition and owes much of his a cappella development to the ICCA, so judging this season's shows is extremely exciting for him. Shams is currently living in Boston, working as a financial services derivatives specialist at State Street Corp., arranging music for The Vocal Company, and coaching local a cappella groups. Varsity Vocals would like to thank: Cherry Hill East High School, Heather Lockart, Mark Warfel, and Casual Harmony; our judges, hosts, competitors, volunteers, partners, and producers; and you, the audience, for supporting Varsity Vocals programming. Join us for our next event! The top two groups from tonight’s competition will go on to compete at ICHSA Mid-Atlantic Semifinals on March 19 at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, New Jersey. For tickets, please visit www.varsityvocals.com.
Neil Aaronson is a professor of Physics and Acoustics at Stockton College. A founding member of the TCNJ Trentones, Neil c...
Neil Aaronson is a professor of Physics and Acoustics at Stockton College. A founding member of the TCNJ Trentones, Neil continued working with a cappella ensembles while in graduate school at Michigan State University. Since 2008, he has helped the a cappella community grow from one ensemble with 10 members to three ensembles with over 45 singers, all working together to foster musical growth at their campus. He is the executive director of the ASTA/NJ Chamber Music Institute, assistant conductor of the Stockton Oratorio Society, and Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey. Dr. James Reddan is Director of Choral Activities and Choral Music Education at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md., where he conducts the University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and is artistic advisor for two vocal a cappella ensembles: Xenharmonics and BelleTones. Ensembles under Dr. Reddan’s direction have been featured at local, regional, national, and international conventions and choral festivals, including the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. His ensembles have performed at Christchurch Cathedral (Dublin), Royal Academy of Music (London), Beijing Conservatory of Music (Beijing, PRC), the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and won a World Championship in the Mixed Chamber Choir Category at the eighth World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia in 2014. He has appeared as adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor, presenter, and panel member throughout the United States. In 2010, Reddan received the Special Citation for Excellence in Music Education from the American Prize in Choral Conducting. Shams Ahmed is an arranger, music director, and educator from Cherry Hill, N.J. He is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, where he directed the 2013 ICCA Champions, The Nor'easters. During his tenure, the group picked up several compilation placements and CARAs, won SoJamX, and gained national attention. Shams also earned more arranging awards than any other collegiate arranger before him. Throughout an exciting a cappella career, he has developed a strong belief that the heart of an a cappella group is the arrangement. He is working to bring better arrangements to groups all over the country in the hope that he can, in some small way, push the boundaries of a cappella at large. Shams wholeheartedly believes in the spirit of competition and owes much of his a cappella development to the ICCA, so judging this season's shows is extremely exciting for him. Shams is currently living in Boston, working as a financial services derivatives specialist at State Street Corp., arranging music for The Vocal Company, and coaching local a cappella groups. Varsity Vocals would like to thank: Cherry Hill East High School, Heather Lockart, Mark Warfel, and Casual Harmony; our judges, hosts, competitors, volunteers, partners, and producers; and you, the audience, for supporting Varsity Vocals programming. Join us for our next event! The top two groups from tonight’s competition will go on to compete at ICHSA Mid-Atlantic Semifinals on March 19 at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, New Jersey. For tickets, please visit www.varsityvocals.com.
Neil Aaronson is a professor of Physics and Acoustics at Stockton College. A founding member of the TCNJ Trentones, Neil c...