Elon University’s newest co-ed a cappella group, Vital Signs, received third place in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) southern quarterfinals, sponsored by Varsity Vocals.
The group traveled to the University of Georgia in Athens, GA this past weekend to compete against nine other college a cappella groups in the region.
The group reached this achievement just one year after their first trip to the ICCA, where they were also awarded third place.
Sophomore Jack Thorne said that it was an honor to return to the competition this year.
“It was an amazing experience,” Thorne said. “Last year was our first year competing so it was a major learning experience. We felt really prepared going into this year and it was incredibly rewarding to place again.”
Junior and newly-elected president of Vital Signs, Abby Dionise, also said she was excited her group had the chance to return for a second year in a row.
“I was really excited to be doing the ICCAs again,” Dionise said. “I was abroad in London last year when Vital Signs did compete, so this was my first time which was extra exciting. Everyone had such a great time last year and that made me really look forward to participating this year.”
Vital Signs was founded in 2011 and has since released two EPs, traveled to the ICCA and performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. But, for Thorne and Dionise, there is still so much the group can accomplish.
“One of our next major goals is to record a full album,” Thorne said. “Fundraising will probably start this year, and recording, next year.”
Dionise also said that she hopes Vital Signs can continue competing and traveling to other schools to perform.
This Saturday Vital Signs will be performing for the first time since placing at the ICCA at their annual Make-A-Wish Benefit Concert. The event will feature all six Elon a cappella groups, as well as three groups from neighboring schools.
The event will be held on Feb. 25 in Whitley Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds for this event for to Make-A-Wish: Central and Western North Carolina. Tickets will be sold at the door or you you can buy them online at https://vital-signs-elon.ticketleap.com/make-a-wish/.