Collegiate a cappella groups : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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O'Brien, Leslie M.
Carter, Jeffrey R.
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Thesis (B.?.)
Honors College
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In response to the recent increase and focus on collegiate a cappella groups in the United States, one can explore the growing trends, difficulties, and complexity some current a cappella groups face each and every day. Through interviews conducted by telephone conversations and e-mail responses, this thesis provides direct feedback, personal experiences, and useful advice from directors, group supervisors, and business managers of four top collegiate groups. The main purpose of this thesis serves as an opportunity to share my personal insight of being a member of the a cappella group Singers Five as well as provide helpful suggestions for those who wish to start an a cappella group of their own. Furthermore, through my research I hope to spark even more interest in this growing art form throughout college campuses. In addition to the written portion, I have included a creative piece which includes a documented performance of Singers Five from the spring of 2006. In this performance, Singers Five presents a variety of music to showcase their talents and efforts over the past two years.