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A Cappella Groups Bring Harmony to Heritage

Alma College’s Scots on the Rocks and Pretty in Plaid present fall concert

“Acappalooza” marks the first time that Alma College a cappella groups will sing a fall concert of their own. Join this dedicated group of students as they exhibit their talents. 

Performance time is 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26 in the Remick Heritage Center. Admission is free and open to the public. 

A cappella refers to music sung without instrumental accompaniment. During the late 20th century this term was attached to groups of college-aged men and women who gathered to sing popular music of the time without instrumental accompaniment. Highlandaurs, a group of men who sang in the Alma Choir during the 1990s, were the first to bring this style of singing to Alma College. 

The Highlandaurs only remained in existence for a few years. Scots on the Rocks, formed in 2001, marked a resurrected interested for a cappella music on Alma’s campus. In 2005, young women of the Alma Choir formed a separate group which goes by the name of Pretty in Plaid and remains in existence today. 

Scots on the Rocks and Pretty and Plaid will come together to showcase their musical talents in this first-ever fall concert. “Collegiate a cappella requires a talented and dedicated group of students who carve time out of their crammed schedules in order to sing together,” says Alma College Choirs director Will Nichols. 

“Alma College is fortunate to have a cadre of singers who share a commitment and enthusiasm for a cappella singing,” says Nichols. “I am proud of these student groups and am eager to hear all that they will accomplish this year.” 

Included on the concert program are “Cecilia” by Simon & Garfunkle, “Royals” by Ella Yelich-O’Connor, “Blackbird” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips and “Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston. “Symphony” by Clean Bandit, “Bottom of the River” by Delta Rae, “Faithfully” by Journey, “Believer” by Imagine Dragons and “Roar” by Katy Perry will also be performed. 

Student performers include: 

Pretty in Plaid:

  • Jennah Davis, Adrian junior
  • Kara Denike Boon junior
  • Alison Fox, Traverse City junior
  • Maddison Luebke, Davison junior
  • Lauren Sandtveit, Gowen sophomore
  • Hannah Tardiff, Plymouth senior
  • Marina Thornton, Niles senior
  • Holly Zuiderveen, Falmouth senior 

Scots on the Rocks:

  • Alexander Baird, Burton senior
  • Brennon Cole, Spring Lake junior
  • Joseph Castle, Whitehall junior
  • Zachary Everly, Monroe sophomore
  • Samuel Lindeman, Cedar Springs junior
  • George Murphy, Middleville junior
  • Matthew Nagy, Mesa, AZ, senior
  • Andrew Wiegand, Mears junior
Story published on October 25, 2018