Performing Arts Adds Pop A Cappella

Along with the 2010 additions of two athletic facilities on campus at Chaminade Julienne, the Performing Arts department also made a new addition of its own in the form of a pop a cappella septet called Vega.

Under the direction of Mr. Joe Whatley, Vega will make its debut singing the Star Spangled Banner on the field Friday, Oct. 15 at the Homecoming football game versus Carroll High School. The group will then let their talent shine Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the fall concert, Autumn Overtures, alongside the concert choir, concert band and pep band in the auditorium.

“It’s great to be a founding member,” senior Kayla Hayes said. “I’m very excited for where we’re going this year and where this group will be in the future at CJ.”

Auditions for the pop a cappella group were held last school year and seven students—three seniors, three juniors and one sophomore—were invited to sing during this, Vega’s inaugural first season. Members began practicing over the summer with a three day camp and they have continued to meet every Monday after school this fall from 6 to 9 p.m. to hone their harmony.

Although each student hails from either Holy Angels Parish or St. Rita of Cascia Parish, the group owes its namesake to the solar system, borrowing the title from the brightest star in the Lyra constellation, Vega, which is also considered by some to be “the second most important star in the sky after the Sun.”

“I wanted to be in this group to sing the fun, poppy songs,” junior Mackenzie Aughe said. Throughout the year, you can expect to hear songs from hit artists including The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and Lee Ann Womack, as well as the song “Seasons of Love,” from the Broadway musical Rent. The seven also plan to record a CD featuring songs performed this year.

Besides only performing, Vega will also be attending Fairmont High School’s A Cappella Festival Saturday, Nov. 13 to listen and learn from other area groups. According to the Contemporary A Cappella Society’s Web site, 15 to 20 schools are expected to be represented at this year’s festival. Activities will include “masterclasses during the daytime with visiting schools” and evening performances by guest groups which, in past years, has featured Rockapella, m-pact, The Fault Line, and 4th Avenue.