Meet the two-time International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) Ohio Valley Semifinal champions: Chaminade Julienne’s own Vega.
The eight students that make up the 2013-14 a cappella ensemble followed in the footsteps of last year’s septet by winning our area's regional competition over schools from New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee. Vega features newcomers Katy Harrington, Ayanna Hayes, Kaylee Piatt and Sean Stewart along with returning members Cassidy Aughe, Addi Helms, Daniel Jackson and David Marshall.
Performances of rock band Bastille's “Pompeii," solo artist Rihanna's “What Now," and folk duo The Civil Wars' “Barton Hollow” earned Vega a 39-point win over the second place finisher Saturday, March 1. Junior Daniel Jackson once again received the award for Outstanding Vocal Percussion and the group was awarded Outstanding Choreography honors for the second consecutive year.
The win qualifies the Eagles to return to New York City April 25 and compete in the national finals against a handful of the best high school a cappella groups from around the country.
Earlier this school year, Vega was invited to perform with an elite group of pop a cappella groups at the Kettering National A Cappella Festival hosted by Fairmont High School. CJ also hosted its own pop a cappella concert for the first time this January. The show featured the school’s own groups, Vega and Age V, as well as college groups from the University of Dayton and the University of Kentucky.
Vega has released two albums since being founded during the 2010-11 school year by Joe Whatley ‘04, director of choirs. Albums include the 2012 release “Momentum,” and the group’s newest album, “Elevation,” on sale now.