For Vega, the road to the International Championships of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) in New York City began locally with fun media appearances and an impromptu performance.
The CJ septet qualified for its first trip to the ICHSA in late February and will compete under the bright lights in the Big Apple on April 19 at 7 p.m. EST against 10 of the best high school a cappella teams in the United States. Before departing on the 1,200 mile round-trip, the Eagles made a few stops around town to tune up for their national debut.
On April 11, radio host Jeff Stevens invited all seven members to the WMMX station on Pine Street in the Oregon District for an appearance on the Mix 107.7 Morning Show. The group performed their version of the 2008 Britney Spears pop hit, ‘Circus,’ live in studio (listen below). Still amped up on their way back to school, the students gave a repeat performance to workers and patrons at a nearby restaurant during a brief stop for breakfast.
The following week, WDTN’s midday show Living Dayton featured Vega live on set and in costume with host Shaun Kraisman, choir director Joe Whatley and performing arts chair Debi Schutt. The group’s award-winning vocal percussionist Daniel Jackson treated viewers to a unique beat-box demonstration, showcasing his drum-mimicking techniques and signature snarl.
The septet from Chaminade Julienne came away with no awards, but made a terrific showing at the ICHSA National Championships. Vega's trip to NYC will conclude with time for sightseeing and a special luncheon reception for CJ alumni in the New York area on Saturday, April 20.
NEXT UP AFTER NATIONALS
After their return from nationals, members of Vega will hit the road again and travel to Nashville, Tenn. for a May 4 audition to be on NBC’s fourth season of The Sing Off. The group’s next public performance will be Thursday, May 16 at the free Picnic with the Pops concert presented by the CJ performing arts department. RSVP today to reserve seating!