Vega is celebrating recent successes as the a cappella group qualified for the Great Lakes region semi-finals of the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) competition and was asked to perform at TedXYouth Dayton on Friday, March 1.
“The group has overcome a lot of challenges this year, but the students’ hard work has definitely paid off,” shared Vega director Maddie Brown Severance ‘13. As an alumna of Vega, she knows from first hand experience the time and dedication it takes to be a member of the a cappella group.
Current Vega members are Chloe Proffitt ‘21, Sarah Benson ‘20, Kaitlin Stewart ‘20, Grace Jackson ‘19, Madison Meixner ‘20, Kat Bishop ‘20, Omar Brown ‘19, Brennan Harlow ‘19, Ben Kneblik ‘20 and Nick Amstutz ‘19.
When reflecting on Vega’s performance at the ICHSA quarter-finals, Harlow said, “We put an incredible amount of time and energy into our set that focuses on the central theme of hiding your true self behind a mask. Through our music and choreography, we explore the hardness and the pain that the world creates in us but the euphoria of rising above that and showing your true self to the world. One judge described our set as, ‘bone-chilling’ and something that, ‘stopped me in my tracks.’"
“Vega’s competition set is truly a cohesive piece of art that the students have put their hearts and souls into,” added Severance.
The ICHSA semi-final competition will take place on Saturday, March 23 at Reynoldsburg High School. Vega will compete against nine other groups from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kansas, and Missouri.
‘We can't wait to continue to work on this set, and we are ready for the challenge of competing in one of the hardest regions in the country,” Harlow said.
Prior to the semi-final competition, Vega will showcase their talents at the TedXYouth Dayton event.
“Vega applied to be one of the performing groups at TEDxYouth via video submission,” Severance explained. There are three groups performing along with 11 speakers at the event. Harlow had previously been a speaker at a TedXYouth event.
Posted February 28, 2019