Provo, Utah – For the third time in five years, Brigham Young University’s Vocal Point has qualified for the finals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. This time they’re going.
Vocal Point, BYU’s premiere 9-man a cappella singing group has won the right to complete in the ICCA finals twice before, but each time declined. In the past, the finals have been held on a Sunday, and BYU has a long-standing policy of not allowing it’s athletic or performance groups to compete on that day.
This year, however, the finals are on Saturday, which means Vocal Point will be making the trip to New York to go head to head with the best of the best. They will perform on April 29 in Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center.
“We’re absolutely thrilled,” said Dale Monson, Director of the School of Music at BYU. “This is a wonderful achievement. Vocal Point has shown a pattern of success that reflects the great leadership of their directors. We’re sure they’ll represent BYU well.”
Vocal Point has already taken first place in quarterfinal and semifinal competition this year. They will be performing alongside groups from across the United States, Canada and Western Europe. A total of seven groups qualify for the finals in a competition that starts with a field of over 150 competitors.
Vocal Point celebrated its 15th anniversary this year. The group is a part of the school of music and one of 18 performing groups sponsored by the university. It is the most-requested performing group at BYU and regularly performs to sold-out crowds on and off campus.
Members of Vocal Point devote over 20 hours of time to the group each week. They do not receive scholarships or other compensation for their time.
“The guys do it because they love music,” said Vocal Point director James Stevens. “They’re representing the university and church, and that’s an honor.
“We’re excited for the chance to compete in the finals. The group has worked so hard to get to this point and I’m very proud of them. We’re excited to share the stage with the best a cappella groups in the country. Hopefully we’ll represent BYU well.”