International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella
The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, originally the National Championship of Collegiate A Cappella ("NCCA", a play on NCAA), is an international competition that attracts hundreds of college a cappella groups each year.
The ICCA has been presented by Varsity Vocals since 1999, when it was purchased by Don Gooding (a cappella.com, Contemporary A Cappella Publishing).
In 2005, the success of the ICCA produced a spin-off competition, the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA).
Each region holds several quarterfinal events. The top two college groups at each quarterfinal advance to the semifinals, and the winner of each semifinal is invited to participate in finals, currently held in the Town Hall NYC (the event has also been held in Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall and The Beacon Theatre on Broadway), where they compete for coveted title of International Champion.
Each group prepares a short 12 minute performance (usually three songs) that best show the group's strengths. Primary focus is on a group's musical performance, but presentation is important so it's not unusual to see choreography involved as well. Groups generally range in size from 8-20. A panel of three to five trained judges evaluates the group's performance.
Occasionally the event has caught the attention of national media. The greatest television exposure was three successive performances on The Today Show in 2001, culminating with a Monday morning performance by the champions, the University of Michigan Compulsive Lyres. The following year, competitors the Skidmore Dynamics were the subject of a New York Times article a few days before they took the stage at Lincoln Center.
The 2012 film Pitch Perfect followed a fictional team (one member of which was played by Kelley Jakle,an actual ICCA champion as a member of the 2008 and 2010 SoCal VoCals) to the ICCA Championship.
|2013||Northeastern University||The Nor'easters||Northeast|
|2012||University of Southern California||SoCal VoCals||West|
|2011||Berklee College of Music||Pitch Slapped||Northeast|
|2010||University of Southern California||SoCal VoCals||West|
|2009||Mt. San Antonio College||Fermata Nowhere ||West|
|2008||University of Southern California||SoCal VoCals ||West|
|2007||Brigham Young University||Noteworthy ||West|
|2006||Brigham Young University||Vocal Point ||West|
|2005||Boston University||Dear Abbeys ||Northeast|
|2003||Binghamton University||Binghamton Crosbys||New England|
|2002||University of Michigan||Compulsive Lyres ||Midwest|
|2001||Millikin University||Chapter 6||Midwest|
|2000||University of California, Berkeley||UC Men's Octet||West|
|1998||University of California, Berkeley||UC Men's Octet||West|
|1997||Stanford University||Talisman A Cappella||West|
|1996||University of North Carolina||Loreleis||South|
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