University of Virginia A Capella Groups Prepare for Tomtoberfest
The New Dominions
This weekend, you can hear
a free a cappella concert at the University of Virginia. It involves several of
the university's diverse singing groups who will be performing on grounds.
The groups will be at the McIntire Amphitheatre on Saturday for Tomtoberfest. It's
part of The Founders Fair hosted by Tom Tom.
The New Dominions is one
of the groups that will be performing. It's a co-ed a capella group that
performs "popular" music.
The Virginia Belles is the
university's oldest all female a capella group. They've won several awards,
and have opened for indie pop singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson at the Music
Inspires Health concert in Washington D.C.
Fourth year student Sophie
Wohltjen said her group, the New Dominions, isn't just a musical group; it's a
social group for her as well.
"Apart from meeting
for six hours every week to sing together, we also are extremely close, we hang
out together every weekend. It's extraordinarily fun and it's also really,
really rewarding to make music with this group of people," she said.
Wohltjen also said she and
her friends are looking forward to performing as part of the Tomtoberfest.
"A capella is an art
form. It's a form of making music and so I feel like it would be a really
awesome contribution to the whole Tom Tom Festival because we are a part of
this art community, and we would like to be a part of the greater Charlottesville
community," Wohltjen said.
In all, six groups will be
"We're gonna go,
we're gonna sing, we're gonna have a lot of fun. We really like gigs like that
because first of all it gives us practice for all the songs we'll do for our
concert and also it's just a really, really fun activity for all of us to do
together," Wohltjen said.
Other events for
Tomtoberfest include a mobile apps design competition, and various panels and
performances. "A capella in the
Amphitheatre" takes place Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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