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University of Virginia A Capella Groups Prepare for Tomtoberfest

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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.

The Harmonious Hoos will perform as well. It's a new co-ed a capella group.

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 performing.

"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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