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After prize-winning song, Chorallaries prepare for Spring Sing

Spring Sing

The Chorallaries.

Room 10-250.

Saturday, 8 p.m.

By David Rodriguez

For the past two months, the Chorallaries have been advancing superbly in the National Competition for College a Capella. Reaching the national competition finals itself placed the Chorallaries in the nation's top five college a capella groups. Even better, at the finals stage two weeks ago in New York, they won the award for Best Arrangement.

At the first stage regionals, the Chorallaries competed against other northern New England schools like Wellesley College, Boston College, and Harvard University. The Chorallaries took first place overall, and both Best Arrangement awards for "Losing Time" (arranged by Dean Currato), and "Pretty Good Year" (arranged by Erin McCoy).

The win sent them to the semi-finals, where they again took first place overall, as well as the award for Best Arrangement for "Pretty Good Year" and the Audience Favorite award.

At the National finals, held April 15 in New York's Lincoln Center, the Chorallaries competed against Duke University's Men of Yale, Stanford University's Fleet Street Singers, the University of Illinois' Other Guys, and the University of North Carolina's Loreleis, who took first place. Although the Chorallaries didn't place in the top three, their arrangement of "Pretty Good Year" again won Best Arrangement.

The Chorallaries are probably best known on campus for their annual Bad Taste Concert. The show starts at midnight and is the group's chance to be as raunchy as they want. This year's show included an R-rated parody of Friends called Fiends.

The coed Chorallaries currently have 17 members. On average, they expect to have four members graduate each year and to pick up roughly the same number during auditions the next fall. This isn't a strict limit, however - last year they added eight members. This also makes for a relatively young group: 11 of the 17 are in their first two years as Chorallaries members.

All songs performed by the Chorallaries are original arrangements by the members. "Pretty Good Year," which won the Best Arrangement at the national competition, is based upon the same song by Tori Amos.

The Chorallaries' annual Spring Sing concert is this Saturday night at 8 p.m. in 10-250. They will play some of their older favorites as well their newest arrangements of songs by Oasis, Rusted Root, and Paul Simon.