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Muses Get Nomination

For Year’s Best Album

By Susan Buchman

The Muses’ latest album, “Elysian Fields,” has been nominated by the Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA) for its “Best Female Collegiate Album” award.

“It’s a really prestigious thing to be nominated,” said Erin M. Lang ’99, co-president of the Muses. Four other albums were also nominated in this category, and the winner will be announced on April 1.

The Muses, MIT’s only all-female a capella group, was founded in 1988. The group began work on “Elysian Fields,” their second album, during Independent Activities Period in 1998 and finished that spring. The compact disc was released in October of 1998.

CASA considers album for award

The Contemporary A Cappella Society is a non-profit organization formed in 1990. Membership is open to “groups, singers and anyone who enjoys a cappella,” according to the CASA webpage.

CASA looks for “general excellence in comparison to comparable albums,” said Deke Sharon, president of CASA.

The Muses sent in their album for consideration “on a chance,” Lang said. “We had no idea we would be nominated.

“I think it’s really neat that MIT a capella is now getting national recognition. It’s quite a reward for all the work put into Elysian Fields,” Lang said.

The other albums nominated are “Counterculture,” Stanford Counterpoint; “Not Guilty,” Tufts Jackson Jills; “116 Chauncy Street,” University of North Carolina Loreleis; and “By Slight of Hand,” Middlebury Mischords.

“We’re on a list with a lot of people we really respect and admire,” Lang said.

In addition to Lang, the other current members of the Muses are Emily A. Brunner ’02, Janice Chuang ’01, Sara K. Copeland ’99, Lauren C. Daniels ’99, Niyati N. Gandhi ’02, Catherine Gutierrez ’01, Nina M. Heinrich ’02, Eileen A. Kelly ’01, Adeline W. Leong ’00, Seema Nagpal ’99, and Tina M. Salmon ’02.