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This past weekend at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the Chorallaries of MIT placed first in the International Championship of Collegiate A cappella (ICCA) quarterfinals. The competition featured six a cappella groups from the New England area, which had been selected from a pool of about three dozen, based on an audio submission. Groups were judged on many aspects of their performance including musicality and visual presentation.

In addition to winning the overall competition, the Chorallaries received numerous awards, including “Best Soloist,” to Bo S. Kim ’04; “Best Arrangement,” to Sebastian Hua-Yu Cherng ’04 for his arrangement of “Wherever You Will Go,” by The Calling; “Best Duet,” to Emily C. Vincent ’04 and Leah K. Premo ’04 for their performance of “It’s Raining Men;” and “Best Transitions,” to the entire group, for their entertaining skits in between songs. The Chorallaries will continue on to the ICCA semifinals, which will be held on March 22 in Kresge Auditorium.

Clockwise from top:

Kuangshin Tai G belts out Hoobastank’s “Running Away” during the group’s encore. Only the winning group was invited to give an encore performance.

Ross I. Runnion ’04 holds Charlene Chuang ’05 as they pose at the end of “It’s Raining Men,” finishing off the Chorallaries’ competition set.

Bo S. Kim ’04 emotes during her award-winning performance of Tori Amos’ “1,000 Oceans.”

Daniel O. Bates ’05 lays down the percussion for a bonus performance of “Talula” by Tori Amos. The Chorallaries were asked to sing several songs after the official competition sets in order to allow the judges more time to deliberate.

Photography by Jon Hyde