A cappella Performance

July 17, 2016


Fri., 11/20: A Cappella

GALESVILLE, Wis. (WEAU) - An a cappella group from Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School is preparing for one of their biggest performances yet.

Thursday night they're the opening act in Madison for the national tour of Vocalosity, an a cappella group created by Deke Sharon, the producer of the hit movie "Pitch Perfect."

No instruments are allowed in this musical ensemble of high school students.

"It's cool because we can create it with our voices instead of having instruments, " said Maddison Correa, a junior soprano in the group. "Anyone can really do it."

The group is called Vocal Point.

"Just really committed students, " said Ryan Stuempges, G-E-T High School Choral Director. "Students that really love to sing, students that really believe in me and what I'm doing as well, that's super important, and then just believe in each other I guess is the key. And you put all those elements together and you have dedication, and you have the want to do the best you possibly can."

For some members of the group, music is their life. But others just like to sing.

"I think a lot of us aren't going into music and that's something cool with doing an a cappella group, " said Morgan Peters, a senior soprano. "You have people that aren't really music people but they love singing and they love doing this, and we all come together."

The 16 students rehearse at 7 a.m. three times a week, long before their peers show up for classes, which they say shows just how much they love the music.

"You just really start to bond with each other and have a lot of fun, " said Michael Burt, a junior tenor. "And like I said that family aspect always comes back into it."

They're proving that no matter where you're from, you can do big things.

"Kids get that mentality of 'oh we can't do anything because we're from a small school with not as many opportunities as other kids get, ' but we get a lot of opportunities at this school, " said Stuempges.

Vocal Point is also getting ready to compete in the International Championship of High School A Cappella in February.

Source: www.weau.com
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