Competitor Bios

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Here’s a little taste to get you excited. A little bit of info about each of our amazing Friday night Scholastic Competition competitors!

Divisi

Divisi is the premier all-female a cappella group from the University of Oregon. Last year the group returned to the competition scene for the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. This year, while not competing internationally, the group wasn’t ready to say goodbye to competition all together. So they’re here to bring to the stage all they’ve got as they try and get their name back on the map after a few quiet years. Along with that, they’re very excited to announce their return to the recording studio after being absent from recording any music for over four years. With a new album in the works and big plans for the future, Divisi can’t wait to share everything they’ve been working on with the rest of the a cappella community.

Nor’easters:

The Nor’easters are Northeastern University’s premier co-ed a cappella group. Recently taking the championship title in the 2013 ICCA season this past April as well as winning the CARA for Best Collegiate Mixed Album for their album III (3) and releasing their 4th album, Equilibrium, the Nor’easters have continuously striven to maintain the highest standards of musicality while still keeping the fun and love alive. They could not be more thrilled to be competing at LAAF and visiting the West coast for the first time!

ScatterTones:

Hailing from UCLA, the ScatterTones have performed all over the country: from New York at the ICCA finals, to the White House in Washington D.C., to Anchorage, Alaska during last October where they opened for Pentatonix! In September, they took first place at the first ever ABBA-Cappella competition at the Hollywood Bowl. They are known for performing a variety of music, including pop, rock, R&B, and jazz, and are always sporting their cardinal pink and black apparel.

Recently, the ScatterTones have been preparing for ICCA 2014. They hope for the chance to compete at finals in New York City once again!

Tritones:

Hailing from sunny San Diego, the UCSD Tritones are honored to compete at LA-AF this year. The Tritones represent a diverse microcosm of the UCSD student body, some bringing years of vocal training to the group, others guided solely by raw talent—all united in a passion and propensity for singing together. The Tritones are proud to have shared the stage with many renowned performers including Taylor Swift and Far East Movement. And if you like what you hear they also have two albums on iTunes now.

Unstrumental:

Unstrumental is Calabasas High School’s award winning co-ed A Cappella group.

Founded in 2001, they perform all types of music ranging from The Beatles and Red Hot Chili Peppers, to The Hush Sound and The Killers.

The group has competed in the LAAF Collegiate Competition each of the past two years, taking second place in both competitions.

They are also past regional ICHSA Champions and have won awards for Outstanding Soloist, Oustanding Vocal Percussion, and Outstanding Choreography. They were featured on the BOHSA compilation album in 2005 and 2006.

Vocal Rush:

Vocal Rush is a two-time national champion a cappella ensemble based out of Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) and comprised of singers ages 15-18. Combining passion, talent and dedication, along with the vision of director/founder Lisa Forkish, Vocal Rush has become one of the most respected high school a cappella groups in the U.S. since their inception in March, 2011. Vocal Rush has received numerous accolades, including national championship titles in 2012 and 2013, a first place win at the L.A. A Cappella Festival, and most recently, making TV history with a third place win on NBC’s hit a cappella competition show, “The Sing-Off.” In 2012, the group released a four-song EP titled “The Beginning” that was nominated for three CARA awards, including Best High School Album. Vocal Rush brings to life the heart and soul of Oakland School for the Arts, putting their all into every performance. See these young singers in action at www.youtube.com/osavocalrush. New full-length album coming this spring!

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