PREVIEW:  Vocal Revolution’s “A Capella Potpourri”

Allissah Jerome

    The College of St. Scholastica’s choral ensembles have been very busy during this school year, but their year is not over yet! Many different choral and music performances are still upcoming in April including a unique performance by Vocal Revolution.
   On Friday, April 21st you won’t want to miss Vocal Revolution’s final performance of the year: “A Capella Potpourri.” This concert is unique as it is one of the only concerts of the year that features only Vocal Revolution. This unique concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Auditorium.

    Dr. Eric Hagmann has been directing Vocal Revolution for the past four years, although you may have also seen him playing piano for the CSS jazz band. Hagmann is excited for this performance because it is the only Vocal Revolution concert of the year, outside of their annual traveling tour or additional smaller gigs, that features only Vocal Revolution and its members.

    Not only does this performance include only Vocal Revolution and it’s members, it also includes a unique arrangement of the popular song “Bad Case of Loving You” that was arranged by Hagmann himself. This concert will also feature pop, rock, country and soul music all the way from the 1960’s to today.

    “Just speaking for myself I would have to say my favorite song we’re performing is ‘Colder Weather’ by the Zac Brown Band, but that is just because I have been trying to get a country song in the show for years now. I think the song that we as a group have enjoyed putting together the most is our Journey medley,” Riley Grasser-Hemer said.

    This is Grasser-Hemer’s third and final year in the group as he is a senior. With so many different types of music, you’re likely to find at least one song that fits your music style.

    “In addition to our group numbers, we have individual and separate group acts. This allows students to chose their own individual songs and show their talent in a more personalized way,” said Grace Young. Young is a sophomore psychology major and is participating in her second year of Vocal Revolution.

    While the group is going to perform familiar songs, being able to take the familiar songs and make them unique is sometimes difficult.

    “The hardest part hasn’t​ been learning the music but making it more musical. Everyone has to be on the same dynamic levels with the same vowel shape and tone etc,” said Catey Swenson.

   Swenson is a freshman, biology major who is participating in her first year of Vocal Revolution.

    “There’s a huge difference between a ‘pop/jazz’ sound and a ‘choral’ sound. I think honing in as an ensemble to really develop our pop/jazz sound together is what really sets us apart from other vocal groups on campus,” Hagmann said.

    “We perform tunes that everyone will recognize and I think it’s fun for audiences to hear those tunes with an a cappella spin on them. By the way, just so everyone knows, ‘a cappella’ means we sing with only our voices, no instruments.  That means that all the sounds you hear are made with our mouths, including our ‘drummer,’” Hagmann said.

    Come out on April 21st at 7:30 p.m. to enjoy Vocal Revolution’s final performance of the year.