Recently, ISU’s all-female a cappella group, Secondary Dominance (SD), traveled to Lincoln, Neb. in order to compete in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA).
For fans of the movie “Pitch Perfect,” this is the competition that Anna Kendrick and the rest of the Barden Bellas participate in, but in real life.
After submitting a video audition earlier, which was accepted, the group set off on Feb. 15 for Nebraska in order to compete in the quarterfinal round of the ICCA tournament.
Allison Pardys, junior Spanish education major and Secondary Dominance member, said preparing for ICCA can be very time-consuming and a lot of hard work.
“This year’s process seemed a bit calmer than it has in years past because we felt really confident in our set and what we were bringing to the table,” Pardys said.
Their set of three songs — which included “Kaleidoscope Heart” and “Kind of Anything” by Sara Bareilles and “Parachute” by Ingrid Michaelson — got the girls their highest score in four years at ICCA.
Though the girls did not advance to the semifinal round of the competition — which will be hosted at ISU later this semester — they were extremely proud and excited with the outcome of the weekend.
The literal road to Nebraska, group member and music therapy major Talitha Matulac said, was “a bit rough.” The group had been planning to compete at DeKalb High School in early March, but because of Spring Break had to rearrange their plans, driving through snowstorms for over eight hours in order to arrive the morning of the competition.
“As music director for the group I had my own doubts and anxieties about the entire competition,” Matulac said. “But the amount of heart, hard work, dedication and determination I saw every day from the girls is what makes me love and appreciate this group even more. I thought to myself, ‘This is why I’m here. This is why we drove eight hours for an eight-minute set list.’ In SD, our main motto in performance is to have fun and look good while doing it. We left our best on that stage and that was all that mattered.”
Though the girls received fourth place and did not advance onto the semifinal round — only the top two groups move on — they were not disappointed or heartbroken, Matulac said.
“I’m super proud of Secondary Dominance for taking fourth place at the competition in Nebraska,” Pardys said. “It just shows that each year we are improving. In my opinion, winning isn’t really the point of this competition. It’s the height of our season. It gives us a chance to bond and be proud of something we’ve worked hard for.”
As stated above, Secondary Dominance will be hosting the semifinal round of ICCA. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to be a part of the audience. The competition will take place on April 5 in Braden Auditorium and tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or through the Braden Auditorium Box Office.
“What better way to spend the evening than to watch the best of the Midwest a cappella groups battle it out using nothing but the sheer power of their voices,” Matulac said. “And, if you can’t get enough of a cappella, the following week Secondary Dominance will be having their spring concert at 8 p.m on Friday, April 11 at the First United Methodist Church behind the Bowling and Billiards Center.”