The Tar Heel Voices, UNC’s oldest co-ed a cappella group, is preparing to compete at the quarterfinal level in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella on Saturday at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. This will be the group’s first appearance at the ICCAs in five years.
“It’s something we vote on every year,” said junior Molly Smith, co-business manager for the group. “It’s a really big time commitment, which is the reason we haven’t done it recently. This year, we voted on it and decided it would be an awesome opportunity.”
Once THV made their decision to compete, they had to organize their set. Each group gets 12 minutes for their performance, which includes both singing and choreography.
The group’s two co-music directors, Peyton Chance and Brian Shurney, in addition to assistant conductor Faith Jones, usually take the lead when it comes to the musical direction of the Tar Heel Voices. In the case of the ICCAs, however, the whole group played a role.
“Pretty much everyone was involved in the music selection for the ICCAs,” said Jones. “We tried to keep a good theme throughout the songs. For some reason, in our voting process, everyone was drawn to darker songs that are in minor keys, but there is still a side of hope to the set.”