Maybe it was their intricate harmonies, or a desire to mimic the movie “Pitch Perfect,” but the freshman knew she belonged on that stage.
Now, Celia Vitale is a junior in the Loreleis, an all-female a cappella group, and said she owes her great years at UNC to Sunset Serenade.
“After I heard the Loreleis at Sunset Serenade, I knew that could be my niche at Chapel Hill,” Vitale said. “Seeing this powerful group of girls killing it on stage, I was like, ‘I have to be part of that.’”
Vitale wasn’t the only person hooked on a cappella after her first Sunset Serenade. Senior journalism and communications double major Alyson Smith said her freshman year Sunset Serenade helped her appreciate a different art form.
But a cappella hasn’t always been thought of as cool.
“There’s a switch when you get to college that suddenly gives you an appreciation for different things, like a cappella,” Smith said.
“I think there’s a greater acceptance of diversity here, whereas you couldn’t always showcase what you liked in high school.”
Vitale said she never received the same recognition as a high school choir student that she gets now with the Loreleis.