As a cappella groups prepare for the upcoming season, The Daily Tar Heel's Mila Mascenik spoke with Abigail Paquin, the president of the Loreleis, as part of a series featuring each group on campus.
This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
The Daily Tar Heel: How has your music style changed over the years?
Abigail Paquin: As a group, it’s definitely shifted. I think we've tried to intentionally incorporate more of a variety of genres, especially in recent years. We’ve done a lot more experimental songs. So, I would say a lot more indie songs from independent artists.
Just because our group — we have such a wide array that we do — we try to vote in songs by genre, so we’ve expanded the types of genres that we do as well, so we don’t just do top 40 pop, but we also tried to do folk Americana, oldies, throwback songs, indie, that sort of thing.
DTH: Where do you get inspiration for your songs from?
Paquin: All of the songs that we do actually come from the suggestions of the people in the group.
Throughout the semester, we send out a document — an Excel sheet — for everyone to fill out based on genre, and everyone submits suggestions for each genre, and then our music team narrows it down to around three songs per genre, and then we discuss them and choose one to vote in.
DTH: I saw that you’ve been featured on the CBS Sunday Morning Show and performed at the White House, among other honors. Of these experiences, which has been your favorite and why?