MMC A Cappella Ensemble Smooth Benediction to Compete at ICCA Midwest Quarterfinals Feb. 11

January 30, 2017

Mount Marty College (MMC) vocal a cappella ensemble Smooth Benediction will return to the Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) for the ninth consecutive year this February. The group will compete in one of five Midwest quarterfinal rounds on Feb. 11 at Washington University in St. Louis, where they will sing along with nine other groups from the region. The top two groups of the night will advance to the Midwest Semi-Finals in March.

Branded as the “real-life Pitch Perfect,” the ICCA and the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) are the only global student a cappella tournaments. Former competitors include Ben Bram, Grammy Award-winning arranger for Pentatonix and Pitch Perfect, and Arianna Afsar, currently starring as Eliza in Hamilton in Chicago.

“I am really looking forward to making my last ICCAs a tremendous experience,” says Kelsey Abbey, a senior mathematics and computer science double major who joined MMC’s a cappella group during her freshman year. “I am also looking forward to meeting new people and performing at this competition with Smooth Benediction one last time. You meet so many amazing people and see so many great performances.”

A highly select a cappella choir, MMC’s Smooth Benediction sings a variety of pop hits, musical theater tunes and more. Its 15 members, all undergraduate students from the college’s Yankton campus, will spend the next few weeks fitting in as much practice time as their schedules allow, says Dr. Kenneth Tice, MMC Music Department Chair and Director of Choral Activities. In addition to a full course load, many members are also involved in numerous other groups on campus.

Smooth Benediction A Capella Ensemble Mount Marty College

“The students in Smoothies come from many different majors, involved in different athletic teams, clubs and campus groups,” Tice says. “It’s an eclectic group who just enjoy singing vocal a cappella.”

To learn more about the ICCA or to purchase tickets to the ICCA Midwest Quarterfinals in St. Louis, visit varsityvocals.com.

For more on earning a degree in music from MMC, visit mtmc.edu/academics/majors-and-programs/arts-and-humanities/music