News Release


MMC Smooth Benediction Competing in the ICCA

Published Date1\7\2014
Mount Marty College's Smooth Benediction has been selected to compete in the 2014 International Championships of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA). Smooth Benediction is a highly select a cappella choir whose repertoire ranges from popular music, musical theater, to oldies. This group performs for Admission events on campus, as well as local events in the community, as well as competitions. Smooth Benediction will compete in the Midwest Quarterfinal being held at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in Lincoln, NE on February 15, 2014. The top two groups from the Quarterfinal round go on to the Semifinal competition at Illinois State University, in Normal, IL on April 5, 2014. This year the application process for the Smooth Benediction group was through a submitted YouTube video. Hundreds of groups from all over the country submitted entries. A panel of judges screened the videos, and chose the group to compete in the Quarterfinal Rounds in the Midwest Region. Smooth Benediction will compete against seven other groups from colleges and universities in the Midwest. The top two groups from each Quarterfinal will go on to the Semifinal round in early April. The top group at the semifinal will go on the finals in New York City on April 26, 2014.

Smooth Benediction has made it to the Quarterfinal round in each of the last four years.

Smooth Benediction members include: Kelsey Abbey, Elk Point, SD; Gage Blaschke, Sioux Falls, SD; Natasha Borah, Milbank, SD; Tessa Carda, Armour, SD; Kaleb Carsten, Kimball, SD; Leacadia Christensen, Viborg, SD; William Danner, North Sioux City, SD; Jacob Fokken, Yankton, SD; Brittany Healy, Harrisburg, SD; Molly Henrickson, Yankton, SD; Anna Kollasch, Wittemore, IA; Margaret McMahon, Wisner, NE; Robert Neswick, Sioux City, IA; Danieka Novak,Wagner, SD; Nathan Porras, Crofton, NE; Vanessa Rockne, Yankton, SD; Johanna Scheich, Ethan, SD; Stacey Schleich, Mitchell, SD; Rachel Shippy, Colome, SD; Kirsti Skuza, Sioux Falls, SD; Riley Stack, Chadron, NE; Kelsey Thury, Mitchell, SD; and Abby Turner, Sioux City, IA.

For more information on Mount Marty College's Smooth Benediction, please contact Assistant Professor of Music and Choral Director, Dr. Kenneth Tice at 605-668-1539 or at kenneth.tice@mtmc.edu.