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All the Right Notes

Three a cappella groups from Hofstra University made a name for themselves at the ICCA Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal at the College of Staten Island, with one – Sigma’Cappella, earning second place and a spot in the ICC Mid-Atlantic Semi-finals next month.

Along with Sigma’Cappella, The Hofbeats, and Makin’ Treble also competed.


“This year’s road to the ICCA has been an absolute whirlwind,” said public relations senior Chris Hoffman of Sigma’Cappella. “In just five short rehearsals, we put together a show that we truly love and that feels authentic to who we are. This group has never been closer, and that allows us to create better music.” Sigma’Capella will compete next on March 25 in Wilmington, DE, against such schools as Villanova, Georgetown, Rowan, George Washington, Lehigh, The West Chester University, and University of Maryland.

Theatre Arts – Performance junior Caroline McFee of Sigma’Cappella walked away with an award for Outstanding Soloist. Music junior Connor Martin of The Hofbeats also won for Outstanding Arrangement, and the group placed fourth overall. This was The Hofbeats first time competing in the ICCA.

“I am so proud of these singers for bringing my arrangements to life and for showing Staten Island what we’re made of,” said Martin. “I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such a feeling when they called my name. The honor was for ‘In the Air Tonight’ by Phil Collins, which happens to be my favorite arrangement. I knew it was something special but I never dreamed The Hofbeats would perform it as well as we did.”

This marks Sigma’Cappella’s second time advancing to the Semifinal. They were the ICCA Quarterfinal champions in 2015 when they competed on their home turf at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse at Hofstra University.

“We want to take it to the next level for the Semifinal,” said Hoffman. “We have over a month to kick it up a notch, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to perform for a new audience who loves this crazy art form as much as we do!”

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