1st Place – The After School Specials! | Claremont Colleges | 377 points
2nd Place – One Note Stand | University of Texas at Austin | 347 points
3rd Place – The Bristol Suspensions | University of Bristol | 317 points
Congratulations to the After School Specials!, who will be moving on to the ICCA Finals at The Beacon Theatre in New York City on April 21st!
ICCA Wild Card Judges:
John Bragle is a former member and coach of The Michigan State University Accafellas. He provided a cappella arrangements for MSU’s Capital Green and The Friars, as well as SUNY Buffalo’s Royal Pitches. He found his college a cappella singing experience very influential in training to be a musician and is happy to have the opportunity to give back. He joined the Interlochen Arts Academy faculty as Director of Choir and Instructor of Voice in 2008. Previously, he was Director of Choirs for the Williamston Community Schools in Williamston, Mich. John has been on the Interlochen Arts Camp faculty as an Instructor of Choral Arts since 2005. In the past, he has been a visiting professor at Northwestern Michigan College, assistant director of the Michigan State University Men’s Glee Club, and Director of Choirs at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing.
Christopher M. Diaz co-founded the international touring group, The Exchange, which performed hundreds of shows for audiences in over 25 countries on six continents, notably opening for The Backstreet Boys in their 32-city “In A World Like This” stadium tour. He graduated from Florida State University School of Music with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. There, he led the co-ed All-Night Yahtzee to three consecutive ICCA Finals appearances and was a two-time winner of the Outstanding Soloist award. Christopher’s voice and arrangements have appeared on compilations such as Voices Only, BOCA, SING, and Voices Only Forte, and have been nominated for numerous CARAs. As a coach, Christopher has adjudicated, sung, and instructed at vocal festivals around the country and world, and he has served on the vocal coaching and arranging staff of “The Sing-Off.” He is currently the director of vocal music at The Miami Valley School in Dayton, OH where he directs 2017 ICHSA Finalists Ars Nova.
Originally from Tustin, Calif., Hannah Juliano attended Berklee College of Music and led its co-ed group, Pitch Slapped, to the Finals stage two years in a row. The group was crowned ICCA champion its second year. They went on to win the competition at SoJam 2011 and appeared on season 2 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” After college, Hannah became a member of Musae, a professional all-female frontier blazer, and Delilah, the all-female powerhouse from season 3 of “The Sing-Off.” She has since performed all around the world, taught workshops and masterclasses for all ages, and arranged for groups around the country. She recently toured with Deke Sharon’s a cappella show “Vocalosity” as a performer and music director, and performed at Carnegie Hall as a soloist for the “Total Vocal” show. She is honored to be a judge for this round of the competition.
Amanda Roeder is a high school choral and a cappella director in Chelmsford, Mass., where she directs The Thursdays and The Crescendos. She has previously led an award-winning a cappella program in Marblehead, Mass. In 16 years of teaching, her groups have earned multiple CARAs, ICHSA titles, and spots on BOHSA compilations. Amanda is a co-founder and board member of the N.E. Voices high school a cappella festival. She performs as a freelance vocalist, flutist, and pianist, and teaches private lessons and masterclasses in the greater Boston area.
Dave Sperandio has been working with a cappella music for 20 years as a performer, producer, and engineer. He founded a cappella production companies diovoce, VocalSource, and Vocal Mastering, and his work has appeared on releases from around the globe. Dave is the founder of the Alliance for A Cappella Initiatives and the creator of the SoJam A Cappella Festival, as well as the ‘Sing’ vocal compilation.