We are Pitch Perfect and Sing It On
Our tournaments have already inspired blockbuster movies, TV shows, books, podcasts, blogs … what’s next?
Our ICCA tournament is featured in the hit movie franchise Pitch Perfect — now the highest-grossing musical series of all time. (The movie is based on the non-fiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory, which documents the true story of two rival groups competing against each other in the ICCA.) Our executive director is a judge in one of the scenes, and some of our real-life ICCA competitors appear in the movie!
But it isn’t just a fictionalized version of our tournament that’s hit the pop culture mainstream. The stories of our real ICCA competitors and events are now featured in a new reality TV docu-series, Sing It On. The show follows five rival a cappella groups on their journey to the ICCA Finals. Varsity Vocals partnered with POP TV, a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate, and CORE Media Group, makers of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, to create the show. It is executive produced by John Legend, who once made it to ICCA Finals with his college a cappella group, the Penn Counterparts; our executive director, Amanda Newman, serves as co-executive producer on the series. Sing It On aired in 80 million homes in the summer of 2015 and is now available on Netflix.
Filmed during our 2015 competition season, Sing It On followed five of our competing groups on their journey to ICCA finals and, well, we’ll let them tell the story!
The opening of the series premiere of Sing It On. We think it captures the ICCA experience nicely!
Sing It On at ICCA Finals
The season’s top college a cappella groups take the stage and wow the world.
The Nor’easters Wail
2015 ICCA Wild Card Champions The Nor’easters give a sick performance … but is it enough to take home the trophy?
“My a cappella group in college, the UPenn Counterparts, were once ICCA finalists ourselves, so I know personally how much hard work, commitment, and talent it takes to win a place on (the ICCA finals) stage. The skills you’ve shown to get here and the friendships you’ve made along the way will lift you up for the rest of your lives.” — John Legend in Sing It On