Baylor Group Scores High Marks at International Competition

May 1, 2015
One of Baylor University’s youngest music ensembles, VirtuOSO, is a fourteen-member contemporary a cappella group that was founded by its conductor, Lecturer in Choral Music Dinah Menger, in 2012. They recently competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), a competition that is renowned in this realm of vocal music.
After two dazzling first-place wins at Quarterfinal and Semifinal rounds, VirtuOSO claimed the title of ICCA South Regional Champion, becoming the first ever a cappella group from the state of Texas to make it to the Final round of this prestigious competition. Then VirtuOSO traveled to New York City on April 17, to perform at the Beacon Theatre with six other top a cappella groups from around the nation, as well as one group from abroad: that of King’s College in London.
Out of over seven hundred submissions at the beginning of the competition process, Baylor’s own was proud to bring home a Fourth Place win, ranking them within the top one percent of collegiate a cappella groups around the globe.
In May, Pop TV will be airing a new series entitled “Sing It On!” that covers this year’s ICCA process. Due to their great success, VirtuOSO will be prominently featured on this nationally syndicated show, placing the Baylor University School of Music in an even brighter national spotlight. Additionally, their first album is set to be released sometime this summer.
The School of Music is proud of the strides that these students have made in “flinging their green and gold afar” and representing the excellence that is Baylor!
Sic ’em, VirtuOSO!
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