By Emily Klingman
After a semester of rehearsal and hard work, the Rider Vibes are set to perform their annual concert in Gill Chapel Dec. 8.
Rider Vibes, which is a co-ed a cappella group on campus, is made up of a variety of singers ranging from seasoned seniors to brand-new freshmen.
“Everyone is very talented, so anyone who goes should expect an entertaining performance jam-packed with fun and exciting songs,” said sophomore elementary education major Alyssa DiFlora.
This concert, while there is no theme, is one that works to show off the vocal range of the unaccompanied singing group, according to DiFlora.
“We are performing contemporary a cappella songs that come from many different genres for our concert,” DiFlora said. “The standout piece would have to be ‘Fly,’ as performed by Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. It stands out because there is a beat-box and rap section and it’s different from the other songs we will perform at this concert.”
This year, there are seven new members to the Rider Vibes, including DiFlora.
“They’re awesome,” vice president and junior public relations major Megan Scheels said. “They’re energetic, excited to be here, always on point, and they’re really a great addition to the group.”
DiFlora has been a stand-out among the new members.
“She came into auditions and completely blew us away,” Scheels said. “Not only could she sing, but she could rap, beat-box, and add a ton of special effects to our group, which is a really big part of a cappella.”
The Rider Vibes covers a diverse selection of genres including pop, rap and alternative. When deciding which songs will be used in performances, a large part of the decision goes to group input.
The Rider Vibes’ openness to all kinds of music means hardly any disputes over song choice. Music director and senior musical theater major Casey Clark gathers what sheet music she can find that fits the group’s preferences and it works from there.
To enhance the showcase of voices, there is a little competition between the men and the women. There is a section where only the men sing, and another section where only the women sing. With neither group knowing what songs the other chose, it leads to something of an intra-organization match-up.
“It’s a bit of a rivalry of who can out-stage the other one,” Scheels said.
Rehearsals for the Rider Vibes are three times a week, for about two hours each time. Members must focus and memorize the set lists and timing. Preparation for the fall concert usually starts over the summer, with the executive board talking about the upcoming practice schedule. Auditions for new members usually occur the second week of school, and from there, practices go on up until the concert.
The final week before the annual fall concert creates a high-pressure atmosphere.
“Everything is in the air up until the last minute,” Scheels said. “There’s always that possibility that someone might get sick, or the microphones won’t work, but, still, everyone’s really excited.”
The concert will be held at 3 p.m. Admission is free for Rider students and $5 for non-students.
Printed in the 12/4/13 edition.