Vocalmotion sings its way to second

By Heather Fiore


From left: Rajeer Alford, Meredith Bleemer, Samantha Ferrara, Tina Cartaino, Troy Johnson, Andrew Haviland, Elena Camp, Richard Crandle, Matthew Barron, who are all members of Vocalmotion, emerged as one of the strongest, smallest groups at ICCA.

Vocalmotion, an a cappella group of 10 students from Lake House, was created by junior Richard Crandle last semester and is currently proving its worth to the Rider community and country with its recent success at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) competition.

After placing second at the ICCA quarterfinals, Vocalmotion advanced to the semifinals, which were held at Rutgers University on March 26. The group placed second and will compete in a wildcard round with other national second-place finishers on April 16 at the Lincoln Center in New York City. The winner will advance to the finals.

“A cappella is popular on many college campuses, and we are doing what we love to do in order to spread the word about it and get people interested in our group,” said junior Matt Barron, a member of Vocalmotion. “Going into last weekend’s competition we were one of the smaller groups, but that only puts more responsibility on each person and it really connects us.”

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