By Samantha Snead
On March 13, students, faculty, and members of the community gathered in Bast Gym for A Cappella Carnivella, an a cappella concert to benefit the Roanoke College chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Tickets cost $5 for students and $7 for general admission, and all the proceeds were donated to Habitat for Humanity.
The event included performances from Roanoke’s three a cappella groups, the Roanotes, Mainstreet, and Looking for an Echo. Senior Andrew Dittmar began the evening by thanking the audience for their attendance, as well as offering up information about Roanoke’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Dittmar works closely with RC’s Habitat chapter, and sees A Cappella Carnivella as a great opportunity to showcase the talents of Roanoke’s a cappella groups while also raising awareness and funds for Habitat. He also announced that a special guest a cappella group, the Trebled Youth from Christopher Newport University, would be performing as well.
The first performance of the night was the Roanotes, which features both male and female singers. The Roanotes performed several songs ranging from pop hits to slower songs, and showcased several talented solo singers. Daria Chicosky was among the students who received a solo, while Rachel Glick, along with other members of the group, demonstrated their beatboxing skills.
Mainstreet, the school’s all-female a cappella group, took the stage second and performed mostly pop songs as well as a few other genres. Junior Sarah Diaz had a lengthy solo in their rendition of “Story of My Life” by One Direction. Brittany Mossor and Sabrina McIntyre each had solos later on as well.
The Trebled Youth, Christopher Newport’s a cappella group, came onto the stage next. They performed songs from a wide variety of genres ranging from country to pop. One of the group members mentioned that it was the Trebled Youth’s first a cappella invitational, and that they were nervous, yet excited to be part of the event.
Finally, the crowd-favorite, Looking for an Echo, took the stage. The all-male group’s most unique song was a mash-up they’d created which featured lines from over 50 different songs. Students were abuzz with excitement as they tried to identify the songs Looking for an Echo had included. As always, the men concluded with their rendition of RC’s alma mater, which was met with laughs from the crowd.
All in all, A Cappella Carnivella was a huge success. Over $1,000 was raised for RC’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, and students as well as members of the community were able to enjoy great a cappella music.