All About A Capella Part 1: Not Too Sharp, Maiden Harmony, Alabaster Blue

All About A Capella Part 1: Not Too Sharp, Maiden Harmony, Alabaster Blue

     There is no doubt that the UNH community has some insanely talented artists – including, dancersmusiciansactors, and painters, etc. This blog focuses on UNH’s excellent a capella groups – singing groups that perform without instrumental accompaniment. The a capella groups at UNH include; Not Too SharpMaiden HarmonyThe New Hampshire NotablesThe New Hampshire GentlemenOff The Clef, and Alabaster Blue. Not Too Sharp and The Gents are all male, Maiden Harmony and the Notables are all female, and Off The Clef and Alabaster Blue are coed. While the groups consist of different types of singers and styles, it is clear that they have one thing in common: talent.

Not Too Sharp 

Answers provided by Cory Nitschelm

Q: How many people are in your a Capella group?
A: 15
Q: Besides school events, where else do you and your a capella group perform?
A: We perform across New England. We have sung at weddings in locations as far as New Jersey, [wedding] proposals, and at other college such as UConn and UMass Lowell. We sing at charity events, private functions, and high schools as well. We love to travel and singing with Not Too Sharp gives us many opportunities to do so!

Q: What has been the best part about being in an a capella group at UNH?
A: The best part about being in Not Too Sharp is making friends with similar interests. When you join the group, you immediately become friends with 14 other like-minded people.

Q: What experience have you had prior to a capella at UNH that made you join a group?

A: Though not all of our members have had prior singing experience, many have. We have people who have sung since middle school, had leads in their school musicals, attended select choirs such as all-state or the American Choral Director’s Association All-Eastern conference. We also have people who simply sang along in their room sometimes and decided to give this a try!

Q: What made you want to join an all-male group?

A: Speaking solely for myself, I did co-ed a lot before I came to college. I had been in 6+ coed ensembles and 7 musicals where the cast was coed. I just decided I wanted a change, so I tried out for all-male a capella.

Q: As a group, what would you say your favorite song to sing is?
A: We love to perform, If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys. People are always surprised to see our soloist for it, Mike Buck, sing a song originally sung by a female artist!

Q: Anything else you’d like to say?
A: Thanks for the opportunity to be on UNH Tales!

 

Maiden Harmony

Answers provided by Casey Lowes, Savannah Mazola, Morgan Lazar and Rachel Ward.

 

Q: How many people are in your a capella group?
A: (Casey) There are now 14 members in Maiden Harmony!

Q: Besides school events, where else do you and your a capella group preform?
A: (Casey) Usually, we are inquired about through our email or our WIX page (Google “Maiden Harmony” and it’s easy to find). Recently we were asked to sing at a gentleman’s 60th birthday dinner for his wife. We’ve performed at an anniversary party for UNH alum. We also perform every October at Faneuil Hall in Boston in an a capella competition and do the occasional traveling.

A: (Morgan) We are have been asked to sing at various community events, such as AlleyFest in Durham and at a Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, or to sing around the holidays for Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital. We also sing annually in Boston for an a capella competition. Sometimes we are even asked to perform at anniversary and birthday parties for UNH alumni.

Q: What has been the best part of being on an a capella group at UNH?
A: (Savannah) I just joined this semester, but it’s always good to meet new people, especially when you’re all doing something you love together. It’s good because we already have something in common – singing.

A: (Morgan) I’ve made some of my best friends through joining a capella. Not just my wonderful maidens, but I’ve made connections with all of the talented groups on campus. It’s amazing, because we all have different majors and interests and I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet these people otherwise.

Q: What experience have you had prior to a capella at UNH that made you want to join a group here?
A: (Casey) Being only 45 minutes from UNH, many of my friends who were in theatre with me in high school and went to UNH and joined. So, when I decided to attend UNH they urged me to try out.

A: (Morgan) I used to sing in high school and I’ve always been a chronic shower and car singer.

Q: What made you want to join an all female group?
A: (Rachel) As you can probably guess, being in an all girl group previously makes me biased towards which kind of group I would prefer. Some people say that you need men in an arrangement to fill out the low notes and maybe that’s true. Then again, all-female a capella is so underrated, and we have a great sound too. Choosing a female group also makes it more exciting to hear what we all can accomplish against the odds. Girl Power! 

Q: As a group, what is your favorites song to sing?

A: (Casey) It changes every semester, I’d say. There are some arrangements we do that are so beautiful and intricate, you feel the excitement when we’re doing learning it and are performing it for the first time

Q: Anything else you’d like to say?

A: (Casey) Thanks for showing UNH a capella some love!

 Alabaster Blue

All answers provided by Colin Geaghan.

 Q: How many people are in your a capella group?
A: There are currently 13 members in Alabaster Blue.
Q: Besides school events, where else do you and your a capella group preform?
A: We perform at a variety of different venues from nursing homes, to political events, to festivals in the Northeast. We really try to cover every type of event as the year unfolds.

Q: What has been the best part about being in an a capella group at UNH?
A: I would say the best part about being in an A Capella group is the friendships you make. These people become your family. Being able to create beautiful music with your family is what brings us together.

Q: What experience have you had prior to a capella at UNH that made you want to join a group here?
A: I honestly had very little experience with a capella before coming to UNH. I Just liked the idea and loved music! This just shows you that you don’t have to be well versed in order to do well in an a capella setting. All you need is some passion for music and a willingness to learn!

Q: What made you want to join a coed group?

A: I personally prefer a coed setting because it has a much fuller sound with respect to both male and female voices. I think every type of group has their niche, but I personally like coed!
Q: As a group, what would you say your favorite song to sing is?
A: My personal favorite song is a classic in our group, Bring Me Little Water Sylvie. It’s a beautiful folk song with simple harmonies and a passionate message.
Q: Anything else you’d like to say?
A: Check us out on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

Watch for the second part of this series featuring the remaining three groups!