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The Hexachords are a group that is all about doing what we love! We love to sing and share our music with others. We are as much as a family as an a cappella group could be. Five of the six members were in the UMass Marching Band and we brought the love and support that the band shows each other to way we treat our group. We get together and sing our hearts out and we have proven that if you really commit and work hard you can make a name for yourself. We placed 2nd in the Northeast Finals for the 2013 and 2014 ICCA competitions and are ready to go all the way next time. We are just a bunch of fun loving, goofing off, singing best friends.
Members: Craig Simonetti, Xander Teplansky, Anna Morsillo, Katy Geraghty, Chris Godden, Matt Chastain
| Mike Why
A genre-bending one man vocal band, Mike Why is a mouthdrummer, vocalist, and live looper who engages audiences of all ages, and from coast to coast. His brand of "A Cappella for One" has landed at Contemporary A Cappella Society festivals such as SoJam (Raleigh, NC) and the Texas A Cappella Celebration, International Live Looping Festivals in Austin, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay; San Antonio's Luminaria Festival, and the Hard Rock Las Vegas. He currently tours in support of his freshman record Run My Mouth, which released to positive reviews: Loudr Music called him "a mouth of many Instruments" and delivered comparisons to modern vocal innovators Pentatonix and Peter Hollens; the Recorded A Cappella Review board remarked "as a cappella debuts go, Run My Mouth is about as good as it gets." Also an ambassador for arts outreach, Mike's upcoming April 2015 two-day, 800-song One Mouth Music Show seeks to build free contemporary arts education opportunities at chronically underfunded programs through an ongoing Patreon campaign, and will also make him the first American to hold the World Record of Beatboxing.
| Potomac Fever
Potomac Fever is a 14-member tight harmony, a cappella ensemble that is a select outreach ensemble of the Gay Menís Chorus of Washington, DC. Potomac Fever keeps a busy schedule with over 40 outreach performances a year as well as performances in the Gay Menís Chorus season concerts. In addition to high profile performances for the Obama Administration, the XIX International AIDS Conference and the Capital Pride Festival, GMCW lifts its collective voice at a variety of events in support of organizations including Human Rights Campaign, Whitman-Walker Clinic, Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, the National Institute of Health, PFLAG and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. In May 2016 they took an historic tour to Ukraine at the invitation of the State Department to promote LGBTQ equality.
| Xtension Chords
The University of Illinois Xtension Chords have entertained audiences on campus and around the country for the past twenty-five years. Their unmistakable blend of tight harmonies, smooth choreography, and off-the-wall humor has made them a true campus favorite and a formidable yearly competitor in the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella. The Xtension Chords have released seven studio albums, landing several tracks on Best Of College A Cappella compilations and receiving mulitple nominations for Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.
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