UK A Cappella Excellence Recognized at Voices in Harmony
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 18, 2013) — Members of two University of Kentucky School of Music student vocal groups, acoUstiKats and Paws and Listen, were recognized for their excellence at the third annual a cappella competition, Voices in Harmony, hosted by Lexington Catholic High School. The UK ensembles competed against 17 a cappella groups from Kentucky and Ohio universities and regional high schools March 1-2.
Voices in Harmony is a pop a cappella event that features a series of concert competitions and workshops. Participating ensembles not only perform and compete, they also gain experience by observing performances of other groups and by attending a series of workshops and a personalized group clinic. The 2013 competition featured House Jacks as performers and clinicians.
The acoUstiKats, comprised of 16 members of the UK Men's Chorus, took the Best Overall Ensemble Award and Best Choreography Award at the competition. Member Nick Johnson, a music education sophomore from Frankfort, Ky., won Best Vocal Arrangement.
To see the acoUstiKats sing "On, On, U of K," click play on the video below.
Lexington native and music education sophomore Brianna Carnahan, one of Paws and Listen's 16 members selected from the UK Women's Choir, took first place among all vocalists as Best Soloist.
The acoUstiKats are coached by undergraduate choral music education majors Jordan Lindsay and Johnson, and are advised by Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities. The group performs numerous concerts each semester for university, church and community functions, as well as at every UK Men’s Chorus concert. Specializing in doo-wop and a cappella pop styles, acoUstiKats has recorded two CDs and is one of the university’s most visible ensembles.
Paws and Listen performs pop music, as well as a mix of doo-wop, vocal jazz and show tunes. The ensemble is coached by undergraduate choral music education majors Lisa Braswell and Christin Michael, and is advised by Lori Hetzel, associate director of UK Choirs/Choral Music Education. This group is highly esteemed both on and off campus and performs at numerous prestigious and high-profile events throughout the year.
Paws and Listen and the acoUstiKats are part of the choral program at the UK School of Music in the College of Fine Arts. The school has achieved awards and national and international recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as for music education, composition, theory and music history.
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