Five OHIO acapella groups to perform at 2015 Acapella Invitational

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Five OHIO acapella groups to perform at 2015 Acapella Invitational

Apr 22, 2015

By McKenzie Powell

I t’s time to put on your dancing shoes! The Singing Men of Ohio are presenting the 13th annual Acapella Invitational this Saturday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

The invitational, known as the longest-running acapella invitational at Ohio University, will feature five OHIO acapella groups, including Section Eight, the premiere men’s acapella group auditioned out of the Singing Men of Ohio; Title IX, an all-female group auditioned from the OHIO Women’s Ensemble; Leading Tones, an all-male acapella ensemble; Tempo Tantrums, an all-female independent group; and New Chords on the Block, a co-ed independent group.

“The event is for any student, faculty, administrator or community member who wants to see an amazing, creative, entertaining concert,” said Jimmy Herpy, vice president of the Singing Men of Ohio. “This show is completely different, a bit more edgy and exciting, especially considering our groups can choose our own repertoire – usually pop and indie songs.”

This year’s concert will highlight approximately 80 Bobcat student performers from various majors and backgrounds. As an added bonus, and for the first time ever, DJ Cle-OH, a baritone in the Singing Men of Ohio, will be deejaying and emceeing the event.

The Acapella Invitational works to unite and connect acapella groups on the Athens Campus while also showcasing their vocal talents to the rest of the OHIO and Athens communities.

The performance originally started with the intention to spread the word about acapella, allowing people to learn about and listen to the unique, vocal-only music. According to Herpy, the goal has since drifted, as acapella has become more universal and “mainstream.”

“People are familiar with the event and come to see some live, exciting entertainment on par with what they've seen in movies,” Herpy said. “Our goal, as performers, is to give them the best show possible. Hopefully it will put them in a good mood for their impending final exams the following week!”

Admission to Saturday’s Acapella Invitational is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted at the concert and will be used toward fulfilling the mission of the Singing Men of Ohio.

“It might change your life,” Herpy said. “There are lots of things I'm excited about. Unfortunately I can't tell you any of them – you'll have to come to the show and find out.”

For more information on the 2015 Acapella Invitational, visit

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