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October 7, 2004

Stanford Daily

Singing, dancing and otherwise strutting their stuff, members of Stanford’s nine a cappella groups took to tabling in White Plaza, flyering over campus and performing in dorms last week to recruit students to audition for their groups. No, the number nine wasn’t a typo. For over a decade, the correct answer to the Stanford trivia question, “How many a cappella groups call Stanford home?” has been eight. This year, however, a new group joined the ranks. Founded in 2002 and officially declared a Stanford a cappella group by the Office of Student Affairs this past April, the all-male, Hindi music group Raagapella joined the formal a cappella auditions process this fall.

“The a cappella community is excited about having a new group with its own new style,” said Harmonics president senior Myles Morrison. “Adding another group did make auditioning scheduling a bit tighter, but Raagapella was really responsible about not stepping on anyone’s toes.”

On top of the usual workload of auditions, Raagapella was faced with the challenge of creating its own new audition style. Other groups have already forged their identities, complete with specific traditions for the audition process — Counterpoint sings “These are the Days” when it rolls out its new members, the Harmonics have their auditionees stand on a silver star when they try out, and Fleet Street throws a miniature party whenever a potential singer walks into the audition room. More

Posted by acapnews at October 7, 2004 11:33 AM