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May 2, 2005

Dear Abbys win ICAA

Daily Free Press (MA):

A cappella groups competing against The Dear Abbeys had to face the music at New York City's Lincoln Center this weekend as the Boston University musical group snagged first place at the ICAA National Championship. "It was pretty much like we were in awe singing at Lincoln Center," Dear Abbeys Music Director Andrew Schwartz said. "The regional finals were in March, so we had a lot of time to prepare mentally. Still when we got on stage we were overwhelmed with a feeling of exhilaration singing in front of 12,000 people."

Schwartz, a College of Engineering senior, said The Dear Abbeys performed to a sold-out crowd and competed against six additional groups, which he called the best in the nation. Schwartz said the group also won a $1,000 cash prize, which they put toward recording professional music tracks.

College of General Studies freshman Paul Akl said after the group's performance, members struggled to contain their excitement. "It was a feeling that I can't describe," he said. "Just to think that you're the best group in the nation is a wonderful feeling. [Member] Nick Cortese jumped so high in the hallway that he bumped his head on the ceiling and started bleeding." School of Management sophomore Eddie McManus said he hopes The Dear Abbeys national win will jumpstart a career off-campus in the near future. "We hope to establish a name for ourselves outside school," he said. "I'd like to see more gigs and hopefully push for some gigs on talk shows. At this point, once we've achieved this recognition it will be much easier to get better gigs."

Posted by acapnews at May 2, 2005 9:59 PM