We started off rushing out after Shabbat on April 6th to sing in Sudbury, MA at Congregation B'Nei Torah's fundraiser with MIT's Techiya and Tuft's Shir Appeal. We love singing at synagogues because the audiences are always so receptive and fun! We were sad to have missed Techiya's performance, but we got to stay for Shir Appeal and were impressed by their a cappella innovation! Thanks for showing us some new stuff, Shir Appeal!
The next day, we took a scenic drive to sing with Generations at the Coleman House old age home. Generations creates programs every few weeks to bring some young faces to this lovely home. Whenever I've gone, the residents are always happy to hear from us and love to chat about our lives after. Coby even met "the coolest lady ever!" who made her promise to come back and visit.
On Wednesday, smack dab in the middle of rehearsal, we ran through the rain over the Ridgewood Commons on campus to sing at Tympanium Euphorium's I Love You Because coffeehouse (Tymp is a student run musical theatre group on campus). There, we got to debut our newest, gospel song, Yom Yavo ("A Day Will Come"), feauting Matt Lee and myself (Gabriella)! It is Matt Lee's first solo since he joined the group this semester and he has been rocking it!! Make sure to come to the spring show on April 21st to hear it live!
The next night, we, along with Ba'Note (Brandeis' all-girls Jewish a cappella group) had the honor of representing Jewish A Cappella Music at B'Yachad LaNetzach - the semester show of the elite Israeli dance troupe on campus. We had a great time watching them and other groups perform their impressive choreography, as well as hearing Jewish-themed poetry by Andrew Lustig, a slam-poet who came all the way from Israel.
Then, on Friday....we were off the Rutger's University in New Jersey for Kol Halayla's Shabbat A Cappella!!
Shabbat A Cappella is an annual event hosted by Rutger's co-ed Jewish a cappella group, Kol Halayla. We were hosted by generous Rutger's students, fed by Rutger's Hillel and met a slew of extremely talented vocalists. On Shabbat day, all of the groups did workshops together in which we shared warmups, created voice-part cheers, and improvised a number all together! My personal favorite activity was "Mashups that Should Never Happen" in which random groups of 8 had fifteen minutes to create and sing mashups that did not belong together (my group did "We Are Never Getting Back Together" and "Call Me Maybe"). It was a great time!
Manginah spent the afternoon in the park, playing frisbee until a certain accident shattered the frisbee (don't worry - we're all okay). After Shabbat, we rushed to change for the culmination of the weekend - an a cappella concert featuring all four groups who attended! We LOVED watching these extremely talented groups and we learned so much about new things to try and old school things to bring back. Thank you to all of the groups for an incredibly entertaining and educational evening.
Finally, we all headed out to get frozen yogurt together before making our way to the after-party. On Sunday we made the 5 hour drive back to campus, and now we are back home, resting (sort of) and preparing like crazy for our semester show this coming Sunday!!! It's been quite the April, and one none of us are likely to forget. For your supreme enjoyment (hopefully), here is a video of our final song from the Saturday night concert. Don't forget to buy your semester show tickets to come see it live! Enjoy!
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