UNIVERSITY’S FIRST AND OLDEST A CAPPELLA GROUP All Photography Courtesy of Kendall Hall
You recall the months of preparation for the next twelve minutes. These next twelve minutes will define the rest of your year. This is competitive collegiate a cappella. A cappella is a style of music performance sung by voices only. Collegiate a cappella has recently skyrocketed in popularity after the award-winning movie “Pitch Perfect” swept the box office in 2013. College groups perform
and compete all over the nation, using their voices, showmanship, and musicality to gain international recognition.
come from several different majors such as musical theater, architecture, communication studies, and many more.
The Kent Clarks are Kent State University’s first and oldest a cappella group. The Kent Clarks are a co-ed group that consists of full-time students at Kent State University. The group holds auditions throughout the year, and usually has 18—22 members. These members
Since their founding in 2011 by Stephen Cox, an original member of a collegiate a cappella group at Vanderbilt University, the Vanderbilt Variations, the Kent Clarks have been performing on campus and across the nation, setting
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