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Vocal Point wins at international competition

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Vocal Point wins at international competition

THATCHER, AZ—Both had dreamed of singing on Broadway since they were little boys growing up across the street from each other in Thatcher. Both wanted to perform on Times Square. Both decided to audition together along with over fifty others for two of only four openings in the BYU Vocal Point A Cappella group. Jordan Keith and Ryan Innes realized their dreams last month by performing with Vocal Point on stage at Lincoln Center on 66th street and Broadway in New York City, and later at a celebration party in the heart of Times Square.

Not only did they perform, but the BYU A Cappella team captured the World Championship title at the competition of the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA). BYU captured the crown beating out seven other finalists from various parts of North America and Europe. Second place went to the “Out of the Blue” group from Oxford University in England. The University of Illinois group, “The Other Guys,” captured the third place prize. Other participating universities included McGill University from Toronto, Canada; Florida State University, University of Southern California, Rutgers University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The fifty-nine point margin of victory was the largest point spread that BYU has had in recent similar competitions. Four of the five judges selected BYU as the number one school competing.

BYU earned the right to attend the international finals by winning the western division championship at Stanford University in March. The group had earned the right two other times to participate in the international finals, but previously the event was held on Sunday and Brigham Young University has a firm policy about athletic teams and other competitive groups competing on Sunday. Therefore, the Saturday performance was an added advantage for the Cougars.

The BYU group started their twelve allotted minutes with the THX “sound effect” familiar to all movie goers followed by the “20th Century Fox Fanfare.” They followed with an original arrangement of “Spider Man” and a gospel ballad that had been written and arranged by members of the group entitled “He is Born.” Their finale was the Benny Goodman jazz classic, “Sing, Sing, Sing.”

Both Innes and Keith have been singing together and as soloists since they were eight years old. They were very active in music activities during their high school years at Thatcher, and later on at Eastern Arizona College. Both are Music Media majors at BYU. Keith sings the high tenor part in the nine-man group and Innes assumes various roles in the organization. Both have been featured as soloists with the group.

Innes is the son of Don and Celeste Innes of Thatcher, and Keith is the son of Dr. Ron and Connie Keith, also of Thatcher.