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GCU Acapella Club: 2019 Arizona A Cappella Festival Hosts

October 31, 2018

By: Ruby Arani/ GCU Staff

It wound up being much more than just attending a festival.

The Grand Canyon University Acapella Club attended the annual Arizona Collegiate A Cappella Festival (AZCAF) in Gilbert October 13, and left the festival with new skills… and big news.

GCU has been selected to host the 2019 Arizona A Cappella Festival (AZAF).

The AZAF is a spring event that invites collegiate, high school and professional teams to participate in seminars, workshops and ends with a one-of-a-kind performance at the evening concert. The event hosted throughout the state to grow singer skills and develop group performance but most importantly foster a state-wide acapella community.

“The most exciting part of the AZCAF was leaving knowing that GCU will host the AZAF,” said Lopes’ Acapella Club President Eddy Mahler. “Bringing the AZAF to the GCU campus is a huge step forward in establishing the GCU acapella groups as serious teams in the collegiate acapella circles.”

“This will be the first time ever that GCU will ever host an acapella festival,” added Lopes’ Head Coach Philip Carr. “I am very excited to have other universities, high schools and professionals come and see the GCU campus, facilities like the new GCU Club Sports Canyon Activity Center, and really experience all that GCU offers.”


GCU was one of four Arizona teams (along with Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona) that attended AZCAF to attend different seminars to enhance each university’s acapella groups.

The workshops evaluated each group on different areas such as bass line, vocal percussion, arranging, solo, how to market each group and vocal health. The AZCAF offered a new orientation for “newbies”- the newbies are students who are brand-new to the arena of acapella.

“The “Newbies 101″ class was a great element this year,” said Mahler. “We have a handful of newbies, and I remember my first time at AZCAF. I was really confused about what was happening, but I am glad to see there is more of a guiding hand for the new people to Arizona’s A Cappella scene.”

Each group was given the opportunity to gain insight on preparation and choreography for the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA)- the ICCA is the largest international acapella tournament exclusive to universities around the world.

“Our program in and of itself is relatively new and we are still figuring out how this all works. We are learning how to prepare ourselves for events like our showcases especially the AZAF.”

Acapella will take the stage again on Tuesday November 13 at 7 pm at GCU Thunderground. Admission is FREE.

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