By: Ruby Arani / GCU Staff
“Those who wish to sing. Always find a song.” – Swedish Proverb
That is exactly what the Grand Canyon University Acapella Club is all about, offering students the opportunity to sing their hearts out around campus and the state of Arizona. On Tuesday night, GCU Acapella Club put on a showcase in front of a nearly packed house at the GCU Thunderground on GCU campus.
Under the purple lights that illuminated Thunderground, GCU Acapella Club put on an electric first performance of the season. Songs from Alicia Keys, Barbra Streisand, Imagine Dragons, Praise and Worship to mash ups of Beyoncé, Cee Lo Green, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande were all performed. The night was filled with everything from solos to group performance to barber shop quartet and even a wedding song dedicated to one of the Acapella Club member and her husband. The hour-long Thunderground showcase displayed the talented members of the GCU acapella who are preparing to go to the Arizona Acapella Festival early next month at Arizona State University.
“We wanted to do something here on campus to give our students the experience before we go to the competition at ASU,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Philip Carr. “We used mics, and got an audience together to have a great evening on campus.”
“This is a great chance for us to perform in front of an audience,” said Lopes freshman, Anna Sonto, who recently joined GCU Acapella Club. “It is different in rehearsal, you are always stopping and pausing. Having an audience to perform in front of, gives us a sense on how well you and your group can handle it.”
The atmosphere was high with energy radiating from the stage, “I am so excited to be a part of acapella,” added Sonto. “It is a great get away from everything like the stresses of school work and college. It is a great way to be a part of something greater than yourself.”
The hour-long event was filled with great numbers and countless applause, showing the fruits of the GCU Acapella labor.
“They have done some wonderful work and it will be a banner night for the club,” said Carr. “If it is a winner for them it is a great winner for me.”