It's Varsity Vocals Finals Weekend, and our ICCA and ICHSA Finalists should be gathering in New York City to compete for The Gooding Cup. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic forced our 2020 season to an abrupt close, and our 10,000 competitors this year have dispersed to their homes to #stopthespread.
But in the face of so much uncertainty, and despite our social distance, we in the a cappella community can still do what we do best: bring people together and lift spirits through the power of the human voice.
Presenting: The Varsity Vocals Collective .
We're virtually gathering 24 years of Varsity Vocals a cappella performers to social distan-sing their hearts out and raise money for Recording Academy MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, providing grants to musicians who have been adversely impacted by the pandemic.
All current and former Varsity Vocals competitors -- that's ICCA, ICHSA, and The Open, 1[phone redacted] -- are invited to participate. We'll be creating a virtual a cappella choir video to share on social media and raise funds for MusiCares.
SINGERS: Follow instructions here to access an amazing arrangement of "The Bones" by Maren Morris, courtesy of the incomparable Grammy Award-winning Ben Bram and Shams Ahmed. Learn your part, record your performance, and upload to join us. Submissions due April 24 at 10 pm EST.
A CAPPELLA FANS: You can help too! Please consider making a contribution today to kick us off -- and we're counting on you to help spread the word, now and when the video rolls out, using #vvcollective.
The Varsity Vocals Collective "The Bones" in benefit of MusiCares drops in early May.
We may be apart, but we can raise our voices together.
- Moira Burke
- Safiya Jetha
- Sarah Heile
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