This past Saturday, Bryant’s premier co-ed A Cappella group, The Bottom Line, competed in their second ever International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) and received 2nd place out of the 9 groups that competed in their Quarterfinal. The group’s beatboxer, Max Pudvar, also received an Outstanding Vocal Percussion award for his amazing work. The competition was held at Central Connecticut State University and featured groups in the Northeast region. The 1st and 2nd place winners of the multiple Northeast Quarterfinals will advance to Semifinals, which will be held this upcoming Sunday at Symphony Hall in Boston.

Eligibility to compete in the ICCA depended on groups submitting a pre-recorded audition video and then being accepted into the competition. Last year, The Bottom Line was accepted, but unfortunately did not advance past their first Quarterfinal competition. With the coming of this school year, the group knew they wanted to make their mark in the ICCA’s. Their Adviser, Flo St. Jean, was a huge help in getting the process going at the very beginning of the 2017 Fall semester. The group recruited Elliott Von Wendt, the Music Director for Nor’easters A Cappella at Northeastern University, as the arranger for their ICCA set. The Nor’easters are 2-time ICCA champions in both 2013 and 2017. Elliott wrote an intense and emotional 3-song set for the group and worked with them as a vocal clinician. The arranger of their set the year prior, Kevin Guest, also played a large role as a vocal clinician for the group. Kevin has been a member of multiple collegiate and professional A Cappella groups, as well as a producer and recording engineer at his own music company. With all this support from outside sources, the group was able to produce a winning set.

During the competition season, the group rehearses 5-6 days a week for a minimum of 2 hours a day, indicating the tremendous amount of time and effort put in by everyone involved. The Bottom Line hopes to continue the tradition of competing in the ICCA for years to come and is honored to be the first group at Bryant, and the only group within the last 5 years in Rhode Island to advance to Semifinals. The group hosted an incredibly successful Send-Off event prior to their competition date in the Machtley Interfaith Center, with over 150 students and faculty staff in attendance. They want to continue to grow the student body excitement towards the world of A Cappella every year by putting on multiple campus-wide events such as this.

The Bottom Line would like to personally thank everyone at CSLI and Student Affairs, especially Lisa Morris, Kelly Harvey, Will Reddy, Holly Paiva, Dr. Mailee Kue, Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. John Saddlemire, and of course, the Machtley’s for their continued support of the Arts Program. All these individuals positively impacted the group’s journey, and the group is extremely grateful for that. Tickets for their Semifinal competition have officially gone on sale! If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please go to the Boston Symphony Hall website under “Events” or reach out to Erika Koury (Business Manager) at ekoury@bryant.edu or Maxwell Harz (President) at mharz@bryant.edu.

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