Fourth straight national championship appearance for CHS a cappella
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CHELMSFORD, MA (May 6, 2021) – The Thursdays, an a cappella group from Chelmsford High School, will enter the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) national championship Saturday night (5 p.m.), viewable on the ICHSA Varsity Vocals YouTube page.
The national championship appearance marks the fourth straight for The Thursdays, as they qualified in 2017, 2018 and 2019 – the latter in which they placed a best-ever third in the U.S. (the 2020 ICHSA was cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak). In traditional years, the ICHSA national final is staged at New York City’s Town Hall Theater, but will be held remotely with a cappellas submitting videos of their performances.
The Thursdays created a video for and performed ‘Evergreen’ by the artist Yebba for each of the rounds.
“They’re pretty pleased and quite proud of their accomplishments,” said Amanda Roeder, CHS Choir Director and Advisor to The Thursdays and The Crescendos. “Going into this season they were aware it would be a completely a different format. We had zero experience making videos. I remember them discussing this saying they were going to have fun with it and do the best they can, which I think is exactly the right mindset. It was a very organic process, and completely internally motivated.
“Now that they’ve made it, they’re very proud of themselves they got this far,” Ms. Roeder added. “Every year in the past, when we’ve gone and performed in New York City, I’ve told them that just being here is the prize. They’re among the top eight in the nation.”
Other a cappellas which qualified for the national championship include:
- Sting (Rockwall H.S., Rockwall, Texas, Wild Card entry)
- InToneNation (New Manchester H.S., Douglasville, Ga., South Region)
- SoundProof (Prairie Village, KS), Midwest Region
- The Ram Jams (Ramsey H.S., Ramsey, N.J., Mid-Atlantic Region)
- Knight Club (Oak Creek H.S., Oak Creek, Wisc., Great Lakes Region)
- WolfPACapella (Pacifica Christian H.S., Santa Monica, Calif., West Region)
- The Ozarks (Springfield, Mo., Wild Card entry)
The Thursdays qualified for the national championship by winning both the ICHSA Northeast Region Quarterfinal and Semifinal as junior Jackie Pottle was named the Outstanding Soloist in both rounds. Senior Josh Timmins received Outstanding Vocal Percussion honors for the semifinal round.
“I think that the group is definitely more excited than nervous,” said Mr. Timmins, who will attend Northeastern in the fall (and plans to sing). “This is my third time going to finals with this group. Every year it’s always been a more appreciative vibe than a competitive one. The atmosphere in the semifinal round is always a little cutthroat, but the atmosphere in the finals more appreciative than competitive. Everyone is just happy to be there. I do think that attitude through the season has helped us find success.”
Members of The Thursdays include:
- Senior Maya Chan
- Junior Doug Desmarais
- Senior Allison Dorsey
- Senior Mary Hamilton
- Sophomore Georgia Horan
- Senior Hannah Fuller
- Junior Emily Magnant
- Junior Keegan McCarthy
- Junior Jackie Pottle
- Junior Dan Schiefen
- Senior Danny Sousa
- Junior Matthew Smith
- Senior Josh Timmins
About Chelmsford Public Schools
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