WHS A Cappella groups ready to perform for annual concert

The Madrigals perform at WHS in 2016. The group is performing at WHS on November 26. Our new members are going to be a new energy, junior and Madrigal member Josh Ellenbogen said.

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The Madrigals perform at WHS in 2016. The group is performing at WHS on November 26. “Our new members are going to be a new energy,” junior and Madrigal member Josh Ellenbogen said.

Allie Nunn

Imagine that the stage is dark and the audience is silent. Bright lights illuminate the stage as the first group lines up in a formation. Ready to fill the auditorium with their brilliant voices, the WHS A Cappella groups bring the school their first concert of the 2018-19 school year on November 26.

WHS will see all three a cappella groups hit the stage Monday night. The groups include the Muses, Madrigals, and the T-tones. Tickets are free for all.

Senior Alexa Calder, a director of the Madrigals, has been in the group for all four years of her high school career. Along with the other directors, Calder will arrange the line up for songs.

“It’s always interesting to see how the year will go depending on arrangements and different styles the directors choose,” Calder said.

The Madrigals, WHS’ coed group, will perform “What I’m doing here” by Lake Street Dive, “On my way home” by Pentatonix, “Colder weather” by Zac Brown Band and “History” by One Direction.

A male vocalist on the Madrigals is junior Josh Ellenbogen. This will be his third year singing with the group.

“This is the first concert of the year, all of the groups have new members, and with this, those new members are going to be a new energy,” Ellenbogen said. “Most of the songs are going to have a soloist.”

As a returning member, sophomore Lizzie Strehle will be performing along with the Muses for her second year. The talented high school group consists of thirteen girls, ranging from freshman to seniors.

“We’ve used practice time to try and do more upbeat, uptempo songs to keep the audience entertained,” Strehle said.

Make sure to keep your ears open for songs such as “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson, “Would You be so Kind” by Dodie, “Sway” by Danielle Bradbery and “Valley” by Betty Who.

Junior Abigail MacDonald is a new member of the Muses.

“I did chorus in middle school [and] freshman year, and I took private lessons,” MacDonald said.

Senior Clara Hurney, one of the three directors of the Muses, convinced MacDonald to audition. MacDonald had not previously planned on joining due to her athletic commitments.

The T-tones, WHS’ all-male group, will also perform. Junior Gavyn Davies, a returning member, will sing for his second year.

“[The T-tones] have been [rehearsing] for about two months now, two or three times a week. We are getting excited,” Davies said. “We have five [songs] lined up for Monday and Saturday’s concerts.”

The T-tones will perform “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors, “The Parting Glass” by The High Kings, “Sing to You” by John Splithoff and “Love Runs out” by OneRepublic.

All three WHS A Cappella groups will also perform on Saturday, Dec. 1 alongside collegiate groups in the annual fall CAPA College A Cappella concert at WHS.26

“It’s gonna be great as usual; great music and a ton of fun,” Davies said.