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    Enharmonics A Cappella find perfect pitch


    Courtesy of Enharmonics

    The members of Enharmonics, a new all-female a capella group, pose outside of Holsclaw Recital Hall in the School of Music in the fall 2014 semester.

    Enharmonics A Cappella is the newest all-female a cappella group at UA that follows in the footsteps of the musical trend made popular by the 2012 film “Pitch Perfect.”

    Even in the club’s photo featured on its website, the group embodies the outgoing and sassy attitudes of the all-female a cappella troupe from the film. Enharmonics joins an already blossoming genre of music on campus with groups such as CatCall and Dolce.

    The brainchild of two best friends with a love for music, Enharmonics is just the beginning for a growing minority of performers on campus. Dana Douglas, a choral music education junior, is the club president and founded the group with Allie Esposito, a junior studying music education and German studies.

    “We missed singing music from the a cappella jazz choir and decided to create our own a cappella group so that we could experience it again,” Esposito said.

    The group includes women of various backgrounds, from freshmen to seniors. Many of the women had prior experiences in performing arts, such as theater, choir and dance, before joining Enharmonics. There are even a few members with no experience whatsoever.

    “Being in performing arts, it is really great to see more clubs associated with the arts growing at [the] UA,” said Danielle Borg-James, a dance sophomore. “It takes talent and guts to sing and dance in front of your peers, and people sometimes underestimate the courage performers have to have when they step on stage.”

    Although not all of the members have majors in music or the arts, the women all seem to share a common enthusiasm for beautiful, harmonic music.

    “Music has always been and will always be a huge passion of mine,” said Samantha Feldman, a creative writing junior, who has been singing in choirs since the age of 7. Other women in the group include those majoring in nursing and aerospace engineering.

    “I think a cappella is a great way for people who like performing to get involved in college,” said Ali Harms, a neuroscience junior with a musical theater background.

    “Performing arts isn’t always a practical career path for some, so being able to continue with a passion, while getting a degree in something else, is a great option.”

    The diversity in the group is definitely something that allows Enharmonics to stand out as a newcomer to the university a cappella scene. Enharmonics most recently attended the Baby AZAF at Arizona State University on Nov. 1, along with CatCall and Dolce. The event is an official showcase held at a state university for the 11 a cappella groups from the three state universities to come and perform.


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