Stockton A Cappella shines at fall concert

Stockton A Cappella showed off their skills Monday night at their annual fall concert in the Campus Center Theater. The concert featured all three of Stockton’s a cappella groups—Stockapella, Stocktones, and Stockata—as well as Stockton Chorale. Each of the groups performed two sets of songs and came together for two “common songs” to open and close the concert.

The show kicked off with a fun a cappella rendition of “Ain’t It Fun,” by Paramore, sung by all three groups. The soloist, Naji Boone, excited the crowd with her energy and talent. Professor and music director Neil Aaronson then introduced each of the groups prior to their sets.

Stockapella is a co-ed competitive group that will be competing in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) quarterfinals at Drexel University in February. Stockapella opened their set with the song “Wave” by Meghan Trainor and Mike Sabbath, with solos performed by Kierre Fenderson and Caroline Eng. Their second song was “still feel.” by Half Alive, featuring soloist Kennedy Smith. They finished their first set strong with “Good in Goodbye” by Madison Beer, featuring soloist Juliana Gonazalez. During their second set, Stockapella sang “You Broke Me First” by Tate McRae, featuring Olivia DiSpigna as soloist, and ended with “More Than a Woman” by the Bee Gees, sung by Jackie Kobilis.

“The time leading up to the concert takes a lot of preparation, but it definitely is so worth it,” said Juliana Gonzalez, president of Stockapella. “Nothing beats the feeling of getting to be on stage with your friends, singing and sharing your hard work with the audience. I’m so honored to lead this amazing group!” she reflected.

Stockata, a soprano alto group, performed the songs “If I Can’t Have You,” by Yvonne Elliman, featuring soloist Nicollette Mendes, and “Stay” by The Aces, with soloist Carly Schenck. Their first set concluded with “Paralyzer” by Finger Eleven sung by Emma Fengya. Stockata’s second set included Katy Perry’s “Waking Up in Vegas” featuring soloist Emily Magyar and “Dynasty” by Miia, with the solo sung by Gracie Buondonno.

Stocktones, another co-ed group, kicked off their first set with “Lovely” by Billie Eilish and Khalid, with RJ Clemens and Olivia Comesso singing the heart-wrenching duet. They continued with a mashup of “Wonderwall” by Oasis and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day, sung by Leah Kowalski and Ryan Dooley. The mashup featured a surprise ending with president Kim O’Beirne belting out part of “Dream On” by Aerosmith. Stocktones’ second set included Olivia Rodrigo’s “Traitor,” sung by Yamirah Williams, and “Teen Idle” by MARINA sung by Leah Kowalski. They finished with a rocking rendition of “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” by KISS, featuring soloist RJ Clemens.

The chorale entertained the crowd with holiday classic “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” as well as “Sky Full of Snow.” Concluding the show, all three groups joined each other on stage again for “Happy Endings” by MIKA, an arrangement which is not written down and has been orally passed down to each group for years. Stockton A Cappella alumni joined the groups on stage for the finale.