Sewanee A capella charms Family Weekend visitors

Photos by Matt Hembree (C’20)

By Abby Garmon

Staff Writer

People always have fun on Family Weekend, but students experience trouble finding things to do once they have eaten at their favorite restaurants and given a tour of their dorm rooms. The a cappella concert provided the perfect solution to the problem. Sewanee’s three amazingly talent A cappella groups Cadence, Key of D, and Cambiata gave their first show of the year on Saturday, October 8.

The concert began at 11:30 a.m. in Guerry Garth, as students and their families chatted and enjoyed the crisp fall air. The first act of the performance featured the all-girl group, Cadence, which sang “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli.

Next, the all-male group, Key of D, sang “Beautiful Soul” by Jesse McCartney, in which Keenan Lo (C’19) had a solo. The guys never skipped a beat, even when the chapel bells interrupted them. They also performed a lively rendition of “The Sounds of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel. Finally, the co-ed group, Cambiata, began with “Roses” by The Chainsmokers with a solo by Kailey Bissell (C’18). They ended the show with “Run to You” by Pentatonix.

Both students and parents had a great time at the show, enjoying the cool weather and the wonderful songs. Suzanne Herrin (C’19), who attended the event, commented,  “All of the groups sounded so great, despite the interruption of the chapel chimes! I can tell they have been working hard and also have fun together.” Overall, the performance was a huge success, with praise from students and families alike.

For anyone with an interest in joining a capella, Key of D member Lo discussed the process for recruiting new members. He explained, “We have tryouts at the beginning of the year every year. You try out in front of all three groups and then decide which group you would like to be a member of.”

He also discussed his passion for singing and the reason he decided to be in a capella in the first place. “I’ve loved singing my whole life, and it was really fun to be in a group of guys that share the same passion as me. I look forward to the chance to have fun while doing something that I love.”