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02-28-2013

Clarkson University A Cappella Singing Group Competes In Boston

A Clarkson University a cappella singing group performed in a regional competition just months after forming on campus.

Front row (left to right): Sarah Maryhugh, Allison Reid and Aaliyah Gibbons. Back row: Ryan Ericson, Kenneth Mark, Dan LaCombe, Joseph Camilo, Aisha Wood. Missing: Sarah Miele and Michael Lee.The Ultravioletones traveled to Boston in January to compete in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella regional quarterfinals. It was a quick turnaround for the 10-member Ultravioletones, which had formed in the previous semester.

The singers submitted an audition video on November 1 and found out in mid-November that they were headed to Boston.

“When we submitted it, we really weren’t sure,” said Daniel LaCombe ’13, a mechanical engineering major from DeWitt, N.Y. “When we found out we were all really excited and really happy.”

Lacombe had wanted to enter such a competition since he was a freshman and decided to make his dream a reality in his final year at Clarkson. A few other Ultravioletones members had been inspired by the 2012 movie “Pitch Perfect,” which involved a college a cappella group’s quest to win a singing competition, LaCombe said.

The group only had two weeks to rehearse when they returned to campus for the spring semester before traveling to the competition. 

“It was pretty crazy. We had to accelerate everything,” LaCombe said. “It was rehearsal every night for a couple of weeks.”

The Ultravioletones performed "Below My Feet" by Mumford and Sons, "Figure 8" by Ellie Goulding, and "Wannabe/I Want You Back" by Spice Girls/NSYNC in Boston. While the group did not advance, LaCombe said the experience will hopefully pave the way for future competitions.

“It was definitely a cool experience being the first group from Clarkson to go to the competition,” LaCombe said. 

The other Ultravioletones members are Ryan Ericson’13, an electrical engineering major from Lansboro, Mass.; Kenneth Mark ’14, a mechanical engineering major from Dansville, N.Y.; Joseph Camilo ’13, an electrical engineering major from Honeoye Falls, N.Y.; Sarah Maryhugh ’15, a biology major from Watertown N.Y.; Aisha Wood ’13, a biology major from Argyle, N.Y.; Allison Reid ’14, an engineering and management major from Millbrook, N.Y.; Aaliyah Gibbons ’16, a  social sciences major from Lawrenceville, N.J.; Sarah Miele ‘16, a civil engineering major from Queensbury, N.Y.; and Michael Lee ‘16, an aeronautical and mechanical engineering major from Oneonta, N.Y.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: The Clarkson University a cappella singing group the Ultravioletones recently performed in a regional competition. Front row (left to right): Sarah Maryhugh, Allison Reid and Aaliyah Gibbons. Back row: Ryan Ericson, Kenneth Mark, Dan LaCombe, Joseph Camilo, Aisha Wood. Missing: Sarah Miele and Michael Lee.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/ultravioletones.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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