Lafayette’s performing arts organizations channeled their inside “Pitch Excellent” this previous weekend with two annual music-filled occasions: MAFia’s lip-sync competitors and Night of A Cappella.
Final Friday, MAFia — which stands for “Music Appreciation Ground is superior” — held their annual lip-sync competitors, an occasion that invitations college students to point out off their comedic efficiency abilities.
MAFia is each a particular curiosity housing flooring and a music membership on campus. Each week, members of MAFia come collectively to take heed to a distinct album. Although that is the principle exercise that the group does year-round, the lip-sync competitors is their means of sharing musical appreciation with the Lafayette neighborhood.
President of MAFia Sebastiano Riverso ‘24 described the lip-sync competitors as MAFia’s “largest occasion of the autumn semester.”
Riverso feels that the lip-sync competitors is a optimistic means for all members of campus to let unfastened and never take themselves so critically, all whereas having enjoyable with their buddies and friends.
“It’s simply silly enjoyable. Come, make your pals come, persuade them to make fools of themselves, make a idiot of your self. Simply have essentially the most enjoyable you could,” Riverso stated.
Though the lip-sync competitors is an informal occasion that permits rivals to win prizes equivalent to reward playing cards from Lafayette favorites like Mojo Cafe and Financial institution Avenue Creamery, the competitors can also be a fundraiser for the J. Larry Stockton Scholarship, which funds music classes on campus.
Along with the lip-sync competitors, final weekend noticed Lafayette’s 4 a cappella teams come collectively for the yearly Night of A Cappella. The occasion, held on Saturday, showcased the expertise of Lafayette’s singers in addition to two a cappella teams from Muhlenburg Faculty.
Cadence, Lafayette’s all-female-identifying a cappella group, began off the evening on the Night of A Capella. (Picture by Jen-Feng Liu)
All of Lafayette’s a cappella teams — Soulfege, Mar-Keys, Cadence and Chorduroys — carried out quite a lot of songs on the occasion, every group showcasing their singing abilities with some choreography blended in.
Meredith Forman ’24, music director of Soulfege, appreciates that the occasion connects the a cappella teams with the remainder of campus, as it’s the largest occasion of the autumn semester for these teams.
“Should you’re not in arts, you don’t actually know what’s occurring [with a cappella], and so [the Evening of A Cappella] is a chance for the remainder of campus to actually see what’s occurring and to listen to us carry out and see what we’ve been engaged on,” Forman stated.
“[A capella] is a enjoyable expertise for all concerned — for individuals who do it and those that watch,” Matthew White ‘23, music director of the Mar-Keys, stated.
Based on Forman, this yr’s Night of A Cappella was a serious success, with each seat within the Williams Middle’s theater offered out.
“The balcony was full, the principle flooring was full, and also you don’t actually see that usually … It was so good to have the ability to go onstage [and see people] smiling and ready so that you can sing,” Forman stated.
Forman and White added that college students can look ahead to an a cappella vacation live performance on the finish of this semester.
White stated that occasions like Night of A Capella are vital to show the artistic passions of many members of campus.
“I feel it’s actually vital to have that for all of us to have the chance to showcase our artsier aspect and be capable to carry out in such a public and publicized method,” White stated.