Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

Communication freshman Yara Nasr auditioned for the Northwestern Undertones on a whim. However by callbacks, she ranked the group first on her choice listing. 

“I resonated with the Undertones so much throughout our callback as individuals, as mates … not at the same time as an a cappella group,” Nasr stated.

As an out-of-state pupil, Nasr nervous she’d battle to seek out mates. Although she is without doubt one of the latest members of the Undertones, affectionately often called a “child,” Nasr stated the tight-knit group eased her transition into NU. 

The Undertones fashioned in 2001 and is one in all three aggressive a cappella teams on campus, historically performing pop and rock songs whereas carrying black and blue. 

Weinberg junior Maria Luiso, who runs the group’s public relations, stated she additionally stumbled right into a cappella regardless of preliminary reservations that performing would negatively affect her teachers. 

However Luiso stated a cappella has truly had the other impact.

“I really feel a lot extra fulfilled right here on campus,” she stated. “I may be higher academically as a result of I’ve this outlet to precise myself in one other manner.”

The Undertones received its Worldwide Championship of Collegiate A Cappella quarterfinal inside the Nice Lakes area in February, the place it acquired three Particular Awards on the quarterfinal: Excellent Soloist, Excellent Association and Excellent Choreography. 

Three covers made up its ICCA set listing: “It’s Gonna Be Me” by *NSYNC, “Fallingwater” by Maggie Rogers and “Lips Are Movin” by Meghan Trainor.

Communication senior Sean Zuckerman, the Undertones’ former president and present treasurer, stated “It’s Gonna Be Me” is one in all his favorites within the group’s repertoire. 

The group is now engaged on “Motion” by Hozier and “Unhealthy Romance” by Girl Gaga, Zuckerman stated.

Bon Iver’s “Woods” is the group’s “custom track,” Zuckerman stated — the Undertones singers typically finish their concert events singing the track with their arms round one another. 

Although the group prides itself on efficiency and musicianship, Zuckerman and Luiso agree that what units The Undertones other than different a cappella teams is how members prioritize their friendships with each other. 

“A graduating senior stated this in regards to the Undertones, it’s my favourite quote ever, she stated, ‘The Undertones take their music actually severely, however we don’t take ourselves severely in any respect,’” Luiso stated. 

Rehearsals fill with laughter, even because the group works late into the evening, Luiso and Nasr stated. These late-night rehearsals typically descend into “madness,” Zuckerman stated, and that’s when Zuckerman stated his truest stomach laughs come out. 

As he will get nearer to commencement, Zuckerman stated a cappella is what involves thoughts when he displays on his time at NU.

“After I look again, what am I going to see in my mind? Or who am I going to consider?” Zuckerman stated. “And one billion p.c, it’ll all the time be the Undertones.”

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