National Collegiate Performing Arts (NCPA)™
Upstaged Entertainment Group
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2021
Victoria Chertok, Victoria.Chertok@upstagedu.com
BROADWAY ON DEMAND AND HAMILTON STAR ANNOUNCE FINALISTS IN “PITCH PERFECT MEETS MARCH MADNESS”* BIGGEST COLLEGE A CAPPELLA CHAMPIONSHIP IN HISTORY
From 5,000 Nationwide Groups in National Collegiate Performing Arts (NCPA)™ A Cappella Championship, Four “Closing Quartet” Semi-Finalists Remain in 64 Team Bracket for $10,000+ and Social Justice Charities
Harvard vs. Penn
BYU vs. Vanderbilt
Results Jan. 12 at Broadway On Demand
NEW YORK, NY — In a brave new virtual world, 64 of the nation’s most decorated college A Cappella groups were selected from 5,000+ to compete in the unprecedented “UpStagedAID: One World, Every Student Voice™” NCPA A Cappella Championships for $10,000+ in cash prizes for teams and their chosen Social Justice Charity. NPR’s Peabody Award-winning Morning Edition announced the “Closing Quartet” semi-finalists: BYU Vocal Point, Harvard Opportunes, Penn Masala, and Vanderbilt Melodores.
Broadway On Demand, the industry-leading livestream platform in performing arts, will showcase the announcement with Ringling Bros.’ Last Ringmaster, Johnathan Lee Iverson, hosting and Hamilton’s Jared Dixon (Aaron Burr) congratulating the finalists.
1st CLOSING QUARTET MATCH
HARVARD OPPORTUNES (NAACP LD & EF) – NCPA New England Champion held off NCPA Northeast Champion & South Asian Champion Rutgers RAAG after defeating Ivy rival Doox of Yale and top-ranked Boston’s Berklee Pitch Slapped.
PENN MASALA (Black Men Heal) – NCPA Mid-Atlantic Champion beat Big 10 powerhouse U Illinois No Comment after remarkable last minute come-from-behind victories over NBC’s The Sing-Off competitors Howard Afro Blue and Ivy rival Princeton Footnotes.
2nd CLOSING QUARTET MATCH
BYU Vocal Point (NAACP) – NCPA Southwest Champion dominated the legendary award-winning NCPA West Champion UCLA Scattertones after defeating intrastate Cinderella rival & regional top seed Utah Valley Voiceline and Arizona State Amplified.
Vanderbilt Melodores (Tennessee Education Association) – In SEC vs. ACC, NCPA South Champion withstood NCPA Southeast Champion FSU’s All Night Yahtzee after close wins over intrastate rival Belmont Prismatics and Duke Out of the Blue.
Teams are competing for the NCPA A Cappella Championship, NCPA A Cappella All-American status, and $10,000 for teams and Social Justice Charities. Nearly 150K votes were cast in head-to-head matches to reach the Quartet.
The 2020 A Cappella Champion will be determined by a 3-judge panel including Christopher Diaz (award-winning Producer), Karen Lee Grybowski (renowned Talent/Model Agent), and Annette Philip (Berklee Music Professor).
Broadway On Demand is the industry-leading livestream platform housing performance and theatre education programming, & the preferred choice of top Broadway artists, producers, educators, and professionals. Broadway On Demand has streamed over 2500 events and live productions – from Broadway shows to concert series, performance venues to individual artists and original content. Broadway On Demand’s proprietary ShowShare™ licensing interface enables professional, community, college, and high school theatre productions to stream globally.
UpStaged Entertainment Group is a NYC-based diversified performing arts platform empowering the world’s student performers to compete for live/digital national championships, like student athletes, across 20+ genres (e.g. step, comedy, DJ) in premier venues and on virtual platforms (Lincoln Center to Zoom). Operating under the NCPA™ and National High School Performing Arts (NHSPA)™ brands to bring successful sports models to performing arts, UpStaged creates the structure to bring cohesiveness to historically siloed performing arts communities.
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