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How it Feels to Oversell by Seventy Tickets: The Hoos In Treble Spring Concert

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I will start off by bragging. It feels so good to not only sell out our concert, but to oversell our concert. While this may be due to some vaguely aggressive selling tactics, the means justified the ends, and I could not be more thrilled that so many people were able to hear something I was so proud to show off.

Most a cappella groups on grounds take new girls or guys every semester. But because we had such a big group (eighteen lovely ladies large) from the fall, we didn’t hold auditions this spring. This means that we have had a whole year to grow into this HIT. Although I love the joy and the renewing feeling of getting newnews, it was a gift to have this specific group of girls for so long without any interruptions or additions. We got into a comfortable rhythm. We got into a groove where all of our personalities somehow meshed. And so this concert felt like the culmination of all that mesh. I know that the spring concert is always a little bit more about the fourth years than everyone else, but I tried to view it as the last time that this version of us will be together. This is the last time HIT will look, well, like us. Seven will leave, and we’ll take more, and so it goes and goes. But that night was pretty special because it was this HIT.

So, take a look at what this HIT looked like the last time we were together. I’m especially proud to post it because since we were sold out, you might not have seen our concert. (I’m only just to harp on that for approximately eight more blog posts).

 

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And then to celebrate and remind ourselves that we should be more physically active individuals, we hiked. HIT attempted to get fit. It was rough (at least for me — I’m personally shocked at my pathetic level of cardio capacity), but when we made it to the top, we sang. And that, Dear Readers, may have felt better than overselling by seventy tickets. (Maybe only a little. Overselling didn’t make me sore the next day, after all).

-Rhody

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Hipsters and HITsters.

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Why hello, y’all. Rhody here.

So, the Hoos in Treble spring concert is tomorrow. It feels big and important – ready to be shown off and shared. And that’s a wonderful feeling. (Also a wonderful feeling: tomorrow is concert DAY, concluding the stressful and busy concert WEEK).

But I did want to talk a little bit about concert week and what it’s taught me about our group and about myself. Our theme is: “So you wanna be a HITster?”, meaning that we’ve basically been playing dress up all week in clothes that I would never be caught wearing on a regular basis. Seriously, my grandmother saw the above photo and became worried about me. 

Concert week thus became an exercise in seeing the group through a different lens. It forced me to think about what it means to become one with this “hipster persona” (although in the video I am appropriately featured as the girl that rolls her eyes at the HITsters) and I guess I realized that while I still have have no idea about what it means to be a hipster, I know a thing or two about being a HITster. Those are the people to whom I’ve entrusted my home. Those are the ones who make awful days feel down right do-able. And although hipsters are non-conformists, HITsters manage to conform their hearts to one another. 

Can’t wait to see you at our concert. 

Sleepily yours,

Rhody


“The night we met I knew I needed you so…” -The Ronnettes

Hello Fanatic Readers of the Hoos in Treble Blog,

This is Rhody here – current assistant music director and soon-to-be actual music director… which is terrifying. And I don’t mean terrifying in an “I had that dream where I forgot I had a test again!” sense. I mean terrifying in the “I had that dream where I found out I was music director and woke up sweaty and crying” sense. It’s bad, y’all. But I’m all about going forth in the face of terror to conquer it with responsibility, grace, and the occasional minor harmony.

But anyhoo, I digress. I wanted to write this post in honor of Valentine’s Day and talk about what love means to me. I know this is a lot late, but trust me when I say we’re still reminiscing over how much joy Singing Valentine’s brought. (And with the dawn on concert week, we all need a reminder of how much we love each other). Coming from the girl who has been fake proposed to six times and is without any significant prospects, some could easily put me under the bitter umbrella. But one must remember that it’s sunny in Charlottesville and there’s really no need for an umbrella at all. Getting to sing on Valentine’s Day every year to unsuspecting girlfriends, daughters, fiancés, and parents creates the least bitter feeling possible. It’s a beautiful and warm sentiment in my chest that makes me so aware of the love all around and how it’s worth celebrating in whatever form it comes.

That brings me to Hoos in Treble. I love this group of women. Those who know me well know that I don’t generally express the bubbly-pink side of myself often. My rose-colored glasses are leaning toward the burgundy side, and I don’t always like to share my cup of kindness. I show how I care through my time and the giving of medication to those who are ill. But rarely will you ever hear me use that word, which hopefully makes it all the more important here. It’s a serious word, and I’m using it seriously now.

I never knew that I could love something in the way that I love HIT. It’s like loving a child and a sister all at once: watching it breathe and grow and become more makes me feel proud-love, and feeling it change me and give me purpose makes me feel immensely grateful-love.

And in a way, that brings me back to where I started: Music Director. I’m so honored and excited to hold that position because of that love I feel. And that’s what makes it so terrifying, I think – not the responsibility or fear of messing up, but the love. Obviously I want to do well by my ladies and have them be happy with the decisions I make. But mostly, I just want to honor the love that holds our group together. Being in any position of leadership is delicate. But for me, it means recognizing a deep obligation to prolong and extend the love. It’s in our ability and charge to create music that brings us together each week. But it’s also in our passion and joy that we bring forth love. That’s all I really want to bring to the table: a diet coke, a keyboard, and a little more love than when we started out; love to sustain us, relieve us, and move us. Which in a way is just like Singing Valentines. We’re simply spreading love around – we have so much in our little group, after all.

With love,

Rhody


Nominated for 2 CARAs!

We are incredibly thrilled to announce that HIT’s latest CD, Chinese and Champagne, has been nominated for two Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA): “Best Female Collegiate Album” and “Best Female Collegiate Solo” for Melina Rapazzini’s rendition of “Settle Down!!!!”  Special thanks to James Gammon Productions! Want to buy the CD that’s generating buzz in the acacommunity?! It’s available for purchase under the CD store tab!

Complete list of nominees: http://www.casa.org/cara2013nImage


Pajama Jammin’ with The Virginia Gentlemen

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It’s all smiles when HIT mixes with the VGs!! Thy, Rachel, and Claire take a moment to cheese it up with Andy (AKA: Peeta Mellark). Where did you find those 10 gallon hats girls?? They weren’t part of the theme….#trebleyell

Now, the Superman pajamas…I approve Miss Minkles!

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EVERYBODY.DANCE.NOW.
It’s OK Mitt. I don’t understand kids today either.

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Gotta respect a girl who can rock a UVa Snuggie!! Yeah, I see you Hopie!


Mixer with some AVPlayas

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It’s a Thug’s Life.

If there’s one thing a HITta likes, it’s a themed event! We went all out for our country/hip-hop themed mixer with our friends, the Academical Village People (AVP)! Nahhhhh just kidding. We dress like this everyday.

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Gotta love Joss’s commitment with the temp tat! Willa’s ready to star on her own show on MTV

Highlight of the night: DANCING TO GANGNAM STYLE!!!

Check out AVP’s sick performance of the viral hit here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CdsKATS2zA


Lighting of the Lawn!

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Lighting of the Lawn has to be one of HIT’s all-time favorite gigs! This year was no exception as we bundled up in our wool scarves and Santa hats for the show! Performing on the steps of the Rotunda is always such an honor, and we were so glad to be a part of the festivities. We love spreading holiday cheer all year…we’re just spirHITed like that 😉

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Rhody, Claire, Rachel, and Melina can’t wait for the performances to begin!


HIT for The Holidays

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Before Winter Break, the ladies of Hoos in Treble rocked their tacky sweaters and festive bows to celebrate the holidays in styleeee! Secret Santa is fun and all, but our annual game of choice is Yankee Swap! Anybody else seen that episode of “The Office??” Fuzzy penguin socks were a big item this year! Socks trump stockings any day. Before tucking in for the night, we performed “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Blown Away” for our guests!

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When presented with the option to onesie or not to onesie, one should always onesie. Thy and Josceline live by this rule, as seen above!


NOW That’s What HIT Calls Music!

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Thank you to all who came out and supported us at our fall concert, and special thanks to AVP for guest grouping for us!!! I feel blessed every time I get to share the stage and make beautiful music with my fellow HITtas! This concert was another success as we channeled our inner ’90s divas, bringin’ it back to the days of NSync and Xtina! Missed any of the show? Fear not HIT fans, all of our concert videos are available under the “Media” tab! #whatever #asif #getthepicture #duhhhhhhh

Thanks again to Dave Dolak for filming!!! 😀

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Rhody (Rhodelle) sings “Call Your Girlfriend” while we doom-ba and harmonize behind her!

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“Just know you’re not alone cuz I’m gonna make this place your home.”
-the musical stylings of Katie and Kate-

Annnnnnd of course it wouldn’t be a HIT concert without shenanigans before the show and during intermission…

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How many HIT girls can you fit into one restroom?

 


Gigs on Gigs!

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HIT girls getting ready to sing on the corner! Pictured above (from left to right): Thy Nguyen, Natalie Warther, Hope Stadulis, Melina Rapazzini, and Rachel Mink

We loved singing for Kappa Delta’s Corner Crawl! We were thrilled to help out two of our HITtas in their sorority’s philanthropy event that raises money for Prevent Child Abuse America. You can learn more about their contribution here: http://virginia.kappadelta.org/index.php?page_name=prevent_child_abuse

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Musical Director and Assistant Musical Director snuggles. Those who sing together, stay together! 🙂

It was a real treat singing for one of our favorite events of the year, Pancakes for Parkinson’s! For more information on the UVa organization, check out their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pancakesatuva). We were especially thrilled to see three of our newnews perform a musical number from FYP’s production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”

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HIT poses after performing for Pancakes for Parkinson’s!

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The pink ladies pose before their big FYP performance! They were fabulous, and we loved seeing their show!!