Richmond Rhythm 2020

Ramifications are proud to present the 10th year of Richmond Rhythm.  Every year Richmond Rhythm grows in quality and competitiveness.  Get to know the competing groups...

Extreme Measures

CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY

Since 2013, Extreme Measures has developed a unique, strong sound that continues to progress from year to year at Christopher Newport University. While competing and performing across the state, playing intramural sports and crying at movie nights, these sixteen diverse vocalists have also developed a familial bond that you can hear, see and feel.

Just4

COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY

Just4 is an all-gender a cappella group from William and Mary. It’s six members have taken time this semester to create music just for fun, just for you, and just for tonight. Small but mighty, they hope to share their love of music and performing with everyone here.

One Note Stand

UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON

The One Note Stand is a co-ed a Capella group at The University of Mary Washington! They are a competition group who participate in the ICCAs, Richmond Rhythm and other competitions through the academic year. They have placed in all these competitions and also made it onto Varsity Vocal’s Best of Collegiate A Capella 2020 album! So here is ONS: a group of reformed shower singers who teamed up to bring the world some coed a Cappella goodness!!

Notochords

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

The Notochords are one of VCU’s award-winning A Cappella ensembles that embodies Family, Harmony, and Originality. The group was founded on the MCV campus in 1992 and are now based out of the Monroe Park campus. The Notochords are a co-ed a cappella ensemble, which performs a wide range of A Capella music, sings at events around Richmond, and competes across the state! The Notochords also host an end-of-semester concert every Winter and Spring. 

Symfonics

UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON

Founded in 1991, Symfonics was the very first a cappella group established at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA! Their current members enjoy performing at on-campus events, competing with and meeting other a cappella groups in surrounding areas, and going to IHOP together for pancakes after Thursday night rehearsals! As it often seems to go with musical groups, they certainly feel that they are a family above all else, and they are beyond excited to be a part of Richmond Rhythm 2020!

Cleftomaniacs

COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY

The Cleftomaniacs are an all-gender a cappella group from the College of William & Mary who have been covering music across all genres since 1999.  When they’re not working hard in rehearsal they enjoy long walks on the beach, watching Ghost Stories, and dressing up as lamps at almost every possible opportunity.  Now, although they’ve chosen a slightly more orthodox attire scheme for tonight’s competition, the Cleftos could not be happier to be back performing at Richmond Rhythm for the third year in a row!   

Mixed Emotions

VIRGINIA TECH

Founded in 1996, Mixed Emotions is the premier co-ed a cappella group at Virginia Tech. A vibrant group of 17, the group prides itself on showcasing their sound through self-arranged music; ranging in all genres from modern pop to classics. They have enjoyed great success over the past few years, with two tracks from their 2017 album being featured on Voices Only 2017 and 2018, and one track from their 2019 EP being featured on BOCA. The group is excited to be back at Richmond Rhythm for the first time in a few years, and thanks Ramifications for hosting such a great event! 

Take Note

CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY

Take Note, founded in the spring of 2010 (making this their 10 year anniversary) at Christopher Newport University under inspiring leadership, has grown and continues to grow as a group with each passing year. At least once a year, Take Note holds auditions and gains the membership of talented young women from various musical backgrounds. Take Note prides itself on its fun-loving and open-minded approach to creating and performing music. Not only are the women of Take Note dynamic onstage together, but they are also fierce friends.

Judges

Erin R. Freeman

Erin Freeman serves in multiple capacities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and maintains a national presence through guest conducting engagements. Freeman holds a joint position as Director of the Richmond Symphony Chorus and Director of Choral Activities at Virginia Commonwealth University. Additionally, she is the Artistic Director of Wintergreen Music and Resident Conductor of the Richmond Ballet. Guest conducting engagements include the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, Savannah Symphony, Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and additional ensembles in New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, and Illinois. In the 2018-2019 season, Freeman made her debut at Symphony Hall in Boston with Berkshire Choral International, conducted multiple engagements with the Richmond Symphony and Richmond Ballet, and led an international ensemble of singers and the Orchestre Symphonique Bel’Arte at La Madeleine in Paris. Freeman holds degrees from Northwestern University, Boston University, and Peabody Conservatory.


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Andrew Dulce

Andrew Dulce, baritone, is a cantor, section leader, and member of the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Before beginning his time there, he was a section leader and soloist at Immanuel Episcopal Old Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia. As a VCU student, he studied voice with Cynthia Donnell. Andrew was the director of the award-winning, co-ed acapella group, the Ramifications, leading them to several in and out of state competitions, including the ICCAs.

 

In 2018, Andrew graduated with honors in biochemistry and immediately left for Florida to participate in the Disney College Program Internship. While there, he performed as a skipper on the World Famous Jungle Cruise and learned to appreciate a good pun. Upon his return to Virginia to pursue other career interests, Andrew resumed his position at the Cathedral in 2019, and currently studies voice with Dr. Brian Nedvin at Old Dominion University.

Leonard Harsley

Leonard Harsley is an alumni of the Ramifications, singing with the group from 2011-2014 as a tenor and occasional beatboxer. Leonard still resides here in the Richmond area and is now a part of the adult acappella group, Main Street Station. He’s excited to be a judge for Richmond Rhythm for the second year and hear all the amazing talent taking the stage tonight!

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