A Capella groups prepare to compete


The Huskie Hunks will compete in the ICCA Quarterfinals with hopes of making it to semifinals hosted in downtown Chicago.

By Hayden Perkins

DeKALB | The sound of music will be heard throughout the halls of DeKalb High School as the Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella begins.

Among the competitors are two groups from Northern Illinois: the Huskie Hunks and the Harmelodics. The top two groups of the Great Lakes Quarterfinals will move forward into the semifinals, held March 5 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.

“We are extremely excited to be performing at our fourth ever ICCA quarterfinal,” said Dustin King, president of the Huskie Hunks.

The group has nearly doubled in size and is excited to be performing with so many voices behind them. King said the Hunks built their set on the idea of a dream girl.

The Harmelodics, NIU’s all female group, will also be competing this year. The Harmelodics said they have taken a new look at a capella this year.

“[Our set] doesn’t take the typical a cappella route. These are songs we all truly enjoy singing, and we picked them knowing we would. It comes from our hearts and includes songs you may not have heard in this style before,” said Eileen Lennon, junior leadership and management major.

Lauren Cliffe, senior political science major, said she looks forward to the show and is anticipating the music that the groups will put out.

“We have such an amazing pool of talent in the area that I’m sure it’s going to be a phenomenal show,” Cliffe said. “All the years that I competed with Northern Sound, I was blown away by all of the different groups.”