Belmont’s Pitchmen a capella group won first place at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) April 29. The ICCA is a bracket system competition that takes place annually beginning in January and concluding in April.
“Pitchmen has been my favorite thing about Belmont since I joined as a freshman,” said Sean Murphy, senior commercial voice major from Buffalo NY. “To see this group grow over the years and to have a chance to help lead us to a championship has been a dream come true. This group is full of the hardest workers I’ve ever met, and it’s truly amazing to see our hard work paying off. We’ve cemented ourselves as one of the best all-male identifying a capella groups in the history of the competition. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to my college career and my time in Pitchmen.”
In addition to winning the championship by an 80-point margin, the Pitchmen’s specialty awards included Outstanding Soloist to Elijah Morman, Jared Pruzan, Rob Montano and Chris Wiper and Outstanding Choreography to Sean Dean and Mason Bates for the entire set.
ICCA was founded in a college dorm room in 1996 and has since grown to include 450 groups competing in nine regions in the U.S. and Europe, with finals being held in New York City each year.