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First Day of class back at marquette
Within the past few days, students made their way back to campus to start a new year. Seniors celebrate their last first day of school, while freshmen become acquainted with what will become their home for the next four years. The Meladies hope everyone had an exciting first day and are looking forward to a great year ahead! Yesterday we had our first rehearsal of the year discussing the upcoming set list for the semester and prepping for O-fest coming up this Wednesday, August 31st from 4-7pm. O-fest is the large festival held here at Marquette allowing all the clubs, activities, groups, etc. to show students what they are all about! The Meladies cannot wait to be a part of O-fest once again, expressing our love for singing and sharing the stage with each other. We will have information about auditions for future baby Mels to join our group! Each new year is an excellent chance to see what Marquette has to offer for all students to help engage them in a passion and interest of theirs. Please be sure to come by The Meladies table during O-fest and hear what we have to offer and talk to some members about what they love about the group the most! We would love to answer any questions or curiosities and we will have time slots for people to sign up to audition! We hope to see you there on Wednesday, and we hope everyone had a fantastic day back in class!
OUR ICCA EXCITEMENT
Just over a week ago, The Meladies had the adventure of a lifetime at the ICCA (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella) Great Lakes Quarterfinal in Madison, Wisconsin. This was our first time auditioning and competing in the ICCA and we couldn't be more proud. After countless hours of rehearsing music and choreography, our hard work was finally brought to light and we left it all out there on the stage. We were happy to see some familiar faces like 7 Days and of course, Marquette's own Naturals, as well as meet some awesome new people and extremely talented musicians. Needless to say, it was the opportunity of a lifetime and we are so grateful for the experience. We had so much fun and would do it all over again in a heartbeat!
If you didn't get the chance to see us perform in Madison (or even if you did and you're just interested in hearing our point of view!) we'll give you a breakdown of how the day went! It started on Friday night with hair, nails, and henna (bonding time!) and then we all got some rest before the big day. Well, most of us... EP stayed up until 3 AM to perfect her hair and we don't know how she survived on such little sleep all week.
10:30 AM: The Mels all met up outside of the Alumni Memorial Union in the freezing cold with tea in hand and loaded into 4 cars.
11:00 AM: When we actually hit the road.
12:30-1:00 PM: Arrived (sporadically) to the Dower house in Middleton. BIG, HUGE, ENORMOUS SHOUTOUT AND THANK YOU TO THE DOWER FAMILY, who let us crash at their house and fed us snacks and breakfast. WE LOVE YOU!
1:30 PM: Went to the Nitty Gritty for some Mels bonding and lunch before the big day! Since it's the "birthday bar" and Krystal's birthday wasn't too long ago (AND HER FAMILY FLEW IN FROM PUERTO RICO AND SURPRISED HER) we had a little birthday celebration as well.
3:00 PM: Then we went to Mills Hall, which is a very confusing building, and met our amazing and wonderful host, Michael Kor AKA Shredder AKA the coolest. Huge shoutout to him and to Fundamentally Sound for being the best hosts! They truly made us feel welcome and made the experience so much fun! When we arrived, Shredder took us to our awesome, decorated dressing room and then gave us a tour of the venue. He's the best, honestly.
4:00 PM: We had a large group meeting with Emily Flanders, the producer, who got us all so pumped for the show! Then we drew numbers to determine which order the groups performed in. Our president, Kara, went up to the front of the room and drew number 2!
5:00 PM (ish? Time is blurry from here on out): We went back to our dressing room and got ready for the soundcheck, then lined up backstage while we waited for the Hawkapellas to finish their soundcheck. Ran through part of the set for a 10 minute soundcheck and then went back to our dressing room.
6:00 PM (?): Got dressed and ready for the show, did our hair and makeup, danced around in the dressing room, ran through our set a couple of times, had a little pep talk.
8:00 PM ish: Lined up backstage to get ready to perform!
8:20 PM: SANG OUR HEARTS OUT. Our set list included a mash up of Can't Feel My Face (The Wknd) and Electric Feel (MGMT), then How to Love ('Lil Wayne), Nirvana (Sam Smith), and closed with Sorry (Justin Bieber). It was an absolute blast! The best part was feeling the rush of energy at the end of the performance when the crowd was cheering for us. A moment we will never forget! Check out our performance on YouTube!
8:35 PM: Ran off stage and basically jumped up and down silent screaming and celebrating how awesome we felt. Did a group hug and a cinnamon roll hug and took a photo together (somehow Sav missed the photo which is very sad... We may Photoshop her into it because she's a goddess and needs to be recognized).
8:40 PM: Got food and/or hung out in the dressing room because unfortunately we couldn't watch the other groups since the concert was sold out! But we got to see our friends and families at intermission. Special thank you to the Mraz family who brought us the cutest Meladies water bottles and the Butler family who brought us yummy Mels/Valentine's Day cookies! So much love :)
Who knows what time it is anymore: At the end of the night, just before the last group, No Comment, sang, all of the groups lined up and went up to the balcony to watch and get ready to go on stage for the award announcements. No Comment was amazing and it was so fun to watch! Then the judges deliberated while we were all entertained by Fundamentally Sound (again, best hosts ever). AND THEN...
10:45 or something: All of the groups went down on the stage together! It was just like Pitch Perfect and the moment was so surreal. We stood next to our friends, The Naturals, and all held on to each other in anticipation. They announced the individual awards and our friends Shreya and Tipper from 7 Days won best solo and vocal percussion, which is awesome! Pitches and Notes from UW-Madison wont best choreography and No Comment won best arrangement. Then they announced the winners... Pitches and Notes won 3rd place, and going to semifinals are 2nd place: Purple Haze from Northwestern University, and 1st place: No Comment from the University of Illinois. It was amazing and exciting and we were so happy for them! Especially after seeing No Comment's performance, it was well-deserved! Then they sang one last song while we cheered them on and danced on stage (which, admittedly, felt a little awkward but it was still fun).
11:00 PM: The show ended and we all went to the lobby to meet up with our friends and family who came to cheer us on.
It was truly an experience of a lifetime and a day that we will never forget. We feel so incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to compete in the ICCA for the first time and we can't wait for what the future will bring. Although we didn't win any awards, the experience itself was immensely rewarding. The seniors and remaining founding members were so happy that we accomplished a goal that was set when we became a group less than 4 years ago. We put our heart and soul into this music and are so proud of how far we've come from such humble beginnings. After hours of practice, sweat, tears, late nights, and falling behind on schoolwork, we are proud to say that we did our best and had so much fun doing it with people that we love! Now, we're on to recording our first ever EP--what an exciting year!
Hope to see you again next year, ICCA!
New Year, New Adventures
It's day one of spring semester and the Meladies have already kicked in into gear to prepare for the exciting and busy months ahead! Campus was still pretty quiet when we had our first rehearsal on Sunday night. If you haven't heard the news, we auditioned for the ICCA for the first time this year and WE MADE IT! Since the competition is coming up soon, we have already started practicing. We will be participating in the Great Lakes Quarterfinal at the UW-Madison Mills Concert Hall on February 13. For anyone who is a fan of the movie Pitch Perfect or the TV show Sing It On, this will basically be our lives for the next month or so (kind of). If you're interested in cheering us on, along with Marquette's all-male group, The Naturals, buy your tickets here! We would LOVE the support! The next few weeks will be crazy busy as we prepare our 12-minute set with choreography and we can't wait to share it with everyone!
In addition to competing in the ICCA tournament for the first time, we have a bunch of exciting events to look forward to this semester! One really exciting event coming up on March 1 is the St. Ann's Center Stage Talent Show at Turner Hall Ballroom. This is the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care's annual fundraiser featuring some amazingly talented people from the Milwaukee area. Be sure to RSVP to their Facebook event and purchase your tickets early! St. Ann Center is a great organization and we are excited to help support their mission. Be sure to throw them a like on Facebook and learn about their "community-based health and educational services for children, adults, the elderly and those with disabilities." First place for the Center Stage Talent Show wins $1,000 and the audience favorite wins $500! We are hoping to get a nice, loud crowd to help boost our chances for that audience favorite, so if you're free on March 1 and want to see us compete with some talented people, we encourage you to check it out!
Also, SAVE THE DATE for our spring concert on the evening of May 7th! We will be saying goodbye to our remaining founding members with a night filled with fun a cappella music! We'll keep you up to date with more Mels news via Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter!
Falling into Fall!
Today marks the first day of fall so you know what that means: pretty colored leaves, sweaters and boots and, of course, all things pumpkin spice! Not only that, but fall also means that The Meladies are back in action! This year we said goodbye to 5 amazing alumni and the first wave of founding members.
Our first rehearsal in Marquette Hall felt a little bit empty without founding members Kristen Powers and Mercedes Meza as well as 3 beautiful, talented ladies that we were so lucky to have joined our sisterhood, Natalie Graceffa, Amanda Graff and Maeve McSweeney. Words cannot express how much we miss these women! So we're going to do a WHERE ARE THEY NOW CELEBRITY STYLE!! (Sorry in advance for creeping on Facebook, friends....)
Kristen went on a spontaneous service trip to Bolivia before she started grad school at Syracuse. Now she's enjoying her fabulous life in New York. Judging by her Facebook timeline, she spends lots of time singing and stalking the Mels on Facebook (which we are 100% OK with because we miss her!) and she recently went to a Nick Jonas concert because JoBros for life. Mercedes traveled to France and Spain after graduating and is now a registered nurse at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, proving that her hard work as a nursing major at Marquette has paid off! Although the hours are crazy sometimes, she stays motivated and passionate as she always has and is luckily located nearby so we can crash her cool apartment on occasion. Natty G is living on the east side of Milwaukee and currently in grad school at UW-Milwaukee. We love that she's close enough to keep in touch and go to Colectivo with us. And we also like to obsess over her relationship with Nick Clerkin, one of the Naturals and a brother to our very own Natalie Clerkin. How cute is that? She's one of those aca-girls, he's one of those aca-guys.... It's Pitch Perfect. "Grandma Graff," our history buff, is now in grad school at the University of Chicago (SERIOUSLY THOUGH WHY ARE ALL OF OUR ALUMNI SO SMART AND TALENTED?!) and wondering who put the cookies in her cookie jar. We don't know but we'll have some too if Amanda baked them! This week is orientation for her and classes start soon! Maeve just spent most of her summer being an Irish princess... But really, though. She was crowned the Chicago Irish Rose of Tralee and got to go to Ireland to participate in an amazing experience and meet cute Irish boys. Must be nice. Also, she mentioned the Meladies on Irish national television so we might be partially famous on the other side of the world so that's pretty neat.
As sad as it was to say goodbye to these wonderful friends/aca-sisters of ours, we know that all of them will be doing amazing things with their lives and we are so excited for their futures. We keep in touch as much as we can (which is pretty often because we miss them! And Rachel Markwiese and Sarah Farley and all other Mels who have had to leave!!!) But they all have exciting opportunities ahead and, hey, so do we! The Meladies welcomed four new members this semester! We are so excited for everyone to hear Emily Rojewski, Ellie Marston, Irina Olson and Lexi Johnson! We think you're going to love them as much as we do ;) If you haven't seen the beautiful welcome video that Natasha Mraz made, check it out!
Looking ahead to this semester, we have some really exciting opportunities. Next weekend, October 3rd (National Mean Girls the Movie Day) we have an amazing event called Acatoberfest. Punny, right?! The Meladies, Gold 'n Blues and Naturals will all be singing in one place AND we have groups from other schools joining us too, including State of Fifths from Michigan State and Fundamentally Sound from UW-Madison! SO COOL. If you want more info, check out the Facebook event here.
We're looking forward to another fun-filled semester with lots of music and cheer. If you want to stay updated with information about upcoming performances, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. And feel free to use our YouTube as background/study music. We don't mind!
Talk to you soon!
Happy Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for. It has been such a fun semester and our fall concert, 1 Mel of a Party, was a huge success. It's so nice to see all of our hard work come together and have so many amazing people there to share it with. Many, many thanks to all of our friends, family, and supporters for making our concert everything that we could have hoped for and more! Also, thanks to MUSG for providing funds for the concert, the AMU staff and tech for making everything possible, and the Naturals and Gold 'n Blues for sharing their talents and making the event so much fun. (Stay tuned for videos and photos from our concert throughout the next couple of weeks!) We would also like to thank all of the organizations, families, and businesses that have invited us to sing for them this semester. We love to share our music with others because it's the reward for all of our hard work in rehearsals. Not only are we thankful for all of the love and support that we received this year, but also in the past 2 years as an official student organization at Marquette. We were established on December 8, 2012, and we have come such a long way since our beginning. We can't thank our friends and family enough for coming to all of our shows and giving us the encouragement to become the group that we are today. To this day, it is still shocking for some of us to hear that people know who we are without having to subtitle "The Meladies" with "Marquette's new all-female a cappella group on campus." It feels like just yesterday we were only an idea and it has been so much fun to learn and grow as a group. Above all, we are thankful for each other. This group of girls has become a close group of friends that treat each other like family and support each other in everything that we do. Each of us considers ourselves blessed to have such a wonderful support system filled with beautiful and powerful women from the inside out. The Meladies have defined our Marquette experience and we all know that we will have a lifelong bond with all of the ladies in the group. Once a Mel, Always a Mel!
Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless!
Ready to Party!
We are so excited to announce our fall concert, "1 Mel of a Party!" We've been working hard all semester to prepare for our concert and we can't wait to share all of our music with you! You're invited to the "party" on November 15th, 2014 at 8:00 PM in the Varsity Theatre. You'll hear tunes from Meghan Trainor, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson and many more! Check out our Facebook page to RSVP to the event and stay up to date with our throwback photos of Meladies members! We can't wait to see you there!
Some other updates for the month: We posted some new photos in the gallery from our photoshoot! Be sure to check them out; we have a different look this year! In October we had an amazing opportunity to sing at a wedding for the very first time! We had a blast at the Chicago Cultural Center and debuted some of our new songs. Our alum, Rachel Markwiese joined us for our performance and it was great to see her and sing with her again! Congratulations to the bride and groom, Megan and Brent! And thank you so much to the Middleton family for hosting us at their home again! Last week we had a great time performing at the beautiful Susan Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts for the University Advancement Alumni, Parents, and Friends Fundraiser. What a wonderful opportunity and beautiful venue! We were so happy to be there! This Halloween weekend, we enjoyed some Mels bonding time and we were invited to sing at the Naturals' fall concert, "Pumpkin Spice!" You boys did great! Thank you so much for having us. We were pleasantly surprised to see our alum, Sarah Farley, at the concert! Next weekend we'll be singing at the Gold 'n Blues concert, "I'd Rather Be with GNB," and then it's lockdown time to prepare for "1 Mel of a Party!" on the 15th! Also, stay tuned for info about the upcoming combined Christmas concert with all 3 groups!
Ain't It Fun?
Wow, where did September go? It flew by faster than we could imagine! Time flies when you're having fun and it's been a very fun first couple of months for The Meladies this year. We have been working really hard at rehearsals to learn all of our new music and have already had some awesome events this semester! In September, we were honored to sing at the MU Admissions Counselor Conference. We also had our photo shoot in mid September (STAY TUNED FOR PHOTOS TO COME!) and we recorded some music for an upcoming project. Our lovely alto, Natasha Mraz, finished a very successful performance as Mrs. Webb in Marquette Theatre's Our Town.
We put in lots of hours of rehearsal to prepare for the debut of our new songs, All About That Bass and Everything, for the big concert on October 4th. In case you missed it, Acatoberfest was the very first Marquette a cappella invitational concert, a brand new Family Weekend event! It was everything we could have hoped for and more! We had seven awesome groups from all around the midwest come together to sing and share our love for a cappella! The Meladies, Naturals, and Gold 'n Blues welcomed State of Fifths from Michigan State University, DMaC from DePaul University, 7Days from the University of Minnesota, and The Treble Makers from the University of Miami. All of the groups were so talented and the event was very successful! We are so grateful that we had the opportunity to share the experience with our friends and family! Also, we were thrilled to find out that the show was SOLD OUT in the Varsity Theatre! How awesome is that?! It was an experience of a lifetime and we were overwhelmed with all of the love and support that we received from everyone! A big shout-out goes to Nick Clerkin of The Naturals who played a big role in making this event as great as it could be. Hopefully this becomes an annual Marquette tradition!
This past weekend we had the opportunity to sing for MU Players Society (MUPS) at their Homecoming event. The theme was Harry Potter and we had a blast! The lucky MUPS members were the first to hear our cover of MKTO's Classic. Now it's back to rehearsal time as we prepare for our upcoming events and concerts! We've started some new music that we can't wait to share with you! Stay tuned for updates on concert dates!
Fall 2014 is off to a great start!
We're so excited for what this semester has in store for our group! Fall auditions were September 5-7 and we got to see a ton of very talented women! Although we had to say goodbye to some beloved Meladies, we are so excited and lucky to welcome four new members into the group this fall: Kara Sandquist (sophomore), Katie Tuchel (sophomore), Krystal Morales (sophomore), and Maeve McSweeney (senior)! We surprised them in their homes, at The Brew, or via phone by singing Pharrell Williams's "Happy" and covering them with kisses (Hershey's, that is)! We can't wait to start singing with these beautiful ladies!
We have some exciting events planned for this semester, including Acatoberfest on October 4 of family weekend. All three Marquette a cappella groups, as well as some awesome guest groups from other universities, will be performing in a concert unlike any other Marquette has hosted before! It's a show you don't want to miss! Adult tickets are $5 and admission is free for children or students with an MU ID. Purchase/reserve tickets HERE!
Our girl, Megan Hahn, is studying abroad in South Africa this semester! Shout out to her! We miss her so much but we know she's having the time of her life and we're living vicariously through her photos on Facebook.
We have some more fun things in store, so stay tuned for more info on our upcoming events this semester! We can't wait to learn and grow as a group and to share our love of music with you! Hope to see you at one of our shows soon!
A reflection on 2013-2014
Last year was a whirlwind for our group. It was the first full year as a group on campus. We brought four new girls into the group (shoutout to Rachel, Tyler, Regine and Maura!) They are incredibly talented and we were so happy to welcome them in with open arms. We attended A Cappella Fest in Chicago where we attended seminars and were chosen to perform a flash mob of our mash-up of Kaleidoscope Heart and Brave by Sara Bareilles.
We held our fall concert Signed, Sealed, Delivered in the Varsity Theater where we were able to show what all of our hard work went toward. We loved having our fellow Marquette groups open for us (yay Gold 'n Blues and Naturals!!).
We performed at events across campus and also performed at company holiday parties!
In spring semester, we continued to make progress! This included getting our first video on YouTube to get over 5,000 views!
This year we arranged a majority of our pieces ourselves and enjoy broadening our horizons in the realm of arranging.
Lastly, we hosted our spring concert, Come Together! This concert featured covers of songs by many artists including The Beatles, Katy Perry, Young The Giant, Cash Cash, Fleetwood Mac, and Pentatonix. We were stoked about our performance and over the moon about the ending where our very own senior, Sarah Farley, got engaged. Yes, ENGAGED. Congratulations to Sarah and Billy! We wish you the best. But this concert was bittersweet; we had to wish our first two graduates of Marquette good luck and send them off to do great things. Congratulations, Rachel and Sarah!
We are so proud of how far we came in our first full year on campus and can't wait to see what the next year holds!
See you this fall, Marquette!