Vega Shines at A Cappella Competition

Members of Chaminade Julienne’s pop a cappella group Vega performed at the second annual Voices in Harmony Festival, taking home the award for best choreography by a group.

The two-day regional pop a cappella event, hosted at Lexington Catholic High School in Kentucky, featured two competitions as well as workshop sessions and clinics for high school and college musicians, plus two concerts for those in attendance.

“This was Vega’s first competition and they plan to compete more in the coming years,” said Joe Whatley, director of choirs. He added the group looks forward to stepping out onto the regional, national and world’s stage next year at the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA).

CJ's eight-member pop a cappella group, in only its second year in existence, received top honors among 13 other Ohio and Kentucky high schools in one of two group categories at the competition, held March 9-10. The festival was headlined by the national touring troupe The House of Jacks and solo performer Mister Tim.

“As anyone who has been around the CJ community knows, our students are top notch and they can succeed at anything they put their minds to,” Whatley said. “The students in Vega exemplify what it means to be a CJ student by their hard work, pursuit of excellence and desire to be great.”

Formed as a septet in the fall of 2010, Vega expanded this school year by adding four new vocalists. Returners include Mackenzie Aughe (alto), Cari Meixner (soprano), Carly Meixner (alto), and Trevor Meyers (bass). The newcomers are Jon Besecker (vocal percussionist), Maddie Brown (soprano), Caitlin Pearn (alto), and Andre Tomlinson (tenor). Daniel Jackson serves as the group’s substitute vocal percussionist.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the growing genre, the performing arts department added a new pop a cappella group, Age V, for the 2011-12 school year. According to Whatley, about 20 CJ students sing as part of the group, which took its name (pronounced 'age five') by spelling “Vega” backwards.

Together, Vega and Age V have performed on the CJ stage three times at school concerts 'An Afternoon of Art' (February 2012); 'Sounds of the Season' (December 2011); and 'Autumn Overtures' (October 2011). Whatley said members of Vega have also enjoyed the opportunity to perform at various CJ admissions events, the school's President’s Dinner, Kettering Fairmont's Pop A Cappella Festival and with Tiffin University’s Higher Ground, for whom Kayla Hayes ’11—an original member of Vega—now sings (watch the performance below).

Don’t miss your next chance to see both Eagle pop a cappella groups live on Thursday, May 3 at the Pops Concert starting at 6 p.m.