Lark, the University of Colorado Denver’s all-women a cappella group, claimed first place at the prestigious Boston Sings (BOSS) Scholastic Competition on Friday, April 10. The group of nine undergraduate women beat out other collegiate teams from across the country, including Northeastern University, the University of Texas, and the Berklee College of Music.
Under the direction of Dr. Erin Hackel, a professor of vocal music in the Music and Entertainment Industry Studies program in the College of Arts and Media, the ladies of Lark came up with a big win at their first national level competition. In addition to first place, the group also won for the best rhythm section and were invited to perform in a professional showcase after the event.
“For an all-women’s group to win a competition that includes mixed groups and all male groups is really unusual,” said Hackel. “These women were determined to bring an artistic expression of feminism and femininity to the stage that was new. Pairing our vision with a rigorous rehearsal schedule and a lot of raw talent helped us take the win in Boston.”
BOSS, an a cappella festival held annually around the city of Boston, is considered to be one of the best a cappella competitions in the country. This year, only six collegiate teams were selected from all entries to compete at the festival. Lark was unanimously selected by a panel of international judges as the 2015 winner. MIX, CU Denver’s other competitive a cappella ensemble, won the BOSS competition in 2013.
“The a cappella vocal ensembles from CU Denver keep setting new standards for creativity, expression and style,” said Laurence Kaptain, dean of the College of Arts and Media. “While one focus of the College of Arts and Media is on advanced technology, our students are also able to perform and compete on an international stage.”