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We Spoke with Casey Matsumoto, a third year Communications student and the President of Pitch, Please! a capella group at Northeastern. The club meets Mondays and Thursdays from 7-9pm in Ryder Hall. Casey told us a little bit more about the club and what they do.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your club.
A: Pitch, Please! is Northeastern’s newest (and fiercest!) all-female a cappella group, and is a place for talented female singers to express themselves in a competitive and high-caliber group that constantly challenges the standards of traditional collegiate a cappella. Since becoming a group in Fall 2012, we’ve placed in regional and national competitions, been featured in a documentary series, performed on The View in NYC, and are currently in the process of releasing our first album. Though Pitch, Please! is a competitive, audition-only group, at the end of the day, it’s about having fun and bonding through our mutual love of music. We take pride in being an all-female group and very much subscribe to the mindset of women supporting other women – we think music is a great way to express this!
Q: What does a typical meeting look like?
A: A typical meeting consists of announcements (either debriefing past events or discussing details for upcoming events) by the President and Business Manager followed by a music rehearsal run by the Music Director. We typically meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 7-9pm in Ryder Hall. Occasionally, we will add an extra rehearsal during the week or extend rehearsals until 10pm.
Q: What does your e-board look like? Why?
A: Our e-board consists of: President (handles all planning, press inquiries, administrative duties), Business Manager (handles all gig-related communication), Treasurer (handles all finances), Vice President (takes officer meeting minutes and attendance), and Music Director (handles everything music-related). The e-board is extremely collaborative and duties often overlap, so constant communication is necessary.
Q: What are some projects or events you have had in the past? Why were they memorable?
A: In the past we’ve hosted a cappella showcases in the Fenway Center and Blackman (our 2015 winter show will be in Blackman – assuming this is published in January, this will be a past event!). These shows are a great way to collaborate both with other a cappella groups at NU and groups from other universities! Some other past standouts are: placing 2nd in Boston Sings 2015 for our statement set on feminism, performing on The View this past April, collaborating with Big Sister Boston for their 2015 winter gala at the MFA, and competing annually in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA).
Q: Do you have any projects or Events that you are particularly excited about?
A: Our full length album, Aurum, was released in January of 2016 and is available on Spotify, Loudr, iTunes and Soundcloud! Not only will we be spend this semester promoting Aurum, but we will also be busy preparing to participate in a smaller festival in the 2017 spring semester! Aurum has been a loooong time in the making (think blood, sweat, and tears) and we’ve spent so poured so much into learning, rehearsing, and recording these songs – not to mention the $16,000 we had to raise in order to make the album itself! We’ve competed in ICCA every year we’ve been a group and it’s a great way to push ourselves to be that much better every year. This past spring, we released a new music video of Expensive (opb Tori Kelly) that can be found on our YouTube channel and Facebook page. In addition, we are currently working on releasing a single of Recovery (opb James Arthur) that should be out by this winter! We are very excited for this upcoming year and are looking forward to the performances and showcases we get to be a part of.
Q: How can students at Northeastern get involved?
A: We are looking for students who are talented, love performing, and want to be in a competitive music group, all while joining a family of lovely and strong women. They also must be comfortable rocking the 4-inch gold glitter stilettos we wear at every performance! Outside of the 4-6 hours of weekly rehearsal, members are expected to spend time on their own learning and practicing assigned music. Everyone learns music at a different pace so this extra time may differ from person to person. Also, we may have anywhere from 0-2 gigs on a weekly basis, either on campus or at outside venues.
Q: Is there a place where I can go for more information about your club?
A: The following places are great resources for information about what we do, how to get involved, and what’s coming up in the future for us:
Our website: http://www.nupitchplease.com/
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