by Jacob Carey
Chromachord, founded in the Fall of 2015, is Central Connecticut State University’s newest and only co-ed A Cappella group. The group was founded on the concept “equality for all”. They want to be a place for anyone to feel welcomed, despite race, gender or sexual orientation. The group strives for a group dynamic that could make anyone feel at home.
Within their brief period of performing, they have already proved to be an excellent group. Originally starting the group with eighteen people, they have drastically downsized to nine members. Even though this may seem like a bump in the road, the group was ready for the challenge. They were able to take the opportunity to work on becoming more vocally tight. That is why they perform like groups that have been around for a lot longer than them. This makes for a very promising future for the group, as each concert they give, they have grown exponentially.
As a co-ed group, they have the ability to sing in a much larger range than other groups. They can sing a larger variety of songs, as they have soloists in multiple ranges. This means they are not limited to picking songs with primarily male or female vocalists. This gives them opportunity to appeal to a much larger audience than other A Cappella groups.
They are looking forward to going to Boston Songs (BOSS) next year to learn more different aspects of A Cappella, in order to grow as a group. This workshop event will hopefully lead them to an even brighter future than already promised. They hope to keep as much of the work “in house” as possible. Primarily, this means getting arrangements for songs from members within the group. They also hope that this will eventually lead to competing in competitions, and eventually the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. Before they get that far, they want to try out smaller competitions first.
Unfortunately, Chromachord is losing a lot of members from their small group next year. They are looking to grow the group a bit and encourage anyone to audition. Their next concert is Saturday, Apr. 22 at 7:30 in Torp Theater in Davidson Hall. It promises to be a great show with incredible music. They will also be performing, as well as Fermata the Blue (another one of CCSU’s A Cappella groups), at the Beecher Condom Carnival Wednesday Apr. 19.
As of right now, the group has no official recordings on iTunes or Spotify. However, the members of Chromachord are all very interested in the possibility to recording an album or EP. They have no solid plans set for the future, but are eagerly looking into what it will take to get something recorded for their fans. They can be found on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to check them out on YouTube.