Posted: November 16, 2012

What two things do UCLA, USC, and The Claremont Colleges all have in common? (Aside from remarkable educational opportunities, of course.)

All three colleges are located in Southern California. And all three have a cappella groups.

Each fall the Claremont Shades takes advantage of this serendipitous fact and hosts SCAMFest, the Southern California A cappella Music Festival. This year’s competition took place November 9 in Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium and showcased the best of the region’s college vocalists, including some pretty jaw-dropping performances. It’s no surprise the event sells out every year.

SCAMFest featured all the Claremont favorites: The Claremont Shades, After School Specials, Kosher Chords, Men’s Blue & White, Midnight Echo, Mood Swing, Women’s Blue & White, and the 9th Street Hooligans. In addition, festival-goers were treated to stellar performances by UCLA’s Bruin Harmony and Scattertones and USC’s Reverse Osmosis and SoCal VoCals. Songs varied from contemporary hits such as “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen and “Starships” by Nikki Minaj to classics such as “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes.

Kristen Bair ’13 of Claremont’s Midnight Echo was excited to finally experience the music festival from the stage, not the audience. “SCAMFest has always been a highlight of my time in Claremont. Sometimes it’s hard in college to get a huge crowd together for an event, but we always have such an attentive and supportive audience at Bridges.”

From students across the five campuses to students across Southern California, a cappella clearly brings people together thanks to their mutual love of beautiful harmonies, beat-boxing, and cheesy choreography.

Watch the Claremont Shades!

Video of the SoCal VoCals, the 9th Street Hooligans, the Scattertones, and Bruin Harmony is also available here. Take a look!

Above: The Claremont Shades (photo by Andrew Hong)

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