Newbies & New Beginnings!

The start of Signature’s 5th year has begun! And, the best year yet!

Signature at the Shore Hotel singing for Hulu!

First off, we are so excited to announce our new members for the 2011-2012 year:

Katie Behzadi (Alto 1)
Katie Booth (Soprano 2)
Shani Taylor-Keeling (Alto 2)
Tasha Wenger (Soprano 2)

Our newbies are absolutely amazing and we love them!!!

To kick off the year, we have had two amazing events so far:

First, we had so much fun performing at the Yorba Linda Public Library. We met some new fans and got to chat with some of you that we already know! Performing for such an amazing audience was a great start to the year and Signature cannot wait until we return to Yorba Linda in January!

Our second performance was at Hulu’s Company Event Party at the newly opened (and swanky) Shore Hotel in Santa Monica! We were absolutely honored to perform for the event and we were so pleased to hear that our music was the first a cappella music that most of them have ever heard, let alone danced to!!! It was also the first event in which our new girls got to perform! The night was a blast and Signature even got to participate in the fun activities at the event after our set including the photo booth (which we definitely enjoyed)!

We are full steam ahead and looking forward to a great year!

For more details on upcoming performances check out our Events page.

If you are looking to book Signature a Cappella for an event, please email signatureacappella@ucla.edu!

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Take Flight… on Voices Only 2011 & RARB!

Hello Signature fans!

 

 

 

Signature is excited to announce that our track “Party in the USA” has been selected to be showcased on the newly-released Voices Only 2011 compilation! This album features the very best recorded music of collegiate a cappella and we’re honored that one of our favorite tracks from “Take Flight” is featured alongside tracks from such experienced and talented collegiate groups. A special shout-out to our fellow UCLA a cappella groups, Scattertones & Bruin Harmony, who are also featured on the album — go Bruins! You can purchase our track — or the entire compilation! — through the iTunes online store. For more information about the album as well as a full track listing and sound clips, check at the Voices Only website by clicking HERE.

 

Some of the Siggies enjoying a BBQ at the Summer Reunion!

 

In further news, “Take Flight” was also recently reviewed by RARB (Recorded A Cappella Review Board), receiving helpful advice as well as raving reviews from the a cappella judges. It is so rewarding for the hours and hard work we put into creating our first album to be recognized and enjoyed by others, and our positive experience with “Take Flight” has inspired Signature to make recording a tradition for our group. We have already been hard at work tracking new songs for our future album, expected release in 2013. Here are some of our favorite quotes — thank you so much to the RARB judges for their positive feedback!:

“The track that really sold me on the potential for Signature A Cappella’s recording adventures was Heart of the Matter What kick, what drive, what emotion! The soloist is so heartfelt that you feel like raising up an “Amen, sister!” at the song’s conclusion. Even Party in the U.S.A. was a good listen, proving that a group doesn’t have to slap all the lighthearted fun out of its lineup to be successful.”

–Kimmie Raschka Sailor

“The group demonstrates comfort and ability in many styles, which is impressive.”
–Robert Dietz
“There is quite a bit of arranging talent in this group.” —Michael Marcus
“Starting a new a cappella group on a campus with an established scene is not easy, and actually putting out an album with said group can be nearly impossible. I must therefore tip my hat to the ladies of UCLA Signature A Cappella for the successful completion and release of a fine debut album.” –Michael Marcus
“We may well be looking at the next big thing in female collegiate a cappella” –Robert Dietz
“Looking forward to the next round, ladies.” –Kimmie Raschka Sailor
Hiking to the Hollywood sign!

 

This summer, Signature has also enjoyed spending as much time together as possible! In July, members got together for a Signature reunion in Westwood for a weekend full of the usual… food, singing, and love. Siggies in the Los Angeles area have spent the summer exploring the city together — from biking by the beach to attending a midnight showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, visiting Griffith Observatory and hiking to the Hollywood sign, and… yes… watching The Bachelorette together (guilty pleasure!) Signature is soaking up every last moment of summertime.

 

Still going strong in the summertime... rocking our new Signature totes while biking on the beach!

Stay tuned for more updates on Signature in the upcoming 2011-2012 school year & see you in the Fall!

2010-2011… A School Year to Remember!

Hello Signature fans!

 

Spring Quarter came and went in a blur! Although we’re sad to see it end, the 2011-2012 school year has brought so many amazing things for Signature… from retreats and festivals to recording and end-of-the-year concerts, this quarter was the perfect capstone to Signature’s best year yet! Here are some of the highlights:

 

Thanks to the amazing Leibovitch family we spent our Spring retreat poolside at their Northridge home. We loved our time there and spent most of it relaxing (by the pool!) and singing!

 

Out to dinner!

Musically, Signature began recording our second CD! we are so excited to embark on another recording project to be released in Spring of 2013! Signature had the opportunity to perform in countless gigs this quarter, on as well as off campus! Spring Quarter also brings some of our favorite annual gigs, including: CAF (California A Cappella Festival) at UCLA, CAFE (Coolest A Cappella Festival Ever) at UC Irvine, SOLTrain at CSU Northridge, and A Cappella Night at Calabasas High School. We loved getting the chance to perform in different venues and audiences and to get to know other talented a cappella groups!

Before performing a set for CAF, hosted at UCLA by Random Voices A Cappella.
After performing at CSUN Acasola's annual SOLTrain!
Our sisters at Calabasas High School -- Bare Rhythm A Cappella!

 

We were also thankful to have so many friends and family members at Signature’s last performance of the year, our Spring Concert. Our concert was super hero themed with costumes galore, entitled “Here to Save the World: Super Sigs!” We were accompanied by openers Michelle & Rus and Bare Rhythm A Cappella and our own Josephine Lyons created some hysterical concert videos that you can view on the righthand side of the screen! It was an amazing capstone to our year, as we recognized our “super fans,” up and coming arrangers, beatboxers, and leaders, as well as graduating Signature seniors. Thank you to those who came and supported us during this special performance!

 

Performing one of our favorite songs, "And So It Goes."
Laura and Elise C rock out to their duet on "Animal!"
Singing our Michael Jackson medley!
After the concert... Signature love, 2010-2011

 

Signature’s Spring Concert also marked the last performance for six of our senior members, four of which have been members since Signature’s inception: Brinda Ayer, Kelly Cory, Juliane Godfrey, Elise Shulman, Megan Siniscalchi and Laura Zdrowski. Although these graduating seniors are going into very different fields and future paths — from accounting to nursing to law, musical theater in New York or fighting for the environment in Washington D.C. — they will always be Siggies at heart!

 

Signature's graduating seniors (from left to right): Brinda, Elise S, Kelly, Megan, Juliane, & Laura

Even more memorable than the gigs or recording is the amazing memories and friendships we have made through Signature A Cappella this year. Our love for each other is what makes us the group that we are — and we know this love will only continue to grow! Here’s to 2010-2011, and hope for an even more amazing 2011-2012!

Some amazing newbs!

Who needs a date for Valentine's Day? Signature dinner at C&O's Restaurant on Feb 14!

 

Happy Summer from Signature! See you next Fall!

“Take Flight” Makes Top 10!

Hello all!

 

Celebrating at the Stinking Rose for our end of the quarter dinner!

 

Signature was so excited to hear the news that CASA (Contemporary A Cappella Society of America) has named “Take Flight” one of the top ten female collegiate albums released in 2010! We are so honored to be recognized alongside such talented groups! For the full list, follow this link to CASA’s website: HERE. For more information on how you can purchase Signature’s album “Take Flight,” check out our Album page!

 

Signature A Cappella's very first album... "Take Flight!"

 

Signature is also so proud of our members who participated in UCLA’s Dance Marathon, a fundraiser for pediatric AIDS. Our girls fundraised money and danced for 26 hours to raise awareness and funds for cancer research! Our Sigs rock!

 

Our amazing dancers! GO TEAM SIGNATURE!

 

Signature finished up Winter quarter with a bang with our Winter concert in Popper Theater. We had so much fun performing our repertoire for our friends and family…thank you so much to those who came and supported us!

 

Between preparing for UCLA’s Spring Sing, beginning the recording process for our next album, and performing at festivals and concerts on and off campus, Signature has a lot of exciting events coming up during Spring quarter — and we hope to see you there!

Mid-Quarter Update!

Hello friends!

Signature has too much exciting news to wait until the end of the quarter to post an update! Thus far, the school year has been a blur of making music and memories. We are so thankful for all of the wonderful opportunities we’ve had this year!

Signature 2010-2011!

Our most exciting bit of news is that Signature A Cappella has been selected as one of the three UCLA a cappella groups to perform in UCLA’s annual tradition of Spring Sing! We are absolutely beyond excited for this opportunity and we can’t wait to perform for the student body! Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 15 and the big show is on Friday, May 20 at LATC. More updates on this to come!

Getting ready for our audition!

During the end of January, Signature participated in LAAF (Los Angeles A Cappella Festival). This was one of our favorite events of the year thus far because we had such a positive experience in our master class with Nick Lyons, and because it was amazing to be surrounded by so much inspiring talent! Here are some moments captured by Michael Eldredge:

In our master class with Nick Lyons!

Juliane gettin' Siggy wit' it!

Signature is also still beaming from our Southern California tour. This tour of the Orange County/Irvine area gave us the opportunity to perform for a whole new set of fans! Our favorite moments include: performing for elementary and high schools in the area, the Messiah Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda, and enjoying the amazing hospitality of Siggy’s SoCal families. Special thanks to the Siniscalchi, Ayer, Lyons, and Hagemeyer families for making us feel right at home!

Before performing at Linda Vista Elementary School!

This tour (and this quarter as a whole!) has been extra special because our members Brinda, Lea, and Michelle R have returned from their quarters abroad! With everyone back together we had our photoshoot for the 2010-2011 school year with the whole gang. Here are some of our best shots captured by our member Gwenna McKee:

Southern California Tour!

Hello Signature Fans!

We hope that 2011 is shaping up to be the best year for you yet! Signature had a great Fall quarter… from bonding with our (amazing!) newbies to singing the National Anthem for the UCLA Men’s Basketball game, promoting our new album, and traveling to UC Santa Barbara and CSU Northridge for some very fun gigs! Signature is now ready to take on the new year with a SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TOUR from January 13-16! We had such an amazing time during our tour in Northern California last year that we wanted to recreate our experience and visit our Southern California families & fans this year!

 

Signature 2010-2011 minus our 3 ladies abroad during Fall quarter!

Signature will be performing at several elementary & high schools in the Orange County area on Friday, January 14… we hope to spread a cappella to others and to inspire these youth to pursue music in their futures! Saturday, January 15 is dedicated to bonding, rehearsing, and a few low-key gigs, including a possible evening appearance at the Spectrum Mall.

 

If you live in the Orange County area mark your calendars for this public performance:

When: Sunday, January 16 @ 12 PM

Where: Messiah Lutheran Church

4861 Liverpool Street, Yorba Linda, CA 92886

 

Signature will be performing a whole set as well as selling their latest album! Make sure you don’t miss this stop on their Southern California tour! Can’t wait to see you then!

 

If you are located in the greater Orange County area and want to contact Signature about a performance opportunity during the weekend of January 14-16, contact us at: signature@ucla.edu

Signature has released their first CD…”Take Flight”

After three years of music-making, months of recording, and the generous donations of family and friends…

Signature has released their first album, “Take Flight!”



We are so proud of the final product and we cannot wait to share it with you! For purchasing details, please visit our Album page!

Thank you so much for your support! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Let the Pre-sales Begin!

Hello everyone! After a crazy busy 5 months of rehearsing, recording, re-recording, fundraising, editing, mixing, and mastering…

Signature A Cappella is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of their first CD – “Take Flight”

 



We have had quite the year learning the ins and outs of the production process. Late nights and long weekends devoted to this CD have brought our members even closer together and tremendously strengthened our collective skill. We are so proud of the group we have become and the hard work which this CD represents!

The unbelievable support of our fans, friends, and families has made this CD a reality! Signature A Cappella was overwhelmed by the generosity shown by all those who invested in our CD. We appreciate each and every donation we received, and we thank you for helping us pursue our goal!

As you know, producing a CD is an extremely costly endeavor. In order to cover the remaining expenses of this CD, we are hoping to pre-sale the majority of our CDs to our biggest fans! This will provide us with the funds to complete payments for the final stages of production, and get this CD in your hands sooner upon its release in late September/early October, 2010! You will incur no additional costs by pre-ordering a CD, and Signature A Cappella will benefit significantly from receiving your order in advance!

If you are certain that you want to own Signature A Cappella’s CD, we hope that you will consider our pre-sale option!

We could not be happier with our final product and we cannot wait to share it with you all! If you would like to pre-order your very own copy of our CD, please contact us at signature@ucla.edu and we will send you an order form and further details!

Signature A Cappella would like to thank you, again, for your continued support, and we hope you enjoy our CD!

Winter Quarter Update!

We can’t BELIEVE how fast Winter Quarter zoomed by! The past few months have been incredible and busy for Signature… from our first ever Northern California Tour, to our Winter Concert at Fowler Outloud, to various gigs and socials.

The fun began with our amazing tour of Northern California, from January 7-10. This tour gave us the unique opportunity to share the music we have been working so hard on with friends and family we don’t normally get to perform for! Along with performing for fans in Marin and Oakland, we also performed at various elementary and high schools, Yellow Wood Coffee House in Alamo, Starstruck Theater’s Gala, and the streets of San Francisco.

This trip was definitely the highlight of our year, as we gained the opportunity to travel and bond as a group, to inspire young students to pursue singing, and to make an enormous step toward fundraising for our CD. Thanks to the love and support of friends and family, Signature fundraised a total of $2,779! A special thank you to the Piccinini family, the Cory family, and the Rice family for feeding, driving, and housing us – you are truly amazing!

Videos from our performance at St. Theresa’s Church in Oakland can be found on the righthand side of the site, and pictures from our tour are below. We will forever cherish the memories!


Singing for the elementary school students at Spring Valley Elementary School!

Thank you cards from our amazing audience at Spring Valley Elementary School:

Before performing at Mercy Burlingame High School
Our favorite Siggy grandpa!
Eating mass quantities of food at the Piccinini's!
Having fun in San Francisco!
After performing at the Lucas Valley Community Church

Signature also had the pleasure of performing in Fowler Museum’s weekly concert series, Fowler Outloud. It was amazing to see faces of friends and alumni in the audience and to show off the repertoire we had been working so hard on all year!

Signature's Winter Concert at the Fowler Museum

And who could forget Signature’s National Anthem at the UCLA vs. Cal men’s basketball game? We were SO honored to perform at such an important sporting event and loved cheering for the Bruins on the sideline afterward!

Rocking UCLA's blue and gold!
Singing our rendition of the Star Spangled Banner
Siggies on the big screen!

This year, more than half of Signature’s members fundraised and danced for 26 hours straight at UCLA’s annual Dance Marathon! Go team Siggy!

Our lovely dancers
Siggies love to dance... for a great cause!

Additionally, Signature had so much fun performing at events on and off campus – Los Angeles A Cappella Festival, Global Get Down, Greek Week, luncheons for UCLA alumn, and singing the National Anthem at a wide variety of sporting events.

Keep an eye out for more performances in the exciting quarter to come!

Fall Quarter Festivities

With the stress of finals over we can finally find some time to reflect on Fall Quarter!  And let me tell you, Signature had a busy and fulfilling quarter to reflect on!

We’ve been having a great time getting to know our AMAZING new members, as well as performing in events such as UCLA’s Annual Community Service Day, House Mom’s Luncheon, and singing our rendition of the National Anthem at various sporting events!

Before performing at a UCLA alum's birthday luncheon!
Performing at UCLA's Annual Community Service Day
Pumpkin carving social!

Some shots from our Fall retreat in Palm Springs:


Getting ready for our hike...
Enjoying the great outdoors!
Group shot!
Rehearsal time!
At our pre-birthday dinner for Brinda and Josephine

Haven’t seen Signature perform this year? Check out our youtube videos from opening for Awaken A Cappella’s Fall Concert, featured on the right side of the screen!

Photoshoot shots just uploaded to the Photos page — check them out!

Can’t wait to see more of you during Winter Quarter!