Spring Recap + Goodbye, Seniors!

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Where to begin? Spring 2015 was one of the busiest, craziest and best quarters in Signature history! With our four beautiful seniors Mish, Amanda, Shani and Christina graduating today, it seems fitting to recap our incredible past three months together with a few highlights.

-SPRING SING! From the minute we found out we would be performing in the show, Spring Sing took over our lives in the best way possible. Countless hours spent rehearsing in the parking lot finally paid off on May 16 when we got to #rockpauley. Performing in front of 9000 screaming people (shoutout to Clayton Snyder for being a fan!), not to mention taking home the award for Best A Cappella performance, was truly an unforgettable experience for us to share.

-We had the opportunity to arrange and record a track and shoot a video for Covergirl! A few of our girls spent a day hanging out on the beach with Alli Simpson to create her music video, which you can check out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW54BycytMk

-For our final concert’s theme, we settled on one of our worst puns: Wignature! We looked terrible but had an amazing time singing our year’s rep and crying at Yogurtland with our alums after the show.

We were also fortunate enough to perform at amazing gigs including Emerson Middle School’s A Cappella Jam, Carlmont’s Musical Exchange, Dance Marathon and so many more.

Most importantly, the excessive amount of time we spent together at gigs, rehearsals, retreats (shoutout to Lauren for the free burritos!) and Sigpartment made this quarter, not to mention this entire year, so, so, SO special (sorry not sorry for getting sentimental on you all).

Seniors: We miss you already and we can’t wait for you to be in the front row alumni section at our next concert.

Current Sigs: Get stoked for another incredible year.

Future Sigs: See you at auditions in the fall!

PEACE LOVE SIG

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Winter Quarter Update

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What a whirlwind quarter it has been! First off, we are thrilled to announce that we were selected to perform in Spring Sing! Along with the incredibly talented Random Voices and Bruin Harmony, we will be performing in the a cappella category. The show is sure to be a blast, so mark your calendars for May 16!

We are also excited about our upcoming involvement with Dance Marathon!  We will be performing during the event and many of our members will be dancing and morale-ing as well. For those who don’t know, Dance Marathon is a 26-hour event put on by the Pediatric AIDS Coalition to raise money for their wonderful cause! To learn more, visit their website: http://www.pediatricaidscoalition.org/dance-marathon.html.

Lastly, this quarter has been filled with fun gigs and Sig bonding. We recently had our 2014-2015 photoshoot, so check back soon for photos. We will also announce the details for our winter concert soon!

A Little Louder is on iTunes + 2014 Auditions

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We are happy to announce two exciting happenings in the world of Signature A Cappella! The first is that our second album, A Little Louder, is officially available on iTunes. Download it today! Our second piece of news is that we are just two days away from the start of fall auditions! They will be taking place every night from 6-9 p.m. this Friday to Monday. If you are interested in signing up, click here. We can’t wait to get this year started!

Exciting Announcement! A LITTLE LOUDER is officially released

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The ladies of Signature A Cappella are ecstatic to officially announce the release of our second album, A Little Louder. This project is very special to us, as it has been years in the making and showcases voices from many generations of Sig. The hours we have spent as a group arranging, rehearsing, recording and designing have finally come to fruition with the release of A Little Louder and we could not be more thrilled. 

So many people helped us along the way and we recognize that this could never have been possible without their generous donations of time and money. To the brilliant music minds who worked with us in the studio: thank you for teaching us how to take our sound to the next level. To our everyone who helped us finance this project: you made this dream of preserving our music a reality. And last but not least, to our friends, family and UCLA community: thank you for endlessly supporting us as we continue to do what we love!

We are so proud of our final product and cannot wait to share it! To see the track listing and order your copy of A Little Louder today, click here. Thank you for your interest and support! 

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Signature A Cappella Joins Kickstarter!

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Check out our page at: https://signatureacappella.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

What are we doing?

After the success of our debut album “Take Flight,” released in October of 2010, we want to complete and release a second album in hopes that it will but just as successful. “Take Flight” was named one of the top ten female collegiate albums released in 2010 by the Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA). The track “Ain’t No Other Man” was nominated for a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) for “Best Female Collegiate Soloist” and “Party in the USA” was selected to be featured on the Voices Only 2011 collegiate a cappella compilation.

Our hope is to produce a second album that will showcase all of the hard work we have put in to new arrangements over the past two years. The new album will feature a cohesive selection of songs that speak to who we are as a group. Sounds great right? One problem. Producing an album with high-quality recordings can be very expensive (“Take Flight” cost us over $10,000). This is where YOU come in!

How can you help?

Even with recording in apartment living rooms and using as many of our UCLA connections as possible, we are still college students creating something entirely on our own. We have already got the ball rolling by using the money we made from paid gigs and fundraising last year to finish a few of our tracks! With your generous donation we will be that much closer to sharing our finished product with you!

Your money will go toward: equipment use, tracking, editing, mixing, mastering, song licensing/rights, printing and producing physical copies of the CD.

Your support means the world to us! Thank you so much for stopping by.

Love,

The ladies of Signature A Cappella

Fall Quarter Recap and On to the Winter!

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Signature A Cappella 2012-2013 has had an amazing start to our year. After an amazing turnout of 150 audition candidates, we were so fortunate to welcome our fabulous six new members, Hannah Bannan, Amanda Bierhorst, Mish Edu, Savannah Meares, Kelly Noe, and Gabrielle Puyat to Signature!

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From our performances on campus and off and Signature outings, we have had an absolute blast this quarter creating beautiful music and continuing the Signature A Cappella legacy at UCLA! And not to mention, our Hollywood Hills mansion retreat!

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This Winter quarter we look forward to our Northern California Tour and continuing working on Signature A Cappella’s second CD. In addition, we will be having our Winter concert toward the end of the term Look out for more information on our facebook and Twitter to attend upcoming performances! We certainly hope you can join us!

Sigs in the Summer

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When summertime arrives, the lovely ladies of Signature A Cappella remain nonstop! Check out the incredibly cool and diverse adventures of the “Sigs in the Summer!”

Katie Bezhadi spent most of her summer traveling Europe with her brother and fellow sig, Katie Booth. Although there were enough travel mishaps to make The Three Stooges seem organized, the Katies & company still had an amazing time getting lost in the architecture of Barcelona, floating down the Seine in Paris, and eating enough pizza in Rome to feed an army. After getting Miss Booth settled into her study abroad program in Italy, Katie returned home to Los Angles. She spent the rest of her summer preparing to take the GRE, applying to Ph.D programs, writing new music, and filming a YouTube video or two! 

Katie Booth is currently studying abroad in Rome, Italy, and this summer was all in preparation for her big move! She is currently studying the Italian language as well as art history at UC Center Rome. So far the experience has been an amazing one and she hopes to eventually come back to Italy for a longer stint! Since this is Katie’s fourth year at UCLA, she will be finishing her degree when she returns home in December. Even though Katie is far away from her Signature sisters, she has been singing everyday and staying in touch as much as possible. Signature really is the most important part of her UCLA experience.

This was Marjan’s first summer in LA as she is originally from Seattle! She spent her summer working for a non-profit organization in downtown Los Angeles.  Marjan worked as a community organizer on a social justice campaign working to help foster support around the unionization of Hyatt Hotel workers and the establishment of fair contracts between workers and cooperate executives. She spent my time going to countless meetings, press conferences, and participating in protests all over Los Angeles.  Here’s a picture of Marj working as a monitor at a protest in front of the Century Plaza Hotel in West LA.

Sam took advantage of her laziness to be uncharacteristically unproductive this summer… but she enjoyed taking a break and having adventures with her closest friends and family, such as trips to Catalina, Santa Barbara, Sacramento, and of course Disneyland. However, the highlight of Sam’s summer was a trip up to Santa Cruz with some of her favorite ladies and fellow Siggies to celebrate and perform at the beautiful wedding of one of Signature’s alumni, Mrs. Kelly Randall! Here’s a photo of Sam with alumni Megan Siniscalchi on that unforgettable day!

After shaving her head, Gwenna visited Kauai with her family, spent time at home in NorCal, and went on a backpacking trip down California’s Lost Coast in the gorgeous redwoods. She spent nearly a month in the woods of upstate New York volunteering for the SYDA Foundation and then finished the summer by performing at open mic nights at the Starry Plough in Berkeley with her band This & The Other Thing.

Jessica spent a wonderful summer in Europe, singing in Puccini’s opera “Gianni Schicchi” with a professional orchestra in Viterbo, Italy (and eating a LOT of pizza!) and later visiting family in France. She returned to the US and worked as a PR Intern at a tech company in the Bay Area, and attended Signature alum Kelly’s beautiful wedding!

It was a big travel summer for Shani, and after all of the flights she’s been on, she could recite the airplane safety speech as well as any flight attendant. After a brief trip to Tahoe to kick off the summer, she traveled about half way around the world to Cape Town, South Africa, where she worked for a month as an intern for an awesome tutoring company called Teach Me 2. She really enjoyed the job but also got to play tourist on the weekends and explored that amazing country. Most recently, Shani returned from an adventure-packed family vacation to Costa Rica where she had epic amounts of fun zip lining, rafting, rappelling through waterfalls, surfing and more! This is a picture from one of her days adventuring around Cape Town!

Tasha had an incredible summer! She worked in the Los Angeles County Internship Program, getting to serve as the Event Production Intern for a symphony. Tasha had a blast getting to work at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Ford Amphitheatre. While not at work, Tasha focused on her two summer goals: running and reading! She is so beyond excited to come back to school, but most ecstatic to reunite with the lovely ladies Signature A Cappella.

Ari spent her summer chasing her dream of earning a degree in Veterinary Medicine by working in a veterinary clinic. She learned to perform various tests on samples from her patients, give shots, properly restrain animals, run a kennel, and much more. The hours were long and intense, but she now knows more than ever that helping animals is exactly what she wants to do with her life! She also spent a week in Southern Utah visiting her grandparents, which is always an adventure. Here’s a picture taken when Ari’s family hiked the Hidden Canyon trail in Zion National Park.