The Greatest From Great Lakes To Vie For ICHSA Semifinal Title

Ten groups are ready to go head-to-head at next month's ICHSA Great Lakes Semifinal to decide the winner of arguably one of strongest areas in the country for high school a cappella.

The competition takes place at the Bowling Green High School Performing Arts Center in Bowling Green, Ohio, on March 17, with its first-place group advancing to the 2018 International Championship of High School A Cappella Finals at Lincoln Center in New York City in April.

The region's semifinalists are:


Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School (Dayton, Ohio)

Quarterfinal Score: 356

Under the direction of Bryan Sharpe, this group is a longtime standout in Ohio. With an Outstanding Choreography award for the whole set, Sam Brown receiving Outstanding Vocal Percussion for the entire set, and Outstanding Arrangement going to Jacob Ely for “Walk on Water,” Vega heads into the semifinals as a strong contender.


Wapakoneta High School (Wapakoneta, Ohio)

Quarterfinal Score: 317

An auditioned group of eighth- to 12th-graders, Midweek improved on its third-place result from 2017 with a second-place finish in this year's quarterfinal.


Centerville High School (Dayton, Ohio)

Quarterfinal Score: 427

The 2016 ICHSA champion and three-time runner-up bested the field in the quarterfinals. Fresh off AVA wins, this group is known for both great videos and strong originals. Forte also received Outstanding Vocal Percussion for the “Drumming Song” by Jackson Guirnalda.

Shades of Blue

Hilliard Bradley High School (Hilliard, Ohio)

Quarterfinal Score: 369

Comprised of 10th-12th-grade members from the Symphonic Choir, Shades of Blue put on a solid performance for second place at its quarterfinal. Sonia Clark took home Outstanding Soloist for her performance of Ke$ha’s “Praying.”


Winton Woods High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Quarterfinal Score: 318

This mixed group of top students from the choral program at Winton Woods in Cincinnati has performed all over Ohio, including appearances at Kettering National A Cappella Festival.


Charlestown High School (Charlestown, IN)

Quarterfinal Score: Not Published

After a strong performance at its quarterfinal in Dayton this past weekend, this Indiana group is ready to take on the semifinals!

Skyline Blues

Skyline High School (Ann Arbor, MI)

Quarterfinal Score: 404

This group is poised and ready after missing semifinals by just one point in 2016 and a third-place finish at semifinals in 2017. In their winning performance at quarterfinals, Skyline Blues also received Outstanding Arrangement to Daniel Kennedy for "Undeniable You" and Outstanding Choreography for its entire set.


Brighton High School (Brighton, MI)

Quarterfinal Score: 339

Part of the larger Brighton Choir program, Pandemonium edged out its sister group for a second-place finish at quarterfinals.


Brighton High School (Brighton, MI)

Quarterfinal Score: 325

This student-run all-female group from Brighton High School pulled off a third-place finish at quarterfinals to earn its ticket to semis!

Touch of Class

Port Clinton High School, Port Clinton, OH

Quarterfinal Score: Not Published

A former ICHSA finalist, this group has also appeared at Kettering National A Cappella Festival and the National A Cappella Convention. At quarterfinals, Outstanding Vocal Percussion went to Edward Verkin for the entire set.

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