Let’s be honest: a cappella kids can be harsh, especially to new groups trying to carve out a niche in an already competitive market. So when the Ransom Notes started up last year, we heard some skepticism coming from members of the established groups. But after filling up the Bolton for their fall concert, it seems they’ve finally shown they can play in the big leagues — if not to all of their a cappella peers, then at least to the Kenyon community in general.
Now, they’ve earned a berth in the Varsity Vocals A Cappella Championship, put on every year by the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. They’re competing in the Midwest division against such amusingly named groups as the Acapelicans (from Siena Heights University) and the Bathtub-Dogs (University of Nebraska-Lincoln). Oh, and the University of Chicago Ransom Notes. Awkward.
So best of luck to the boys in red. We hope everyone loves the Lion King as much as you do.