To support A Cappella groups in Chelmsford
Welcome to the Association of Chelmsford A Cappella (ACA)!
We are a recently formed 501c3 organization dedicated to supporting Chelmsford’s a cappella community. Currently, Chelmsford has two a cappella groups in Chelmsford High School that are supported by ACA. One is a co-ed group, The Thursdays. The second is an all-female group, The Crescendos. Our unpaid volunteer board consists of parents of current and former members of the two groups, as well as two past members of the Thursdays.
The ACA was formed to also help develop a cappella growth through the rest of the school system of Chelmsford as well as the community at large. We also intend to purchase highly specialized, and highly expensive, equipment needed for a cappella, such as microphones, audio hardware and software, and recording studio costs. However, our short-term goal is to assist financially and operationally to prepare for a cappella competitions held in late winter and early spring.
The main competition on the high school level for a cappella is the International Championship of High School A Cappella, or ICHSA for short (think Pitch Perfect!). Run by Varsity Vocals, this competition is a three month long seeded contest that covers North America and beyond. Beginning in February, the competition features regional quarterfinal and semifinal rounds and culminates in a final round of competition held in New York City. During the finals, the top 10 teams compete to be champion.
In 2017, The Thursdays made it to the final round! Although they did not win, the trip was extremely memorable for both the kids and the parents. It gave the kids experience in seeing the skill level needed to maintain a professional edge, and a knowledge base that simply is invaluable. However, the trip cost close to $6,000 for the group to make the trip. It also presented financial and logistical issues that could have been solved by having an organization in place to best present an optimal solution.
We have some great ideas for building a cappella within our community. It is our goal to make Chelmsford a hotspot for a cappella within the Merrimack Valley and beyond. However, to do so will require your support. Please consider a donation? We expect to offer sponsorship opportunities soon. Please check back, or consider joining our mailing list. You may reach us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The board of the Association of Chelmsford A Cappella