First-Time Performers Reflect on SCAMFest Experience

One Night Stanza, the youngest 5C a capella group, performs “Omen” by Sam Smith with Jane Cho (HMC ‘20) as soloist. (Sarah Sundermeyer • The Student Life)

Students packed Bridges Auditorium last Saturday night for the 22nd annual Southern California A Cappella Music Festival (SCAMFest), which featured groups from the Claremont Colleges, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of California, Davis (UC Davis), and University of Southern California (USC).

The Claremont Shades, the first 5C co-ed a cappella group on campus, hosted and began SCAMFest with “Weight in Gold” by Gallant. Other 5C acappella group performers were Women’s Blue & White, Midnight Echo, One Night Stanza, Ninth Street Hooligans, Mood Swing, and The After School Specials.

Sitoë Thaim (HMC ‘19) sings a solo in the Claremont Shades’ rendition of “So. Good” by Johnny Stimson. (Sarah Sundermeyer • The Student Life)

Various a cappella groups sang popular hits, including “What About Us” by P!nk and “Only Angel” by Harry Styles. The SoCal VoCals from USC and Bruin Harmony from UCLA both sang renditions of “Attention” by Charlie Puth, and Ninth Street Hooligans sang a slowed-down version of “Low” by Flo Rida.

Elizabeth Wickham PO ’20, an alto who joined One Night Stanza this semester, said she was “unbelievably nervous” leading up to her first SCAMFest due to the anticipated crowd. But after ten seconds onstage, her anxiety dissipated.

“I had a wonderful experience,” Wickham said. “One moment, we had everyone walk offstage until [the climax of the song], and when we came back onstage, the crowd went wild, and I wasn’t expecting that … Now, I know why we perform.”

Sophie Liles SC ’21, an alto two for Women’s Blue & White, was also nervous for the event but thinks her solo in “Want You Back” by HAIM went well. She said the group has been preparing for SCAMFest since their first rehearsal in September.

“We rehearsed for many hours and had worked hard all year, and I think we gave a great performance,” Liles said. “It was also cool to see all the other groups perform.”

As for upcoming performances, Wickham said there will be a final show at the end of the semester.

Sitoë Thaim (HMC ‘19) sings a solo in the Claremont Shades’ rendition of “So. Good” by Johnny Stimson. (Sarah Sundermeyer • The Student Life)