One of the a cappella world’s biggest events just got bigger. This year’s #NACC18 Invitational features 10 collegiate and 10 high school groups from across the United States, competing for recognition and a $5,000 cash prize. Today we highlight Gestalt, a co-ed group from the University of Florida that identifies with its name more than any collegiate group in recent memory (seriously, check out their website). As a new group that garnered 11 CARA nominations this year alone, they’re looking to build on the foundation they’ve already established. We talked to co-foundress Lizzie Frankenthal about the group:

How would you define your group’s identity?

Our identity is our name. When we were dreaming up Gestalt, a goal of ours was to ensure that we would always create art with intention and purpose.

Are we using our music to send a message?

Are we making a set that truly utilizes every member?

Is the choreography serving as an extension of the music?

The whole can only be greater than the sum of its parts if every part is working towards the same goal. Our name holds us accountable for that.

What are you looking forward to at the Convention?

We are looking forward to taking part in the first ever collegiate competition at this festival! It’s an honor to be a part of this year’s lineup and we can’t wait to share the stage with so many talented groups.

What’s happening for your group in the next 12 months?

Gestalt is losing almost half its members to graduation this May. The next year will most likely be a year of incredible growth and change as our younger members take on more artistic control. I can’t wait to see how the group evolves over time.

Come watch Gestalt perform along with 19 other incredible groups at #NACC18 in Memphis, TN, April 27-28, 2018. You can buy tickets at the previous link or sign up to watch online with FloVoice!

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