Gentlemen of the Hall, Seton Hall’s male-only a cappella group, are about to get a run for their money as a women’s a cappella group is coming to campus.
Auditions for the group were held on Feb. 20 and a little over 30 girls showed up according to Dominique Paynter, a junior social work major, who helped organize the event along with Marianna Triolo, a junior nursing major.
Triolo said the auditions were showcased singing ability as well as the individuals’ energy.
“We saw a lot of awesome singers come out to the auditions but unfortunately the selection was very competitive due to the high volume of girls that came out,” said Triolo.
She also said that she hopes their a cappella group will develop their own unique image, separate from the Gents.
Kevin Scimecca, a junior journalism major and also member of Gentleman of the Hall, said that he’s looking forward to supporting and cooperating with the new a cappella group.
“This could result in new ways to recruit singers and ideas for concerts and performances,” said Scimecca.
Paynter said that they will be a performance group whose goal will be to entertain and bring smiles to people on and off campus. Paynter said that not only will this be a valuable experience to hone your vocal skills, but you can also befriend people you might not have met otherwise.
Paynter said she and Triolo “wanted a group like this on campus for a while as a way to get back into singing, but there wasn't one.”
As a long-time performer, Paynter said she hasn’t been able to sing with a group she’s felt comfortable with in years and she said this would be a great way to find that homey environment.
Kaleigh Fitzpatrick, a sophomore biology and physical therapy major, is one of the girls who auditioned for the group and hopes to become involved with it. She said she has always loved singing and this group would give her a chance to meet other girls who also love it.
“As a science major, it would be nice to get a break from all of the academic craziness and get to spend some time with music,” said Fitzpatrick.
Although the group has yet to form an official name, Paynter said once they have finalized everyone in the group they will all decide on a name together.
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