Bonaventure goes acapella with Bonacoustics

By Caitlyn Morral

“When I came to visit Bonaventure before applying, I was super excited because I did not want to lose the aspect of singing in my life,” said junior and strategic communications and digital media major Stephanie Kennedy. “Unfortunately, when I got to Bonas in the fall of 2013 as a freshman, I found out that the Bonacoustics group was out of commission.”

Co-presidents of the Bonacoustics, Kennedy and junior and accounting major Josh Apker, started the acapella group back up again in 2014 after it had fizzled out in 2013.

“Former student Conor Hynes, Josh Apker and I decided to take it upon ourselves to start it again in the spring of 2014,” said Kennedy. “Since then we have improved so much and I am so proud of everyone in the group, those who have stayed with us since the beginning, and everyone else who supports the group.”

The Bonacoustics performed what they have been rehearsing for all semester at their Fall Showcase on Nov. 18 in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

“My favorite part about the Bonacoustics is the diversity of the group,” said Apker. “There is such a wide range of interests, experiences and performance backgrounds. I am always amazed and impressed with the amount of time that people are willing to put in to work together to create something really special. This group is dedicated to a sense of community and making people smile and feel good.”

Before the show, members of the group gave their insight for their own personal expectations and hopes for the show.

“I am hoping that everything comes together really well,” said sophomore and education major Sammantha Bass. “I am optimistic that more people will want to join after seeing us perform together.”

Sophomore and English major Sierra Dechane was also positive that a lot of people would decide to see what the Bonacoustics had to offer.

“I am really hoping that there will be a big turnout,” said Dechane. “I have very high expectations for our show.”

The showcase began with an opening act from a local high school. The Wellsville Acapella Vocal Ensemble, or W.A.V.E., performed their own renditions of four different songs, kicking their act off with “Budapest” by George Ezra and ending it with “Happy Ending” by MIKA.

Beginning their set with Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time,” the Bonacoustics continued the show with vocal covers of “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5, “Royals” by Lorde, “Cups” by Anna Kendrick, and “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele. The show closed with “La La Latch,” a hybrid of “La La La” by Naughty Boys featuring Sam Smith and “Latch” by Disclosure featuring Sam Smith.

“I think that it went really well,” said freshman and psychology major Courtney Lamb. “We were able to pull everything together, and I am excited about that.”

Freshman and computer science major Isaac Rys was also excited about singing with his peers afterward.

“I loved performing in the show,” said Rys. “It was a lot of fun. I liked performing ‘Rolling in the Deep’ the most. That was definitely my favorite song.”

The Bonacoustics will have a Christmas Showcase this December.

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