College Crooners

If you're a fan of shows like The Sing-Off, you don't have to wait for new episodes to get your a cappella fix. Nazareth College is the home of its own co-ed a cappella group, called Fermata Thin Air, and an all-female a cappella group, Call4Backup.

Daniela Albano '13 remembers what it was like to audition for Call4Backup in her freshman year. "The girls in the group were all really nice and what I loved about the audition was that the members sang for us. It was a great way to hear what they sounded like and got me excited about auditioning."

Started in 1998, Call4Backup is the oldest a cappella singing group on Nazareth's campus. Its all-male counterparts — One Big Hat and Malefunction — no longer exist. Nazareth also has had a glee club, Note to Self, which was discontinued. Fermata Thin Air, a co-ed a cappella group, started in 2009.

Call4Backup is not considered a typical student club, but rather an organization. It is completely run by its members with no faculty or staff involvement. That means the group chooses and arranges its own songs, runs rehearsals, and books its own paying gigs. The group's members perform 10 to 12 concerts per semester. Despite their full schedule of performances, they have found time to do community service.

Jessica Stevens '11, co-leader of Call4Backup in 2010-11, said, "We've performed for free at events like the Haiti relief concert, Take Back the Night, and the national Interfaith Understanding Conference. It's important to us to give back and volunteer whenever we can."

Stevens thinks shows such as Glee and American Idol have inspired students to give a cappella singing a shot.

Albano agreed. "Nazareth is really proud of the group and that feels good...whenever we perform, we definitely feel the love from the students."

Nazareth's Crooners

Call4Backup (a cappella)
Fermata Thin Air (a cappella)
Acappella women's group Call 4 Backup