By AMANDA GROVER/Montana State News
Walking across campus, you notice music – not coming from your headphones – hanging in the air. You may not know it, but a young woman named April Seymour is around. You can spot her easily blending in with those around her, in hoodies and boots and jeans. While many would feel self-conscious singing in public, she says “I started – I think – just singing in church when I was really little, and I’ve always loved doing it so I just kept going.”
Her red hair stands out against her black hoodie when it’s not hidden under her Deadpool beanie. However, she’s got a voice that hovers naturally in the air as she commutes from class to class. Song choice varies widely, and often has eclectic hints to it. Sometimes, it’s a pop hit, or it can even be an original song she’s written.
Seymour is a part of the on-campus a cappella group. She says that she checked to make sure that Montana State University had an a cappella group before she sent in her application. She got into it four days after arriving on campus freshman year. She said that she knew about the group auditions when she stopped by their booth during Catapalooza. While she wasn’t nervous for the solo round, she was extremely nervous for the round working as a group. So nervous, in fact, that she tried her best to harmonize with everyone. This ended up getting her into the group.
Cut to a few years later, and she has basically stopped trying to blend with everyone. “Yeah, now I don’t worry about it as much.” The a cappella group on campus is small, so while they don’t do big competitions, they meet throughout the school year and do smaller performances around the community. For example, every couple of weeks the group will meet and give an impromptu performance outside the coffee shops in the SUB. One of these performances will be taking place Feb. 17.
While this is one way to support the team, there are other ways. One would be to go to the concerts they hold each year. They hold one in fall and the other in spring. When students go, they provide the funds necessary to support the group. Seymour’s favorite memory of the group was when they headed to Seattle. She says that they’d been blasting dubstep loud enough to break ear-drums and that somehow, one of her teammates still managed to fall asleep on the speaker.
Seymour says that practice usually is chaotic. “A usual practice has us warming up, then we jump straight into singing. We might split into our sections to practice our individual parts before coming together again. There’s a lot of joking around and getting distracted. Our poor president has to practically babysit us.”
In Seymour’s opinion, the group feels like “one big happy family.” So next time you hear the sound of an extremely strong beautiful voice drifting over campus, try to listen to see if you can name the song. Either way, you’re getting a free concert.