BYU's Vocal Point which earned its first berth in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella this year will not participate in the event because it will be held on a Sunday.
The nine-member a cappella group has never qualified for the international competition finals before.
Faculty adviser Bob Ahlander said that group members knew prior to entering the first round of competition that they would not be able to participate in the April 28 finals, if they should make it that far.
"They wanted to see what they could do," said Brother Ahlander, a former member of Vocal Point. "They didn't have anything to lose. They were relaxed and confident."
Competition sponsors Varsity Vocals also knew that BYU would not participate on Sunday. Brother Ahlander, who originally thought the finals were scheduled for a Monday, notified the organization that BYU would withdraw if they made it to the finals.
Jessika Diamond of Varsity Vocals said the organization is disappointed BYU will not be participating in the competition, to be held in New York's Lincoln Center.
The performing hall, she said, was scheduled 13 or 14 months in advance and cannot be changed to accommodate one group. "We can't set the date based on one out of 850 groups in the country," she said. "I am incredibly disappointed that they couldn't make it. . . . They are always an incredible group."
On The Rocks from the University of Oregon will go to the finals in BYU's place.
Brother Ahlander said members of Vocal Point support the decision to not participate. "They have been great," he said. "They accomplished something that in the 11-year history of Vocal Point, the group hasn't been able to do."
He said the group met with BYU's president, Elder MerrilL J. Bateman of the Seventy, and sang for him. Brother Ahlander said he was happy to report that the school and the Church were well represented by Vocal Point.
"They are one of the six best college a cappella groups in the country right now," he said. "I think it is a great accomplishment."
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