Arts and Culture




  For the first time in history, Pinewood is
going to have its own a cappella group. All the best voices are coming together to make a Pinewood version of Pentatonix. Created by music teacher Katie Linza, this audition-only a cappella group has nine talented singers looking for a chance to develop their skills in a smaller group. Inspired by her own a cappella career in high school and college, Linza is trying to share the opportunities she had with her students. With their first rehearsal Sept. 10, the group has already begun paving a new path for Pinewood singers to come.

   “This is kind of an experiment, just for fun,” Linza said. “I just wanted to throw it out there and see where it goes.”

   A cappella, being very different from choir singing, is a great way to develop as a singer. Linza anticipates a few bumps in the road. Learning to sing in such a small group requires being able to blend with the choir members as well as being able to hold your own as a soloist.

   “Everybody is really, really responsible for their part and has to be really, really strong,
because they don’t have the comfort of having so many people to rely on,” Linza said.

   That being said, there are high hopes. Many singers in the group, including junior David Ness, look forward to trying to be like the well known and admired group Pentatonix. The group seems to be very excited for the chance to do something different and more challenging.

“I think this a cappella group is a great
opportunity for people who love singing to work on these different arrangements and get better musically,” sophomore Anne Blotter said.

The group plans to perform at the choir
concerts and various Pinewood events for now. However, hopefully, if the group could practice more and become more established, the group could compete in actual a cappella competitions. Linza hopes that as the program develops, Pinewood may be able to have multiple groups and even some completely
run by students.

   “I know we have got some students who are really musical talented and could handle that
responsibility and that could be a very fun way to branch out in the future, [but] that’s very far out,” Linza said.

   Linza’s only worry is that she does not want to overwhelm her students. She knows that everybody has things to do, and does not want to burden them with more stress.
However, they already have minimal practice time, and the team will have to utilize their time well and be self motivated, by practicing on their own. Additionally, the students seem up for the challenge and ready to get to work.

   “I know it’s a high school group, but it’s a lot more professional than I would have expected,” Ness said.