ELHS Acapella Club Takes the Stage


If you happen to wander over to the music wing on a Tuesday or Thursday during advisory, you might hear the harmonized voices of the new ELHS co-op Acapella Club. All voice. No instruments. ELHS Acapella Club is a supportive environment that students can use as a musical outlet. “Overall, I think it’s great for students who don’t have the time in their schedule to take a music class. It’s more laid back than a class, which makes it a good environment to learn and take risks,” senior and Acapella Club member Patrick Conaway said. The inspiration for the club was taken from Ithacappella, an all-male college acapella group that performs at ELHS every year. ELHS used to have three different student- led Acapella Clubs that began around 2005 but were forced to close during the pandemic. According to club advisor Anthony Maiese, the current club hopes to live up to what the old clubs used to be and gain some momentum back after the pandemic. “Eventually, I would love to return to having student leaders. It was such a great opportunity for students to take full ownership of the group, deciding on songs, making arrangements, and planning rehearsal strategies,” Mr. Maiese said. Acapella Club performed holiday songs around ELHS as their public debut. Their first concert performance is estimated to be at the February or May concert. Acapella Club currently has about 12 members, and auditions are required to join. If interested in joining, head to Room D131 and talk to Mr. Maiese about auditioning. “It’s definitely a supportive environment. Everyone is there just to have fun and learn more about music,” Conaway said.