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DeKalb’s Enharmonic Fusion hopes for wild card ticket to New York

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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DEKALB – DeKalb High School’s a cappella singers in Enharmonic Fusion is not ready to give up on their New York dream.

After falling short in Saturday’s national semifinal competition at DeKalb High School Auditorium, the ensemble plans to submit a video to judges this week in hopes of receiving the lone wild card spot to April’s national championship in New York.

The group, which finished third Saturday, will need to beat out about 18 other groups for the wild card entry and must submit its video by Friday, director Travis Erikson said. Erikson said the students would know by March 12 if they are invited.

Wild card entries are not new for Enharmonic Fusion, which made it to New York in 2012 by winning one of three open spots. Wild card spots were reduced from three to one because more regional competitions were added across the country, Erikson said.

“It’s going to be very tough competition,” Erikson said. “We know it’s a long shot, but it’s worth a try.”

Saturday’s competition, won by 2010 national champions Limited Edition out of Port Washington, Wis., included a first-ever feat for Enharmonic Fusion. Junior Nelle Conley became the first Enharmonic Fusion member to win best soloist at the annual competition for her performance in “Everyone’s Waiting” by Missy Higgins.

Erikson said the group had won best choreography, best arrangement and best vocal percussionist in the past but never best soloist. He said Conley’s performance was one of many bright spots for the group Saturday.

“It’s really hard to judge art, you never know what’s going to happen,” Erikson said. “You just have to remember the reason you do it is because you love music, love performing and love working together.”

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