A cappella

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A cappella, Italian for "in the manner of the church," is a form of music involving people singing or otherwise making music with their bodies (e.g. beatboxing) without instrumental accompaniment. During IAP, Floorpi forms two a cappella groups, which perform at Open Mic. Both groups are open to any member of the (generalized) Floorpi community.

Floorpi A Cappella

This is our "big" a cappella group, for which no name was officially agreed upon - however, the group is sometimes referred to colloquially as the "Clams." No musical experience is required to join (though being able to read music would help): we only expect you to show up to (most) rehearsals and sectionals two to three times a week. Beat-boxers are highly encouraged to join (and non beat-boxers are highly encouraged to try their hand at beat-boxing).

All of our "contemporary pieces" (read: pop songs) are arranged by members of the group. We vote on repertoire at the beginning of IAP.

In 2013, we sang Salmo 150 (by Ernani Aguiar), Tainted Love (originally by Ed Cobb, covered by Soft Cell, arranged by Lucy, and soloed by Mitchell), and Breakaway (originally by Kelly Clarkson, arranged by Mitchell, and soloed by Cami).

2017: Everglow (Coldplay), Massachusetts (Ylvis)

2018: Brighter (Patent Pending), The One Moment (OK Go)

Pitches Ain't Shit

Pitches Ain't Shit, so-named due to Dr. Dre's smash hit "Bitches Ain't Shit," is a subset of the big group, geared toward those with a little more musical experience. It is somewhat of a madrigal-singers group, focusing on "classical music." Anyone interested should either be reasonably comfortable sight singing or expect to spend some time outside of rehearsal learning music on his or her own. Note that the group performs its music from memory. Rehearsals happen two to three times a week (usually after the big group rehearsals), during which we prefer to work on musical details rather than learning notes (hence the name of the group).

In 2013, we sang two 16th century French madrigals: La, La, La, Je Ne L'ose Dire (by Pierre Certon), and Il Est Bel Et Bon (by Pierre Passereau)