Gestalt (noun) psychology, an organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts.
A cappella is an art form that demands interdependence between musicians. Take one part out, and the sound changes drastically. We rely on the individual parts to create the greater whole. This is Gestalt. United, our sound is much greater than that of any single voice. With musical leanings between the recognizable and the sublime, our quest is to break the mold of contemporary a cappella.
Gestalt is a competitive a cappella group founded in Fall 2016 at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Our inaugural year sent shockwaves through the a cappella scene at UF, in the state of Florida, and across the nation: we performed a show-closing set for The Betsy's A Cappella Festival 2016, successfully crowdfunded over $12,000 to produce our first studio album, and made our competitive debut via the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. Our accolades from the 2017 ICCA season include:
First Place Champion, South Quarterfinal
Second Runner-Up, South Semifinal
Wildcard Entry, International Wildcard Semifinal
Outstanding Choreography, Lizzie Frankenthal for the entire set
Outstanding Soloist, Brittany Russell for "Lionsong"
More recently in our second season as a group, Gestalt competed in SoJam XV and advanced all the way to the final round of competition for the evening. Our accolades include:
Best Arrangement, Gestalt
Best Soloist, Brittany Russell
In April, Gestalt earned recognition from the 2018 Boston Sings A Cappella Festival with both competition laurels and Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards:
Mastery of Texture, Gestalt
Best Debut Album, Beyond the Archetype
Best Mixed Collegiate Solo, Brittany Russell for "Lionsong"
Best Professional Arrangement for a Scholastic Group, Ben Bram for "Trainwreck"
Runner-Up for Best Experimental/Electronic Album, Beyond the Archetype
Runner-Up for Best Religious Song, "Selah"
Competing again in the same month, Gestalt participated in the first-ever AEA Collegiate Invitational with some of the best groups in the game (i.e. Berklee’s Pitch Slapped, Faux Paz, and Lark). Our set won us the honor of:
Our debut studio album Beyond the Archetype was released last year on iTunes and Spotify and garnered a record-breaking 11 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award nominations! We thank our generous Kickstarter backers for their financial support. Feel free to peruse the album's liner notes. Check here for a sneak peak at our forthcoming live album and its liner notes.
We thank you for showing interest in Gestalt. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and consider donating so that we may continue to break the mold.
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Gestalt A Cappella