Crosbys win top honors at International Championship A Cappella finals
The Binghamton Crosbys, Binghamton University’s only all-male a cappella vocal ensemble, won top honors at the International Championship of College A Cappella (ICCA) on Saturday, April 26. The competition, held at the Beacon Theater in New York City, featured competing groups from North Carolina State, the University of Maine, Penn State, the University of Oregon and Amherst.
In addition to winning top honors, the Crosbys took home awards for best soloist, awarded to Evan Behlivanis for his rendition of ‘Mama.’
The Crosbys advanced to the finals by winning their regional competition hosted at the University of Maryland in February. They bested groups from the University of Maryland, Cornell University, Lafayette College and Villanova University. More than 100 groups were chosen to compete in this year’s ICCA competition from more than 250 applicants. The Crosbys went on to win their semi-final bracket on March 8, which featured competing groups from Lafayette College, SUNY Buffalo, New York University and Syracuse University.
The ICCA has been in existence since 1996. Since that time, the Crosbys have advanced out of the regional stage by finishing in the top two competing groups in every year they have competed (the competition wasn’t held in 1999 and the Crosbys took a year off from competing in 2002 to record their seventh album). The Crosbys are also the first group in the history of the competition to reach the finals three times, having competed at Carnegie Hall in 1998 and Lincoln Center in 2001, making them one of the most consistent and well-recognized collegiate performance groups in the country.
The Crosbys are celebrating their 20th year at Binghamton University. For more information on the Binghamton Crosbys, visit their website at http://www.thecrosbys.com/