Instrumentation could be heard in the Student Center Pit on Friday night, but in this case, it was the mouths of performers making all the music. The occasion was the second-annual RAHcapella, a Rowan After Hours event dedicated to showcasing the vocals-only style.
Rowan’s all-male a cappella group Profecy headlined the evening, with an additional set from Stockata, an all-female a cappella troop from nearby Stockton University. The Rowan Dance Team also performed.
Samantha Foxwell, a member of Stockata, was interviewed before the performance started. She was thrilled for her group’s opportunity to perform.
“We’re so excited,” Foxwell said. “As an all-girl group, it’s really insane to be invited to this. We don’t really get a lot of opportunities, and we’re really excited to make new friends and show people what we can do as a collective group.”
Fellow member Kelly Connors added, “We really enjoy getting to perform with another group on campus and doing it all together.”
As the lights dimmed, Profecy took the stage. The group opened with a two-song set that began with a medley of movie studio opening themes then worked into their arrangement of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.”
They then turned the spotlight over to Stockata, who performed what they described as “a set of music based around the theme of empowerment and inner strength.”
Songs in their set included “Zombies” by The Cranberries and “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence; each was received with a round of applause.
After Stockata left the stage, Profecy returned for a medley of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” and Katy Perry’s “Roar,” which was followed up by “I Thought She Knew,” a throwback to NSYNC.
As the program began to wind down, the Rowan Dance Team had a short routine that transitioned into a dual performance with Profecy. The dancers performed choreography on stage as members of the group sang the songs “Somewhere Only We Know” and “Fine by Me.”
Profecy closed out the show with a rendition of The Chainsmokers’ hit song “Closer,” which drew more cheers from the audience.
Profecy member Zach Spencer noted that having the crowd behind the group helped push their performance over the top.
“We feed off of each other,” said Spencer, a sophomore Spanish major, “but we also feed off of the audience, and it kind of hits you when you’re actually there in front of everybody and you’re performing. It really just gets you hyped up.”
Sophomore dance and psychology major Angela Doulis said she was blown away by the talent on stage.
“I think they’re all amazingly talented,” she said. “I love the variety [of groups].”
Doulis had one clear-favorite performance from the evening.
“The choreography to ‘Closer’ by The Chainsmokers,” she said. “That was off the charts.”
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