Oakland School for the Arts Chorus Wins National Prize For Singing
On April 27th in New York City, Oakland School for the Arts’ (OSA) a cappella choral group Vocal Rush was crowned champions of the 2012 International Championship of High School A Cappella. Vocal Rush competed against nine of the top ranked high school a cappella groups in the country and were judged on factors such as blend, diction, tone and visual cohesiveness. Not only was this the first time Vocal Rush participated in a competition, but they are the first finalist and champions from the Bay Area in the competitions’ 16-year history.
What did they win? VA trophy and $1,000 from the competition host, Varsity Vocals.
Founded in March 2011, Vocal Rush is made up of 11 students in the OSA Vocal Department. They are known for their soulful stage presence, killer soloists, and urban swag. Vocal Rush was founded and is directed by Divisi alumnae and OSA Vocal Music teacher Lisa Forkish.
Affectionately dubbed “The Rushettes” since only seven of the 11 members of Vocal Rush were able to make the trip to New York, Vivian Allen, Sabrina Chaco, Domine Ezechukwu, Alexandra Harris, Kyana Fanene, DeZhanice Kirtdoll and Sarah Vela were also the first all-female group to win in the history of the competition.
Furthermore, senior Sarah Vela won the award for Outstanding Soloist for her soulful rendition of Alice Russell's “Let Us Be Loving”.
Other members of Vocal Rush are Christopher Cobbs, Brenden
Foster, Dejanae Parks and Napoleon
Source: Oakland Local [http://m.oaklandlocal.com/article/55-oakland-school-arts-chorus-wins-national-prize-singing]