On March 9th, 2017, the acapella vocal group BYU Vocal Point came to Snow College to perform at Convocations and at the LDS Institute later that night. BYU Vocal Point comes from the music program of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Since its original founding in 1991, the unaccompanied vocal group has toured around the United States winning the Championship of Collegiate A-Capella in 2006 and 2007, and finishing 5th place in The Sing Off in 2011. Said Vocal Point voice percussionist Matt Newman in an earlier interview, “I think that the legacy that BYU Vocal Point brings isn’t just what they bring musically to the stage, but the impact they have on everyone’s hearts.”
With all the stardom held, their performance in Convocations class nearly brought in a full house. In the concert, they sang several songs including songs from Pharrell Williams and Maroon 5, as well as an original rendition of the Christian Hymn “Nearer My God to Thee.” A highlight of the show was when vocal percussionist, Newman showcased his skills by a 5-minute beat boxing solo. After a session for open audience questions, the group continued singing. For the final number, they asked for everyone in the audience who was a veteran or had family serving in the military to stand. They then concluded with the patriotic song “I’m Proud to Be an American” by Lee Greenwood.
The audience responded to their convocations performance with a standing ovation. After the show, members of Vocal Point met adoring fans outside. Said student April Carver, “I haven’t really kept up with BYU Vocal Point, but today I was a total fan girl.” Later that night they also performed at the LDS Institute for a two-hour performance. Along with the songs they played for Convocations, the concert included more of their older songs, Christian hymns, even a Christmas song mashup. BYU Vocal Point also involved audience members in the concert. For one of the songs, student Kaitlin Gilson along with several others were chosen to come on stage and be serenaded by the singers. Said Gilson of the experience, “It was crazy! Getting to be on stage with them was awesome and talking to them afterwards was so cool because they are so down to earth and genuinely nice guys.”
Said Vocal Point Tenor, Spencer Myler of his feelings about his time singing in Vocal Point, “My time in Vocal Point has been indescribable, but my best attempt to describe it would be through a concert.”