By Jessica Doran
Union’s Got Talent is an annual competition that allows the finest of Union’s musical and dance talent to be pitted against each other in a big way. In order to welcome the accepted students to Union the night before they tour the campus on Accepted Students Day, Union puts on a great show.
The Union College Dance Team, the Dutch Pipers, the Eliphalets, the Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir, and the Garnet Minstrelles competed in a battle of song and dance. The event also featured a performance from the
group, a newer addition to the lineup.
This year they had to entertain a substantially larger group of people. Union’s acceptance rate is higher than in previous years and the pressure was on. The Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir sang “What is This” by Mary Mary, lead by vocalists Gina Riggins ‘13 and Elite Williams ‘13.
They also sang “Revelation 19:1” lead by the newest edition to their choir Sean Martin ‘15. Ackeem Hill ‘13, a member of the Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir and the Dutch Pipers, said, “Both songs showed off how well we blend as a choir and also was true to our mission statement, which is to uplift and inspire through gospel music.”
The Garnet Minstrelles sang “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, “Bills, Bills, Bills” by Destiny’s Child, and “Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy.
The Eliphalet’s sang a mash-up of “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King and “Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston, “Valerie” by The Zutons, and “Rumor Has It” by Adele.
The Dutch Pipers sang “Alive at the Glory of Love” by Say Anything, “If I Ever Fall In Love” by Shai, and “Flathead” by the Fratellis.
“Union’s Got Talent is a competition where we get to show the accepted students more about the performing clubs at Union than they have already been exposed to,” Hill explained.
For students who are looking to get involved in performing arts on campus, or who think that it would be fun to sing or dance in addition to their other academic commitments, the show can be enlightening.
Sometimes the other achievements of Union can be sidelined when considering its amazing academic standing. All day long, the accepted students are busy touring the campus buildings, sitting in on classes and learning about the scope of academics. They need a break to see all the fun activities that Union has.
Not only is it important for the students to get a taste of this social culture at Union, but they are also able to begin to envision themselves as members of this campus, separate from the classroom.
Jaclyn DeFranco ‘13, a member of the Garnet Minstrelles, showed enthusiasm and appreciation for the event: “It’s truly an awesome and fun way for students to see what groups and clubs Union has to offer. If they weren’t exposed to this event when they came for Accepted Students Day, they might not be able to become involved until after Club Expo in the fall. By doing this, we get them excited over the summer for becoming involved as soon as they get here.”
Although all groups performed admirably, the Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir ended up with the win, defeating the reigning champions, the Garnet Minstrelles.
Sam Stagias ‘14, member of the Garnet Minstrelles, said, “Although we are all a little sad we didn’t keep our title, it’s all in good fun and I hope the new students had a great time!”
Hill spoke of his pride for one of his groups’ win: “Although the Pipers came in second place, the Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir emerged victorious with soul stirring performances.
The choir has come a long way, but with our victory, we proved that with hard work and dedication they can achieve anything.”