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April 1, 2013

Singing their way to the Big Apple

Salem High's a cappella choir to compete in national finals


A cappella choirs have exploded in popularity recently, especially with the success of television’s “Glee” and the 2012 movie “Pitch Perfect,” both of which portray a cappella choirs.

WitchPitch? director Alex Grover, said that more than 30 students auditioned for five open spots this year. The group rehearses outside the scheduled school day, between four and six hours per week.

Offstage, WitchPitch? members are close friends, “just like a family,” Barzola said.

In addition to placing first at semifinals on March 2, WitchPitch? was given an award for best choreography, and Dupuis earned an “outstanding arrangement” nod for one of the group’s songs.

WitchPitch? — along with Marblehead High School’s Luminescence — was among the 19 high schools to have a recording selected for Varsity Vocals “Best of High School A Cappella” compilation album this year.

Also, an album WitchPitch? recorded last year was nominated for two Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards — the Grammys of a cappella, Grover said.

Despite making it to the national finals for three years running, WitchPitch? has yet to place. Competition is fierce and gets tougher every year, Grover said.

Grover, a Salem High graduate, founded WitchPitch? in 2009. He’s hoping that WitchPitch? will place at nationals, which would earn them a spot to perform, in exhibition, at the college-level finals the following night.

Bethany Bray can be reached at and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.



IF YOU GO What: A cappella concert fundraiser featuring WitchPitch? of Salem High School and Redline, a Boston-based all-male professional group When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Salem High School auditorium, 77 Wilson St. How much: Tickets will be available at the door; $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors. Proceeds will go toward upcoming trip for WitchPitch? to New York City to compete in the Varsity Vocals International Championship of High School A Cappella. More information: Email

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