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ICHSA
Most recent season or competition:
2019 International Championship of High School A Cappella
ICHSA Logo.jpg
SportA Cappella
Founded2006
No. of teams227
Most recent
champion(s)
InToneNation (1st title)
Most titlesVocal Rush (4 titles)
Official website[1]

Varsity Vocals' International Championship of High School A Cappella, or ICHSA, is a tournament held annually from January to April in the United States, currently featuring over 200 ensembles representing high schools from 28 states. The competition was first held in 2006 during the intermission of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella finals at Lincoln Center in New York, NY. ICHSA is one of the most recognized competitions for a cappella music in the United States.

The tournament is divided into seven regions (Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, South, Southwest, West) with the winner of each region advancing to the finals at The Town Hall, as well as two wild card groups drawn from the first and second runners-up from each region. Groups from each region compete in a semifinal round where the winner advances to the finals and the first and second runners-up are eligible to apply for the wild-card spot. Regions are split into three, four, or five quarterfinals where the top two or three groups advance to semifinals.

Tournament Format[edit]

The format of the ICHSA tournament hasn't undergone significant alteration since its inception in 2006, and any changes have reflected an increase in the number of applicants.

Application[edit]

Groups send video applications to Varsity Vocals that include a sample of the group's repertoire. The vast majority of applicants are accepted, though objectively novice groups may be declined. ICHSA has a limit of 24 members per ensemble and will usually provide up to 18 microphones at competitions, though some groups with 25 or more members may compete with at least one member off-stage at any time during the performance.

Quarterfinals[edit]

Every region has at least three to five quarterfinal competitions. The West, Northeast, South, and Southwest each have three quarterfinals; the Mid-Atlantic region has four quarterfinals; and the Great Lakes and Midwest region is divided into five quarterfinals. Most quarterfinals feature between seven and ten groups. The top two finishers from the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest regions are invited to compete at the regional semifinal, while the top three from other regions qualify. If a group declines their invitation, the highest-scoring group that did not qualify from their quarterfinal will be invited in their place.

Semifinals[edit]

Each of the seven regions holds a semifinal competition in which the top eight, nine, or ten finishers from each quarterfinal compete for a bid at finals in New York City. Groups that place second or third are eligible to apply for a wild card bid by sending a video of their competition set to Varsity Vocals for consideration. Similarly to the quarterfinal round, if a group declines their invitation to finals, the group that placed behind them will be invited.

Finals[edit]

The winners of each region and the wild card round perform at The Town Hall in Manhattan for the titles of ICHSA champion, runner-up and third place group. Groups that place in the top 3 are invited to perform at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) finals the following evening. Awards are also given to the individuals and groups that judges believe gave the most outstanding solos and vocal percussion, had the most outstanding choreography, and composed the most outstanding arrangements. The winner is invited to compete in the Varsity Vocals A Cappella Open competition, featuring the best ensembles from around the world.

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

ICHSA was founded in 2006 by Varsity Vocals following the success of ICCA since 1996. The popularity of high school a cappella, and a cappella as a whole, has increased exponentially since ICHSA's founding. As such, the number of participating groups has expanded from a dozen in 2006 to more than two hundred in 2019. With the increase in participation, groups affiliated with ICHSA have been forced to evolve the genre in order to outcompete opponents. A cappella has become an almost universal outlet for musical expression at all levels, almost entirely credited to the popularity of ICCA, ICHSA, and their subsequent spin-offs.

Expansion[edit]

From 2006-2009, ICHSA didn't gain much of a following. There were four regional semifinals and the champion of each would be invited to compete at ICHSA finals during the intermission of ICCA finals. In 2010, following the successful airing of NBC's a cappella-focused reality television series The Sing-Off, the competition expanded to include two more regions, as well as offering two groups wild card bids to finals via video submissions. In 2011, ICHSA added one more region (Southwest) and invited an additional wild card group. In 2012, the first a cappella-focused wide-release theatrical film, Pitch Perfect, was released, which created much hype and allowed for two more regions, St. Louis and Ohio Valley, to be added to the tournament in 2013, with only one wild card champion. In 2014, the New England region was split into the New England and Northeast regions, the Great Lakes region split into the Great Lakes and Michigan regions, and there was no wild card application. 2015 saw the largest group of finalists in ICHSA history, with eleven semifinal champions and one wild card bid. This led to the creation of quarterfinal rounds in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast regions in 2016, as well as the downsizing of finals to only include eight regional champions and two wild card groups. 2017 saw the addition of quarterfinal rounds to three more regions and only one wild card champion. In 2019, ICHSA finally had enough applicants from every region to include quarterfinal rounds everywhere in the country and two wild card champions.

SoutheastWisconsinEast CoastMichiganSt. LouisOhio ValleySouthwestWild CardNorthwestNew EnglandGreat LakesWestSouthNortheastMidwestMid-Atlantic

"Supergroup" Controversy[edit]

Though most of ICHSA's history has been a smooth path to success, there have been complaints in recent years over the dominance of "supergroups," groups that are not tied down by affiliations to a single school or groups formed out of schools with a primary focus on the arts. Most notably, the 2018 ICHSA west region and national champions, Legacy, are a community group from Los Angeles whose success left an impact on the a cappella community such that these types of groups are informally known around the United States as "legacy groups." ICHSA released an official statement in March of 2018 that they had no plans to take any action to prevent "supergroups" from competing in ICHSA, prioritizing their precedent of maximum inclusivity and creating opportunities for students over maintaining a rigid rulebook that may limit participation.

Other notable "supergroups" include four-time national champion Vocal Rush from the Oakland School for the Arts in Oakland, CA; and SoundProof, a community group from the Kansas City-Overland Park metro area that took third place at the 2019 Great Lakes and Wild Card semifinals.

Champions[edit]

ICHSA Champions (2006-2019)
Year Group School Location Runners-Up
2019 InToneNation New Manchester High School Douglasville, GA South 2nd - Skyline Blues (Ann Arbor, MI)

3rd - The Thursdays (Chelmsford, MA)

4th - Evolve (Pasadena, MD)

2018 Legacy no school affiliation Los Angeles, CA West 2nd - Forte (Centerville, OH)

3rd - Fusion (Flower Mound, TX)

2017 Vocal Rush Oakland School for the Arts Oakland, CA West 2nd - Enharmonic Fusion (DeKalb, IL)

3rd - Vocal Point (Galesville, WI)

4th - Stay Tuned (Cherry Hill, NJ)

2016 Forte Centerville High School Dayton, OH Midwest 2nd - Limited Edition (Port Washington, WI)

3rd - Key of She (Memphis, TN)

4th - The A Cappella Group (Fort Myers, FL)

2015 Vocal Rush Oakland School for the Arts Oakland, CA Northwest 2nd - Forte (Centerville, OH)

3rd - Falconize (Danvers, MA)

2014 Highlands Voices Northern Highlands Regional High School Allendale, NJ Mid-Atlantic 2nd - Vega (Dayton, OH)

3rd - Crimson (Colorado Springs, CO)

2013 Vocal Rush Oakland School for the Arts Oakland, CA Northwest 2nd - Forte (Centerville, OH)

3rd - Powder Room (St. Louis, MO)

2012 Wild Card

(Northwest)

2nd - Forte (Centerville, OH)

3rd - Limited Edition (Port Washington, WI)

2011 PFC Douglas MacArthur High School San Antonio, TX Wild Card

(Video Submission)

2nd - Soul'd Out (Wilsonville, OR)

3rd - Highlands Voices (Allendale, NJ)

2010 Limited Edition Port Washington High School Port Washington, WI Midwest 2nd - Vocal Forte (Haddon Heights, NJ)

3rd - Town Criers (Weston, MA)

2009 Eighth Notes A&M Consolidated High School College Station, TX South 2nd - Soulfege (Ann Arbor, MI)
2008 Men of Note Cherry Hill West High School Cherry Hill, NJ Northeast 2nd - The Mane Event (Tallahassee, FL)

3rd - Fly Check (DeKalb, IL)

4th - Crimson (Colorado Springs, CO)

2007 Northeast 2nd - Crimson (Colorado Springs, CO)

3rd - The A Cappella Group (Fort Myers, FL)

4th - Fly Check (DeKalb, IL)

2006 Mid-Atlantic 2nd - Baby Grands (Cincinnati, OH)

3rd - 5-Alone (South Hadley, MA)

2005 Crimson Cheyenne Mountain High School Colorado Springs, CO West

Records[edit]

ICHSA Records (2006-2019)
Record Title Record (Year) Title Holder School
Most National Titles 4 (2012-2013, 2015, 2017) Vocal Rush Oakland School for the Arts
Most Consecutive National Titles 3 (2006-2008) Men of Note Cherry Hill High School West
Most National Runner-Ups 4 (2012-2013, 2015, 2018) Forte Centerville High School
Most Regional Titles 7 (2011-2016, 2019) Highlands Voices Northern Highlands Regional High School
Most Consecutive Regional Titles 6 (2011-2016)
Most Consecutive Regional Titles (Active) 3 (2017-2019) The Thursdays Chelmsford High School
Most Titles in a Single Region 6 (Mid-Atlantic: 2011-2014, 2016, 2019) Highlands Voices Northern Highlands Regional High School
Most Consecutive Titles in a Single Region 4 (Mid-Atlantic: 2011-2014) Highlands Voices Northern Highlands Regional High School
Most Consecutive Titles in a Single Region (Active) 3 (Northeast: 2017-2019) The Thursdays Chelmsford High School
Most Appearances at Finals 9 (2005-2011, 2014, 2016) Crimson Cheyenne Mountain High School
Most Consecutive Appearances at Finals 7 (2005-2011) Crimson Cheyenne Mountain High School
Most Consecutive Appearances at Finals (Active) 3 (2017-2019) The Thursdays Chelmsford High School
Longest Gap Between Finals Appearances 9 Years (2007-2016) T.A.G. Cypress Lake High School
Most Wild Card Titles 3 (2006, 2010, 2011) Crimson Cheyenne Mountain High School
3 (2010, 2012, 2016) Enharmonic Fusion DeKalb High School
Most Seasons Competing 11 (2009-2019) Soul'd Out Wilsonville High School
11 (2006-2009, 2012-2018) T.A.G. Cypress Lake High School
Most Consecutive Seasons Competing 11 (2009-2019) Soul'd Out Wilsonville High School
Most Quarterfinal Titles 3 (2017-2019) Dragon Scales Appomattox Regional Governor's School
Highlands Voices Northern Highlands Regional High School
InToneNation New Manchester High School
The Thursdays Chelmsford High School
3 (2016, 2018-2019) For Good Measure Mohonasen High School
Limited Edition Port Washington High School
3 (2016-2018) Enharmonic Fusion DeKalb High School
Falconize Danvers High School
Most Consecutive Quarterfinal Titles 3 (2017-2019) Dragon Scales Appomattox Regional Governor's School
Highlands Voices Northern Highlands Regional High School
InToneNation New Manchester High School
The Thursdays Chelmsford High School
3 (2016-2018) Enharmonic Fusion DeKalb High School
Falconize Danvers High School
Highest Point Total at Any Competition 451 (2017 West Semifinal) Vocal Rush Oakland School for the Arts
Highest Point Total at Finals 447 (2013 ICHSA Final)
Highest Point Total at Semifinals 451 (2017 West Semifinal)
Highest Point Total at Quarterfinals 440 (2018 Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal #3) Dragon Scales Appomattox Regional Governor's School
440 (2018 South Quarterfinal #4) InToneNation New Manchester High School
Highest Point Differential at Any Competition 134 (2006 Mid-Atlantic Semifinal) Men of Note Cherry Hill West High School
Highest Point Differential at Finals 110 (2015 ICHSA Final) Vocal Rush Oakland School for the Arts
Highest Point Differential at Semifinals 134 (2006 Mid-Atlantic Semifinal) Men of Note Cherry Hill West High School
Highest Point Differential at Quarterfinals 112 (2018 Midwest Quarterfinal #1) Limited Edition Port Washington High School

Regions[edit]

Current Regions[edit]

Great Lakes[edit]

The Great Lakes region was formed in 2010 from areas that would have previously been a part of the Midwest region. It has always included all of the groups from Michigan, with the exception of 2014 when those groups competed in the Michigan semifinal. The most recent champion is Skyline Blues from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, who placed second at ICHSA finals. Centerville High School's Forte has won the Great Lakes three times, the most of any group, and has gone on to place second at ICHSA finals each time. In 2016, when ICHSA expanded to include quarterfinals, the Great Lakes region was reabsorbed into the Midwest for one season. In 2017, the Great Lakes region was reinstated with three quarterfinals. This expanded to five quarterfinals in 2019, encompassing all groups from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Missouri, and Kansas. The Great Lakes region is the only current ICHSA region that has never had a group go on to win a Wild Card bid nor ICHSA finals.

ICHSA Great Lakes Champions (2010-2015, 2017-2019)
Year Champion School Location
2019 Skyline Blues Skyline High School Ann Arbor, MI
2018 Forte Centerville High School Dayton, OH
2017 Ars Nova Miami Valley School
2015 Touch of Class Port Clinton High School Port Clinton, OH
2014 Limited Edition Port Washington High School Port Washington, WI
2013 Forte Centerville High School Dayton, OH
2012
2011 Echo Effect Niles West High School Skokie, IL
2010 CODAs Clarkston High School Clarkston, MI

Mid-Atlantic[edit]

The Mid-Atlantic region was established in 2006 as one of five ICHSA regions. The areas that competed in the Mid-Atlantic in 2006 were merged into the Northeast region from 2007-2009, then reestablished as their own region in 2010 due to ICHSA's expansions. The Mid-Atlantic's most recent champion is the Highlands Voices from Allendale, New Jersey, who has won the region six times since 2011, as well as claimed one title from the Northeast region, giving them the ICHSA record for most regional titles, most consecutive regional titles, and most appearances at ICHSA finals. Two ICHSA champions have come out of the Mid-Atlantic region: Highlands Voices in 2014 and Men of Note in 2006; as well as one third-place group: the 2011 Highlands Voices. The Mid-Atlantic expanded in 2016 to include three quarterfinals, then again in 2017 to include four, which has not changed. The Mid-Atlantic region hasn't always included groups in the same areas, sometimes including groups from Virginia and North Carolina and other times from Rhode Island and Connecticut. The most recent iteration of the region included all competing groups from New Jersey and Maryland as well as two from New York.

ICHSA Mid-Atlantic Champions (2006, 2010-2019)
Year Champion School Location
2019 Highlands Voices Northern Highlands Regional High School Allendale, NJ
2018 Dragon Scales Appomattox Regional Governor's School Petersburg, VA
2017 Stay Tuned Cherry Hill East High School Cherry Hill, NJ
2016 Highlands Voices Northern Highlands Regional High School Allendale, NJ
2015 WA Cappella Western Alamance High School Elon, NC
2014 Highlands Voices Northern Highlands Regional High School Allendale, NJ
2013
2012
2011
2010 The 18 Wheelers Wheeler School Providence, RI
2006 Men of Note Cherry Hill West High School Cherry Hill, NJ

Midwest[edit]

The Midwest is one of only two regions that has officially competed in ICHSA every year since its inception in 2006. The Midwest is often considered to be the most competitive region in ICHSA because it is the largest region and it has produced some of the most successful groups in the history of high school a cappella. The most recent Midwest champion is Port Washington, Wisconsin's Limited Edition, who declined their invitation to ICHSA finals so that they could attend the National A Cappella Convention (NACC). Knight Club from Oak Creek, Wisconsin, the second place group at the 2019 semifinal, competed at finals in their place. The Midwest region has twice included two of the top three groups in the country: 2016 (Forte - 1st at ICHSA finals / Limited Edition - 2nd at ICHSA finals) and 2017 (Enharmonic Fusion - 2nd at ICHSA finals / Vocal Point - 3rd at ICHSA finals). Limited Edition also placed third at ICHSA finals in 2012 and won in 2010. Soulfege from Ann Arbor, Michigan was the ICHSA runner-up in 2009 and Cincinnati's Baby Grands was the first ICHSA runner-up in 2006. The Midwest has always included groups from Illinois and Wisconsin, and has included regions as widespread as Kansas to Ohio and Minnesota to Tennessee. In 2016, the Midwest absorbed the Great Lakes region to account for its five quarterfinal rounds. This was reduced to four for the 2017 season so that the Great Lakes could establish its own region with quarterfinals. However, the rapid expansion of ICHSA allowed for the Midwest to increase again to five quarterfinals in 2018, which it has maintained since. The 2019 Midwest region included all groups from Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

ICHSA Midwest Champions (2006-2019)
Year Champion School Location
2019 Limited Edition Port Washington High School Port Washington, WI
2018 Vocal Point Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School Galesville, WI
2017 Enharmonic Fusion DeKalb High School DeKalb, IL
2016 Forte Centerville High School Dayton, OH
2015 Enharmonic Fusion DeKalb High School DeKalb, IL
2014 Fusion Kettering Fairmont High School Kettering, OH
2013 Limited Edition Port Washington High School Port Washington, WI
2012
2011 Standing Room Only Woodstock High School Woodstock, IL
2010 Limited Edition Port Washington High School Port Washington, WI
2009 Soulfege Pioneer High School Ann Arbor, MI
2008 Fly Check DeKalb High School DeKalb, IL
2007
2006 Baby Grands School for Creative and Performing Arts Cincinnati, OH

Northeast[edit]

The Northeast region was one of the five regions established in 2006 and continued in effect until 2009. In 2010, the Northeast was split into the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions but resumed in 2014, including groups that would otherwise have competed in each region. With the 2016 expansion, the Northeast took over the New England region to include three quarterfinal rounds, which it has held ever since. Two ICHSA champions have come out of the Northeast, and both of them are the Men of Note from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The most recent Northeast champions are Chelmsford, Massachusetts' The Thursdays, who placed third at ICHSA finals. The Thursdays have won the Northeast the most times (three) and the most consecutive times (three) and have the longest active finals attendance streak (three). In 2019, the Northeast region included all groups from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, as well as all but two groups from New York.

ICHSA Northeast Champions (2006-2009, 2014-2019)
Year Champion School Location
2019 The Thursdays Chelmsford High School Chelmsford, MA
2018
2017
2016 The Dobbs 16 Masters School Dobbs Ferry, NY
2015 Highlands Voices Northern Highlands Regional High School Allendale, NJ
2014 Unplugged La Plata High School La Plata, MD
2009 Vocal Forte Haddon Heights Baptist Regional School Haddon Heights, NJ
2008 Men of Note Cherry Hill West High School Cherry Hill, NJ
2007
2006 5-Alone Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School South Hadley, MA

South[edit]

The South region is one of only two regions, along with the Midwest, that has officially competed in ICHSA since its inception in 2006. In 2012, groups from the western part of the South region and the southern part of the West region combined to make the Southwest region. Groups from the northern and eastern parts of the South have competed in several other regions, including the Mid-Atlantic, the Ohio Valley, and the Great Lakes, but weren't consolidated until 2016. In 2017, the South and Southeast regions merged to form the three-quarterfinal South region. The region expanded to four quarterfinals in 2018. The South was the only region that reduced its show count from 2018 to 2019, consolidating some of its quarterfinals to fill them up to nine or ten groups instead of the minimum of six. The most recent South champions, New Manchester High School's InToneNation, went on to take first place at ICHSA finals. The South region has produced three groups that finished in the top three at finals: InToneNation in 2019, A&M Consolidated High School's Eighth Notes won in 2009, and The Mane Event from Leon High School finished second in 2008. InToneNation is the only group to ever win the ICHSA South region in two consecutive years. In 2019, the South region consisted of all groups from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.

ICHSA South Champions (2006-2019)
Year Champion School Location
2019 InToneNation New Manchester High School Douglasville, GA
2018
2017 The A Cappella Group (T.A.G.) Cypress Lake High School Fort Myers, FL
2016 Key of She White Station High School Memphis, TN
2015 Take 7 Winter Park High School Winter Park, FL
2014 Mello Divas Berkeley Preparatory School Tampa, FL
2013 After School Specials Palm Harbor University High School Palm Harbor, FL
2012 Take 7 Winter Park High School Winter Park, FL
2011 The Mane Event Leon High School Tallahassee, FL
2010 Straight Jacket Quartet Calhoun High School Calhoun, GA
2009 Eighth Notes A&M Consolidated High School College Station, TX
2008 The Mane Event Leon High School Tallahassee, FL
2007 The A Cappella Group (T.A.G.) Cypress Lake High School Fort Myers, FL
2006 The Diamond Dozen George Jenkins High School Lakeland, FL

Southwest[edit]

The Southwest region was formed as a merger of groups from the western South and southern West regions in 2012 (PFC was selected by video submission in 2011). The region expanded to include three quarterfinals in 2017, which has not increased since due to decreased involvement from groups in Colorado. PFC, the 2019 Southwest champion, has won the region the most times of any group (four) and is the only group to have won the Southwest in two consecutive years. PFC's first outing to ICHSA finals ended with them taking first place. The 2018 Southwest champion, Fusion, is the most recent single-sex ensemble to have qualified for ICHSA finals, where they took third. In 2013, the Southwest semifinal saw the first and only tie in the history of ICHSA, between Madison Avenue of San Antonio, Texas, and Mixed Company from the SCUC-ISD in Texas. The Southwest region included all groups from Arizona, Colorado, Texas, and Arkansas in 2019.

ICHSA Southwest Champions (2011-2019)
Year Champion(s) School Location
2019 Premier & Final Cut (PFC) Douglas MacArthur High School San Antonio, TX
2018 Fusion Edward S. Marcus High School Flower Mound, TX
2017 Walk the Line Rockwall High School Rockwall, TX
2016 Premier & Final Cut (PFC) Douglas MacArthur High School San Antonio, TX
2015 Fusion Edward S. Marcus High School Flower Mound, TX
2014 Crimson Cheyenne Mountain High School Colorado Springs, CO
2013 Madison Avenue James Madison High School San Antonio, TX
Mixed Company Samuel Clemens High School / Byron P. Steele High School Schertz, TX / Cibolo, TX
2012 Premier & Final Cut (PFC) Douglas MacArthur High School San Antonio, TX
2011

West[edit]

The West region was one of five established at the beginning of ICHSA in 2006. In 2010, groups from the northern West region were moved to the Northwest region and groups from the eastern West region were moved to the South region. In 2011, groups from Colorado and Texas were included in the Southwest region. The West region did not resume until 2016. The last region to adopt quarterfinals, the West region held a single show each year until 2019 when they merged with the Northwest to include three quarterfinals. Sunset High School's Free to Breathe won their first regional title in 2019, despite competing since 2009, and attended ICHSA finals. The West region has produced two ICHSA champions: Vocal Rush from Oakland, California in 2017 and Legacy from Los Angeles, California in 2018; as well as one ICHSA runner-up: Colorado Springs' Crimson in 2007. Crimson is the second-most represented group at ICHSA finals, having attended six times (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016), representing three different regional semifinals (West x4, Southwest, Wild Card). The 2019 West region included all groups from Oregon, Washington, and California.

ICHSA West Champions (2006-2009, 2016-2019)
Year Champion School Location
2019 Free to Breathe Sunset High School Beaverton, OR
2018 Legacy No school affiliation Los Angeles, CA
2017 Vocal Rush Oakland School for the Arts Oakland, CA
2016 Crimson Cheyenne Mountain High School Colorado Springs, CO
2009
2008
2007
2006 Slate

Wild Card[edit]

The Wild Card is not a regional semifinal, but a second chance for the top groups from each region to earn themselves a bid to ICHSA finals. Since 2012, participation has been limited to groups that have placed second or third at their regional semifinal. In 2018, ICHSA opened the Wild Card to groups that qualified for regional semifinals but were unable to attend, which allowed Stay Tuned from Cherry Hill, New Jersey to win the Wild Card. This caused a mild controversy, specifically amongst the groups which placed directly behind Stay Tuned: Rockwall, Texas' The most recent Wild Card champions were Madison Avenue from San Antonio, Texas, who won their second trip to finals since 2013; and Evolve from Pasadena, Maryland, making their ICHSA finals debut in their first season competing. The number of groups that advance to finals from the Wild Card has varied based on the number of regions and the number of groups. Since 2017, the ICHSA finalist count has been set at nine, meaning one champion in 2017, one in 2018, and two in 2019 to replace the Northwest regional champion. Many groups that have advanced through the Wild Card have gone on to place in the top three at ICHSA finals, but only one Wild Card champion has won ICHSA: Vocal Rush from Oakland, California, in 2012.

ICHSA Wild Card Champions (2010-2013, 2015-2019)
Year Champion(s) School / Organization Location Region
2019 Madison Avenue James Madison High School San Antonio, TX Southwest
Evolve Chesapeake High School Pasadena, MD Mid-Atlantic
2018 Stay Tuned Cherry Hill East High School Cherry Hill, NJ
2017 Vocal Point Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School Galesville, WI Midwest
2016 Enharmonic Fusion DeKalb High School DeKalb, IL
Limited Edition Port Washington High School Port Washington, WI
2015 Forte Centerville High School Dayton, OH Ohio Valley
2013 Synergy Oregon Children's Choir Eugene, OR Northwest
2012 Vocal Rush Oakland School for the Arts Oakland, CA
Enharmonic Fusion DeKalb High School DeKalb, IL Midwest
OneVoice Briarcrest Christian School Eads, TN South
2011 A Bunch of Guys Mountain Brook High School Birmingham, AL
Crimson Cheyenne Mountain High School Colorado Springs, CO Southwest
Vocal Forte Haddon Heights Baptist Regional School Haddon Heights, NJ Mid-Atlantic
2010 Town Criers Weston High School Weston, MA Northeast
Vocal Forte Haddon Heights Baptist Regional School Haddon Heights, NJ Mid-Atlantic

Former Regions[edit]

East Coast[edit]

The East Coast region existed only in 2015 as a branch of the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions. It was reabsorbed in 2016 with the addition of quarterfinals in those regions. The only ICHSA East Coast champion is The 18 Wheelers from Providence, Rhode Island.

ICHSA East Coast Champion (2015)
Year Champion School Location
2015 The 18 Wheelers Wheeler School Providence, RI

Michigan[edit]

The Michigan region existed only in 2014 because the Great Lakes region was moved from Michigan to Wisconsin. It was replaced by the Wisconsin semifinal in 2015 while the Great Lakes returned to Michigan. The only ICHSA Michigan champion is Echo Effect from Skokie, Illinois. Despite five of the seven groups being from Michigan, the only group from Michigan that placed top three in the Michigan semifinal was Novi's Major VI.

ICHSA Michigan Champion (2014)
Year Champion School Location
2014 Echo Effect Niles West High School Skokie, IL

New England[edit]

The New England region was established in 2010 as one of two regions that split from the Northeast. Danvers High School's Falconize, the 2015 New England champion, was the only New England group to place at finals, coming in third place. WitchPitch? from Salem, Massachusetts, won New England three consecutive years and has not returned to finals since. The New England region was merged into the Northeast in 2016 with the addition of quarterfinal rounds.

ICHSA New England Champions (2010-2015)
Year Champion School Location
2015 Falconize Danvers High School Danvers, MA
2014 Highlands Belles Northern Highlands Regional High School Allendale, NJ
2013 WitchPitch? Salem High School Salem, MA
2012
2011
2010 The Jewel Tones Marblehead High School Marblehead, MA

Northwest[edit]

The Northwest region was established in 2010 as a split of the West. It was merged back into the West region in 2019 to accommodate for three quarterfinal rounds. Soul'd Out, the last Northwest champion, has won the region four times (2010, 2011, 2014, 2018) and placed second at finals in 2011. Vocal Rush from Oakland, California, has made three trips to finals as a representative from the Northwest (they lost to Mezzo Devotion at semifinals in 2012 but earned a Wild Card bid) and won each time, as well as an outing for the West region. Both groups have made appearances on NBC's The Sing-Off.

ICHSA Northwest Champions (2010-2018)
Year Champion School / Organization Location
2018 Soul'd Out Wilsonville High School Wilsonville, OR
2017 Synergy Oregon Children's Choir Eugene, OR
2016 Rhythmix West Albany High School Albany, OR
2015 Vocal Rush Oakland School for the Arts Oakland, CA
2014 Soul'd Out Wilsonville High School Wilsonville, OR
2013 Vocal Rush Oakland School for the Arts Oakland, CA
2012 Mezzo Devotion Newberg High School Newberg, OR
2011 Soul'd Out Wilsonville High School Wilsonville, OR
2010

Ohio Valley[edit]

The Ohio Valley region was established in 2013 as a compilation of groups from overflowing Midwest, Great Lakes, South, and Mid-Atlantic regions. Vega, from Dayton, Ohio, won the first two Ohio Valley semifinals and placed second at ICHSA finals in 2014. In 2016, the Ohio Valley region was split up into the Midwest, South, and Mid-Atlantic regions to support quarterfinal rounds.

ICHSA Ohio Valley Champions (2013-2015)
Year Champion School Location
2015 Tonal Spectrum Crest High School Shelby, NC
2014 Vega Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School Dayton, OH
2013

Southeast[edit]

The Southeast region existed only in 2016 as a branch of the South region. It was reabsorbed in 2017 with the inclusion of quarterfinal rounds in the South. The only ICHSA Southeast champion is T.A.G. from Fort Myers, Florida. T.A.G. has made two other appearances at ICHSA finals for the South region.

ICHSA Southeast Champion (2016)
Year Champion School Location
2016 The A Cappella Group (T.A.G.) Cypress Lake High School Fort Myers, FL

St. Louis[edit]

The St. Louis region existed only in 2013 as a branch of the Midwest region. It was reabsorbed in 2014 because of the establishment of the Michigan semifinal. The only ICHSA St. Louis champion is Powder Room from St. Louis, Missouri, who went on to place third at ICHSA finals.

ICHSA St. Louis Champion (2013)
Year Champion School Location
2013 Powder Room Parkway North High School St. Louis, MO

Wisconsin[edit]

The Wisconsin region existed only in 2015 as a branch of the Midwest region. It was reabsorbed in 2016 due to the inclusion of quarterfinal rounds in the Midwest. Unlike the Michigan semifinal, all competing groups at the Wisconsin semifinal were from Wisconsin. The only ICHSA Wisconsin champion is The Insongniacs from Appleton.

ICHSA Wisconsin Champion (2015)
Year Champion School Location
2015 The Insongniacs Appleton East High School Appleton, WI

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