Choir performs a capella on the Quad

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Palo Alto High School’s four student-run a capella groups performed on the Quad last Friday in what they hope to be an annual competition.

Vikapella, Folk Yes!, the Heartbreakers and the Heartbeats, Paly choir’s four a capella groups, each performed one or two songs for Paly’s student body, which was instructed to cheer for its favorite group at the end of the performances. This lunchtime performance was put on by choir director Michael Najar to showcase the talent of the student-led groups, as well as to advertise Paly Choir’s Small Ensemble concert, which will take place Thursday, according to junior Hannah Wilson.

Wilson, who is a member of the all-female group the Heartbeats, believes performing on the Quad is a great way to publicize the unique talent of Paly choir’s a capella groups.

“This is our first time performing on the quad, but we are all in favor of all the publicity we can get,” Wilson said.

The Heartbeats, along with the three other groups, are completely self-directed and student-run.

“We pick our own music, our own rehearsal time, our performances,” Wilson said. “There is no director over the a capella groups, although advice is always welcome.”

Wilson looks forward to future choir performances on the Quad.

“We will grab at any opportunity [to perform] and would love to sing on the Quad again,” she said.