A group of University of Waterloo students has something to sing about.
The Water Boys, a campus a capella group, have become the first Canadian finalists at the International Championship of Collegiate A Capellas in over 10 years.
The group has cracked the top ten in the worldwide competition, and will head to New York City for the finals in two weeks — all after surviving an initial pool of 367 teams.
For Koby Pathmanathar, a statistics student and one of the longest-tenured Water Boys, it’s incredible.
“Why is that happening, you know? You kind of question it,” laughs Pathmanathar. “But at the same time, it’s incredible that we get to perform on the same stage as all these other groups that we aspire to be and admire.”
The competition, April 22nd at the Beacon Theatre, will be a culmination of months — and for some members, years — of practise.
“Just seeing that improvement and seeing how well we’ve done… especially, you know, now we’re in the finals — I still will never get over that, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fully process that,” says Daniel Morris, a statistics for health student and the group’s assistant musical director.
“You’re in a different mindset when you’re on the stage, and you almost do live for the applause for that twelve minutes that you’re on the stage — you just give it your all, the best performance of your life,” says Adam Thompson, a fourth-year systems design engineering student.
The group is fundraising to help cover the costs of transportation and hotels. Their GoFundMe page has a target of $5,000.