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    Spotlight on the iTones: QC’s first official a capella group

    Queens College’s iTones is a co-ed a capella group founded in 2012 by President Taylor Blanket and Vice President Jessica Altieri. A cappella is technically defined as “singing without instrumental accompaniment.” While some groups use their voices to emulate instruments others are more traditional and focus on harmonizing. “I met Jessica in a jazz history class. I pitched the idea of starting an a capella group on campus. We both came from choral backgrounds during our years in high school,” Blanket said. “With a lot of determination and a little bit of luck, we were able to fill out all the paperwork, write up a proposal, and collect 20 signatures…

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    New a cappella group comes to Queens College

    The iTones, a new a cappella group established as an official club within Queens College, have been gaining significant momentum as a creative entity both on and off campus. “A group of people, four voice parts: bass, tenor, alto, soprano, guys and girls — because we’re co-ed — coming together and making music without instrumentation other than our vocal cords,” described the group’s president, Taylor Blanket. The “musician family,” formed in fall 2012 by Blanket and vice president Jessica Altieri, had come about as a reaction to the established music environment. “There wasn’t something that catered to everyone’s needs, something that was open to all ages, all religions, all sexes,”…