High Fidelity 2020-2021 Season Preview


Andrea Espino

Group photo of High Fidelity members.

By Andrea Espino, Staff Writer

High Fidelity is an all-treble group that consists of voices that sing in a higher register, or all-treble voices. High Fidelity has 14 phenomenal singers. After coming off of a fantastic performance and placing third at the quarter-final competition at Illinois State University last year, the girls are so excited to see what this year holds. 

High Fidelity’s goals for this year are to record and release multiple music video projects, including a video submission for the ICHSA Varsity Vocals competition. They are also creating new vocal arrangements in small groups, developing individual vocal technique, and growing their strong bonds as a group.

Although things are looking a little different for everyone this year, High Fidelity was fortunate enough to have two outdoor, in-person rehearsals that followed strict COVID guidelines.

“What a joy that was to finally hear each other’s real voices instead of ZOOM voices!” director Kaitlin Foley said.

Alongside this, they have been meeting weekly on Zoom to prepare their repertoire for competition as well as an upcoming video release. They have also been developing their skills in music arranging and improvisation.

High Fidelity is an incredible sisterhood of powerful and supportive women. They are all different in their own ways but what brings them together is their love for singing.

“I’ve never been a part of a community as supportive as the girls of High Fidelity, and they’ve helped me grow not only as a musician but as a person. I love performing with High Fidelity, but beyond that, I love laughing and sharing stories during rehearsals and just being a part of the group,” senior Sydney Schroeder said. 

Many of the members say High Fidelity is the definition of strong, kind, and loving independent women. Being in this group has changed their morals and taught them many life lessons.

Being in this group has taught me to embrace all the parts about me that make me stand out, and our goal is to make women all around the world feel that too. Getting the opportunity to be Co-President and help be a role model for the ladies of High Fidelity has also made me appreciate the A Cappella world from a performer’s perspective as well as a leader’s, which comes with great responsibility and many, many lessons,” senior Janay Moncrief said. 

The pandemic has brought a lot of hardship into most of our lives but this group was able to find the silver lining and learned lessons that they will cherish forever. The pandemic has made High Fidelity completely rethink how to go about strengthening their ensemble and exercising their creativity. However, these challenges have made the group stronger in their ensemble and more creative in their musical expression. They now have more tools in their toolbox that they’ll keep using for years to come.

Luckily, the competitions will be on-going for High Fidelity which has made the singers feel amazing. They will be competing in ICHSA’s Varsity Vocals competition by creating their own original music video. The quarterfinals are on Feb. 15, 2021.