Chelmsford High School The Thursdays advance to ICHSA Semifinal

CHS’s Thursdays Runner-up, Crescendos Third at ICHSA Northeast Region Quarterfinal

Chelmsford High School The Thursdays advance to ICHSA SemifinalThursdays advance to ICHSA Northeast Regional Semifinal Mar. 19 in Worcester

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CHELMSFORD, MA (Feb. 15, 2023) – Chelmsford High School’s a cappella groups, The Thursdays and The Crescendos, finished second and third in at the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) Varsity Vocals Northeast Region Quarterfinal Sunday afternoon at the Galvin Middle School in Wakefield, Mass.

With its finish, The Thursdays advance to the ICHSA Northeast Region Semifinal Sunday, Mar. 19 (3 p.m.) at Mechanics Hall in Worcester for the fourth consecutive year. The Thursdays captured the 2021 ICHSA Semifinal and advanced to the national final.

Sophomores Chloe Arroco and Ben Grant shared the award for Outstanding Vocal Percussion.

The Thursdays, who performed a three-song set which included “Edge of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks, “Erase Me” by Lizzy McAlpine, and “I’m Tired” by Labrinth, compiled 390 points, second only to The Newtones of Newton South H.S., which placed first with 399 points.

“We were all pretty nervous leading up to the ICHSA Quarterfinal, as we wanted to make sure we were putting our best work on display,” said Thursdays Co-President Madeleine Gaffney. “As soon as we got on stage that night, I could feel a sense of trust and confidence within all of us. I am so proud of how far the group has come, and we are beyond thrilled to be able to perform again at semifinals.”

The Crescendos, who performed “Red Desert” by 5 Seconds of Summer, “Sunlight” by Hozier, and “Breath of Life” by Florence and the Machine, took third with 381 points.

The Crescendos, which have also advanced to three straight semifinal rounds and placed among the top three at NE Voices Jan. 27-28, will submit a video in attempt to move into the semifinal via a ‘wild card’ format. Two a cappellas will be selected.

“Both groups are quite happy with the current state of their sets, so there will be no dramatic overhauls,” said Amanda Roeder, CHS Choir Director and advisor to both The Thursdays and The Crescendos. “At this level, they’re focused on making the finer details very consistent.”

Joining The Thursdays and The Newtones at the semifinal will be Spectrum, representing Plymouth North H.S.; Tonal Chaos, representing Saugus High School; For Good Measure of Mohonasen (N.Y.) H.S.; and Vocal Point of South Glens Falls (N.Y.) H.S.


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