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Terps Place 1st in Global A Cappella Competition

By Maryland Today Staff

University of Maryland students hit all of the right notes at last month’s 2021 International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella.

Students from Faux Paz, the university’s premier all-gender a cappella group, took home first place honors, as well as special awards for “Outstanding Soloist” and “Outstanding Choreography” at the world’s largest a cappella competition.

Competing against 250 groups and roughly 3,500 participants in the competition popularized by the hit movie “Pitch Perfect,” Faux Paz impressed the judges to become the first mid-Atlantic group to win the ICCAs.

Group member Anna Dziki ’21 lauded the group’s effort throughout the competition to comply with COVID-19 guidelines and put together a winning performance created and delivered entirely from home.

“This milestone encapsulates UMD’s commitment to fearless ideas and innovation, and demonstrates how the pandemic cannot repress the creativity of its students,” Dziki said.

To watch the winning video performance, visit Faux Paz’s YouTube page.

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