October 10, 2017
Writer: Don Sparhawk
Noteworthy, a popular women's a cappella group from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, will perform Saturday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.
Noteworthy has appeared on NBC's hit television show, "The Sing-Off," and was crowned the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA) champion in 2007.
Noteworthy's varied repertoire includes everything: rock, pop, country, jazz, R&B, spiritual and other musical styles. The performers take songs and rearrange them to deliver a new rendition with just their mouths. They mimic complex instrumentation, hold a perfect pitch and give a beautiful harmony.
The nine members are selected through competitive auditions and they are experts at displaying musical ability, creativity and stage experience - resulting in original, skillful, and spirited performances.
Noteworthy is under the direction of former Vocal Point member Keith Evans.
"There's nothing like Noteworthy anywhere else at BYU, or anywhere else, period," Evans said. "The chance to work with such talented, committed women to make such exciting, inspiring music is one I cherish. These days, young women can so easily find female role models who don't inspire and uplift. That is what makes it a privilege to direct an ensemble of women who are honest, loyal and virtuous, as well as bright, talented and fun."
BYU alumna Esther Yoder organized Noteworthy in 2003 and in 2007 they won first place in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.
In 2014, the group became an official BYU group. Since then Noteworthy has continued to pave their path to success. They have made a strong impression on YouTube with their music videos.
In October 2015, their music video "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" went viral with over 3 million views in two weeks after its release. Noteworthy has also released four albums, with another one currently being recorded.
They have collaborated with BYU's male a cappella group, Vocal Point, for their music video "Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful."
Most recently, they teamed up with violinist Keith Goodrich for their version of the Irish hymn, "Be Thou My Vision."
Tickets are $12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students. Tickets may be purchased at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office, by calling 208-496-3170 or online at www.byui.edu/tickets.