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4/10/13 - CU Denver group MIX and lead singer Emma Wallingford win big​

Qualifying for the prestigious Boston Sings (BOSS) competition was the start of another crescendo for the University of Colorado Denver’s premier a cappella group, MIX (​Emma Wallingford, Michelle Ghun, Kaia Nutting, Daniel Bailey, Luis Sandoval, Chris Kimmel, and Cody Carbone). They then proceeded to survive a three round elimination format against five other top programs to finish the school year with the biggest win in program history.

3/18/13 - MIX is on a roll!  The group has been selected by BOSS (Boston Sings A Cappella Festival) to participate in Boston Sings’ second Collegiate Competition for 2013. BOSS selected MIX from a large group of a cappella hopefuls and is the only collegiate group selected from west of the Mississippi. Described as a "jam-packed" festival "with concerts, competitions, master classes and hands-on workshops led by some of the biggest names in the vocal music universe"  will vie with five other groups for the title of BOSS's Best Collegiate A Cappella Group – Cat’s Meow, University of Vermont, Divisi, Central Connecticut State University, Pitch, Please!, Northeastern University, Voices in Your Head, University of Chicago, and Volta, Syracuse University on Friday, April 3, at the Blackman Auditorium, Ell Hall, Boston.

2-19-13 - MIX and 9th Street Singers take first, second at Mile High Vocal Jam

Performances in front of sold-out King Center crowd 'a win for the university overall'​

The University of Colorado Denver's Commercial Voice Program swept Saturday's Mile High Vocal Jam competition at the King Center. MIX and the 9th Street Singers took first and second place, respectively, in the competition of top collegiate and high school a cappella groups.

A video audition guaranteed MIX a spot in the 10-group competition -- five college, five high school -- while the 9th Street Singers earned one of two collegiate "wild card" slots for the evening competition. The 9th Street Singers, an ensemble that trains performers for MIX, ended up competing against MIX, making for an all-CU Denver finale. In the end, MIX was crowned the winner and 9th Street the runner-up.

"Performing in front of a sold-out crowd is always flattering and energizing," said MIX member Michelle Ghun. "So much of what the group does is based on what we get back from the audience, and being able to perform in front of the community is always gratifying."

MIX ended the three-year championship run of Denver University's IdioSINGcracies. Making the victory all the sweeter was the one-two tandem with the 9th Street Singers.

"Most of us in MIX have spent time singing in 9th Street, and it was a moment that made us incredibly proud of them as well as our director, Erin Hackel (DMA, head of Commercial Voice), whom we all attribute so much of our success," Ghun said. "It was a win for us, her, and the university overall."

See the complete article by Chris Casey:

11/03/12 - CU Denver a cappella singing group wows national competition, finishes second

CU Denver a cappella group: MIX (directed by Dr. Erin Hackel) with student members: Kaia Nutting, Daniel Bailey, Michelle Ghun, Luis Sandoval, Cody Carbone, Vanessa Paleta, Chris Kimmel, and Emma Wallingford were in Raleigh, NC, this weekend in a competition which included national and international a cappella groups - MIX was awarded Second Place and "Most Original Group" at SOJAM!
SoJam is an all-weekend vocal music festival held annually in the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina. The event was created by Dave Sperandio in 2003 as one of two major initiatives for the Alliance for A Cappella Initiatives (AACI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of vocal music as an art form and cultural phenomenon. The initial purpose of SoJam was twofold: to bring the best of the a cappella world to the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States and to foster unity and synergy between scholastic and professional groups in these regions.

Over the past years, the festival has grown from a small-scale, local a cappella competition into an international gathering of some of the a cappella community's greatest and most influential artists, producers, and performing groups.

Erin Hackel called the competition a 'nail-biter' with tough competition elimination rounds!!

10/18/13 - CU Denver's premier vocal a cappella group, MIX, has been chosen to compete in this year’s SoJam Collegiate Competition in Raleigh, North Carolina.  This is a huge honor considering only six groups were chosen to compete!!  The group will fly out to Raleigh November 2nd to both compete in the competition and to partake in the many events being held at SoJam  The group is currently hard at work finalizing our set and getting ready to show everyone what we’ve got.  They’re gonna rock the house Rocky Mountain style!  Congratulations to the group! 

Check out our competition submission video in our “videos” page!

Groups chosen to compete:

University of Colorado Denver Mix
University of South Carolina Cocktails
North Carolina State University Acappology
Georgia Institute of Technology Nothin’ But Treble
Northeastern University Nor’easters
Vanderbilt University Melodores 
Please spread the word via email, visit their website: or send along your congratulations via FB:!/UCDCAMEvents​