The Techtonics, an all-male a cappella group from London’s Imperial College, will perform on Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. in Bomberger Auditorium. They will be joined by the Bearitones and B’Naturals, UC’s own all-male and all-female a cappella groups. The event is free and open to the public.
Senior Paige Fronheiser put the wheels in motion for the collaboration when she studied abroad in fall 2012. She took classes through CAPA International Education, which has an affiliation with Imperial College of London. “Even though we didn’t take classes there, we had [Imperial] student IDs and could join any of the clubs,” says Fronheiser. She tried out for the Imperielles, the all-female a cappella group, and made it.
One might wonder how she found the time. In addition to her Analyzing London as a Global City class and an art history class, she also had a service learning class and a service internship with the Baytree Centre, which supports women and girls. “I organized all the volunteers for the classes and other afterschool activities, as well as created a science-day workshop on Halloween,” says Fronheiser. But surely the chemistry major who is also a resident advisor and a Bonner Leader is used to being busy.
When the Imperielles had a combined concert with the Scopes (Imperial’s male and female a cappella group) and the Techtonics, she got to know some of the members. “I heard they were going to do an east coast tour so I asked if they could perform at Ursinus,” says Fronheiser. The group, which released its debut album, Groundbreaker, in October 2012, is stopping in Collegeville on its way from Boston to Atlanta.