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Tigers’ tunes travel

7 November 2012 By Laura Dell, Contributing Writer No Comments

Junior Quinn Hanlon grew up singing and was a member of an a cappella group in high school. After arriving at college, she said she missed music, which prompted her to start an a cappella group Tiger Tones as a way to venture back into the world of singing.

“I’ve been singing forever, I grew up singing,” Hanlon, president of the Tiger Tones said. “When I came to Towson there was only one a cappella group and I went into a really sad state when I wasn’t singing, I had to start it. I had to, I missed singing so much.”

Two years later, the group has performed at multiple venues and traveled mostly recently to Temple University for a cappella concert “Acapocalypse” Saturday, Nov. 3.

To perform at “Acapocalypse” was a huge success for the group, she said. They performed a cappella renditions of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” Sara Bareilles’s “Kaleidoscope Heart,” Ellie Goulding’s “Lights,” and fun.’s “We Are Young.”

Tiger Tones boasts 22 members, which is quite large for an a cappella group, Joy Hugo, a member of the group, said. Despite its large size, Tiger Tones has become a family for its members, Hanlon said.

“It’s completely changed my college experience,” she said. “I absolutely love Towson and I think one of the reasons is because of the a cappella group. I’ve made my closest friends in the group.”

In addition to singers, they have three beat boxers, who are new to the group this year. Hugo recognizes the beat boxers for their important contribution to the sounds produced in Tiger Tones.

“Since the beat boxers have been added, it’s been a more fun atmosphere. We’re all more comfortable performing than we were last year,” Hugo said.

For many members of the group, Tiger Tones is their first experience with a cappella. Mary Saba Tehran, the organizations treasurer and “go-to girl,” according to Hanlon, had never sang a cappella before coming to Towson.

But like Hanlon, junior Saba Tehran has been singing for as long as she can remember.

“I’ve always sang, too, from elementary school on, but it’s always been in a straight choir or a show choir,” Saba Tehran said. “I really like it, I’m glad I joined.”

Saba Tehran and Hanlon said they believe in the therapeutic qualities of music, and regard Tiger Tones rehearsals as an escape from the stresses of an academic environment.

“Everyone in the group loves music and everyone is there for a specific reason so music is definitely a stress reliever,” Hanlon said. “It’s what I look forward to every week. It’s what makes me happy.”

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