A Cappella Group Upper Structure Heads to International Finals

Kimberly Ashton
March 8, 2018
Katie Liquori, a student in Berklee a capella group Upper Structure, sings Adele's "I Miss You."

Upper Structure, an a cappella group comprising mostly Berklee students, won the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) semifinals last month and will head to New York City next month to compete in the finals. 

The coed group formed in 2015 and has sung in ICCA competition for the past three years, last year placing second at the semifinals. What gives Upper Structure an edge in competition, says Kayla Liquori, an alto singer who also serves as the group's president, is its connection to the songs in its set. "We recognize that we have a platform—however niche it may be—that we can use to share a message. Every year that we compete, we decide what story we want to portray on stage."

Upper Structure will perform its set list, which Liquori says they want to keep a secret to protect the "surprise factor" in their performance, at the ICCA finals on April 21 at New York City's Beacon Theatre. 

Watch Upper Structure perform Adele's "I Miss You":