Pentatonix on The Sing-Off

Former Theatre Arlington performers doing well on NBC a cappella reality competition.

published Tuesday, October 11, 2011

If you're keeping up with NBC's The Sing-Off, one of the many reality talent competition shows out there, keep your eye on Pentatonix. Three of the five-member a cappella group competing for a Sony Music recording contract and $200,000 were practically raised at Theatre Arlington

Kirstie Maldonado hit the TA stage at the tender age of 8. Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying found their way there when they were 10. Grassi is a recent graduate at Martin High School in Arlington, and both Maldonado and Hoying are in college. Hoying rounded up his friend, Avi Kaplan from Los Angeles. They found their fifth team member, Kevin Olusola, also from LA, on YouTube. While Maldonado, Grassi and Hoying provide the majority of the vocal acrobatics, Kaplan and Olusola have been adept at providing the sounds of percussion and brass, all with their voices. Because it's an a cappella competition, there is no musical accompaniment or safety net. 

Pentatonix took its name from the Pentatonic scale, a five-note scale used in pop/electronic music. Five singers…five notes. Clever! 

So far, Pentatonix has breezed through two rounds of eliminations with barely any negative comments from their judges, Grammy-winner Sara Bareilles, former Boys II Men singer, Shawn Stockman, and recording artist Ben Folds. The competition began with 16 groups, and after last night's broadcast, they are down to 10. Over the next weeks, it all boils down to a live finale, when viewers' votes also will come into play to determine the third season's a cappella champs. 

Theatre Arlington is hosting watch parties every Monday night at 7 p.m. when the show airs. The theater's executive producer, Todd Hart, said the show is projected onto a screen that's the height and width of the stage, so watching it there is like being at the drive in. So far, board members and the young singers' family members have been among those at the watch parties, but Hart expects more people to join them if Pentatonix continues to progress toward the finale. 

Here are the two songs Pentatonix performed during Monday night's competition:

  Thanks For Reading

Comment on this Article

Share this article on Social Media
Click or Swipe to close
Pentatonix on The Sing-Off
Former Theatre Arlington performers doing well on NBC a cappella reality competition.
by Cathy O'Neal

Share this article on Facebook
Tweet this article
Share this article on Google+
Share this article via email
Click or Swipe to close
Click or Swipe to close
views on theater, dance, classical music, opera and comedy performances
news & notes
reports from the local performing arts scene
features & interviews
who and what are moving and shaking in the performing arts scene
season announcements
keep up with the arts groups' upcoming seasons
listen to interviews with people in the local performing arts scene
media reviews
reviews and stories on performing arts-related film, TV, recordings and books
arts organizations
learn more about the local producing and presenting arts groups
performance venues
learn more about the theaters and spaces where the arts happen
keep up with fabulous ticket giveaways and other promotions
connect to local arts crowdfunding campaigns
post or view auditions and performing arts-related classes, services, jobs and more
about us
info on TheaterJones, our staff, what we do and how to contact us
Click or Swipe to close
First Name:
Last Name:
Date of Birth:
ZIP Code:
Your Email Address:
Click or Swipe to close
Join TheaterJones Around the Web

Follow Us on Twitter

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel

Click or Swipe to close
Search the TheaterJones Archives
Use any or all of the options below to search through all of reviews, interviews, features and special sections. If you are looking for a an event, use the calendar section of this website. This search will not search through the calendar.
Article Title Search:

Description Search:
TheaterJones Contributor:

TheaterJones Section:

Showing on or after:      Showing on or before:  
Click or Swipe to close
We welcome your comments

I am discussing:  

Your Name:
Your Email Adress:

please enter the text below and then click or tap SUBMIT :