USC SoundCheck

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USC SoundCheck
Origin Columbia, SC
Genres Collegiate A Cappella
Years active 2000-present

USC SoundCheck (also known as SoundCheck) is the oldest a cappella group at the University of South Carolina at Columbia. The group was founded by Kevin Snyder in 2000, and was originally called Higher Harmony.[1] It is one of the more than 300 registered student organizations at USC.[2]

The group auditions new members every fall and spring. All members are active members of the Carolina community. This past year, four of them sang in the USC Idol Competition.[3]


Since 2000, SoundCheck has performed for audiences across South Carolina and North Carolina. The group has also been asked to audition for numerous television shows.

Most recently, in 2011, SoundCheck was asked to audition for America's Got Talent. SoundCheck was unable to make it to the auditions but still sent an an online video of the group singing I'll Make Love to You. This video caught the eye of the Auntie Karen Foundation and SoundCheck was invited to sing for Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds at his VIP reception in Columbia. Since he was unable to make it to Columbia until the following day,[4] "Babyface" invited SoundCheck to sing at his master class the following day in the South Carolina School of Music.[5]

SoundCheck performs for packed audiences every year during their Fall and Spring concerts. Each concert has a theme, many of them service-oriented or holiday-oriented. For the Fall 2010 concert, the group had a toy drive for the Palmetto Children's Hospital. In 2011, the group had its first ever "I Love A Cappella!" Valentine's Day Concert.[6] The concert attracted over 1000 live and online fans. In addition to watching from the University of South Carolina's Russell House Ballroom, fans watched the performance streaming online.

SoundCheck was originally called Higher Harmony, and it was not until 2004 that the name SoundCheck was chosen. The name was chosen because the first two letters, S and C, are the same as the state of South Carolina's first two letters.


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