Hamilton’s co-ed a capella group Duelly Noted was a big winner at the nearby Turning Stone Resort and Casino on Nov. 17, but their win took place on the stage, not at the slot machines or gaming tables. The group took home first place in Turning Stone’s “A Capella Showdown,” winning $2500 in the competition. Duelly Noted performed “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” “As,” and their own “Telephone Medley.”
The event was hosted by Jovany Barreto from “American Idol” season 10. Nine teams from eight colleges and universities competed.
This year’s members of Duelly Noted are seniors Madison Kircher, Gabe Mollica, Andrew Nichols, Will Robertson, Jacob Taylor, Maggie Whalen; juniors Ryan Dorey, Brian Evans, Mackenzie Leavenworth, Sarah Mandel, Katie Puccio, Molly Voight; sophomores Michael Dyer and Joanie Frost; and first-year students Maxwell Coleman, Remi Levinson and Nick Zuroski.
Duelly Noted was founded in 2008. This month the group released their second album, “Five.” For the past three years over Hamilton’s winter break Duelly Noted has undertaken a concert tour, performing at schools and churches in members’ hometowns and donating proceeds to local charities
Other schools competing in the A Capella Showdown were Colgate University, Cornell University, Ithaca College Rochester Institute of Technology, Skidmore College, SUNY Binghamton and Syracuse University.
The winner was determined by panel of judges and audience vote.