The Return of the Nomatic Chromatics


Photo credit/ Photo courtesy of Kristin Ventricelli

The 2021-2022 members of the Nomatic Chromatics, Marywood’s acapella group.

After a year-long hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Nomadic Chromatics, Marywood’s student-run a cappella group, has returned. The group was started in 2014 by Cody Messersmith and have been performing for the Marywood community ever since.

Twelve people auditioned for the Nomadic Chromatics this year. Senior music education major Adam Jonkman was one of those trying out and he is excited the group is back.

“The return of the Nomadic Chromatics is something I have been waiting for since the start of the pandemic,” he said. “I’ve been a part of the group since my freshman year so not having the group last year was a change of pace, and I couldn’t be happier that things are starting to get back to a relative normal. It’s going to be great to get back out there.”

Junior music education major Kristin Ventricelli, president and music director of the Nomadic Chromatics, is confident about their major performance set for later this semester.

“We’ll definitely be performing at Flapjack Fest, which is this big event that happens at the Nazareth Student Center during finals week,” said Ventricelli. “We do that every year.”

However, the rest of their schedule is more open-ended, with no strict concerts planned.

“I’m looking to perform at places both on campus and off campus to show us off,” said Ventricelli. “We mostly just perform wherever.”

Ventricelli also gave clues as to the songs they’ll be performing.

“I have a bunch of Pentatonix songs lined up for this year,” Ventricelli said. “There’s still a lot of planning to do; I have a lot of music to look through. But there’s gonna be some really great stuff this year.”

After a year off, she’s also enthusiastic about performing again.

“I’m very excited to perform. I’ve been wanting to take over this group since my freshman year, so to actually be able to do it is really, really exciting,” Ventricelli said. “We have a really, really great group of singers, so I’m really, really excited to perform again. And hopefully more people will join because of it.”

Junior vocal performance major Sarah Ounsworth shares those sentiments.

“To have the Nomadic Chromatics back and performing as a group again is one of the most exciting things happening this year,” she said. “This group is completely student led, so we get to create music together. I can’t wait to bring back old songs and start new songs that we’ll be performing around campus. Our group is a ton of fun, and we’re ready to perform for everyone again.”

Look out for the Nomadic Chromatics throughout this semester, including at the NAFME charity concert from 1-4 p.m. on October 31 at the Calabro Delfino Amphitheater.

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