Behind the scenes of Streaks in Key

March 26th, 2014


Streaks in Key has set the tone for a cappella music-making at John Carroll University. Becoming the first student-run, co-ed a cappella group sets Streaks in Key apart from the familiar Rhapsody Blue and Sweet Carrollines. Yet it has been a while since the JCU community has seen Streaks in Key, which debuted back on Oct. 24, 2013 at SUPB’s A Cappella Night and also performing at the Sweet Carrollines’ biannual concert on Dec. 5, 2013.


However, Streaks in Key will make another appearance on Monday, March 31 at 8 p.m. in the Underground for Open Mic Night. Streaks in Key have previously sung “One Voice,” “Brave” and “Royals” – selections from a diverse range of music genres featuring pop, R&B and spiritual tunes.


Sophomore Duncan Peters, president of Streaks in Key, spoke about the foundation and ambition of Streaks in Key in terms of reaching out to the campus community.


“Streaks in Key is a co-ed a cappella group that is striving to make a difference at John Carroll University by trying to change the way people see music” said Peters. Streaks in Key was originally created by former president and current senior Katie Heegan in the fall of 2012.


“We wanted to start something new, something different,” said Heegan. “We created a mix of Sweet Carollines and Rhapsody Blue. We welcome all types of singers from all different backgrounds. Currently, we have 17 members. About a third of the group has had previous training and experience in theater. Many, including myself, have been involved in church choirs, too. My favorite part of Streaks in Key is that we all have different personalities and have something unique to bring to the table. It’s not just about the music. It’s a new community.”


Junior Rachel Distler, president of Sweet Carrollines, gave her opinion on Streaks in Key, saying, “It is great to see music and fine arts spread over JCU’s campus. There are already a wide variety of singing groups, but there will always be room for more. Streaks in Key is very new to campus, so it is going to take them a while to grow, but a co-ed group can really go far.”


“I’ve been singing since my sophomore year of high school, but Streaks in Key helped me to open up and sing the way that I want to,” said Peters. “It’s a way of life. This group has helped me to be a better singer and to find a sense of community while connecting with people of all different levels. We are not exactly all experienced, but when we come together, it’s like no other.”