Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012
This summer, Kelly Biggs '11 made her singing debut as part of Capital Blend, an all-female a cappella group based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The group sang the national anthem during the WNBA Washington Mystics game against the Minnesota Lynx at the Verizon Center.
"I have been missing a cappella since I moved to D.C.," says Biggs. "As a member of Three Miles Lost since my first year at William Smith, a cappella was a huge part of my college experience. I loved the musical aspect, of course, but also the camaraderie of a group of women that enjoyed music together and had a lot of fun performing."
After arriving in D.C. following graduation, Biggs concentrated on finding a job. Once she had secured a position at Chapman Cubine Adams + Hussey, a direct marketing firm in the capitol, she began looking for opportunities to get involved with a cappella again.
"I found Capital Blend's website, and was really excited to find out they were an all-women's a cappella group," explains Biggs. "They sing everything from pop to country to oldies, and they reminded me so much of what I loved about Three Miles Lost so I auditioned, made the group, and am really excited to be a part of it!"
After the success of her first gig at the Verizon Center, Biggs performed at The National Mall before a crowd of about 200,000 people for the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts.
Biggs began her singing career in middle school, starting with musical theater before joining the Rhapso-D's, an a cappella group at her high school, Deerfield Academy. With Three Miles Lost, she performed for the HWS community as well as in events across New England.
Since graduating, Biggs has also interned with the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) Pro-Choice America, and worked at the office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter in Washington, D.C.
A sociology major with a double minor in women's studies and political science, Biggs served as the group manager of Three Miles Lost, the captain of William Smith club ice hockey, a member of Women's Collective and a volunteer at the Geneva Community Lunch program.