THE CODA CONDUCT
Yoo Jin Jeong
ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR
On August 30, 2012, Ricky and Trevor selected 15 talented Penn State students to become the very first members of The Coda Conduct. Since then, it has been a wonderful start! In their first year as a group, The Coda Conduct hosted full-length semester concerts, performed at Penn State events such as Homecoming and THON, Downtown State College, University of Pittsburgh, conducted an a cappella workshop at Neshaminy High School, Bucknell University, and competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA). In five short years, The Coda Conduct had grown to become one of the leading a cappella groups at Penn State.
Co-founder Ricky Jabarin has been involved in the Penn State a cappella scene since the spring of 2010. After gaining experience in a cappella singing and arranging, he decided to put his own spin on a cappella music by forming a new coed group. Ricky partnered up with his old roommate, Trevor Johnson, to brainstorm ideas and recruit new members for the group. On July 5, 2012, Penn State University had officially recognized The Coda Conduct as a registered organization.
The Coda Conduct's mission is to promote diversity to the University through a cappella singing and extend its members' knowledge of music. What makes us so special is that our members come from different cultural and musical backgrounds. And the diversity within the group shapes the group's style and repertoire.
In 2015 The Coda Conduct placed first in the Mid-Atlantic ICCA Quarterfinal, and also received two special awards for Best Arrangement, and Best Vocal Percussion. With their win they earned a spot in the Mid-Atlanctic Semi-Finals.
In 2017 The Coda Conduct placed first in the Central ICCA Quarterfinal, and also received two specialty awards for Best Arrangement, and Best Soloist. At Central Region Semifinals in Buffalo, The Coda Conduct placed 4th and once again received Best Arrangement for Ian Wolfe's "Garands."
In 2018, The Coda Conduct was accepted into the Boston Sings 2018 Scholastic Competition where they received the "Sass Factory" special award.
Competitors in Boston Sings 2018 Scholastic Competition
Fourth Place in ICCA 2017 Semifinals at University of Buffalo
First Place in ICCA 2017 Quarterfinals at University of Rochester
CARA Nomination for Best Soloist for Rosie Turner in "Yesterday"
Recorded First EP "Out of the Dark"
Semifinalists in ICCA 2015 Semifinals at Drexel University
First Place in ICCA 2015 Quarterfinals at Penn State University
Second Runner-Up in ICCA 2014 Quarterfinals at Penn State University
#22 in 2014 Top Collegiate A Cappella Groups in Mid-Atlantic by AcaRank
(#2 out of all Penn State groups, #1 co-ed Group)