Student Reflections

Purposeful Dissonance

Purposeful Dissonance is an 11-member a cappella group at Champlain College. Founder and former president, Kenneth Bufford, from Boston, Massachusetts, formed the group in 2018 as a first-year Law major. Kenneth wanted to bring his a cappella talents to Champlain and form a group of likeminded performers who brought their A-game. The group is a harmonizing blend of vocalists and beatboxers, with a mix of ages, genders, ethnicities, races, and academic majors who were selected after a rigorous audition process; the same process that helped them place 4 in 10 at The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) during their first year. Current President, Jasmin Spiers, hopes to bring the group back in spring 2021 with safe COVID-19 precautions to prepare for new members as well as competition in spring 2022.

Jasmin Spiers, Champlain College Class of 2022, Purposeful Dissonance President
Samantha Boyer, Champlain College Class of 2021, Purposeful Dissonance Soloist
Kenneth Bufford, Champlain College ’20, Purposeful Dissonance Founder
Matthew Eckhardt, Champlain College Class of 2022, Purposeful Dissonance Member

Documentary Creators

Luke Rebman, Champlain College Class of 2020

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