The Nor’easters won first place in a per­for­mance com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier this month at Sojam, the country’s largest col­le­giate a cap­pella festival.

It was pretty life-​​changing for a lot of us,” said David Crozier, pres­i­dent of the university’s stu­dent a cap­pella group and a fourth-​​year elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering major. “It was really, really cool. We have been rehearsing non­stop, so get­ting rec­og­nized for our work was really huge.”

The North­eastern team was one of six groups from across the nation chosen by a selec­tion com­mittee to par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion at Memo­rial Audi­to­rium in Raleigh, N.C. on Nov. 2. The voices-​​only co-​​ed ensemble beat out teams from the Uni­ver­sity of Col­orado – Denver, Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­sity, Georgia Tech, North Car­olina State Uni­ver­sity and the Uni­ver­sity of South Car­olina to take first place.

The Nor’easters per­formed five songs in the invitation-​​only com­pe­ti­tion: “Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris, fea­turing Flo­rence Welch; “Cold War” by Janelle Monae; “As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Bieber, “Give Me Love” by Ed Sheeran; and a medley of “Don’t Wake Me Up” by Lianne La Havas and “Spec­trum” by Flo­rence + the Machine.

The group also won an award for staging the best per­for­mance and two mem­bers — Shams Ahmed and Beejul Khatri — won indi­vidual awards for best music arrange­ment and vocal per­cus­sion per­for­mance, respectively.

The group won more than brag­ging rights: Prizes included a one-​​on-​​one with Pena­tonix, the winner’s of NBC’s a cap­pella com­pe­ti­tion, “The Sing Off”; a fea­tured article about the Nor’easters on the web­site of the Con­tem­po­rary A Cap­pella Society; and a col­lab­o­ra­tive recording ses­sion with the pro­fes­sional groups at the com­pe­ti­tion com­prising  Pena­tonix, The Edge Effect and the Finnish group FORK.

Pena­tonix is the rock star of a cap­pella right now,” Crozier gushed. “So get­ting to work with the group was just amazing. The number of pro­fes­sionals in the industry we got to work with was just phenomenal.”

The Nor’easters released its third album this year and is cur­rently recording another. The group will host its annual “Best of the North­east Region a Cap­pella Show­case” fea­turing some of the top col­le­giate groups from across New Eng­land on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in Blackman Auditorium.

It was great to win at Sojam and now having the spot­light come to North­eastern is just absolutely amazing,” Crozier said.