The A Cappella Council is made up of 7 member groups (4 co-ed, 2 female, 1 male) including one Christian and one Jewish themed group. Below are short biographies of each describing the history and unique characteristics that define the group. To get in touch with a group, either use the information on the Contact page, or visit the group's website directly using the links to the right.
Make a Joyful Noise
Co-Ed Make a Joyful Noise is the co-ed Christian a cappella group on campus. We sing music ranging from hymns and spirituals ("Down to the River to Pray") to Christian rock (Relient K) and some secular pieces (Disney!). Singers of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome. MaJ'N performs two concerts per year, and we have a short retreat in the Spring. This year we are psyched to continue our collaboration with Northwestern's Harmony in Spirit and to celebrate our twentieth anniversary! You can hear some of our music at http://majn-acappella.uchicago.edu/.
Men in Drag
Female The members of Men in Drag (no men, occasional drag) embrace all that the name implies, challenging gender conventions and bringing passion and swag to all-female a cappella. They perform cover songs from a variety of genres, including pop, rock, country, and indie, as well as their own original, award-winning music. Whether they're donning dresses and heels or leather and boots, Men in Drag is always rocking out. Their most recent album, Late Nights, Parades, received critical acclaim and was nominated for five Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, winning Best Scholastic Original and Best Female Collegiate Arrangement. Their songs have been featured on national a cappella compilation albums Best of Collegiate A Cappella (BOCA and Voices Only, and they released their first music video in 2012. During the 2012-13 school year, MiD co-hosted the first ever CASA-produced AcappellaFest right on campus, released Late Nights, Parades, celebrated their fifteenth anniversary, embarked on their fourth annual winter tour, competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), and traveled across the country to perform with collegiate and professional groups. In June of 2013, MiD performed in Eugene, OR at SheSings, the first women's a cappella festival. In 2013-14, Men in Drag looks forward to recording their next album, hosting the second annual AcappellaFest, competing in the ICCA, touring the east coast, and performing both on- and off-campus throughout the year. Check them out on iTunes, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr. For more information, head to their website or email them at email@example.com!
The Ransom Notes
Co-Ed The Ransom Notes were on the scene at UChicago in 1997 as Harmony X. Since those days, the Notes continue to perform fun arrangements of all genres in quarterly concerts, an annual winter tour, and a biennial spring tour. Their new album "Notorious" displays the full energy and talent of this upbeat group. ICCA competitions and submissions to national and international compilation albums are on the horizon. Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter! We also have a Facebook page and a YouTube account. Look out for the Ransom Notes!
Rhythm & Jews
Co-Ed Rhythm and Jews, formed in 2001, is the University of Chicago's only Jewish a cappella group! We are a healthy mixture of Jews and non-Jews, guys and girls, and overall we just love to have fun. Our music reflects this: we sing songs such as Lady Madonna, I'll Make a Man Out of You (Mulan), So Happy Together (Schneinu B'Yachad), and plenty of contemporary Israeli hits. Every fall, we prepare a repertoire for an annual tour in the first week of winter break. In February, we attend JCFPA (Jewish College Festival of the Performing Arts) in New York City, which is an awesome two days of a cappella and NYC exploration. We have an active website and YouTube channel, and we have a passion for performing for audiences of all kinds!
Run for Cover
Male Run for Cover is the only all-male pop a cappella group on campus. Founded in 2008, it has grown from 4 original members to its current 13. They plan on going on a tour to St. Louis in the coming year as well as recording their first album. Typical rehearsal schedule consists of 2 one hour sectionals, a one hour full group rehearsal during the week, and one two hour full group rehearsal over the weekend. Their songs range from piano pop to classic rock, all the way to Scottish folk tunes. You can follow them on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook. If you would like to contact a current member to ask questions or get a better feel for the group as a whole, email the group at email@example.com.
Female Unaccompanied Women is the oldest a cappella group on the University of Chicago campus. Currently 14 members strong, UW and its influence within the university community have grown and expanded significantly since its inception in 1989. The group's diverse, original arrangements include traditional barbershop classics and folk ballads, as well as mash-ups and medleys of popular favorites.Performing throughout the year at various concerts, festivals, and cultural celebrations, UW also hosts a Singing Valentines fundraiser every February, traveling around Hyde Park to deliver requested songs to recipients in person, or over the phone for cases of long-distance love. In Spring 2012, we recorded our first concept album "Quarter Life Crisis," featuring a mix of our own arrangements of music from artists including Kid Cudi, Simon and Garfunkel, and Disney! To learn more about the group, find us on Facebook! Or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Voices in Your Head
Co-Ed Founded in 1998, Voices in Your Head consists of both undergraduate and graduate students whose studies range from Economics to Music to MD/PhD programs. Voices arranges all of its own music, including original pieces, as well as an eclectic mix of genres, including pop, R&B, rock, and alternative. Voices has competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) since 2009, and was honored to receive first place at both their 2012 Quarterfinal and Midwest Semifinal in St. Louis, receiving the judges’ awards for Outstanding Arrangements and Choreography at both. Voices continued on to represent the Midwest at Finals in NYC, where they finished fourth place overall. Voices has traveled to such festivals as SoJam and Boston Sings, receiving first place at the latter’s 2012 Collegiate Competition and getting the chance to open for pro groups Cadence and Traces. In May 2011, Voices released their latest album, I Used to Live Alone, and were thrilled to receive the 2011 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) for Best Scholastic Original for “Boomerang,” and the 2012 Best Mixed Arrangement CARA for “I’d Like To,” in addition to four other 2012 nominations. In the past few years, Voices has been selected to appear on all three major a cappella compilations: Voices Only, Sing, and Best of Collegiate A Cappella. More recently, Voices co-hosted AcappellaFest in October 2012, and hosted an ICCA quarterfinal in February 2013. In April, the group won two CARAs for their single, “We Found Love” (Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement for the second year in a row, and Best Mixed Collegiate Song). Additionally, their original song “Life of the Mind” received a CARA nomination for Best Scholastic Original Song. The group is currently putting the finishing touches on their next album, a double-EP consisting of both covers and original music, and is looking forward to returning to compete at ICCAs in 2014. Follow us on Twitter, become our fan on Facebook, find us on YouTube, visit our website, or email us at email@example.com for more information!