The A Cappella Council is made up of 8 member groups (5 co-ed, 2 female, 1 male) including one Christian, one Jewish themed, and one South Asian interest 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.
Co-Ed A South Asian a cappella group, arranging and performing music from both Western and South Asian backgrounds. They hope to perform at cultural and arts events on campus and eventually around the greater Chicago area.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
The Ransom Notes
Co-Ed The Ransom Notes is a student-run co-ed a cappella group from the University of Chicago. We love to sing all the time around campus and the city, and last year took our first-ever international tour to Canada and the East Coast! We perform annually at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), and just released our fourth studio album, Black and Blue! When we aren’t singing, we like to watch bad television, eat lots of Thai food, and inflate each other’s Snapchat scores. Questions can be emailed to email@example.com. 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 Founded in 2008, Run for Cover is the University of Chicago's contemporary all-male a cappella group. The group consists of undergraduates and recent graduates. Though the group usually focuses on pop music, it has arranged and performed songs from various other genres, including, alt. rock, EDM and R&B. Run for Cover competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella for the first time in 2014, winning best arrangement and best vocal percussionist in the quarterfinals round and advancing to the semi-finals. The group released its debut album, "One", in 2014, which received accolades from the Recorded A Cappella Review Board. It released its hit alternative rock single "Bring You Down", in 2015, which was praised for its "strong voices and wonderful natural dynamics". It plans to release a 5 track EP in the autumn of 2016. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Female Founded in 1989, Unaccompanied Women is the oldest a cappella group at UChicago, and one of two all-female groups on campus. We are an extremely close and welcoming 9-person group, comprising women from all four years who study everything from anthropology to linguistics. Our original arrangements span a wide variety of styles, including artists as different as Lana del Rey and Michael Jackson. In addition to our quarterly concerts, we host an annual fundraiser called Singing Valentines, during which we travel around Hyde Park singing love songs to lucky (and sometimes embarrassed) recipients. We place a big emphasis on group bonding, and view the group as a serious but fun way to make music with some of our best friends. To learn more, please like us on Facebook! Or contact us at email@example.com!
Voices in Your Head
Co-Ed Voices in Your Head is a co-ed, student-run a cappella group consisting of undergraduate students whose areas of study span as far as their musical tastes. The group’s self-arranged repertoire spans a unique mix of genres including pop, rock, and alternative music as well as original compositions. Voices has competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) since 2009 and had the honor of placing 2nd at ICCA Finals in 2015, three years after their initial debut on the finals stage in 2012. In addition to the ICCA, Voices has had the joy of participating in multiple CASA festivals, including competing in both SoJam and Boston Sings in recent years. Their most recent album, “I Used to Live Alone,” was released in 2011, and has since been named one of the albums of the year by the Recorded A Cappella Review Board. Since the release of “I Used to Live Alone,” the group has released seven single tracks, which have had their own success at the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards. Five of these tracks can be found on their EP, “The Singles: In My Mind,” and have been selected and featured on all three major a cappella compilations: Voices Only, Sing, and Best of Collegiate A Cappella. The group is currently preparing to release two new singles from their 2015 ICCA set and is looking forward to embarking on a West Coast tour, and beginning work on their next album in the upcoming year. Follow us on Twitter, become our fan on Facebook, find us on YouTube, visit our website, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!