With so many groups, it can be difficult to sort out each one’s distinctive sound. To make this easier, you can find a list of the groups below with information about who they are as well as videos of many of the groups performing live.
Since their founding in 2001, After Dark has been performing, achieving, and looking good all the while. They pride themselves on performing a wide array of music and creating interesting and fun arrangements. Each year After Dark hosts a joint Fall concert and a two-night Spring concert, competes in ICCA, and performs gigs around St. Louis. In addition to their live performances, After Dark has released five full-length studio albums and three EPs, including their recent single My Future/Godspeed (2023) available now on Spotify and iTunes!
Founded almost 30 years ago by a group of friends with a love of music, The Amateurs are one of WashU’s oldest award-winning mixed-gender a cappella groups. They have traveled across the country to perform and compete in national a cappella festivals, going everywhere from New York’s Radio City Music Hall in 2020 to opening for artists at Ryman Auditorium to the stages of America’s Got Talent and Sing it On!
The Amateurs compete regularly, most recently winning Outstanding Soloist and Outstanding Arrangement at the 2019 ICCA Midwest Semifinals, Best Arrangement at VoiceJam in 2018, and crowned champions of the 2017 ICCA Midwest Quarterfinals. As of 2021, the Amateurs have released 9 studio albums to date, including a track selected for Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella! and recently released their new music video, “Probably Up”! And at the end of the day, the Amateurs always stay true to their motto: “Do it because you love it.”
Founded in 2005, The Aristocats are WashU’s premier Disney a cappella group. They sing tracks from classic Disney movies, Disney Channel TV shows, and more. Every February, they deliver singing Valentine-Grams to spread Disney magic around campus, and in the past, they’ve performed on FOX News with Brad Kane, the original voice of Aladdin, and at the STL Comic Con! Most recently, they sang for the creator of Lemonade Mouth and got their performance of “She’s So Gone” featured on the official Lemonade Mouth Twitter! Though they are often busy spreading Disney magic, they spend most of their time hanging out with each other and laughing too loudly in public.
The Ghost Lights are WashU’s premier all-gender soundtrack a cappella group founded in 2010. In the last few years, they’ve performed music from Broadway, movies, TV shows, and video games at their three annual concerts (one of which is always in the underpass… and always featuring Halloween costumes!). They also do several gigs on and off-campus each year.
All of their songs are chosen by the group and arranged by members. The Ghost Lights love telling stories through music, as well as over brunch and late-night snacks. You can usually find them laughing or singing together (sometimes both at the same time).
The Evergreens are Washington University’s best and only all-female a cappella group. They were founded in 1988, making them the second oldest group on campus. Together with the Pikers, they are living proof that age does not equal maturity. The Evergreens sing a variety of music from Amy Winehouse to Weezer and have collectively eaten more cookie cake than anyone thought was humanly possible.
For more information, you can visit them on social media at the links below.
Founded in 1998, More Fools Than Wise is Wash U’s premier folk, chamber, and jazz a cappella group. Their repertoire has expanded to include modern choral music, vocal jazz, American folk, and even some popular music. Fools sings at high-class venues around St. Louis, with regular performances at the Ritz, The Four Seasons Hotel, and dinner parties for the Chancellor. They also perform at events around campus and hold a concert each semester. Fools enjoys giving back to the STL community with performances at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital. They love cluster chords, ice cream parties, and spontaneous singing!
Learn more about the group at fools.wustl.edu. Hope to see you at auditions!
Mosaic Whispers is WashU’s oldest co-ed a cappella group; having celebrated their 25th birthday at their annual concert in Graham Chapel in 2016! They sing music from every genre and tour each fall and spring with recent stops in Chicago, San Diego, New York, Washington D.C., and Boston. The Whispers compete internationally, with a recent first place finish at the 2017 ICCA Midwest Quarterfinals and a performance at Broadway’s Beacon Theater in the 2016 ICCA Finals. Last year they competed as finalists at the National A Cappella Convention in Memphis. Their 11 studio albums have received praise from a cappella critics, including 2 RARB top tracks of the year from their latest album Oasis (2018), which can be found on iTunes and Spotify.
Visit mosaicwhispers.wustl.edu to learn more about the Whisper family!
The Pikers are Washington University’s oldest a cappella group. Founded in 1985, the Pikers enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame a decade later for their controversial performance as prosecution exhibit #12 in the O.J. Simpson trial (ask your parents). Every January, the Pikers host Jammin’ Toast, a two night concert that packs Graham Chapel with students, music, and laughs.
Reverb is WashU’s premier all-gender community service a cappella group. Since its conception in 2017, Reverb has focused on making singing accessible to ALL by sharing and performing music across campus and throughout the St. Louis area. In the past, Reverb has performed for community-oriented events like Relay for Life, WashU’s Give Thanks Give Back, the Sickle Cell Anemia Gala, and events with St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Reverb is multi-genre, performing songs by artists such as Nina Simone, Måneskin, Ariana Grande, and The Beatles. Reverb arranges all of their songs and choreography each semester.
In the coming semesters, Reverb is looking forward to singing all over St. Louis, drinking lots of tea, and making lots of memories in the process!
The Sensasians are WashU’s premier Asian interest a cappella group, but seriously, you don’t have to be Asian to join! They specialize in fresh, bilingual mashups that showcase a passion for music from around the world. Though they were only founded in 2009, they have won awards in back-to-back ICCA seasons, including a first place finish at the 2016 ICCA Midwest Quarterfinal and a third-place finish at the 2022 ICCA Midwest Quarterfinal. All musical arrangements are written by members of the group! Recent performances have included songs like “Ditto” by NewJeans, “Chosen Family” by Rina Sawayama, and a Studio Ghibli mashup created by their very own Ghibli-obsessed group members.
Looking to listen to some Sensasians bops/jams? You can check out their two EPs on iTunes or Spotify: “New Kids on the Wok” and “21st Sentury.” Please go to their website linked above for more information, and feel free to email them at if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you at auditions!
Staam is Wash U’s premiere (and only!) Jewish a cappella group, with 50% Jewish membership. They sing music in both English and Hebrew that is written or performed by Jewish artists like Ariana Grande, Billy Joel, and Bruno Mars, featured in original arrangements written by group members. Notable arrangements have included “Stay,” “California Dreamin’,” “Sweet Caroline,” and “Ani Noladeti.” In the spring, Staam sings on tour all over the country (most recently, they’ve been to LA, NYC, Chicago, and Philadelphia) and occasionally competes in national competitions (winning Audience Favorite at the 2014 Kol HaOlam National Jewish A Cappella Competition in Washington, D.C.). Staam is bonded by a shared love for music, stretch-ins, and oral rehydration therapy (is curing cholera).
The Stereotypes are a TTBB (all tenor and bass) a cappella group from Washington University in St. Louis. Founded in 2001 as a fresh take on “stereotypical” a cappella, they sing music from genres ranging from pop and rock to soul and folk (and some originals)!
Their arrangements are all completely original and made by members or group alumni! They approach singing with a performance mindset, engaging their audience and communicating each song’s individual message.
They are best known for our annual concert, Mr. Stereotype, where they each embody their own “stereotype” and compete in their world-famous a cappella beauty pageant, all while coming together to put on an incredible vocal performance! Also notable are their performances at Carnegie Hall in NYC, BOSS (an a Cappella festival in Boston), and the ICCA competitions, reaching the finals in 2011 and semifinals in 2014, 2015, 2017, and recently in 2019. They’ve released 5 critically acclaimed studio albums which are available on Apple Music and Spotify.
Founded in 2018, Sur Taal Laya, or STL, is WashU’s premier Bollywood fusion a cappella group combining classic Bollywood hits with popular Western music. Sur corresponds to a musical note, Taal, the beat or rhythm which binds a composition in time, and Laya, the tempo of a composition. Together, Sur, Taal, and Laya create a complete musical experience and are therefore the namesakes of their group. They are a tight knit group that love to mess around but have also competed at competitions across the nation and qualified for the ICCA quarterfinals in 2019. They are also one of the groups that perform at Diwali each November.