With so many groups, it can be difficult to sort out each one’s distinctive sound. Each group also has different procedures for signing up. To make this easier, below you can find a list of the groups with information about signing up for auditions, as well as videos of many of the groups performing live.
Don’t forget that you can see all the groups perform live at the A Cappella Info Session on Tuesday, August 27th at 7 PM in Graham Chapel (on main campus)—this is the best opportunity to see every group in action, so if you’re planning to audition, try to make it!
Since their founding in 2001, After Dark (AD) has been performing, achieving, and looking good all the while. They pride themselves on being open to performing any genre of music and creating interesting and fun arrangements. Each year AD hosts a joint Halloween concert (in-costume!) and 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, including their recent release Dark Matter (2018) available on Spotify and iTunes.
Sign up for your audition today at www.washuafterdark.com and email any questions you have to *protected email*. We can’t wait to hear you!
An ‘amateur’ is someone who does something for the love of it and because they have a passion for it, and the Amateurs have been sharing their love of music with audiences and since 1991. Within the past few years, the Amateurs have advanced to ICCA Semifinals, traveled across the country to compete in a cappella festivals such as Voice Jam, and have appeared on international a cappella compilations like Voices Only and Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella. We always strive to push ourselves as singers and musicians, but at the end of the day the Amateurs are simply a group of friends, bound by their love of music.
Check out their albums on Spotify and iTunes. Sign up for auditions at www.theamateurs.org and contact moc.l1603840028iamg@1603840028sruet1603840028amauw1603840028 with any questions you may have!
Founded in 2005, The Aristocats are Wash U’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 couple years, they’ve performed on FOX News with Brad Kane, the original voice of Aladdin, and at the STL Comic Con! 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.
If you’d like to sign up for an audition or have any questions for them, please contact their auditions coordinator, Evan Simkowitz, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at aristocats.wustl.edu. They can’t wait to sing with you!
The Ghost Lights are WashU’s co-ed soundtrack a cappella group founded in 2011. In the last few years, they’ve performed music from Broadway, movies, TV shows, and video games at an NFL game, a charity fashion show for the United Way, the ICCA, and several events around campus. You can usually find them laughing or singing together (sometimes both at the same time).
Sign up for your audition at ghostlights.
The Greenleafs 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 G’leafs sing a variety of music, from Amy Winehouse to Weezer, and have collectively eaten more cookie cake than anyone thought humanly possible.
To sign up for an audition, you can visit their website greenleafs.wustl.edu/audition and follow the instructions!
Founded in 1998, More Fools Than Wise is Wash U’s premier folk, chamber, and jazz a cappella group. The Fools sing at high-class venues around St. Louis, with regular performances at the Ritz, The Four Seasons Hotel, country clubs, and dinner parties for Chancellor Wrighton. They love cluster chords, ice cream parties, and spontaneously singing in inappropriate places.
Sign up online and 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 and to sign up for an audition!
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.
Go to pikers.youcanbook.me to sign up for an audition!
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 their 2016 ICCA Midwest Quarterfinal. This past spring, they released their second EP, “21st Sentury”, which you can check out on iTunes or Spotify.
Please go to sensasians.wustl.edu/ for more information or sign up for an audition, and feel free to email us at moc.l1603840028iamg@1603840028allep1603840028acais1603840028a1603840028 if you have any questions!
Staam is Wash U’s premiere Jewish acappella group. They sing popular music in both English and Hebrew that is written or performed by Jewish artists like Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, and Bruno Mars! Staam goes on tour all over the country (most recently they’ve been to LA, NYC, Chicago, and Louisville) and competes in national competitions (winning Audience Favorite at the 2014 Kol HaOlam National Jewish A Cappella Competition in Washington, D.C.)
To learn more about Staam, visit us at staam.wustl.edu or email Josh Chartock with any questions at moc.l1603840028iamg@1603840028allep1603840028pacam1603840028aats1603840028. If you would like to audition for Staam, you can sign up at staam.wustl.edu/audition/ You do not have to be Jewish to audition! They are about 50% Jewish and everyone is welcome :).
During their 18-year history, The Stereotypes have enjoyed performing music from all genres and traveling across the country during their annual winter tour. Contrary to the group’s name, there is not a traditionally stereotypical member of the “stypes” because the group features an amalgamation of backgrounds, musical abilities and on-stage personalities. The group is tied together by their love of a cappella music, even while competing against one another in the annual “Mr. Stereotype” contest on Wash U’s campus, where each singer adopts a stereotype in hopes of winning the show. Also notable are the Stereotypes’ 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.