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.
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.
Email any questions you have to *protected email*. We can’t wait to hear you!
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 collegiate 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.”
Contact at moc.l1620994930iamg@1620994930sruet1620994930amauw1620994930 or (262)-349-5412 with any questions or performance requests.
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 have any questions for them, please contact their auditions coordinator, at email@example.com 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).
For more information go to 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.
For more information, you can visit their website greenleafs.wustl.edu.
Founded in 1998, More Fools Than Wise is Wash U’s premier folk, chamber, and jazz a cappella group. Our 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 A Cappella was founded on the basis of sharing music and making singing accessible to all. Our goal is to spread joy through music on campus as well as in the St. Louis community. Some examples of past events include: The Sickle Cell Anemia Gala, a trivia night at Food Outreach STL, Washu’s Give Thanks Give Back fundraiser, and Washu’s Relay for Life event. We have also made it a larger focus to teach music to children in areas of St. Louis where music might not be stressed, such as St. Vincent’s Home for Children and the Children’s Hospital. We do not have a set genre, and perform a variety of songs from Queen to Demi Lovato. We work together to create all our own arrangements and choreography each semester. Our hobbies include eating raw cookie dough and drinking copious amounts of tea.
You can learn more about the group at https://washureverb.wixsite.com/reverb, or you can email moc.l1620994930iamg@1620994930breve1620994930ruhsa1620994930w1620994930 with any questions!
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, and feel free to email us at moc.l1620994930iamg@1620994930allep1620994930acais1620994930a1620994930 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 Shoshana Kelner with any questions at moc.l1620994930iamg@1620994930allep1620994930pacam1620994930aats1620994930. You do not have to be Jewish to audition! They are about 50% Jewish and everyone is welcome :).
During their 20-year history, The Stereotypes have enjoyed performing music from all genres and traveling across the country during some breaks and 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 their annual male beauty pageant, “Mr. Stereotype,” in Graham Chapel, 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.