Although these organizations have members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in their activities and affairs, the organizations are not a part of or an agency of the University. They are separate and independent organizations which are responsible for and manage their own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control these organizations and is not responsible for the organizations' contracts, acts or omissions.
A Cappellate Opinions
We are a group of male and female law students who practice and perform contemporary a cappella music. We strive to perform at various Law School events such as the Public Interest Law Auction and Barrister’s Ball. However, our primary purpose is to enjoy making music together.
AVP is an all-male a-cappella performance group founded in 1993 by a group of guys who thought, “well, this a-cappella stuff is pretty sweet, but let’s see if can’t have a little more fun with it.” And yep, we sure could. AVP combines top-class singing and bumping vocal percussion with rock-star performance technique and endless enthusiasm. This is NOT your grandfather’s a-cappella group. Whether we’re stage diving, thunder-clapping, showing off our fly dance moves, or really just flailing around, you can be sure of one thing: we’re having a whole heck of a lot of fun, and we hope you are, too. Who says a-cappella can’t be an interactive event? If we can’t get you out of your seat, then we’re not rocking hard enough.
Black Voices at the University of Virginia is a choir that sings music of the African American culture (i.e. anthems, spirituals, classical music, contemporary gospel, etc). The purpose of the choir is to show the members, the University community, and all those whom we encounter about Christian love through gospel music, worship/service, and true fellowship.
CHoosE is a co-ed Christian a cappella group at the University of Virginia. 2010 will usher in the 15-year anniversary of CHoosE's being formed. It's been a long road, but CHoosE is still going strong.
First Harmonics is U.Va.’s premier all-science-&-engineering graduate student a cappella group. This is group is for all of us nerds who secretly harbor dreams of leaving grad school to become lounge singers or the next American Idol. This is for all of you who have worked a late night in the lab, grabbed a pippette, popped the collar on your lab coat, and started crooning. We have banded together to form the greatest group of singing scientific grad students the world has ever seen! (And we look pretty darn hot in our white lab coats too). We are The First Harmonics!!!
The Flying V's are a new a cappella group at U.Va.! We're a group of dedicated, talented vocalists committed to bringing rock to the music scene on grounds. Our arrangements combine the full-bodied harmonies of choral music with the driving rhythms and melodies of rock music. We perform covers of rock classics and current favorites.
The Harmonious Hoos is the newest a cappella singing group at the University of Virginia. Our goal is to bring together undergraduate students who are passionate about singing all types of music. Each of our members has the opportunity to choose and arrange the music we perform in a unique way. We also partner with other performance groups around grounds to put on an exciting show!!
Hoos In Treble is a nationally-acclaimed, all-female a cappella group at the University of Virginia. As a group, we specialize in singing, dancing, beat boxing, and arranging. The group was founded in the fall of 1999, and over the past 10 years it has grown considerably in both talent and reputation.
The Hullabahoos are a group of guys at the University of Virginia who like to sing other peoples music without instruments. And wear robes while they do it. Since the group was founded in 1987, they have been fortunate enough to sing at venues large and small, including the Hard Rock Cafe in Manila, Philippines, the George W. Bush 2007 President Dinner at the Washington Convention Center, and on ABC Good Morning America. With 22 years in the books, the group is just hitting its stride.
The New Dominions is the University of Virginia's oldest co-ed a cappella group. The completely student-run group dedicates itself to bringing a dynamic edge to the University's proudest traditions, growing in strength and ability over the last twenty years and performing at events and concerts across the country. The New Dominions is guaranteed to please any crowd with its varied repertoire including music of all genres, from Katy Perry to Radiohead, and from Frankie Valli to Billy Joel. Be sure to check out the Music page!
Often referred to by students as the "NewDos," the group was founded in 1990 by Burt Kann, Stephen Murray and Joanna Parsons, students at the University of Virginia. The group initially served as a temporary way to teach first years the basics of a cappella so they could audition for existing groups around Grounds. Once the NewDos came to their senses and realized what a terrible idea this was, they chose to stick together and have been exploding heads with awesomeness ever since. Today, the Newdos has become the University's premier co-ed a cappella group and holds auditions every fall semester that are open to all interested U.Va. students.
Students in the University Singers come from U.VA.'s six undergraduate schools, including Arts and Sciences, Education, and Engineering, as well as several of the University's graduate and professional schools. Together, they enjoy an esprit de corps that arises from the pursuit of musical excellence and the camaraderie the singers develop offstage.
The University of Virginia's oldest female a cappella group, The Belles, was founded in the fall of 1977 by Katherine Mitchell, a student at the University of Virginia. A woman who continues to love music, Katherine noticed that there was no outlet for female a cappella at U.Va. The Virginia Gentlemen, U.Va.'s oldest male a cappella group had been at the University since 1953. Thus, Katherine formed the Belles to serve as a female counterpart to the VG's. In 1977, the Belles were a select part of the Women's Chorus. The most talented members of the Women's Chorus were asked to audition for the Belles, which sang a combination of madrigal and current music. Today, the Belles are a Contracted Independent Organization run through U.Va.'s student council and are no longer a part of the Women's Chorus. The group is entirely student run. Our repertoire today continues to be a mix of popular music.
Founded in 1953 as an octet of the University's Glee Club, the Virginia Gentlemen are the University of Virginia's oldest a cappella vocal ensemble. Originally drawing members from the University Glee Club, the Gentlemen declared their independence and became their own student-run ensemble in 1987. The Virginia Gentlemen serve as the premier musical ambassadors of the University and perform at distinguished venues and events around the United States and abroad on their annual international tours. In April 2013, the Virginia Gentlemen celebrated their 60th Anniversary with over 75 alumni of the University of Virginia.
The Virginia Glee Club, founded in 1871, is the oldest musical organization at the University of Virginia. The members of the Glee Club, composed primarily of undergraduate students, come from every school and college within the University. Members consider the group a fraternity of talent, committed to performing at a professional level, promoting fellowship, preserving longstanding tradition, and upholding the ideals of student self-governance.
The Virginia Sil'hooettes (the Sils) is one of the premier a cappella groups at the University of Virginia. Simply stated, we are a group of girls who like to get together and sing other people’s music without instruments.
Founded in the winter of 1988, the Sils have recently embarked on "a cappella adulthood." The 20th anniversary of 2009 served as a landmark, reuniting the women who have proudly donned the black and silver. While music is our commonality, the Sil'hooettes are more than just a singing group. We are an eclectic group of women who love to sing and perform, first and foremost, but we come from diverse backgrounds and pursue different interests here at U.Va. The Sil'hooettes is comprised of future nurses, businesswomen, engineers, and maybe a Broadway star or two.
The Virginia Women's Chorus is committed to excellence in the performance of classical, contemporary and diverse music from the challenging choral literature for women’s voices. The Chorus seeks to inspire and enrich others through the choral art form.
The chorus is unique in that it is a completely student run organization affiliated with the University of Virginia music department; it is comprised of students from all years and majors.
The Arts Board of the University of Virginia presents an outstanding artist, attraction, performance, or exhibition each year in a three-year rotation which includes music, visual arts, and drama. The Arts Board program was created to raise students' awareness of and appreciation for the arts. The board for 2010-2011 is co-sponsored by the McIntire Department of Music, University Programs Council, and the Office of the Dean of Students.
The Chinese Wind Instrument Group (the Group) teaches peer students to play Chinese wind instruments such as bamboo flute and calabash flute; brings performance of Chinese traditional music; through that we also hope to promote a comprehensive understanding of Chinese traditional music in the community of U.Va.
Impromptu Performers promote up and coming musicians, comedians, actors, spoken word poets, and other types of artists by having impromptu shows around campus. IP is all about the artist. It is a collaborative effort in which students help each other to get exposure at U.Va.
In coordination with a program that has already been established at the University hospital, participants of Musicians on Call volunteer their talents to create a soothing atmosphere in the hospital setting. We play in the lobby of the hospital and in certain waiting rooms around the hospital. In addition, the organization is expanding its services to local retirement homes within the Charlottesville community. Members have the opportunity to use their musical skills to benefit the community.
The purpose of Oluponya Records is to record music for talented students and student-groups on Grounds at the University of Virginia. Using modern recording equipment, a capella groups, solo artists, and mass choirs can be serviced through Oluponya Records at low prices. In addition to recording, editing, and performing music, the crux of Oluponya's operations is quality service to university groups as well as promoting diversity on Grounds. Oluponya Records also auditions and records solo artists and bands spanning genres, in order to be recorded for periodic Grounds mixes released by the group. Oluponya Records is entirely student-run, and seeks no private profit to compensate its members for services done. We exist strictly to serve the U.Va community by performing live music at concerts on Grounds, recording original songs to compile on albums, and organizing an annual listening event for our album release. Furthermore, we seek to develop our members who have a sincere passion for music and who would like to pursue music professionally in the future. Music is our form of art and self-expression. We have a wealth of artists, song writers, musicians and producers that specialize in music across a span of genres from Bluegrass and Folk to Rock, Hip Hop and R&B.
Opera Viva is a student-run opera production company dedicated to bringing engaging, accessible, and relevant live opera to the U.Va. and Charlottesville communities.
We desire to involve as many students as possible in the process of creating operatic performance, whether as singers, musicians, crew, or audience members. We hope to provide unique opportunities both for student performance and student artistic leadership and self- governance in the field of opera. We aspire to draw old and new opera lovers alike to performances crafted with musical and dramatic excellence, scholarship, and passion.
PUMA aims to facilitate interaction among members of the University community by providing an open, relaxed and artistic environment. We will pursue our goal by inviting members of the community to perform and participate in a "music coffeehouse," a space that will bring people together.
Radio Music Society began as a small string quartet in the Fall of 2011. The first four members practiced string arrangements of popular music in the Humphrey's basement common room mostly playing for themselves and the occasional audience of a few friends or the maintenance guy. They even performed a couple times at small gatherings and concerts. After receiving positive praise from peers and other organizations, the goal turned to sharing this form of music with the University and the community. Radio Music Society became an official contracted independent organization at the University in the Fall Semester of 2012. Now, you can hear their music at various events around Charlottesville as well as their signature semesterly concert in the chapel.
Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY)
SPICMACAY at University of Virginia, is a chapter of a non-profit organization for the promotion of Indian classical music and culture. Started in India in 1972, SPICMACAY now has chapters all over the world. SPICMACAY organizes concerts, lecture-demonstrations, Baithaks (informal talks) and seminars on Indian classical music and dance. In doing so, not only does SPICMACAY bring renowned masters of Indian music and dance to Charlottesville, but also supports talented upcoming artists by giving them a platform to perform on an international stage. SPICMACAY is now in its 20th year at the University of Virginia.
The Virginia Pep Band is the only completely student run band at U.Va. and is one of only 15 "scramble bands" in the United States. We eschew "Spanish tunes" and Sousa marches, straight line formations, and rigorous practices in favor of fun music, creative and energetic performances, and weekly social events, uh, rehearsals. We're what Jefferson had in mind when he said "pursue happiness."