UBC A Cappella Frequently Asked Questions
This section pertains to general questions about our club. If you are interested in auditions, see our Audition Information.
Q: What is a cappella? How is it different from a choir?
A: A cappella means “without instrumentation“. We sing without instrumental accompaniment nor or backing tracks , (i.e. perform solely with our voices). To build up our sound, we often have members beatbox in our songs (and we are always looking for more vocal percussionists so keep this in mind if you are interested in auditioning!). Our club currently has the capacity of about 130 singers per year. Three of our choirs have around 24 people, and one of them has up to 60. These choirs foster tight-knit communities within our club; they are made up of students from different faculties, and different walks of life, all coming together to share a love for singing.
Q: What genres of music do you sing?
A: Anything! Because the bulk of our pieces are arranged by our members, we bring an ever-evolving, eclectic mix of genres to the table; we encourage new and returning members to arrange music. In past years, we’ve sung works by the Beatles, Bon Iver, Fleetwood Mac, and Shaggy, as well as pieces from Pokemon and Zelda (check out our Youtube!). We’ve even sung a couple of “instrumental” pieces composed by one of our members!
Q: How often do you rehearse and perform?
A: Depending on the group, we rehearse once or twice a week, in two-hour long intervals. Some groups also hold hour-long sectional sessions once a week (rehearsals with only your voice part). As for extraneous performances, all of our groups typically gig throughout the school year anywhere from every two weeks to once a semester. Altogether, the four groups perform at our end of the semester concerts which take place beginning of December (Winter Concert) and beginning of April (Spring Concert). These concerts are our highlights of the year. If you haven’t attended one before, you’re in for an aca-mazing show. See our Shows & Concerts section to view some of our past performances.
Q: What are the differences between your four singing groups?
A: Great question. Check out our handy dandy chart that explains it all, here. All four groups require a commitment to weekly rehearsals, gig attendance, participation in the semester-end concerts.
Q: Do I have to audition? When/where will auditions be held?
A: Yes, you must audition! See Audition Information for all the details.
Q: Where can I find some of your performances?