Welcome Dudes and Dudettes,
Here’s the latest buzz. The Fall A Cappella Preview Concert is this THURSDAY at 8pm in UPC (aka the 2nd Floor of the Deece, aka the All Campus Dining Center, aka the Student Activities Center or something, you probably know what I’m talking about by now). We host this event, so if you wanna hear us sing/fool around and hear some rull good tunes, stick around for the entire show (our last song is our best). There are 10 A Cappella groups at Vassar currently, so it can get a little overwhelming, but you’ll really enjoy it I think).
But let us introduce ourselves first. If you don’t know who we are, we are Vassar oldest (and only) all male A Cappella group (there was another one but it was short lived and during the 80’s when anything could happen). Our songs are a very eclectic mix of blues, soul, rock, barbershop, other random stylings, and occasionally a bit of performance art added in for good measure (we are a liberal arts college after all). Unlike the other 9 groups on campus, we are characterized by the following characteristics:
No beatboxing element (though many of us enjoy it outside of official performance mode, it doesn’t fit with our style)
Very untraditional music arrangements (and we tend to avoid genres such as contemporary pop)
Really rich and bass-heavy harmonies
A fondness for all things beer
Part of being an Axie is learning to straddle the line between being serious about making great music and learning not to take oneself or A Cappella too seriously. It should be fun, entertaining, spontaneous, fresh, and audience inclusive. So we tend to get pretty silly and dramatic onstage. Occasionally we even improv songs (a risky but rewarding endeavor when successful). Also, we’re not very much into rigid or hierarchical leadership structures. Yes there are presidents and pitches, but everyone always has a say in everything that occurs and a right to have their opinions voiced, freshmen included. No decision is approved without a majority vote. You’re not forced into doing anything you don’t want to do (like singing only one song over your career) and you’re most definitely guaranteed at least one solo every year. Over the course of our Vassar careers we become closer to brothers than friends, if we’re going to use labels. We really feel as if we are a fraternity, just without the hazing, psuedo-social activism, and misogynistic traditions that accompany far too many (but definitely not ALL) Greek life dominated campuses across the US. We aren’t about that. Instead, we’re about being not just a singing organization but a real support group for one another; a group of coincidentally handsome ‘dads’ who sing as much as bond with one another.
Oh, also, we’re pretty good pals with the Night Owls, Vassar’s (and America’s) oldest female A Cappella group, and they are some fine, talented, intelligent, respectable and beautiful ladies, with whom we usually perform a joint concert during the Academic Year as per tradition.
So, you interested in joining us?
Auditions for the 2013-2014 Academic Year are going to take place the day after the preview concert (FRIDAY) from 5:30pm to 10:30pm in Rocky 200 (room subject to change, so keep an eye out), SATURDAY from 10am – 1pm, and Call-backs we will talk about during your auditions. For your audition, please prepare 30 seconds or so of a song of your choosing (hopefully one you are comfortable with), and we’ll guide you through the rest. Don’t stress! For those observant Jews among our applicants (completely coincidentally, only 2 of our current membersat the moment are Goyim) auditions will also take place on Sunday as needed. ANY Vassar student who identifies as a male is welcome to join (last year we accepted 2 seniors, so don’t be shy). Also, you don’t HAVE to like beer…or even drinking. Seriously, be a teetotaler and we’ll love you just the same. We just seem to attract that type. It is college after all.
We’re constantly arranging new stuff, and writers get first dibs on their own shiz. AUDITION 4 US.
Here’s a sample of how we sounded in 2010