A cappella groups from the Ann Arbor/Ypsi/Saline area are listed by category: community, college and university, and high school. (Some listed groups sing both a cappella music as well as music with instrumental accompaniment).
The Ann Arbor Grail Singers is a women's chamber ensemble that specializes in music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods and in contemporary compositions that have an early music sensibility. We find music that has been lost or forgotten, especially music that has been composed by or for women, and we create an atmosphere of fellowship and camaraderie in which to learn and perform this music. By offering inspired, high-quality performances we seek to educate our audiences about and increase their appreciation of this body of music.
The Huron Valley Harmonizers are a men's chorus from the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan area focused primarily on barbershop-style four-part harmony. We are members of the Barbershop Harmony Society—the largest men's singing organization in the world. We welcome visitors and new members, teaching the vocal skills and performance techniques needed to sing a cappella harmony in the barbershop style.
The Stark Raving MADrigal Singers follow the tradition of pub singing in Tudor times, joining voices on a social level. The group, which was founded in the late 1960s, delves weekly during the summer into part songs from four centuries. The MADrigals live up to their name by singing some of the songs as pleasantly preposterous parodies. In their hands, John Dowland's "Fine Knacks for Ladies" translates as "Five Wacky Ladies;" Orlando Gibbons' "The Silver Swan" becomes "The Leaden Loon;" and John Wilbye's "Adieu, Sweet Amarillis" undergoes horrific rephrasing as "I Do Eat Armadillo." No auditions; rehearsals, performances, and attendance are optional. Meets each week, June-Aug.; email for information. email@example.com
Voices in Harmony, formerly known as the County Connection chorus, is a rapidly growing 70-member women's a cappella chorus from Ypsilanti, Michigan. We are a non-profit community chorus - affiliated with Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide singing organization for women - and provide fun, exciting, and innovative entertainment with a variety of music sung in 4-part harmony.
The Washtenaw Chorale was formed in 2009 to perform with a community orchestra, including an appearance in Hill Auditorium. After seven years, the group decided to perform on their own, a capella, with piano or organ, individual instruments or any combination of these, as well as collaboration with orchestras.
Drawing members from all over Washtenaw County and Southeast Michigan, the Washtenaw Chorale works with a base of 50-70 vocal musicians from all walks of life, including professionals, students, working and retired, young and not so young! We all enjoy the fellowship of singing great choral music, secular and sacred and performing for the public. We hope to continue to do so for many years to come.
The Washtenaw Chorale is currently led by Alex Cave, currently the Music Director for the Congregational Church of Birmingham (U.C.C.) and we recently became a 501(c)(3) organization!
The Women’s Chamber Chorus is a community group for women who like to sing in 4-part harmony. Members’ ages range from 20-something to 90-something! Their director is David Perample, a dynamic and gifted choral leader. He chooses an eclectic mix of songs for the chorus, including some more challenging ones for the Petite Ensemble, a smaller subgroup. The WCC performs two concerts per year, one in December and one in the spring.
COMMUNITY QUARTETS AND ENSEMBLES
The Arbor Consort is a non-profit vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of a cappella Renaissance music in 16th century attire. Founded in 1982 as the official madrigal ensemble of the Michigan Renaissance Festival, they continue to perform the greatest hits of the 16th century in doublets and farthingales at this 7-week long festival. They also perform as costumed carolers, and serve as strolling musicians for festivals, private parties, and holiday celebrations. The Arbor Consort is always happy to welcome new members into their group. Anyone interested in the polyphonic stylings of very early a cappella can contact us via our website, thearborconsort.org.
Chordiology has sung all over the Midwest at major corporate events, fairs, conventions, barbershop chapter shows, parades, and schools, and we’d love to perform for you!
Full Value sings barbershop-style four-part harmony.
Party Favors sings barbershop-style four-part harmony.
Voices in Pop (VIP) is a select, female a cappella ensemble performing favorite Top-40 hits. The group was created in January 2014 to entertain and educate the community, engage and attract young people to a cappella music, perform at community events, encourage members to learn challenging arrangements of current pop hits, and improve individual vocal skills for its members. All members of VIP are also members of the Voices in Harmony Chorus who are affiliated with Sweet Adelines International and sing 4-part barbershop harmony.
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY CHOIRS
The University of Michigan Women's Glee Club is a choral ensemble representing undergraduate and graduate women from diverse fields across the U of M campus. Composed primarily of non-music majors, WGC gives female students the opportunity to express their love of music through performance, community outreach and travel. As a club, WGC allows students to meet a wide variety of friends who share a common interest in music. Founded in 1893, the WGC has a long history of enriching the university community and the lives of our hundreds of alumna.
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ENSEMBLES
Amazin' Blue is the University of Michigan's oldest and only university-sponsored co-ed a cappella ensemble. Founded in 1987, AB has produced 15 studio albums, performed around the nation, and is the most decorated a cappella group at U of M. In its history, AB has won seven CARA awards, had tracks on ten BOCA albums, and been awarded 35 times at ICCA competitions including an appearance at finals, numerous trips and placements at semifinals and quarterfinals and many special awards. In 2015 Amazin' Blue was awarded both the Michigan Difference Student Leadership Award for Vocal Ensemble and the Accolades Award for Outstanding Achievement in A Cappella.
Evergreen is the only officially recognized a cappella group on Eastern Michigan University's campus. They have been together for 3 years and competed in their first ICCA competition in January, 2018 They started with a meeting of 4 friends at Applebee's while eating half priced apps and decided to start a cappella at Eastern Michigan.
The Green and Gold Singers are the top choral ensemble of the Washtenaw Community College Chamber Singers who regularly perform for school events and travel the state representing Washtenaw Community College.
Maize Mirchi is the University of Michigan's South Asian inspired a cappella group! We sing a blend of Indian, Western and fusion music. In the a cappella tradition, all of our music is made without instruments, and all of our arrangements are unique and student-written. Our membership consists of undergraduate students with musical experience ranging from classical Indian and Western choral training to "Hey, I sound pretty good in the shower."
Midnight Blue is an all female, college a cappella group that has its roots in the University of Michigan Women’s Glee Club. Midnight Blue sings a wide variety of music, from Billy Joel, to Irish folk songs, to Kesha. They focus on bringing choral blending and academic musical skill to the world of a cappella, while entertaining audiences with contemporary pieces. Midnight Blue strives to share their love of all things music with audiences of all ages!
HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS AND ENSEMBLES
Ann Arbor Pioneer High School has a long history of vocal music course offerings. Currently, the Pioneer Choirs are comprised of thirteen vocal ensembles: four curricular and nine extra-curricular ensembles. The nine extra-curricular ensembles affiliated with the Pioneer Choirs are comprised of students enrolled in the curricular ensembles. They are conducted, organized, and run by students, and advised by the Pioneer choir director.