Below is a list of the many amazing a cappella groups in the A Cappella Club. (BYU Vocal Point and BYU Noteworthy are generally considered separate from the Club, since they are run by BYU rather than by students.)
1AChord is a mixed group of 11 musicians and was formed in Fall 2015 by some former members of the group Asymmetric. 1AChord covers a wide range of genres, from pop to musical theater to rock. Although 1AChord continues to grow, adapt, and learn, the group holds itself to a high standard of excellence and continually strives for improvement in all facets of performance. Experienced musicians and blossoming singers alike contribute to the success of 1AChord, and the group's goal is to continue to excel and compete among the other a cappella ensembles at BYU. The group is also unique in the fact that none of the founding members are native to the state of Utah.
A Lotta Fermata
A Lotta Fermata was founded in Fall 2013 by Alayna Nelson. After she left to serve an LDS mission in Fall 2014, leadership was taken over by Ryan Jenson. The group continued until Jan 2015, when it disbanded until the return of Alayna in Fall 2016. Now it's back!
Attention is one of only two all-female groups on campus. Attention was founded in January of 2013 by Mikaela Kemsley and began as a themed group that sang only musical theatre, a genre most acappella groups never touch. Attention performs primarily Disney and Broadway arrangements, but since the fall of 2014 has branched out to include popular music repertoire. Attention is made up of ten women, and is currently directed by Kyle Nelson.
Audacity is the "club group", meaning it's run by the Club as opposed to by other individuals. For more information, follow the link.
Chromatix was formed Winter semester of 2016 under the name, "Measure Up", with the goal of breaking into the BYU a cappella scene with great music and fun song arrangements. Performing primarily pop songs arranged by its own members, the group hopes to entertain audiences by always performing awesome and enjoyable music. They changed names to Chromatix in Fall 2017.
Duly Noted is a mixed a cappella group composed of 12 students from BYU. Duly Noted finds joy in making music together and they love sharing that joy with others. Since the group's creation in 2014 they have been named winners of the 2015 Riff-off at The Wall, they've released two music videos, are excited to release another music video this semester.
Familiar Ring is the self-proclaimed "most attractive" group on campus, and was started in 2007 with the intent to get girls. It has been a complete success, given that all of the original creators are now off and married with kids. Their successors, however, are mostly single and carry on the noble goal of the group. Specializing in love ballads, goofy dance moves, and divine vocals, Familiar Ring aims to leave women everywhere swooning!
Rifftide (Facebook and Instagram) is a seven member contemporary a cappella group formed in Fall 2016. Their goal is to combine tight harmonies and crisp choreography to create exciting performances. Since their debut the group has been invited to perform in several shows, released 3 music videos, 4 Spotify singles, 1 iTunes single, been featured on two "Best of BYU A Cappella Club" albums, hosted their very first show in November 2017, which sold out, and hosted their first annual Riff-Off in early 2018. As the name implies Rifftide specializes in adding their own riffs to popular songs. The group is currently directed by Isaac McDougal.
The Staff was born in Jan 2015, when the club officers thought it would be fun to sing a number for the Winter 2015 opening social. They have been an on again-off again group since then, performing some semesters at other club socials and Y-Cappella Showcase concerts.
In the fall of 2012, intrigued by the proposition of a cappella but worried of extensive time commitments, Steven Christiansen (director and founder) along with several of his friends, came together and formed the group. The purpose was to sing, perform, and make music in a positive, stress-free environment. All too often the things we love doing get put to the side as we pursue our futures, whether that be in relationships or school or careers. Everyone in the group was passionate about singing, but all of their other commitments had previously kept them from pursuing this thing that they loved. It took about a year--and a lot of trial and error--for the group to gel, but the group is doing great now! They have mostly performed contemporary style music, but occasionally have dabbled in more classical or Broadway styles. But no matter the song or style, the ultimate goal is to leave the audience feeling enlightened, entertained, and Up-Beat.
The Advocates was a group that went from 2008 to 2012. They sang in many of the BYU A Cappella shows and opened for well known groups like Noteworthy, Vocal Point and Yale's The Whiffenpoofs. Many of their members were former Vocal Point members (Paul Bodily, Grant Zabriskie, Mike Lemon, Keith Evans) and many of their members were later members of Vocal Point (Ross Welch, Jake Tengelsen, Keith Evans).
Asymmetric was formed in the fall of 2011 by Tiffany Garner and some friends; the name arising due to the mismatched number of men and women singers. The next year, everyone except Tiff retired from the group so a new eccentric set of singers was recruited. Tiff continued to direct the group until the torch was passed to Jon Young in Fall 2014 with a group of five guys and four girls. The focus of Asymmetric was always simply to enjoy a cappella music and to invite their audiences to have fun with them. In Fall 2015 all of the 2014-15 group was gone, but some previous members had returned so the group was reborn as 1AChord.
Beyond Measure is no longer part of the BYU A Cappella Club. They were founded by Eric Corpuz, and were active from about 2013-2017, before leaving the club to do things on their own.
Clean Cut existed in Winter 2015. They were a reunion of the 2013-2014 Familiar Ring group, many of whom were gone in Fall 2014 and hence lost their spots in Familiar Ring. Clean Cut performed at the Winter 2015 Y-Cappella Showcase and got a track on the BOBAC 2015 CD.
freeVerse was founded in Fall 2015 by three former members of Familiar Ring (Preston Alder, Michael Christensen, and Daniel Rellaford) along with two freshmen (Brian Groberg and Maryn Hooper). They disbanded in 2016 or 2017. Among other things, they submitted an entry into the Macy's "I Want You Back" A Cappella Challenge which garnered more views than any other collegiate entry.
Grace existed during the 2013-2014 school year, and were part of our BOBA 2014 album. They were founded and led by David Peterson.
In Tune was a mixed nine-person a cappella group founded by Abner Apsley in Fall 2015. They released an EP in Winter 2016, but left the A Cappella Club in Fall 2017 and disbanded not long thereafter.
Morris Code ran from 2011 to 2014 carrying the name of the founder, David Morris. The group was organized as a place for the members to simply have fun singing with one another. During its time, Morris Code featured contemporary songs arranged by their own members and entertaining choreography.
Muse-icality was formed in Fall 2015 by two siblings Christopher and Emilie Neu. The group was formed with the idea of doing cross-cultural music and Broadway, but as it developed it came to include Disney, big band jazz, and other genres uncommonly sung. They disbanded after about a year.
Provocalize was formed in Fall 2014 by Alex Winder as a mixed a cappella group under the name Major 6th. After increasing from a 6-person group to a 10-person group the following semester, the name was changed to avoid a number association. They sang from many eras and styles, everything from early Disney classics to boy band material to soulful, modern pop, and strived to be one of the most energetic and exciting groups. They disbanded approximately early 2017.
Soundwave existed during the 2013-2014 school year, and was led by Jonathan Bean. They performed in the Apr 2014 Acappellooza concert.