Fun fact: Brown has the largest number of a cappella groups per capita of any university (thanks, handy dandy tour guide packet). Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that a cappella is huge here, filling our campus’s many arches with sweet music, impressive beat boxing, and sometimes drunken pirates.
There are a few times each year when the majority of a cappella groups on campus take advantage of the opportunity to perform for as many people as possible – during orientation, freshmen flock like flies; prior to auditions, anyone who can sing (and even some who can’t) are curious. But Family Weekend is when they break out the big guns, and it can be a little overwhelming deciding which groups you want to see. To help you out, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to a cappella at Brown – here’s what you can expect from each of the many groups.
Friday, October 14th
Harmo and the Ursa Minors’ Parents Weekend Concert!: 8:00-9:30pm, Salomon 001
Ursa Minors: One of several all-female a cappella groups. The Ursas generally achieve a uniform look by wearing all black, and they perform lots of popular, contemporary music. They also hold the honor of being the only Brown a cappella group whose name is also an astronomy pun.
Harmonic Motion: Made up of both Brown and RISD students. They’re definitely the most artsy of the groups, from their haircuts to their outfits to their song selections – which are unique but still wildly entertaining.
Shades of Brown Fall Concert: 8:00pm, Hunter 100
Shades of Brown: In true Brown spirit, Shades of Brown is a multicultural a cappella group with a varied repertoire and equally diverse members. The group sings songs “in the African American tradition,” [via] and incorporates lots of different styles of music. Three cheers for diversity! [Read more →]