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BACK FROM ICCA FINALS!

Posted by Rebekah Sugarman on 04/21/2015, 10:36 AM |

As we get settled back in Chicago after a crazy weekend in NYC, we are so excited to announce that we won 2nd Place at the 2015 ICCA Finals at the Beacon Theatre! We are incredibly proud of our superstar Shubha Vedula for winning Outstanding Soloist yet again and showing us all "how to burlesque." Huge congratulations go out to our friends in The SoCal Vocals for winning 1st Place, to our friends in The G-Men for taking home 3rd Place, and to every group that we competed alongside this weekend.

Check out the video of our whole set, which includes Show Me How You Burlesque, Heroes Listen, and Bang My Head!



We are so grateful for the support from our friends, family, the University of Chicago, and the entire a cappella community. And we'd like to extend a special shoutout to all the groups from our home region of the Midwest, who have been so incredibly supportive throughout our ICCA journey this year!

ICCA Semifinal results...

Posted by Will Cabaniss on 03/16/2015, 1:21 AM |

Voices in Your Head is headed back to ICCA Finals! We placed first at the Midwest Semifinals this weekend at Washington University in St. Louis, and are so excited to head on to New York City for the final round. Special congratulations go out to Shubha Vedula on her award for Outstanding Soloist and to Ana Isabel Martinez, Jaclyn Sattler, and Tyler Neenan on their award for Outstanding Choreography. It was an amazing weekend of a cappella, and we’re honored to be in the company of such incredible talent in the Midwest. We’re extremely proud of our close friends in Fundamentally Sound and No Comment whose groups placed second and third. Finals will be held at the Beacon Theater on April 18th. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this journey possible for us so far. We’ll see you in New York!

RARB Single of the Year!

Posted by Rebekah Sugarman on 01/15/2015, 3:36 PM |

We are absolutely thrilled to have the honor of being in A Cappella Review Board's Picks of 2014 ! Our newest single, Burn, was selected as RARB's Single of the Year!!!! If you still haven't checked it out, you can listen on YouTube for free(see the link below)- we hope you will also feel "destroyed with the beauty there".

We are also so grateful to RARB for picking our prog-rock original, Life of the Mind, as a Track of the Year - AND awarding our EP The Singles: In My Mind an honorable mention for Album of the Year. We're so blessed to be a part of this amazing group of artists - among them our close friends Run For Cover, featured for their amazing single "Ghosts"! We owe a huge, huge thank you to all the members of RARB - especially Jonathan Minkoff, Kimberly Sailor, TeKay, Rob Dietz, and Nicholas Wright - for their incredibly kind words about our music this year. We can't wait to bring you more!

Burn, is available both as a single on iTunes and on Youtube !

New Single!

Posted by Rebekah Sugarman on 10/24/2014, 4:26 PM |

Our newest song, Burn, is now available both as a single and on Youtube for your listening pleasure! For those of you who enjoyed our covers of We Found Love and Bad Moon Rising (feat. Avi Kaplan from Pentatonix), our rendition of Ellie Goulding’s electropop hit is yet another creative re-envisioning of a song you already know and love. Ranging from breathlessly ethereal to fiercely uptempo, Burn captures every stage between the kindling of embers and a full-grown, roaring flame. Arranged, recorded, and edited by Chris Rishel, and mixed and mastered by Bill Hare with album artwork by Chloe Atchue-Mamlet, Jaclyn Sattler, and Chris Rishel, Burn is Voices’ most versatile track yet!

Burn (opb. Ellie Goulding)

If you enjoy the track, we encourage you to support us by sharing this video or purchasing our single online! Burn is available on both iTunes and Loudr. Play it loud and get loco ‘til the lights out!

Welcome New Voices!

Posted by Rebekah Sugarman on 10/07/2014, 8:35 PM |

We are very proud to announce our six new members for the 2014-2015 season! They are:



Kevin Zhao
Piper Hill
Shubha Vedula
Thomas Seo
Victor Jiao
Will Cabaniss


We are so excited to have you! Welcome to Voices in Your Head! Thanks so much to everyone who auditioned. Can't wait for an amazing year!

Summer Lovin' - Had Us a Blast

Posted by Jaclyn Sattler on 07/07/2014, 8:21 PM |

SHE SAID YES!

We are so honored to have sung for a wedding proposal in Millennium Park! Many thanks to The Heart Bandits who invited us to be a part of a truly special moment.

Of course, we have to give a shout out to Kari Wei who arranged for us a heartwarming rendition of Marry You and to Nick Sidoran whose solo gave Bruno Mars a run for his money.



With the help of Coach House Pictures we can share this moment with you.


We send our warmest wishes and congratulations Morgan and Mari. May you have a lifetime of happiness filled with laughter and song :)

Public Service Announcement: SURPRISE EP!!

Posted by Jaclyn Sattler on 05/23/2014, 1:21 PM |

The Singles: In My MindYep, you read that right. We could not be more excited to announce the release of The Singles: In My Mind, a fresh, new compilation combining all our recent singles into one album (with a few extra surprises). Among the surprises is an added bonus track, our previously unreleased original samba, Suena Así! And--as if that weren't enough--for arranging nerds and karaoke lovers alike, the full EP includes instrumental (sans solo) versions of each track so you can jam along with us.

Oh, and did we mention that it's only $5?! 9 songs. $5. (Less if you buy it on iTunes right about now - they're having a sale! Don't say we didn't warn you.)

Snag your copy on Loudr or iTunes!

Best of...Best of College A Cappella

Posted by Jaclyn Sattler on 04/16/2014, 4:39 PM |

Wow. We couldn't be more honored to see We Found Love featured on Best of BOCA!! A million thank you's to Varsity Vocals - we're thrilled to be among so many talented groups whose work has made its mark on the past 20 years of a cappella!


Check it out! You can buy the track on iTunes and Loudr, or purchase the whole album here.
Best of BOCA

Updates on Updates - ICCA 2014

Posted by Jaclyn Sattler on 04/06/2014, 12:32 PM |

Voices in Your Head had a fantastic experience competing in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella this season. We were so proud to take second at our quarterfinal and advance to the next round of the competition alongside our friends in Northwestern's Purple Haze. It was even more exhilarating to have the opportunity to share the semifinal stage with our UChicago crush, Run For Cover!

Special congratulations are in order to Ana Isabel Martinez, Tyler Neenan, and Jaclyn Sattler for taking home the Outstanding Choreography award at our quarterfinal - as well as our beatboxing bamf Kevin Qian, who won Outstanding Vocal Percussion at both quarters AND semis!

We also want to give a shout-out to our friends in Fundamentally Sound for their killer performance and our buddies in Bare Naked Statues, who will be reppin' the Midwest at finals in NYC; best of luck, guys!

Last but not least, we'd like to send our undying gratitude to Chris Rishel for not only arranging an incredible set but also being our rock throughout this process. Man, we couldn't have done this without you :)

Voices Only 2014!!

Posted by Jaclyn Sattler on 04/01/2014, 9:04 PM |

We are incredibly excited to announce that our original, Suena Así (written and arranged by Ivan Pyzow - who also happens to be the soloist!) was selected to appear on Voices Only 2014!
We want to thank Voices Only A Cappella for this honor and congratulate our many insanely talented friends who are also featured!

You can find the whole album on iTunes here.

Voices in Your BOCA 2014!

Posted by Allegra Kuney on 02/11/2014, 8:51 PM |

We're really thrilled that our newest single, Bad Moon Rising, has been selected for this year's Best of Collegiate A Cappella compilation. Thanks to Varsity Vocals for honoring us again this year, and everyone who helped produce the track, especially Avi Kaplan of Pentatonix for providing guest vocals.

If you haven't yet, check out and download the track on iTunes or Loudr, or get the whole BOCA album here.

Winter Tour 2k13

Posted by Jaclyn Sattler on 12/21/2013, 1:21 PM |

Twas the day after tour, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
Altogether we slept through at least ten alarms
Far too tired to transport our legs or our arms

The children were nestled all snug in their beds
(Or a couch. Or a floor! "We're not picky," they said)
But we had to return the rental car by noon
So we were forced to say our goodbyes rather soon

There would be no more singing, nor dance, nor VP
Nor holiday carols, nor random harmonies
No more six hour drives nor McDonald's for dinner
But despite all the setbacks, this tour was a winner

Because we knew that every day would be a blast
And though our tour has ended, the music will last
Thanks to all our new friends - and their families, too
None of this would have been possible without you

Now we're all headed home on foot, car, train, or flight
Until 2014, we will be out of sight
In the meantime, in order to end this just right:
"Happy holidays to all, and to all a good night!"


Thank you Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin for your warm welcomes and packed auditoriums. During our whirlwind of a week we performed at high schools, were tourists in our own city, and, unsurprisingly, spontaneously burst out into song...along with other shenanigans. Check out our Facebook page and our twitter (@uchicagovoices) for updates on our adventure!

Six New Voices

Posted by Peter Smagacz on 10/07/2013, 9:24 PM |

We are very proud to announce our six new members for the 2013-2014 season! They are:



Rurik Baumrin
Thomas Choi
David Gosz
Sophia Lin
Thomas McLees
Rebekah Sugarman


Welcome to Voices in Your Head! Thanks to everyone who auditioned!

Bad Moon Rising

Posted by Peter Smagacz on 10/01/2013, 5:59 AM |

Our newest song, Bad Moon Rising, is now available as a single! This reinterpretation of the deceivingly lighthearted rock classic OPB Creedence Clearwater Revival was arranged, recorded, and edited by Chris Rishel, mixed and mastered by Bill Hare, with album artwork by Chloe Atchue-Mamlet. This track is also featuring Pentatonix member Avi Kaplan who adds his own chilling touches to the mix. The single is available for purchase through Loudr and iTunes.Bad Moon Rising

ACA Nominations!

Posted by Peter Smagacz on 09/16/2013, 10:25 PM |

This past week, the 2013 A Cappella Community Award (ACA) nominations were announced. We are so excited that Voices in Your Head has been nominated for 8 ACAs! They are:


Favorite Mixed Collegiate Group
Favorite Collegiate Album: I Used to Live Alone
Favorite Songwriter: Chris Rishel
Favorite Arranger:  Chris Rishel
Favorite Competition Set:
ICCA Finals 2012
Favorite Original A Cappella Song: Life of the Mind
Favorite Music Video:
Titanium
Favorite Twitter Account: @uchicagovoices


Thank you so much to CASA and the nominators for this huge honor. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated, and remember to vote.

2013 CARAs!

Posted by Allegra Kuney on 05/12/2013, 7:32 PM |

Voices took home two Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards this year. Our song We Found Love won both Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement (Chris Rishel) and Best Mixed Collegiate Song. Thanks to CASA and everyone involved in the making of the track!

Three New Voices (and two semi-new ones)!

Posted by Kevin Qian on 03/06/2013, 11:54 AM |

We are thrilled to announce three new members of Voices in Your Head! Please give a warm welcome to:



Jaclyn Sattler
Sean Gasiorowski
Peter Smagacz


Thanks to everyone who came to Mid-Year Auditions! Decisions were difficult to make, and we encourage everyone to come out again in the fall.

Also, as if there weren't enough good news already, Voices would like to welcome BACK our two old(er) members Zach Denkensohn and Mike Glista. Welcome back fellas, hope you still remember how to sing!

2013 CARA Nominations!

Posted by Kevin Qian on 02/04/2013, 12:46 PM |

Voices is extremely honored to have been nominated for three Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards for Best Scholastic Original ("Life of the Mind"), Best Mixed Collegiate Song ("We Found Love"), and Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement ("We Found Love").

Congrats to our very own Chris Rishel and Brianne Holland for their outstanding work. We'd like to thank everyone who has supported us and helped us with these tracks!

"Life of the Mind" released

Posted by Brianne Holland on 12/31/2012, 5:14 PM |

Happy New Year, everyone! We're pleased to release to the world: "Life of the Mind," the first original from our upcoming double-EP! With music/arrangement/solo by Chris Rishel, lyrics by Brianne Holland, mix by Ed Boyer, and master by Earle Holder, we're literally rocking in the new year, and we can't wait to see what 2013 holds!

FOR A LIMITED TIME: If you like what you hear, share the video via this Facebook post (make sure when you share it, it says "via Voices in Your Head", and that the post is set to public, so that we can keep track of everyone!), and we'll send you a FREE download of the track when it's released through A Cappella Records/iTunes/Amazon/etc next month.

BOCA 2013 and an original single to cap off an amazing year!

Posted by Brianne Holland on 12/26/2012, 12:30 AM |

"We Found Love" has been selected to appear on the 2013 edition of national compilation album, Best of Collegiate A Cappella (you can check out the full track list, featuring our friends the Nor'Easters, Men in Drag, Fundamentally Sound, and many more, here)! Thank you so much to Varsity Vocals for the honor, and of course to Ed Boyer and Dave Sperandio (of diovoce) for working on the track. We're thrilled, and so thankful for the holiday gift.

Happy holidays, everyone! 2012 has truly been an incredible year for us, and we can't express how grateful we are for all the amazing opportunities and people we've encountered along the way. We're going to cap it all off with the release of our original song, "Life of the Mind," to be released just before the end of the year - stay tuned!

Seven New Voices!

Posted by Allegra Kuney on 10/07/2012, 2:56 PM |

We are proud to announce our seven new members for the 2012-2013 school year! They are:



Emily Benjamin
David DeVries
Lauren Fish
Ana Isabel Martinez
Tyler Neenan
Nick Sidoran
Kari Wei


Welcome to Voices in Your Head! Thanks to everybody who tried out!

Callbacks 2012!

Posted by Allegra Kuney on 10/04/2012, 5:52 AM |

Voices in Your Head would like to thank everyone who came out to audition for the 2011-2012 season. We heard a lot of fantastic singers, and after lengthy consideration, we would like to call back the following people for our next round of auditions:



Simone Aldredge
Emily Benjamin
Krysten Bray
Ben Call
Elisabeth Del Toro
David DeVries
Lauren Fish
Sean Gasiorowski
Ana Martinez
Tyler Neenan
Riley Paul
Ana Paz
Ahon Sarkar
Jaclyn Sattler
Nick Sidoran
Maria Vitieri
Tyler Walker
Kari Wei



Congratulations to those called back! If you weren't called back, please realize that it is very hard for us to pick just a few names from such a large audition pool. Some of our current members weren't accepted on their first try either, so please consider auditioning again next year!

2012 Auditions!

Posted by Allegra Kuney on 09/28/2012, 3:24 PM |

We are holding auditions for the 2012-2013 school year! Auditions will be held on October 2nd and 3rd in Cobb Hall. You can sign up for auditions either by emailing us directly, or by coming to the Showcase on Monday, October 1st, and signing up with us after we perform.

Check our auditions page to find an open audition slot, and don't forget to peruse the Auditions FAQ!

Voices Only 2012

Posted by Allegra Kuney on 08/20/2012, 11:19 PM |

Voices OnlyWe are happy to announce that our single Titanium was selected to be on Voices Only 2012! A huge thanks to Corey Slutsky and the folks at Voices Only for the honor. For more information about Voices Only, and to get your own copy of the compilation, click here. Titanium is the fourth Voices in Your Head track to be selected for Voices Only; We're excited to be featured among some of our aca-friends like Oregon On the Rocks, Tufts sQ!, Brandeis VoiceMale, Northeastern University Nor'Easters, and the Michigan G-Men. Happy listening, and don't forget, the music video for Titanium is coming your way soon!

We Found Love

Posted by Allegra Kuney on 06/29/2012, 11:19 AM |

Our newest song, We Found Love, is now available as a single! The track, OPB Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris), was arranged and edited by Chris Rishel, mixed by Ed Boyer and mastered by Dave Sperandio, with album artwork by Rasha El Mouatassim Bih. We Found Love, along with Titanium, won Voices the Outstanding Arrangement award at ICCA quarterfinals and semifinals. The single is available for purchase through A Cappella Records and iTunes.We Found Love

New single release: TITANIUM!

Posted by Allegra Kuney on 05/31/2012, 7:13 PM |

Titanium Voices' newest song, Titanium, is now available as a single through A Cappella Records. You can purchase it through ACR's website or on iTunes. You may recognize the song, OPB David Guetta feat. Sia, as part of our award-winning ICCA and BOSS sets. It also won Chris Rishel the best arrangement award at our ICCA quarterfinal and semifinal. Stay tuned for the music video, which will be coming out this summer!

ICCA Finals!

Posted by Brianne Holland on 05/02/2012, 11:43 AM |

After a whirlwind weekend in New York City at ICCA Finals, where we placed fourth overall, Voices has settled back into Chicago. A huge, heartfelt thank you to all of our friends, families, and fans who supported us along the road to ICCAs. We're incredibly grateful for the opportunity, and so thankful to Varsity Vocals for providing us with an event we'll never forget. Congratulations to all of the other groups who competed on their amazing work!

Check out our Finals set here, and our Semifinals set (with slightly better camera angle and picture quality) here! And visit our blog to get a behind-the-scenes look at our month!

Voices: Like a BOSS

Posted by Allegra Kuney on 04/18/2012, 10:37 AM |

This weekend, Voices and Men In Drag traveled to Boston to compete and participate in the first ever Boston Sings a cappella festival at MIT. The weekend yielded several exciting accomplishments for Voices: we won the collegiate competition, which gave us the opportunity to open for the BOSS professional showcase, take a masterclass with Cadence, and record with pro talent.
Voices was also successful at the CARA awards on Friday night: Chris Rishel won for best mixed arrangement, and we placed runner-up in three other categories: best mixed album, song (for I'd Like To) and solo (Elspeth Michaels for "I'd Like To"). Congratulations to all!

ICCA Semifinal Results...

Posted by Allegra Kuney on 03/26/2012, 4:49 PM |

Voices in Your Head came in first place at the ICCA Midwest Semifinal this weekend. We are so honored and excited to go to finals at the Town Hall in New York (and you can get tickets here). We are especially proud of Alex Gilewicz and Ryan Bober for their Outstanding Choreography award, and Chris Rishel for winning Outstanding Arrangement. Congratulations to the amazing Dicks and Janes and G-Men for winning runners-up!

Voices to Compete at BOSS

Posted by Allegra Kuney on 03/13/2012, 11:40 PM |

BOSSVoices in Your Head has been selected to compete at Boston Sings A Cappella Festival (BOSS) this April. We are so excited to travel to Boston with our friends and co-competitors Men in Drag for a weekend of workshops, concerts, parties and FIERCE COMPETITION. We will also be getting all gussied up for the red carpet (That's right! Red carpet!), as the 2012 CARAs will also be presented live at BOSS. We can't wait!

ICCA Quarterfinal Results...

Posted by Allegra Kuney on 02/12/2012, 7:25 PM |

Voices in Your Head is so proud to announce that we won first place at our ICCA quarterfinal yesterday! Special congratulations are due to Chris Rishel for taking home the Outstanding Arrangement award for both We Found Love and Titanium; and to Alex Gilewicz and Ryan Bober for winning Outstanding Choreography. Thank you so much to everyone who helped us get to this amazing moment, and all our fans who came out to DeKalb to support us. Also, congratulations to first runner-up The Xtension Chords: we'll see you guys at Semifinals!

CARA Nominations!

Posted by Allegra Kuney on 02/03/2012, 3:30 PM |

This week, the 2012 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) nominations were announced. We are proud to announce that Voices in Your Head has been nominated for 5 CARAs! They are:

Best Mixed Collegiate Album: I Used to Live Alone
Best Scholastic Original Song: Chris Rishel & Zachary Madden for Sharp
Best Mixed Collegiate Song: I'd Like To
Best Mixed Collegiate Solo:  Elspeth Michaels forI'd Like To
Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement: Chris Rishel for I'd Like To

Thank you so much to CASA and the nominators for this huge honor.

I Used to Live Alone in HD!

Posted by Allegra Kuney on 01/17/2012, 12:52 AM |

We are proud to announce that our album I Used to Live Alone is now available through A Cappella Records' HD store. The ACR HD bundle comes with the album (in sparkly HD), full color digital booklet, 11 "instrumental" tracks, concept album details, lyrics for every track, and lots of other goodies. It's also only $9.99 when you buy in HD from the A Cappella Records website (that's cheaper than the regular AND deluxe versions on iTunes).

Bon Voyage, Voices

Posted by Allegra Kuney on 12/08/2011, 10:32 PM |

We are so excited to announce the start of our East Coast Winter Break Tour, a first-ever for Voices. We'll be hitting up Ithaca, Boston and finally New York, singing with some amazing collegiate groups: Brandeis Voicemale, Cornell Last Call, Ithacapella, The MIT Chorallaries, and Tufts sQ!. We'll be capping off our week-long tour with a performance in Times Square with The Red States. Along the way, we'll also be performing at high schools, connecting with alumni, and generally bonding as a cultgroup. Check out our events page for dates and details of gigs, and make sure to keep an eye on our blog and our twitter (@uchicagovoices) for updates on tour shenanigans!

Voices on Sing 8!

Posted by Allegra Kuney on 11/01/2011, 7:34 PM |

Our original song, Sharp, has been chosen by The Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA) for their newest compilation album, Sing 8: Too Cubed. We are so honored to be chosen again (from a record number of submissions, AND as only one of three scholastic originals!) after last year's appearance of Boomerang on Sing 7. The album will be available on iTunes or a-cappella.com starting November 14th, but in the meantime...

"Sharp" is now available for listening on YouTube!

Sharp (Full Track)

Now you, too, can sing along to what CASA has dubbed the "Best. Syllables. Ever." Enjoy!

You can also listen to "Sharp" and much more on our latest album, I Used To Live Alone (available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, or uBazaar).

RARB Review of I Used to Live Alone

Posted by Brianne Holland on 10/30/2011, 11:11 PM |

Earlier today, the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB) released a very positive review of our latest album, I Used to Live Alone (available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, or uBazaar). We are thrilled to have been given an overall score of 4.7 (on a 5pt scale), and are so grateful to the reviewers (Jonathan Minkoff, Robert Dietz, and Nick Anderson-Frey) for their kind words. We're glad you enjoyed the album, and are already working on our next project - stay posted!

In the meantime, you can check out the reviews here:


Here are some of our favorite snippets from the reviews:

"[Voices in Your Head] has become one of the fastest rising stars in collegiate a cappella... Any college group that finds itself simply imitating covers will have its world opened up with a few listens to Voices' relentless creativity." --Jonathan Minkoff

"From the sleek concept of the jacket art, to the thoughtful execution of its original material, there is no question that we're being treated to something with vision." --Robert Dietz

"I Used to Live Alone is a supremely professional effort from Voices in Your Head, a talented and ambitious collegiate group... The album is polished, with Voices in Your Head exhibiting the most consistent group sound I've heard in a collegiate a cappella group since the Tufts Beelzebubs on Code Red... A cappella is gradually becoming cooler and cooler, and it appears that Voices in Your Head is at the forefront of this movement." --Nick Anderson-Frey