Out of the Blue is Yale University's award-winning contemporary a cappella group, known for its tight vocals and electric performance style. Founded in 1986 by a group of eight students determined to create a new brand of a cappella at Yale, Out of the Blue (OOTB, pronounced OOT-bah) has evolved into Yale's most dynamic vocal group, entertaining audiences near and far with an eclectic repertoire of contemporary genres.
OOTB has performed in a range of diverse venues from the United States Embassy in Singapore to Madison Square Garden in New York City. The group has opened for major recording artists like Ben Folds and performed for Nobel Laureates, Supreme Court Justices, and local New Haven schoolchildren. In addition to performances, OOTB leads master classes for students all over the world, many of which have inspired kids to start their own school a cappella groups.
Each year, OOTB embarks on 2-3 tours to share our music with audiences across the world. Past tour destinations have included London, Rio de Janeiro, Montreal, Singapore, Geneva, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Colombia, and cities all over the United States.
When OOTB isn’t performing, we enjoy being one of the most close-knit groups at Yale. We rehearse twice a week and love to get together outside of rehearsal to eat, laugh, dance, study, and sing with each other. OOTB is an ever-expanding community of musicians and friends (as evidenced by our wildly enthusiastic alumni). From our annual Parents' Weekend and spring Jam concerts to national a cappella competitions, we can always count on multiple generations of OOTBites to support us.
Out of the Blue is a member of the Yale Singing Group Council (SGC), an umbrella organization that represents 17 undergraduate a cappella groups. The SGC organizes Rush, along with other events throughout the year. More information about rush and a cappella at Yale can be found at rushyale.com