OOTB's Guide to Rush 2023!

This page will provide you with everything you need to know about rushing Out of the Blue. We can't wait to meet you and hear you sing! This page is going to be updated throughout the summer and early fall. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Rush team at


Your audition is super relaxed and will last about twelve minutes, consisting of these parts:

1. Warm-ups: Simple vocal exercises with the group to warm up your voice and demonstrate your range.

2. Pitch matching: We will play a short sequence of notes and ask you to sing them back to us.

3. Sight-singing: You will be given a few measures of music and about a minute to look over the piece. You will then be asked to sing the excerpt given a starting note and at any tempo you choose. If you don't have formal experience reading music, don't worry; this is totally stress-free and is only one small part of your audition!

4. Quartet: You will sing a voice part of your choice for one of our songs in a quartet with three current group members. We will give you sheet music in your audition packet; it is also linked on the right side of this page, along with audio files to help you practice. Please be familiar with your part before coming to auditions!

5. Solo: You will sing one song of your choosing—past OOTB members have auditioned with songs ranging from country music to Broadway! We ask that you sing a portion of music roughly the length of a verse and a chorus. Whatever you sing, make sure it's something you enjoy! If you love what you're singing, it will come across in the audition room.

Want to know more? Don't hesitate to ask our Rush Managers, or check out our Rush FAQs!

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

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