The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus cordially welcomes you—whether you are a newly minted member of the class of 2021 or a returning 2020 Yalie—to Rush 2017! Rush is a unique opportunity for you to get to know us and for us to get to know you through a series of concerts, auditions and rush meals. It's an intense but fun-packed month-long experience that begins as soon as school starts and culminates with Tap Night sometime in September.
If you are interested in joining our Society and becoming part of our 79-year brotherhood of music and revelry, this page belongs to you! Consider checking back later in August to see who our rush managers will be!
Do I need to be an experienced singer to rush the SOBs?
No. In fact, many of the current SOBs did not start singing seriously until they came to Yale. Everyone in the group has a different musical background, ranging from studying at Juilliard to singing in the shower. You don't need to be a trained singer to rush the SOBs; you just need to have a passion for music and an interest in singing in college.
What are auditions like?
SOB auditions are fun and very low-key, so don't worry! When you arrive, you'll have a chance to meet all the guys and sing a few warm-ups and exercises with us.
After that, we'll ask you to join three of us in performing the "Aura Lee" quartet. Take some time to look over the music and practice singing through one of the parts. Someone of your voice part will be available to help you if you get stuck, so don't sweat it if you're having trouble with your line.
You can download an audition music kit from the rush links on the right.
Finally, we'll ask you to perform a solo of your choice. Pick something that you're comfortable with and that showcases your voice. Rushees have been tapped into the group after singing everything from operatic arias to "Happy Birthday"; the important thing is to find a song you enjoy singing and go for it.
A cappella rush at Yale is reputed to be one of the most exciting moments of a person's life—akin to giving birth to quintuplets, getting through Rainbow Road in Mario Kart and dining 'n' dashing at a Waffle House when your waitress is a retired NFL linebacker.
But rest easy, citizens of Yaletown! The SOB Rush Guide to the Galaxy is here to help you navigate through the labor pangs, frantic button-pressing and sprinting skills. Read on.