Home"The Sing-Off" Season 2 Group Profile: University of Oregon’s On the Rocks

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"The Sing-Off" season two begins Monday, December 6 on NBC. Ten amazing groups will compete for a Sony recording contract and cash prizes. We'll be featuring profiles of each group leading up to the debut, and during the show's run, we'll have a review of each episode. Have an opinion on any of the groups, or the show? Comment on any article or our forum

University of Oregon’s On the Rocks has been around for roughly 10 years and has been gaining recognition for about 8. Started in 1999, their rolling stone momentum was anything but rocky.  OtR placed 3rd at the 2002 ICCA and 2nd in 2003.  They’ve won many many awards, including CARAs, and have been featured on the SING, VOICES ONLY, and BOCA compilations.  Recently, their track "Lighthouse" was chosen to be featured on the just-released SING 7 compilation.  They've been featured on the WB News and have performed live on NBC's "Today Show".  I think it’s safe to say that they’re the a cappella royalty that you’ve never heard of.  Unless you have.

The 9-12 member male company was the first official collegiate Orgeonese group, and have since inspired the creation of such groups as Divisi and Outspoken.  Virally, they are known for their stellar version of Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance” (which currently has OVER 7 MILLION hits on YouTube) and I’ve personally Rickrolled many a fool with their exceptional edition of Rick Astley’s classic “Never Gonna Give You Up”.  The album track it self was a “Rickroll” as it was titled “Coldplay Medley” to surprise unsuspecting listeners.  For more On the Rocks, check out their new album "A Fifth" available on iTunes.  Don't forget to catch OtR November 5th @ the 10th Annual West Coast A Cappella Showcase

Known for their choreography, antics, and some serious singing, these men won’t be subject to any more “rocky start” puns by myself or anyone else.  Check them out on the 2nd season of NBC’s Sing-Off, 12/6 @ 8 PM. http://www.uoontherocks.com

Main profiles page: http://www.casa.org/content/sing-season-2-group-profiles

About the author:
Evan Feist has been composing, arranging, teaching, and singing a cappella music and vocal percussion for over eight years and has his Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Composition and Arts Management from SUNY Purchase's Conservatory of Music and is working towards his Master' Degree in Music Education at Columbia University, Teacher's College.  He has created and managed many successful groups, such as the A Cappella Innovations’ honored Choral Pleasure, SUNY Purchase Soul Voices, and the Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK Honors Choir.  Evan is the founder and president of Oven Feast Productions, and the business manager of Stacks of Wax Records, currently based out of Jersville Studios. He dabbles in all things musical and plays the piano, drums, percussion, trumpet, shofar, bass, and guitar.  Evan is currently building a collegiate mixed a cappella group in NYC (open to ALL students in the area)