School or Affiliation: Bowdoin
Brunswick, ME


BOKA is a co-ed, collegiate a cappella group based at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME.   We perform and arrange songs ranging from classic rock to pop to traditional melodies.  Our members share an enthusiasm for music as a mode of self-expression and entertainment, and value its ability to bring together people from a wide array of backgrounds and lifestyles.   In performance, BOKA aims to strike a balance between musicianship and fun, believing that if our audiences can see how much we love making music, our excitement will be infectious.

BOKA was founded in 1994 as BOCA (Bowdoin’s Omnium-gatherum Collegiate Acappella) in order to meet the desire of Bowdoin’s newly co-ed campus for a group comprised of both men and women.  In the intervening years, the Best of College Acappella CD series–also abbreviated “BOCA”–gained popularity and, in order to avoid confusion, Bowdoin’s BOCA began the search for a new name.

After various permutations,  the group  decided that in order to remain in the spirit of BOCA’s original mission, the name should remain phonetically the same, with the substitution of a  “K” for the “C”.  In the intervening years, group members have garnered much amusement for inventing phrases for which “BOKA” might be an acronym, but the truth is that, though the spelling may have changed, the group’s commitment to music as a basis for the facilitation of a positive group dynamic–beginning with the group and its members, but extending to our interactions with our audiences and the world at large–remains the same.


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