WELCOME TO RUSH 2019!
The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus cordially welcomes you—whether you are a newly minted member of the class of 2023 or a returning 2022 Yalie—to Rush 2019! 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 80-year tradition of music and revelry, this page belongs to you! Below you’ll find a step by step guide to the rush process, from Woolsey Jam all the way to Tap Night.
STEP ONE WOOLSEY JAM
A showcase of all of Yale's a cappella groups in Woolsey Hall. Every group will sing a couple songs, so you’ll get a feel for each group’s sound!
STEP TWO DWIGHT JAM
This second set of Yale a cappella kicks off Rush 2019! You'll be signing up for an audition right after Dwight Jam; we'll give you a packet that contains all the info you need for the next two weeks.
STEP THREE THE AUDITION
SOB auditions are fun and very low-key, so don't worry! When you arrive, you'll have a chance to meet all the members 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.
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.
STEP FOUR RUSH MEALS
Between the start of auditions and callbacks you may go on one or more rush meals with the SOBs. Rush meals are a great way to meet members over a plate of Berkeley mac'n'cheese or an ice-cream sandwich.
STEP FIVE SINGING DESSERT
During these two weeks, each group will host a singing dessert for their rushees. Instead of the two songs you get at Woolsey/Dwight Jams, you'll have two whole sets of music and comedy for your listening pleasure.
STEP SIX CALLBACKS
Two weeks into rush, we'll call back a number of rushees for another audition—it's just as relaxed and fun as the first, and helps us get to know your voice better.
STEP SEVEN TAP NIGHT?
All will be revealed…