History of the Vokols

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In 2006, 4 Pitt Freshmen started the VoKols, Pitt's first a cappella group dedicated to singing both Hebrew and American Popular Music. Supported by the Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh and JCSC Fellow Deb Jacoby, the group held its first auditions in the fall of 2006, when 4 members grew into 12! Performing around campus and the Hillel Hanukah Bash, the VoKols quickly established themselves on campus. In early 2007, two more members joined the group. After much hard work and preparation, the VoKols held their first concert in April 2007 to a full auditiorium.

In their second year, the group grew once again from 14 to 18 members. With new members and new music, the group became very involved on campus and within the community. The VoKols not only performed on campus, but also performed at several synagogues, such as Tree of Life and Beth Shalom, and participated in several community events, including a tribute to Martin Luther King and a Darfur Awareness event. The VoKols also recorded two Hanukah songs as part of a holiday Pitt a cappella CD, which also featured the Pitt Pendulums and Sounds of Pleasure. In April 2008, the VoKols held their second annual concert, performing with Savoir Faire, a female a cappella group from Penn State. The day after their spring concert, the VoKols were honored when they recieved the award for the "Best Performance Group" at the University of Pittsburgh. The VoKols were also honored to perform with Jewish rock star Rick Recht at him film premiere at the Israel Film Festival of Pittsburgh a few weeks later.

The VoKols have just begun their third year as Pitt's first and only Hebrew and American pop a cappella group. As a group of 16, the VoKols continue to practice at Hillel and look foward to singing at various events this fall!

*The VoKols would like to thank their families, friends, and fans. Without you, none of this would be possible! Thanks for giving us the chance to have a history and for being part of it!*