Vocal Rush is an advanced audition-only a cappella ensemble, made up of 10-16 students grades 10- 12. Students in this ensemble will be exposed to a wide variety of complex 4 to 8-part choral arrangements from many different genres (traditional, jazz, folk, spirituals) and geographical locations (South Africa, Bulgaria, The Philippines and more) but the primary emphasis will be on learning contemporary repertoire from the soul, pop, rock and R&B idioms. The style of arrangements will pull from the contemporary a cappella model, in which there are one or two lead vocalists, backed by singers imitating the sound of instruments – including vocal percussion. Vocal Rush is a repertoire-driven ensemble, learning music at a quick and steady pace. Students will also spend about 20 minutes each class on musicality training for vocalists, including sight-reading, aural skills and vocal technique. Vocal Rush performs frequently at the school, as well as out in the community, and students are expected to handle the demands of a highly busy performance schedule. In addition, students in Vocal Rush are expected to be exceptional leaders and role models in the School of Vocal Music, both in artistic merit and personal character.