Vocal Point was originally founded in 1969 as an ensemble of 12 women accompanied by a piano, simply called 'Women's Ensemble'. Gradually, the group began performing more songs without accompaniment, and by the early 1980's the group was fully transformed into the University of Rochester's only all-female a cappella group on campus. As of summer 2022, Vocal Point has expanded to welcoming UofR singers of all marginalized genders.
In 2000, our recording of "Still In Love" was selected for and now appears on Best of College A Cappella.
In 2008, we won first place at ICCA (International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella) quarterfinals, including "Best Soloist" for Kristy Doot's rendition of "Wishing I was There", by Natalie Imbruglia, and Polly Flinch won "Best Vocal Percussion."
In 2009, we were nominated for two CARA awards: Best Female Collegiate Song (The Walk) and Best Female Collegiate Solo (Bonnie Jarrett, "Stay").
In 2011, Vocal Point was named the winner of a contest on ACB (a cappella blog) for the best version of the song "Happy Ending."
In 2012, Vocal Point won a Student Life Award from the University of Rochester for our co-sponsorship of "Rock Out for Leukemia Research: A Benefit Concert" in honor of one of our current members who was diagnosed with leukemia. In December of the same year, Vocal Point sang at The White House.
In 2016, Vocal Point went on a spring tour and performed in the Metropolitan Club in New York City. Later that year, we released our first digital album “1969”.
In 2017, one of Vocal Point’s song recordings “Levels” was selected by WACA (Women's A Cappella Association) and included in the organization’s compilation album. We also went on a tour to Chicago in spring and performed in local schools. Vocal Point competed in ICCA and won first runner-up in the quarterfinals, along with “Best Choreography” for Elizabeth Johnson and Susanna Chibber.
In 2018, Vocal Point went on tour and performed at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
In 2019, Vocal Point competed at the ICCA quarterfinals, coming in second place and advanced to the semifinal round. In addition to our successful competitions, we also celebrated 50 years of Vocal Point! Alumni from different decades all the way up to the 60's (which was when Vocal Point was founded) attended our weekend long celebration.
In 2020, Vocal Point released their latest album, "When Roses Turn Blue".
Currently, Vocal Point is working on new exciting projects. Stay tuned !
Interested in becoming a Vocal Point member? We hold auditions every semester, and you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!