A Cappella Council (ACK)

What is ACK?

The Performing Arts Council includes 14 groups comprising its A Cappella Council subcommittee. A cappella is a genre of music performed without instruments where all parts are produced vocally. Penn's dynamic and talented a cappella groups entertain audiences with repertoires including Pop, Rock, R&B, Jazz, Hindi, and Chinese songs. ACK is also the home of some of the nation's most respected and award-winning groups that traditionally perform very well in forums like the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, are featured on the annual Best of Collegiate A Cappella album, and garner exceptional reviews from the Recorded A Cappella Review Board for the albums that they produce.

In addition to entering competitions, recording studio albums, and performing in about 2 large shows on campus each academic year, ACK groups use their talents to engage in community service projects and travel to venues around the world for performance opportunities. However, aside from the work that groups do individually, it is certainly a rarity to attend a University-sponsored event or a student-run fund raiser that does not include performances by multiple Penn a cappella groups. ACK has grown to become a staple of the Penn community and is representative of the University at large, with its commitment to both diversity and excellence.

For information on any of these groups, please contact the ACK Chair, Anthony Anchelowitz, at ack.chair@gmail.com.