Co-Curricular Ensembles

The Linn-Benton Community College Music Program is home to a mixed contemporary vocal a cappella ensemble, Formal Houseparty. They are an auditioned ensembles of approximately twelve members performing throughout the Willamette Valley.

The ensemble rehearses on their own as well as with the music faculty. The program have been among the few community college ensembles selected to compete in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Quarterfinals. It is also the only one to have received awards and placed in competition.

In addition to competing locally and nationally, the ensemble often performs in the local community.

What Is Contemporary Vocal A Cappella?

A cappella was the first music, and has always been an important part of popular culture, from Madrigals to Barbershop to Doo Wop. Now we call it "contemporary a cappella," a term that covers pretty much every style of music around the globe, including rock, pop, R&B, hip-hop, country, jazz, and more.

There are tens of thousands of contemporary a cappella groups around the world, ranging from high school and college ensembles to professionals and recreational groups. There are also countless fans of contemporary a cappella, some who sing and others who are simply familiar with the style, having seen it on TV (The Sing-Off, Pitch Perfect, Glee), heard it on the radio, or watched it at a local festival.

At LBCC, our a cappella group makes music, arrange songs (including our own, as well as other songs popular today), sings, competes, beat-boxes, and more.


Are you interested in auditioning for the a cappella group or Chamber Choir (Concert Choir requires no audition)? Let us know!

Express an interest in auditioning with us.