Oregon State University engineering student Austin Benage sings a solo during Power Chord’s a cappella performance Friday on the Memorial Union’s quad steps. The three a cappella groups at OSU do a regular concert most Fridays during term at 5 p.m. on the MU steps.

Joy and Richard Ragsdale of Corvallis listen to Divine, an all-female a cappella group, warm up in a stairwell at the OSU Memorial Union on Friday night. For two videos, go to gazettetimes.com If you’ve ever been wandering the Oregon State University Memorial Union on a Friday evening, you might have seen them.

Or, more importantly, heard them. Most Fridays throughout the school term at OSU, the university’s three a cappella groups gather on the steps of the grand entryway of the Memorial Union for informal concerts at 5 p.m. Current members of Outspoken, a men’s group, Divine, a women’s group, and Power Chord, a co-ed group, say they aren’t sure how far back the tradition dates, but estimate at least a decade.

McKenna Albion, president of Power Chord and a marketing major, said the point of the is to practice performing. Each group comes with a song or two.

The audience mostly includes members of the groups not performing at that moment and their  friends, although passersby often stop to listen. “It’s less intense because it’s just for us,” she said. Read more from democratherald.com…

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