Vocal Rush is a four-time national champion a cappella ensemble based out of Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) and comprises singers ages 16-18. Combining passion, talent and dedication, along with the vision of director/founder Lisa Forkish, Vocal Rush has become one of the most respected high school a cappella groups in the U.S. since their inception in March, 2011. Before joining the renowned School of Vocal Music faculty at OSA, led by chair/founder Cava Menzies, Forkish was music director for the University of Oregon’s award-winning a cappella group Divisi, featured in Mickey Rapkin’s book, Pitch Perfect, later made into the box-office smash film. Vocal Rush has received numerous accolades, including national championship titles in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, a first place win at the L.A. A Cappella Festival, and perhaps most notably, a third place win on NBC’s hit a cappella competition show, The Sing-Off. Past members of Vocal Rush have performed for President Obama as well as OSA founder, California Governor Jerry Brown. The group has released two full-length albums and one EP (all available on iTunes) and has been nominated for six Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, including Best High School Album. The ensemble has the soulful stage presence that reflects all that is unique to OSA and sets them apart in the a cappella scene. Vocal Rush brings to life the heart and soul of Oakland School for the Arts, putting their all into every performance.
“These kids better SING!” – Avi Kaplan (Pentatonix)
“The monstrously talented OSA Vocal Rush!’ — Delta Rae (roots/rock band, VH1 featured artist)
“Really cool distinctive, high attitude sound, with a lot of swagger to it.” — A Cappella Blog
“Literally the most talented group of high schoolers I’ve ever met. Wow.” – Scott Hoying (Pentatonix)
“You’re not killing the game, you’re rewriting the book!” – Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off)