We're After Hours.

Formed in 1998 as a vocal jazz ensemble, After Hours was originally called “Charivari,” the term for an old French custom in which members of a town would congratulate newlyweds by “serenading” them (banging pots and pans) outside their homes. Perhaps a term for a discordant raucous wasn’t the best name for a group trying to build harmonies. The group eventually departed from an exclusively jazz repertoire and began incorporating modern rock and pop songs into their sets. Along with changing their musical style, they decided to change their name. In 2000, After Hours became the University of Rochester’s only co-ed a cappella group.

Since its rebirth, After Hours has become a force in contemporary a cappella and the Rochester community. They compete and travel across the United States, regularly participating and advancing in the International Championship for Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA). Most recently, in 2015, they advanced to the ICCA Mid-Atlantic Semi-final, taking home an award for Outstanding Arrangement.

After Hours hosts two major performances each year, one at the end of each academic semester. With full production and pop-culture references galore, these semester concerts have become a staple of the University of Rochester a cappella community. Some past show themes include “Game of Tones,” “Seligmans of the Galaxy,” and “The Morning After Hours.”

In addition to performing, the group is dedicated to creating professional recordings of their best songs. Check out the discography for more information on available albums and the blog for news about upcoming releases.

Most importantly, After Hours members consist of a tight-knit group of friends both on and off stage. From caroling and ice-skating to potlucks and traveling, the “fAHmily” is a band of friends from beginning to end. Though we may create a raucous off the stage, we hope you’ll find our modern “charivari” just a little more harmonious.

For information on joining After Hours, check out our Audition FAQ.