The Rensselyrics is the first of four collegiate a cappella groups at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The Rensselyrics arrange the majority of their music and sing it at campus events, other colleges, and sometimes other public or private venues. It is an RPI Union funded club and hosts an invitational each semester, where other a cappella groups in the area are invited to perform with the Rensselyrics. The group has released three albums: Another One Way Street (2001), Radioactive (2008), and their new EP Royal Purple (2014).
Auditions for the Rensselyrics are held in the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters at RPI. The Rensselyrics have had members that were not studying at RPI. They have three 2-hour rehearsals each week.
The Rensselyrics competed for their first time in the ICCA in 2013. Then member and Musical Director, Mangesh Tamhankar, won an award for Best Arrangement.
The group originated from the RPI Glee Club, founded in 1873 and changing its name in 1991. The group was accompanied by musical director Ned Fleischer from 1994 until he passed in November 2011.
The Rensselyrics generally has anywhere from 9 to 15 members each semester. The current (as of 2014) members are as follows:
Sopranos: Katie Jones, Taylor Menthé
Altos: Kayla Kenny, Maria Ullo, Kelsey Ham, Janey Hoefler
Tenors: Ajay Sharma, Jonathan Gottwald, Jonathan Williams
Basses: August Rulewich, Anthony Segretto, Wesley Clements
Vocal Perc: Adrian Pangilinan
Another One Way Street, 2001 Radioactive, 2008 Royal Purple, 2014
The Rensselyrics competed for the first time in the 2013 ICCAs, where they won 4th place out of 9 in their respective quarterfinals. Mangesh Tamhankar, then member and musical director, also won the Best Arrangement award for his arrangement of Adele's "Someone Like You".