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 one album and is currently working to record and release a new one.
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 2013) members are as follows:
Sopranos: Katie Jones, Taylor Menthé
Altos: Beth Warsaw, Kayla Kenny, Maria Ullo, Kelsey Ham
Tenors: James Ross, Ajay Sharma, Jonathan Gottwald
Basses: Colton Bauer, August Rulewich
Vocal Perc: Adrian Pangilinan
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".