a cappella ensemble
Vocal Rush is a five-time national champion a cappella ensemble based out of Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) and comprised of singers ages 14-18. 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, 2016, and 2017, and, perhaps most notably, a third place win on NBC’s hit a cappella competition show, “The Sing-Off” in 2013. Past members of Vocal Rush have performed for President Obama as well as OSA founder, California Governor Jerry Brown. Vocal Rush has released four albums and received numerous Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards and nominations, including two nods for 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. See these young singers in action at www.youtube.com/osavocalrush.