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About University Sing

What is University Sing?

CAC University Sing is one of the University's most cherished traditions that showcases the vocal, dance, and theatrical talents of the students each fall. Every year, over 25 student organizations create a broadway style musical and perform to sold out crowds in the historic Holmberg Hall. These 10 minute shows are unlike any other, for every show not only acts, but competes in hopes of taking home first place and making life-long friends. 

University Sing began in 1948 as a vocal competition performed on risers outside on the North Oval. Vocal groups would sing the OU chant along with another song of their choice. It wasn’t until the 1960s the event grew to include choreography and eventually move towards a Broadway-style show. Today, as it was 70 years ago, University Sing is one of the most celebrated and anticipated events on campus. The acts have become remarkably professional productions that constantly improve from year to year. University Sing is truly a one-of-a-kind experience, filled with the kind of unparalleled joy only young collegiate students can create. The beauty of University Sing is that no two people have the same experience, but all leave with the same sentiment: a feeling of belonging, both at OU and within their individual organizations, and a set of relationships lasting long after the curtains close.

What is a Show?

U-Sing shows are miniature broadway shows that follow a chosen theme for that year. Shows have the freedom to be about whatever they want, as long as it fits within the theme. A typical show consists of four lead characters and an ensemble of nearly 40 people. While there is no requirement for songs, other than an a capella, most shows usually consist of five songs edited to fit within the time frame.