The PowerChords' promise is to bring quality a cappella music to Olin both through their own performances and the performances of external groups invited to collaborate at concerts. As a group, their mission is to have fun through music and to improve as musicians, performers, and singers. PowerChords promises to contribute to the arts presence on Olin's campus and provide an opportunity for qualified musicians to have a rigorous and fun musical experience that can be shared with their peers.

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PowerChords functions in a traditional a cappella vocal system:

  • Bass
  • Baritone
  • Tenor
  • Alto
  • Mezzo-Soprano
  • Soprano
Programs & Events

PowerChords practice times / dates are based on team availability. This is sampled at the beginning of the semester, after tryouts determine the team composition. PowerChords also performs Spring & Winter concerts in May and December, respectively, and at Candidates Weekends from late February to early March!


PowerChords holds a tryout at the beginning of each semester. The tryout consists of a duet song, where each candidate performs alongside another candidate (although you will be judged individually). The sheet music for the song is posted by the leader of the club before each tryout and has included pieces such as “A Whole New World” from Aladdin.

Winter Concert 2019 Guest Group

Winter, 2019 | Simmons Sirens

idontwannabeyouanymore - Billie Eilish
High Hopes - Panic! at the Disco
Unbreakable Smile - Rhianna
Sledgehammer - Rhianna

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Winter Concert 2019

May 10, 2019

Built My Home on Hollow Ground - Daisy the Great
Mister Mistake - Nevermen
Forget you - CeeLo Green
This Love - Maroon 5
Colder Weather - Zac Brown Band
Everything You Want - Vertical Horizon
Turn Me Around - Half Waif
when the party's over - Billie Eilish
40 Day Dream - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

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