Student a capella group sings for charity


One Note Stand (ONS) is the university’s very own “service a capella group” with the mission to provide entertainment for philanthropy events.


“We are a service a capella group; we’re also competitive and co-ed,” member Ryan Lord said.


“We do a little bit of everything as far as a capella groups go—we did a national competition last year in North Carolina, and we try to do at least one service event a month. We try to make music and have fun but still give back at the same time,” said Lord.


Lord got involved after searching for a way to express his passion for music in college.


“I found out about One Note Stand through their website,” Lord said. “I was Googleing frantically ‘A Capella groups at UT,’ and I really liked their focus on service.“


This emphasis on service sets ONS apart from other a capella groups on campus. One Note Stand volunteers once a month at Candelight Ranch, a summer camp for special needs kids. This semester they are also performing at a Texas THON fundraiser, Austin State Hospital and several cancer awareness events.


One Note Stand spreads awareness of the arts by having free shows on campus. This semester they hope to begin Friday “jam sessions,” where members sing outside on campus on Friday afternoons. 


“I think there isn’t a very large awareness of the arts in Texas, so we try to just share the love and joy of music to the university or through our service events,” Lord said. “We try to do free shows on campus randomly and I think we’re just really all about giving back and sharing our love of music with others.”


One Note stand does many service events throughout the semester while preparing for concerts and competitions. Members hope to spread appreciation for the genre of a capella music through service events, free concerts and impromptu “jam sessions.”


“It’s an awesome way for people to enjoy music in a non-traditional way,” said Lord. “I want us to spread awareness of this style of music…it’s really its own genre—it’s so intricate and unique compared to what you might hear on the radio. I’d like to see our profile on campus rise more so we can do more good when more people know about us.”


Students can find opportunities to experience One Note Stands’ a capella performances by liking their page on Facebook (One Note Stand A Cappella (UT Austin) or visiting their website:

One Note Stand hosts auditions every semester and updates social media followers on events and performances. If you have an event that you would like One Note Stand to perform at, contact them through their website!