Dicks and Janes

Dicks and Janes
Dicks and Janes

Dicks and Janes performing during their 10th Anniversary Concert in April 2008.
Background information
Origin University of Michigan
Genres A Cappella
Years active 1998 – present
Website http://www.dicksandjanes.com/
Melanie Beiter '13
Brendan Burke '13
Carl Ciaramitaro '12
Elise Coletta '14
Jeff Ferguson '14
Mike Haggadone '14
Sarah Hall '13
Henry Johnson '11
Dan Kitzman '15
Jilli Marine '14
Imani Mchunu '14
Brad Menchl '14
Meggie Ramm '13
Sarah Szollar '14

Dicks and Janes (alt. Dicks & Janes, DJs) is one of the 12 officially recognized a cappella groups of the University of Michigan, according to the Michigan A Cappella Council.[1] Created in 1998, the group continues to perform a cappella music in Ann Arbor, MI and around the country, as well as in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.[2] The group is notable for being featured on three Best of Collegiate A Cappella recordings, as well as hosting Acappellooza, a well-known annual invitational concert. The group is coed and entirely self-run and self-funded.



In the Spring of 1998, a musical theatre student named Marc Smollin decided to form an a cappella group. His goal was to have a musical ensemble that not only would perform contemporary a cappella, but also would explore musical tastes that were less mainstream at the University of Michigan, such as blues and vocal jazz. With the help of two producers, Michael Newberry and Heidi J. Powers, and the musical advice of friend Jessica Murphy, he auditioned over 100 U-M students for what was then an unknown and unnamed group. One month later, the name "Rollicking Crew" was chosen, with intentions of being reflective of the UM spirit. This name, however, failed to exemplify the uniqueness and diversity the group upheld. Hence, a new name, "Dicks and Janes," was chosen in August 1998.

Since October 1999, Dicks and Janes have hosted "Acappellooza", an a cappella invitational concert that brings other collegiate a cappella groups from across the country to Ann Arbor to perform. In addition to Acappellooza, Dicks and Janes also puts on a concert during each semester, and goes on tour during each spring break. Past tours have taken them to the East Coast (1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011), California (2002), and the Southeast (2006, 2007, 2010). They have performed with and remained close contacts with many groups across the country. Dicks and Janes has also had the privilege to sing with professional a cappella groups such as Rockapella (2002), Blue Jupiter (2005), and ElmoTHUMM (2005). In addition, Dicks and Janes also performs in many venues around Ann Arbor, including nursing homes, corporate events, Welcome Week events for the University of Michigan, sporting events, and multiple other campus functions.[2]

International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella

For the past eight years, Dicks and Janes has advanced to the quarterfinals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA). At the 2004 competition, they also walked away with awards for Outstanding Soloist (Adam Wachter), Outstanding Arrangement (Christy Lombardi), and Outstanding Vocal Percussion (Vivek Natarajan). In 2006, they also received Outstanding Soloist (Ben Henri), and Outstanding Arrangement (Christy Lombardi). In 2007 Mike Rowan took the award for Outstanding Arrangement. Antwaun Stanley receiving Outstanding Soloist in 2006 and 2008 and Suresh Mohan taking Outstanding Vocal Percussion in 2007. Dicks and Janes has advanced to the Semifinals for the past four years.[3]


The members of Dicks and Janes are selected through a closed audition process. Once a member is selected by the group, the member may choose to accept or decline membership. The term of a member lasts as long as they are a student at the University, or until they leave the group voluntarily.

The group is governed by a constitution, which was drawn up by the founding members. The constitution clearly legislates the processes of leadership within the group, as well as all policies of the group. The constitution spells out the leadership as such:

  • Music Director -Runs all rehearsals, makes any decisions regarding the music or repertoire of the group.
  • President - Serves as the official representative of the group, resolves any internal disputes.
  • Business Manager - manages all public functions of the group, including publicity, concert booking, and financial records.
  • Secretary - Maintains attendance records, and sees to other organizational duties when necessary.

Leadership positions are elected by the group at the Annual meeting, at the end of each school year.[2]

BOCA Compilation Albums

In the world of Collegiate A Cappella, one very common status symbol among groups is to have a track featured on the annual Best of Collegiate A Cappella compilation albums. Dicks and Janes has received three such honors[4]:

  • Everything You Want - Featured on BOCA 2002
  • Tonight and the Rest of my Life - Featured on BOCA 2003
  • Porcelain - featured on BOCA 2004

Notable alumni

There are several notable alumni of Dicks and Janes, including Kate Reinders, a broadway actress.


Dicks and Janes has recorded 3 studio albums[2]:

Album Title Year Tracks
Show-N-Tell 2002 12
See Dick. See Jane. CD. 2005 11
Acousticophilia 2009 11

"Show-N-Tell" and "See Dick. See Jane. CD." have both been rated by the The Recorded A Cappella Ratings Board.

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