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The Compulsive Lyres is a co-ed, self-directed a cappella group from the University of Michigan. In 2002, the Lyres became the first group from Michigan to win the largest collegiate a cappella championship in the country – the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella – and they remain the only group from Michigan to hold this honor.The Lyres have also made other appearances on the national level, performing on live television with “The Today Show”, and they were featured on the 2002 “Best of Collegiate A Cappella” CD.

The Lyres’ success as an a cappella group, however, did not end in 2002 – the exciting and unique opportunities offered by membership in the Lyres have continued to this day. They have performed in front of thousands at the New Student Convocation in Crisler Arena, and in May of 2015, they were asked to perform live on National Public Radio with Tom Ashbrook to talk about college a cappella and Pitch Perfect 2 (you can check it out here!).

Whether you are a singer looking for the right a cappella group, a friend/family member of a Lyre, or simply a fan, the Lyres are glad you are here, and we hope you will enjoy this site as, ultimately, we made it for you. Thank you or visiting, and happy browsing!

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Fall Auditions!

Posted by Alex Quinlan

Come meet the Compulsive Lyres at their annual Fall Auditions, this September 17-18! We are looking for all voice parts, including vocal percussion. Any questions? See below!


First Round: General Auditions

  • Vocalization: to warm you up and test your range.
  • Tonal Memory: we play a series of notes, and you sing them back to us.
  • Your Solo: this is your chance to show off your voice. You may choose any song from the Jazz/Pop/R&B genre to show us your strongest self. Please prepare a verse and chorus-about 1 minute or so. Sheet music is not necessary to bring. We recommend staying away from Disney, Classical, or Musical Theater selections since these aren’t the type of music we sing, and won’t give us a good idea of how you will sound in our group.
  • Sightreading: quick and painless – we promise!

Second Round (Callbacks):

  • If called back after first round auditions, your callback will be on September 20th. They are much like a normal rehearsal: we will warm up with you, teach you parts of some songs in our current repertoire, and get to sing with you as a part of the group! Additionally, you will need to prepare a second solo for us that contrasts your original audition song.

Posted on Tuesday, June 30th | News | Comments Off on Fall Auditions!