About Us

The Ransom Notes are a co-ed a cappella group at The University of Chicago! We were formed in 1997, originally under the name "Harmony 8."


In our 22 years of existence, we have:

  • Released six studio albums (the two most recent of which you can find on Spotify and iTunes)

  • Competed in the ICCA several times, winning many awards in the process

  • Performed at conferences, festivals, engagements, weddings, and more

  • Gone on many tours, both around the country and abroad


In the past few years alone, we have:

  • Advanced to ICCA semifinals and won awards for Best Arrangement and Best Vocal Percussion

  • Toured New York, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, and Nashville, performing and hosting vocal workshops

  • Released our sixth studio album, "Blueprint," released a Halloween single, "Oops!... I Did It Again," and started working on our seventh studio album

  • Had our track "Doin it Right / On My Mind" featured on "Voices Only 2017," a compilation album featuring the best of collegiate a cappella

  • Sang in the wedding of two former Ransom Notes!


A lot has changed since 1997. Since then, we've grown in membership, taken on a signature black and blue aesthetic, and, of course, adopted a new name. Still, at the end of the day, we're a bunch of UChicago students who love singing almost as much as we love spending time together.

UChicago Ransom Notes

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