Acquire is a co-ed cappella group from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Formed in February 2007, they entertain audiences with a wide range of material arranged solely by members of the all-student group. Twice a week, singers come together to learn, arrange, and perform music that they love.
Each year, Acquire hosts Acquirefest, UCSC’s largest a cappella event. Acquirefest has featured a cappella groups from many major west coast universities and yielded over 600 people each year. In February of 2008, on the one-year anniversary of the group’s creation, Acquire presented Disneymania, a full night of songs from classic Disney films sung a cappella. Acquire plans to continue the tradition of Acquirefest and create new traditions with even more exciting and unique concerts. 2009 saw Acquire releasing their YouTube hit “I’m On A Boat” as an MP3 single and performing at Kuumbwa alongside a cappella legends The House Jacks. In 2010, Acquire traveled to Oregon for their first trip to the ICCAs – the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. They also continued work on their debut CD.
Being a part of Acquire means being a part of a close, loving family of people who love to sing. Acquire’s singers come from all backgrounds and musical experiences, and each is invited to share their unique insights by participating in Acquire’s democratic voting process, which is applied to nearly all aspects of repertoire, show selection, and performances. There is a substantial time commitment put in by each member of the group, and the hard work is reflected in the amazing performances that Acquire has become so well known for. Acquire will have even more to share in the future as the group’s reputation continues to grow.