SMO'S Contemporary A Cappella Group
In 1991, Singing Men of Ohio's first president Ray Feener founded the first contemporary a cappella group on campus. The eight member group names themselves Section Eight in reference to the military term for discharge due to mental incompetence. Over the years the group has grown to about fifteen members, and the group has continued the tradition of being entirely student directed and run. The Section Eight’s primary function is to represent The Singing Men of Ohio when the large group cannot. In addition to performing at choral concerts, the group raises money throughout the year by performing by request for small parties and engagements and by organizing their own shows throughout the year.
They’ve performed at the International Collegiate Choral A Cappella Competition at Penn State, participated in the first annual MACappella hosted by Ohio University, and in March of 2016, competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella in St. Louis, MO. In 2003, The Singing Men of Ohio hosted the first annual A Cappella Invitational, inviting all of the a cappella groups on campus to perform together at the Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium at the end of the school year. In 2014, Section Eight invited the all male a cappella group Speakesy from Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve to Athens to perform together. The tradition continued in 2015 with the Misfitz from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Section Eight released their first album "We May Be Disturbed..." in October 2004, they released their second album "That's Okay Here" in January of 2012, and a new album in the works for release in 2016.