Maxine Malvar '21, assistant musical director of the Touchtones, instructing prospective members during auditions.

Perfect Pitch: A Look Inside Intense A Cappella Auditions

All students have seen the Ho Plaza chalkings, the Balch and Gothics “arch sings” and the quarter cards. Given the fact that the movie Pitch Perfect was largely based off the experience of Cornell a cappella alumnus Mickey Rapkin — of the banished Cayuga’s Waiters — it is not surprising that the Cornell a cappella audition process is intense.