Northwestern's Premiere All-Male A Cappella Group
Asterik began all the way back in 1996, and we started regularly performing quarterly concerts in the fall of 1998. Each show has had a theme, and each theme has been beautiful. Sometimes, we also share the stage with other heavyweights of Northwestern entertainment such as Mee-Ow, Significant Others, The Titanic Players, and Freshman 15. We've had more shows than we care to remember, but below are the promos for some of our more memorable performances. Enjoy!
So… What’s With The Name?
I know you’re probably thinking: wow, guys, you misspelled asterisk. Not quite. It was kind of on purpose?
"Asterik" is a word pioneered by our a cappella group that describes a more complex, revolutionary symbol (encompassing an asterisk). In fact, an asterik is fashioned by placing a five-pointed asterisk (that way, it looks like a little man!) inside the circle of a male symbol. "Ri(c)k" is also a common guy’s name.
Get it?! Yeah, it’s okay. It took us a while to understand what was going on too. The "asterik" was part of the original insignia circa 1996, and has been the symbol of our group ever since.
Who Is Asterik?
We’re a group of guys who love to sing and have a good time. Simple. as. that.
You’ll never catch us taking ourselves too seriously. We love to entertain, and we do so through song, jokes—whatever works, really.
Get to know us
The best way to get to know asterik is through the articles and photos linked below. Most of the features are from a few years ago, but the information in them is just as true today as it was the day it was written.
Take a look at this NBN article OR
this NBN article OR
this short documentary style video OR
this video about a freshman in Asterik OR
this slideshow by the Daily Northwestern from our 2011 winter show.
A glimpse into the life of our group, from 1996 to now
How Do I Audition For This Handsome Bunch?
First, sign up for an audition spot online. The link for sign-ups changes every year, but NACCA (see below) will release it when the time is right. Then, prepare about 16 bars of a song you think shows off your range, style, and personality. Don’t lose sleep over what genre you sing, just sing a song that makes your voice sound good. After you produce your 30-45 seconds of vocal honey, our music director will take you through scales and a simple vocal exercise. We’ll also ask you to tell a joke or funny story.
All in all, auditions are quite stress-free. Wow us with your pipes, make us laugh, and HAVE FUN, DAMMIT.
Picturing the judges naked often helps the audition to feel less stressful
What Are Callbacks Like?
I’m so glad you asked! If you're called back, you will be given a cut of music to learn. You will sing the cut in small groups so that we can hear the way your voice blends with others and then we'll hang out and eat large amounts of pizza.
Can I Audition For More Than One Group?
Yes indeed, just remember to fill out a preference sheet if you are called back to more than one.
How Much Of My Life Will I Be Signing Away If I Get In?
We generally rehearse about 4 hours a week, put on a show each quarter, and perform at various gigs during the year. We also take a road trip during one of the breaks, and every once in a while we'll even record a CD. You'll still have plenty of time to do others things, like perform in plays (or hang out with your new friends in Asterik!).
Pictured: hanging out
Our contact information is below, so feel free to send us any questions you might have. Also, make sure to take a trip to the NACCA page on Facebook, where there will be regular updates about the common audition process for all of Northwestern's 10+ a cappella groups.