A little late to report – but the recordings BOKA made throughout last year at The Studio (Portland, ME) have finally arrived and live in a folder in Dropbox. If you would like to hear these recordings, email one or both of our fearless leaders:
Zac Watson ’16 – Business Manager
Hallie Schaeffer ’16 – Musical Director

Kicking off Spring 2016!

Welcome back, everyone! It was quite an adjustment back from break, but we’re muddling through. We are ridiculously excited to welcome back all our juniors from their semester abroad (Kyra, Jono, Caroline, Savannah and Liam)!
We’re starting the semester off right away learning all the senior solos – first rehearsal is tomorrow!
Check out our list of senior solos on our Repertoire page!


Bursurka was a success! We debuted two new songs, “Swimming” by Florence + the Machine and “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede. The soloists were Schaeffer ’16 and Litts ’18, respectively.
The next BOKA gig is our fall final concert, followed by the all-acapella winter concert.
Thanks to Ursus to singing with us!

Love Heals

We just got back from a lovely concert at St. Paul’s church. We launched their Human Trafficking Workshop that goes from 10 – 2pm today, featuring Becca Stevens as the keynote speaker.  They’re doing wonderful work there! We got to donate $100 to a charity of our choice.
This concert could not be more appropriate after all the incidents in Paris, Beirut, and campuses around the country. We will get through this tough time if we stick together and love each other.
On that note,  we want to thank all of our audience members for supporting us and bringing us energy in our performances, 24 College Street for hosting the candlelight vigil and allowing us into their space to sing, St. Paul’s for having this workshop and asking us to perform, and Zac and Hallie for keeping us on track and scheduling all these events!

Some side notes:
– Amazing performance by Isabel last night in Sondheim on Sondheim!
– BURSURKA is this coming Thursday!

Family Weekend

Family Weekend performance was a success! Loved seeing families and friends come to our open rehearsal on Saturday. They got to see us perform four new songs, and saw how we start/continue learning a song! They even got to stand in a circle with us and listen up-close to a run-through of Pusher Love Girl and Running.  Everyone did amazingly during the Family Weekend performance, showing off many talents and bringing the end to a hectic week!
This week brings our performance at Take Back the Night, a candlelight vigil for sexual assault survivors. Two weeks from now comes a very highly-anticipated event, BURSURKA!
Keep your eyes out for a video on Bowdoin’s Youtube channel of yesterday’s Family Weekend full performance, where you can check out the other acapella groups, dance groups, and Taiko drumming.

Presidential Inauguration

We’ve been preparing for this weekend’s presidential inauguration for Bowdoin’s new president, Clayton S. Rose. This Thursday, October 15, will feature all the acapella groups in a musical performance that is not to be missed! BOKA will be bringing back Welcome Home (Radical Face) from last spring, with two new songs, Don’t Wait (Mapei) and Raise it Up (from the movie August Rush). We’re super excited for our new members to experience their first of many performances with us!
Keep your eyes out for a video recording on Bowdoin’s Youtube channel!

For those who want more information on the Inauguration Weekend, check out Bowdoin’s official inauguration website.
If you want to watch the acapella concert, it will be streamed live here.