The OrphanSporks are the second of six a cappella groups at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Founded in 1999 by Tom Mullaney, the group features approximately fifteen male and female Rutgers students who arrange and sing pop, rock, and soul melodies to audiences around campus and the greater Tri-State Area. The “Sporks” are known for their energetic performance style, powerful vocals, signature multi-colored shirts, and frequent participation in charity events.
In 2007/2008 The OrphanSporks recorded a studio album, A Little Bite of Everything. The album features covers of tracks from famous pop, rock, and hip-hop artists. According to the 2009 review of the album by RARB (link to RARB here), “This group offers itself as a comedy group that sings well, or at the very least a singing group that recognizes the inherent ridiculous side of the a cappella art form.” Here you can find the complete review of the CD.
The OrphanSporks competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella for the first time in 2010, taking first place in the Northeast Quarterfinals, and second place in the Northeast Semifinals, receiving recognition in the school paper known as The Daily Targum. Here are a few other sites who’ve acknowledged the OrphanSporks: