On a Sensual Note

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On a Sensual Note
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Background information
Also known as OASN
Origin Washington D.C., United States
Genres A cappella
Years active 1996 (1996)–present
Website www.onasensualnote.com
Members Jimmy Scimecca '15
Jackson Bedbury '17
Hugh Raup '18
Carter Lowe '15
Matt Lachance '16
Morgan Lyons '16
Sean Reynolds '18
Matt Meyers '16
Sean Andersen '17
Jesse Saywell '15
Rory Slatko '15
Antonio Miller '16
Leo Piscioneri '15
Niall Martin '17
Claxton Rabb '15
Patrick Kavanagh '17
Jeff Giantonio '17

On a Sensual Note (OASN) is the all-male collegiate a cappella singing ensemble of American University. Founded in the fall of 1996, OASN is the University's oldest a cappella ensemble. The ensemble performs regularly at campus events, tours and visits other schools and participates in regional festivals. OASN's most popular events include its biannual end-of-semester concerts in the Kay Spiritual Life Center, a tradition which has been mirrored by newer performing ensembles.


The Early Years[edit]

In the fall of 1996, Jay Criscuolo and Jay Rao arrived as freshman at American University, each with a desire to participate in the collegiate legacy of men’s a cappella. Upon learning that there were no a cappella groups at AU, both independently began a search to find members to start a group. Eventually, they found each other. In their early months of searching, the group grew to only six members. It was not until the spring of 1998 that the group of six, under the name “Tastes Like Chicken”, got its first gig.

The Present[edit]

Since its beginning, the group has established themselves as one of the most well-known a cappella groups in the D.C. area, performing at many prominent venues in the city and surrounding area. OASN has released six albums and has taken multiple tours up and down the eastern seaboard. OASN has recently begun production of their seventh album. The group plans on having the album complete by Fall of 2014.[1]

Notable Performances[edit]

The group's most notable performance came on January 28, 2008 when the campaign of then U.S. Presidential candidate Barack Obama asked OASN to open for a rally at AU where Obama was endorsed by Senator Ted Kennedy.[2] The ensemble learned Obama's campaign theme song, Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" (1970), but was forced offstage after a teleprompter was kicked during their performance.

Since then, the group has performed at The White House,[3][4] the Embassy of Singapore, Disney World, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and for the U.S Secretary of Labor.[5]



  • Aural Pleasure (2001)
  • Back to the Drawing Board (2002)
  • The On a Sensual Note (2004)
  • New Ties, Old Guys (2006)
  • On a Sensual Night (2008)
  • Spare Change (2009)
  • Guys in Ties (2014)
"Guys in ties doin' what feels right"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ OASN. "On A Sensual Note: About". Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  2. ^ LiveJournal[dead link]
  3. ^ Lyons, Morgan. "OASN performs at the White House…again!". WordPress. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  4. ^ Hiebel, Kent. "OASN Sings at the White House". WordPress. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  5. ^ The Reliable Source (2011-10-20). "In other news: Labor Secretary Hilda Solis gets a birthday serenade". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 

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