Reverse Osmosis (group)

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Reverse Osmosis
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Reverse Osmosis perform Meat Loaf's I Would Do Anything For Love at the 2006 ICCA Quarterfinals.
Background information
Origin University of Southern California
Genres A Cappella
Years active 2001–present
Members Benjamin Rudolph
Divya Maus
Adam Faruqi
Emily Rowan
Preston Walker
Jen Kranz
Mady Mills
Marta Olson
Eric Wang
Alica Benning
Bella Hicks
Holly Howell
Sarah Scotti
Carter Shults
Drew Mikuska

Reverse Osmosis is a fourteen-person co-ed a cappella group at the University of Southern California founded in January 2001. Reverse Osmosis (RO) routinely performs on the USC campus, but has also toured the East and West Coast, performing in Times Square in NYC and Ghirardelli Square on San Francisco Bay. RO is a perennial competitor in the annual International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella competition.

In the 2005-2006 ICCA competition, RO took first place overall in the Quarterfinal round held at USC's Bovard Auditorium. They also received special awards that night for best soloist (Jordan Koppelman for "Fix You") best arrangement (David Stal for "Fix You") best vocal percussion (Baraka May for "Fix You") and best choreography (Joey Payo and Melissa Joseph).

At the West Seminfal round, held at Stanford University on March 18, 2006, RO placed 2nd overall. Due to a timing error, however, the judges missed a significant portion of Reverse Osmosis' performance. RO was then invited to the final round so that they could have a fair chance to perform their set in full for the ICCA judges, thus becoming the first group from USC to reach the ICCA Finals.

On April 29, 2006, RO performed their award-winning set at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Once again, they were awarded best vocal percussion (Baraka May for "Fix You").[1]

A documentary, Rock and R.O., was filmed about the group and has been screened at the Newport Beach and Westwood Film Festival in Southern California. The feature-length movie was shown most recently[when?] at Florida's Delray Beach Film Festival, where it was named Official Selection and won the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary.[2] On May 20, 2009, Reverse Osmosis opened for Ben Folds at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

CDs and tracks[edit]

Reverse Osmosis has released 5 CDs: Aural Pleasure in 2002, 50 Million Reverse Osmosis Fans Can't Be Wrong in 2003, Purity Guaranteed in 2005, and Reverse Osmosis, in 2006. A fifth CD, You Can't Spell ROck without RO, was released in February 2009.

In 2008, Reverse Osmosis was featured on BOCA (Best of Collegiate A cappella) with their rendition of "Call Me When You're Sober" (arranged by Baraka May, soloist Katherine Good). The track is the opening song on their latest album.

Aural Pleasure[edit]

Fifty Million Reverse Osmosis Fans Can't Be Wrong[edit]

Purity Guaranteed[edit]

Reverse Osmosis[edit]

You Can't Spell ROck without RO[edit]


  1. ^ "ICCA". 2006 Results. Archived from the original on 2006-08-22. Retrieved 2006-08-30. 
  2. ^ "Delray Beach Film Festival". 2006 Winners. Retrieved 2006-08-30. [dead link]

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