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Starting in 2011, Pentatonix is an a capella group that originated from Arlington, Texas and consists of five members. Kirstie Maldonado (mezzo-soprano), Mitch Grassi (tenor), Scott Hoying (baritone), Avi Kaplan (bass) and Kevin Olusola (cello). Grammy-award winners and platinum selling artist, they have sold more than 2 million albums in the United States. They also have had over 905 million views on their Youtube channel ( They are also the first a capella group to make it on the Billboard top 100.

Scott Hoying is a songwriter and also a pianist. He has been performing since age of eight. After graduating from Martin High School, he enrolled at USC where he joined the SoCal VoCals, a very popular a capella group. He performed at many sporting events and other professional projects.

Mitch Grassi is the youngest member of the group and is a recent high school graduate. His music taste is heavily on the underground club and electronic music. He is honoring his skills by DJ-ing and in production as well as excelling in his role as a lead vocalist.

Kirstie Maldonado is a National Hispanic Scholar and a sophomore musical theatre major at the University of Oklahoma. She learned to sing eight-part harmonies and was a part of the Texas All State Choir. She also began her classical training during high school. Maldonado held numerous titles in productions and performing.

Avi Kaplan is a student of classical music who plays guitar, arranges and composes for both chordal and a cappella. He attended Mt. San Antonio, that is known worldwide for strong choral and a cappella traditions. He has performed at venues worldwide including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

At an early age Kevin Olusola began to learn the piano, cello, and saxophone. He performed twice at Carnegie Hall as a solo artist. Kevin enrolled at Yale University after graduating from Phillips Academy Andover. His first solo album (The Renegades Ep) came out in March of 2015, the album features popular song like “All of Me and Heart Attack.” If you want to learn more about Pentatonix, go to

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Emily Keller
Emily is a 11th grader. She loves to listen to music in her free time.