The Chromatics

Full Spectrum A Cappella

Our 25th year!

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It's our 25th year! Formed in 1993 (and known then as the OK Chorale), the group that became The Chromatics has morphed from a 12-member doo-wop and jazz group to the pop & originals group we are today. This video is a look back through our history in music and in photos. Enjoy!

Next Performances

July 8... New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, Maryland

Sept 1... Union Stage in Washington, DC

Nov 24... Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD

Dec 8... Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD

Dec 15-16... Greenbelt Arts Center in Greenbelt, MD

More information about upcoming performances

About Us

The Chromatics are a high-energy vocal band on a mission to delight audiences with a full spectrum of songs about science, technology, life, and their intersections. They have taken their astronomically-correct a cappella songs, a project called AstroCappella, from coast to coast, and their CD has flown in space (for realz!). Back down on earth they have captivated young and old alike at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, the National Air & Space Museum, the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes, and numerous science fiction conventions, First Nights, festivals, concert series, and private parties. Their CDs have been nominated for multiple awards. After more than 20 years together they are a mainstay of the local music scene and still bring a youthful exuberance to their fun-filled, colorful, and scientifically accurate performances.

Sights & Sounds

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Noctilucent Cloud video

NASA produced this beautiful video about noctilucent clouds, set to our original song about these enigmatic clouds at the edge of our atmosphere.

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La La Land video

Our submission to NPR's Tiny Desk Contest of our dark take on the effects of television.

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AstroCappella 2.0 on iTunes

A dozen original songs on topics from our solar system to the most energetic events at the far reaches of the universe. Sky & Telescope called it "An astronomy class set to music" and Astronomy Today said "Lively, entertaining, and educational".

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Wassailicious on iTunes

Our most recent holiday CD, complete with original and traditional - and definitely non-traditional - holiday tunes. We call it "an unfiltered piquant melange of full-bodied holiday neo-classics." You'll call it fun and festive! Download it now for the holidays! See our dysfunctional holiday cover of "Pachebel's Tantrum" video - on this page.

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Mars video

Our song, "Come and Visit Mars" is a travelogue: find out what you need to visit and what it might be like! Animated by MICA instructor Matthew Smith, just for us.

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Pachelbel's Tantrum video

One of our favorite dysfunctional holiday tunes! We cover this Therapy Sisters version of the classic you will never think of the same way again.


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