AZER (아째르) is a South Korean girl group who was formed by the K-Pop department of Howon University. The line-up consists of students who were selected through an audition: Youkyung, Yujin, Juyeon, Jaein, Mijeong, Minseo and Soyeon. They debuted on March 4, 2021 with the single Elegante. Howon University's K-pop department was established in 2019. Professor Shin Yeon Ah, who is the head of the department and a former member of the vocal female group Big Mama, wanted to create an idol group that did not follow the typical training that all idols have to go through. Seven first-year students were selected as the final members through an audition. For their debut song, "Elegante", the choreography was made by first-year students themselves while production team Stardust produced the song. Shin Yeon Ah prepared and conducted all the courses and also participated in the chorus sessions directly.