Group Descriptions (Alphabetical)
♂♂ The Alley Cats
On a brisk autumn night in 1943, our founding fathers climbed to the top of Saybrook Tower and serenaded the campus with “Sally in Our Alley.” Since then, the Alley Cats have crafted over 300 arrangements, released a few dozen albums, and traveled around the globe upwards of twenty times. We’ve performed for President Obama, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and Jay Leno; we’ve appeared on Martha Stewart Living, sung with Kristin Chenoweth, and been praised as “Mm-mm delicious” by Aretha Franklin herself. Today, we enjoy singing contemporary numbers as well as those that have been in our group for generations. With an brand-new album and more international tours in the works, it’s never been a better time to be a Cat. Let us take you on an incredible experience of brotherhood, tradition, travel, and song that you’ll never forget!
♂♂ The Baker’s Dozen
The Baker’s Dozen is Yale’s most fun-loving male singing group. Founded in 1947, the Baker’s Dozen is a family of men who share a passion for music and good times. We bring our boundless energy to audiences all over the world. In recent years, the group has entertained the President of the United States, sung for orphaned schoolchildren in Puerto Rico, performed our National Anthem for 20,000 fans at the Lakers’ home court in Los Angeles, sung for the Academy Award Offices in Hollywood, and appeared on the Martha Stewart Show on national television. Our alumni are our extended family with whom we enjoy reunions several times a year on campus and on tours. The BD experience is more than just singing – come by the BD house to see what we are all about. BDs ATB.
♂♂ The Duke’s Men
Founded by the trickery of a former Whiffenpoof and then-Master of Saybrook College, The Duke’s Men have been singing their hearts out since 1952. “Da Doox” combine superb musicianship with devilish humor (and good looks) to create a vibrant, tight-knit family. From entertaining the Clintons and the Bushs at the White House, to performing with Zooey Deschanel and Darren Criss, the past few years have proven the most amazing yet for Da Doox. And with annual tour destinations ranging from Jamaica to Istanbul to London, the Duke’s Men have fans in almost every country with a McDonald’s. Join us as we push the boundaries of live and recorded music, and stay with us for the passionate spirit, eclectic repertoire, and unforgettable experiences that define the Duke’s Men of Yale!
♂♀ Living Water
Founded in 1979 by several inspired Whiffenpoofs, Living Water
is Yale’s one and only Christian a cappella group. Living Water
’s repertoire brings together alternative rock, hymns, indie, and gospel in a number of languages—including English, Swahili, Korean, and Chinese—to bring audiences a powerful and passionate performance. Through music, we hope to communicate the love and the glory of God. We come together to create a sound so pure it distills the hearts of listeners. Tours have taken Living Water
to serve the prisoners in Los Angeles, honor firefighters at Ground Zero, and praise with other Christians in China, as well as to countless other cities around the world including Honolulu, Vancouver, and Beijing. The deep friendships formed in Living Water
spur every member towards musical, emotional, and spiritual growth. We can’t wait to welcome our newest tap class!
♂♀ Mixed Company
Founded sometime in the early 1400’s in a Bavarian monastery, (1981, but who’s counting?) Mixed Co has long been considered one of the most eclectic groups on campus. After rejecting the opportunity to become a fully-fledged nation-state after the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648, Mixed Co decided to explore a cappella music full time. We’ve since moved on from the Gregorian chants that originally typified our music (though “Resurrexi et adhuc tecum sum” is still a crowd favorite), instead focusing on the more modern musical styles of pop, classical rock, musical theater, jazz, and R&B. Following the advice of our mothers, Mixed Co decided to explore comedy as another means of entertaining audiences and trying to fill the persistent emptiness within. The group prides itself on its powerful soloists, our fun group dynamic, and the ancient cursed diamond scepter that we own but are too afraid to use after what happened last time. Mixed Co also regularly tours throughout the country and the world, having travelled to Brazil, Florida, New Zealand, Colombia, Bermuda, and California in recent years. We are incredibly excited for the newest members of Mixed Co and can’t wait to sing with them for the next four years!
♀♀ The New Blue
In the fall of 1969, a group of bellbottom-clad new Yalies set out to revolutionize a cappella music. They brought a new and powerful tool to the table: the female voice. These eleven pioneering women founded The New Blue, Yale’s first all-female a cappella group and oldest women’s organization of any kind. Today, The New Blue is still defined by its innovative musical spirit, with a dynamic repertoire that includes everything from current pop and classic rock to folk and jazz standards, and an emphasis on exploring a wide range of styles that suit an eclectic set of soloist voices. A deep alto bassline, soaring soprano descants, and intricate harmonies make New Blue’s sound especially distinctive. The group regularly embarks on both domestic and international tours and records a new album every other year. Whether we’re belting Patti Smith, beat-boxing to The Cranberries, or dancing to “Love on Top” for elementary school students or President Barack Obama, The New Blue always has a blast.
♂♀ Out of the Blue
Founded in 1986 by a group of eight students excited to create a new brand of “Yale a cappella,” Out of the Blue (OOTB, pronounced OOT-bah) has evolved into the University’s most dynamic vocal group, known for its high energy arrangements, powerful soloists, and diverse involvement on campus. Out of the Blue entertains global audiences of all ages with a diverse and powerful repertoire of contemporary pop, rock, jazz, folk, R&B, and dubstep.
Best known for their recent success in intercollegiate a cappella competitions, OOTB has traveled the country and the world together. Whether they’re performing for foreign royalty, winning titles at the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCAs), or watching a movie together in a college basement, OOTB is a family of musicians that loves spending time together on- and off-stage. This year, OOTB looks forward to competing in the ICCAs; traveling to the Midwest, London, and Seoul, Korea; and, most of all, welcoming this year’s tap class!
♀♀ Proof of the Pudding
In 1975, just six years after women were first admitted, Proof
’s founders decided to shake up the still male-dominated a cappella landscape at Yale with a new women’s group. Our name, from Cervantes’ Don Quixote – “The proof
of the pudding is in the tasting,” urged people not to dismiss a group of women before hearing them sing. Having just celebrated 40 years of sisterhood, we like to think we still embody the passion and spirit of the ladies of ‘75. We open every concert with The Andrews Sisters’ “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and close with our traditional alumnae song, “In the Mood,” but we’re always expanding our repertoire, which now includes songs like Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time,” and “I Won’t Say I’m in Love,” from the movie Hercules. No matter the song, Proof
has a timeless sound and energetic style that have taken us to places such as Hawaii, India, and London. This year, we’ll be traveling to the nation’s capital in Washington D.C. and hitting the beach in Southern California. In addition, we look forward to recording our latest album and, most importantly, welcoming the Tap Class of 2019!
♂♀ Redhot & Blue
As the first coed a cappella group at Yale, Redhot was founded in the musical tradition of the early 20th century, but over the years we’ve added songs by the Beatles, the Jackson 5, Britney Spears, and many more. And we’ve never lost the edge that sets us apart. In recent years, we have performed for Morgan Freeman, Harry Belafonte, and President George H. Bush. We’ve brought our unique sound around the world, from Houston to Denmark to Tokyo, pleasingaudiences from age 6 to 106. Ask us anything, but if you ask us now what the best part of Redhot is, we probably can’t choose. Good thing we’ve never had to.
The youngest group in the SGC, Shades
was founded in 1988 at the freshman pre-orientation program now known as Cultural Connections to add diversity to Yale’s a cappella offerings. With a grounding in music of the African Diaspora and the African-American tradition, Shades
’ repertoire ranges from traditional spirituals and gospel, to jazz, soul, contemporary R&B and hip-hop. In the years since its inception, Shades
has expanded into an innovative vocal ensemble with time-honored traditions, including an annual Valentine’s Day Jam and an annual tour to schools in the Boston community, and a mission to offer unique, musically excellent, and spiritually enriching performance experiences to audiences around the world. In recent years, the group has traveled to destinations such as South Africa, Costa Rica, Ireland, Japan, and China. Shades
has performed for notables such as Lenny Kravitz, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Nelson Mandela, United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and had recently been invited to the White House to sing for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. We are very excited for the upcoming year and we can’t wait to get DOWN with the new members of the Shades
family! Happy Rushing!
♂♂ The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus
On All Hallows’ Eve in 1938, twelve of the sweetest voices at Yale converged on Mory’s Temple Bar to form an a capella group unlike any other, invoking the talents of Orpheus, minstrel to Olympus, and the legacy of Bacchus, god of revelry. Since that fateful night, the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus has seamlessly fused the ancient traditions of music and revelry with the hip attitude of every rock band that has ever made thousands of teenage girls scream for an encore. The SOBs boast 75 years’ worth of arrangements—from traditional Yale songs to jazz and blues standards, from original compositions to straight-up rock and roll. Whether in an English manor, at the beach in Puerto Rico, or on campus at our annual Bacchanal and Jamboree, every SOB performance is memorable and unique. After an incredible 75th anniversary year, we SOBs are thrilled to begin rush and tap the newest class of neophytes into our distinguished society.
♀♀ Something Extra
In the fall of 1977, undergraduate Lori-Ann Wynter marched a group of tuxedo-clad young women on stage at a Dwight Hall jamboree. The emcee, taken aback, improvised: “And to conclude the night, here’s a little… something extra!” – Yale A Cappella has never been the same. The women of Something Extra have since swapped their tuxedos for black evening gowns and red opera gloves, but the group is proud to maintain the tradition of musical excellence, friendship, style, and adventure established by its alumnae. Something Extra has earned a reputation as Yale’s finest all-female a cappella ensemble, touring throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, performing at venues from the White House and U.S. embassies to the set of “Jeopardy!” The group performs a dynamic repertoire of pop, jazz, indie rock, folk, and spirituals, which are almost exclusively self-arranged. This yearis an exciting one for Something Extra. In August, the group released their new album, “Cloud Nine.” Something Extra also looks forward to their tours in New York City and Dallas. We can’t wait to welcome the tap class of 2019!
♂♂ The Spizzwinks(?)
One fateful night in 1914, four Yale freshmen convened in Mory’s Temple Bar with a singular mission: to reinvent a cappella singing and provide a lighthearted and generally more hilarious alternative to the stodgy Whiffenpoofs. A few cups and many toasts later, the Yale Spizzwinks(?) were born. Armed with their signature blend of musicianship and tongue-in-cheek humor and guided by their inspiring mantra – We Ride, For Ride We Must – the newly christened Spizzwinks set out to entertain the masses. In the century since, generations of ‘Winks have charmed audiences all across the globe, recently gracing venues that include Madison Square Garden and the White House. In this, our one hundred-second year, the Spizzwinks(?) will continue our intercontinental journey, exploring, among other exotic locales, the enchanting beaches of Hawaii, the towering mountains of Alaska, and the thriving metropolises of China. So don your tails and join our musical brotherhood, one hundred and one years in the making, and d
eclare proudly alongside the many generations of ‘Winks before and those still to come, “We Ride, For Ride We Must!”
♂ The Whiffenpoofs
Every year, fourteen senior Yale men are selected to be the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest and most famous a cappella group. Founded in 1909, the “Whiffs” began as a senior quintet that met for weekly concerts at Mory’s Temple Bar, the renowned Yale tavern and club. Today, the group has become one of Yale’s most celebrated and hallowed traditions, carrying on almost a century of musical excellence and professional showmanship at Yale, across America, and around the world. Each Whiffenpoof group maintains a busy performance schedule throughout the year, records an album, and circles the globe on a six-continent world tour. Audiences have included such notable figures as Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush, the Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, and fans at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Rose Bowl, the World Series, Saturday Night Live, Gilmore Girls, and The West Wing.
♀ Whim ‘n Rhythm
In 1981, seven Yale women came together to create what had long been absent from Yale’s a cappella tradition: a senior women’s singing group. Today, Whim ‘n Rhythm has achieved world renown and culminates each year with an international tour, annually frequenting Japan, Egypt, Israel, Italy, Thailand and much more. Delighting audiences from Maine to Hong Kong, from Club Med to the White House, the 14 women of Whim ‘n Rhythm bring professional musicianship, a strong spirit, and an elegant presence to every performance. From upbeat jazz standards and classic show tunes to contemporary pop favorites and traditional ballads, Whim’s diverse repertoire appeals to a wide variety of musical tastes. Come hear Whim ‘n Rhythm at Mory’s Temple Bar every other Wednesday!