Member Groups
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All male group The Alley Cats

In 1943, four men climbed to the top of Saybrook Tower and began singing out into the night: the Yale Alley Cats were born. 70 years after that fateful evening, we continue to reach new heights with our traditions of travel and song. We've entertained audiences around the United States and around the world with our dynamic jazz-infused repertoire, including everything from Motown to Stevie Wonder, and even a Bulgarian women's folk song (or two). Our recent tours have taken us extensively around Europe and to East Asia, from Paris to Prague, Berlin to Bern, and all the way to Tokyo and Seoul! Our audiences have included everyone from school children to the US Armed Forces, many US ambassadors and Cabinet members, and even the Queen of Sweden. With a forthcoming album and more awesome tours in the works, it's an exciting time to become an Alley Cat. Come join us for an incredible experience of brotherhood, travel, and song that you'll never forget!

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All male group The Baker's Dozen

In the summer of 1947, thirteen Yalies with an unrivaled passion for music and revelry banded together to form the dynamic brotherhood that is the Baker's Dozen. One of the nation's oldest and finest all-male, a cappella groups, The Baker's Dozen continues to bring their boundless energy to audiences all over the world. In recent years, the group has entertained the President of the United States, performed for orphaned schoolchildren in Puerto Rico, honored our National Anthem for 20,000 fans at the Staples Center, sung for the Academy Award Offices in Hollywood, and appeared on National Television. However, the “BD” experience is grounded on longstanding tradition that extends far beyond singing. The Gentlemen of the Baker’s Dozen possess a passion for music and friendship stronger than ever. Whether it’s over our many tours or simply hanging out at the BD House, BDs for friendships for life. BDs ATB.

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All male group The Duke's Men

Founded in 1952 by a beloved master of Saybrook College, The Duke's Men have a fifty-five year history of outstanding musicianship, witty humor and close camaraderie. From entertaining the Clintons and the Bushs at the White House to singing in Hollywood for Vanna White to performing at Lincoln Center in the International Competition of Intercollegiate A Cappella, the past few years have proven the most amazing yet for da doox. With annual tour destinations ranging from the beaches of Puerto Rico to the skyscrapers of Japan to the temples of Thailand, the Duke's Men consistently thrill audiences across the country and around the world. With London, Southern Spain, and Montreal on the horizon, The Duke's Men are ready to make 2010-2011 our most incredible year yet! The new members of the Class of 2014 will join us in the passionate spirit, eclectic repertoire, clever humor and musical excellence that define The Duke's Men of Yale.

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Mixed group Living Water

At twenty-eight years old, Living Water is still restless to make a joyful noise, to make known the Song behind our songs: the good news of Jesus Christ. We are dedicated to loving each other, the students of Yale, and the New Haven community, through music, skits, testimonies, and lives brimming with the River of Life. With a repertoire of songs penned by everyone from King David to Switchfoot, we sing hymns, gospel tunes, and modern Christian rock at concerts around campus, local community service events, winter and spring Jams, and annual spring tours. Our spring tours have taken us to prisoners in L.A., homeless multitudes in Atlanta, firefighters at Ground Zero, and malls, churches and street corners in countless other cities: Honolulu, San Francisco, Washington, Houston, Seattle, and Vancouver. In all these things, our goal is to quench thirst - our own thirst for the Spirit of God, and the thirst of audiences parched for music, joy and a life larger than existence. We are a community of musicians, servants, brothers and sisters. We are Living Water, Yale's Christian a cappella group.

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Mixed group Mixed Company

Founded in 1981, Mixed Company established itself as the funniest and most eclectic group on campus.  Now, the group prides itself on its powerful soloists and fun group dynamic in addition to its unique sense of humor.  As the name implies, Mixed Co is also the most diverse group on campus, in both membership and repertoire.  The group sings a variety of musical styles including pop, classic rock, musical theater, jazz, and R&B.  Mixed Co also regularly tours throughout the country and indeed the world, having travelled to Brazil, Florida, New Zealand, Chicago 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!

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All female group 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 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.

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Mixed group Out of the Blue
Founded in 1986 by a group of eight students determined 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, entertaining audiences all over the world with a diverse and ever-changing repertoire of contemporary pop, rock, jazz, folk, R&B, and dubstep. Best known for our electric performance style, gifted soloists, innovative arrangements, and recent success in intercollegiate a cappella competitions, OOTB also prides itself on being one of the most close-knit student groups on campus. Whether we're performing for foreign royalty, winning titles at the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCAs), or huddled on a futon watching Pixar movies, OOTB is a family of musicians that loves spending time together on- and off-stage. This year, OOTB is overjoyed to return to the ICCAs, add Berlin, Philadelphia, and Hong Kong to its list of global tour locations, and, most of all, welcome our newest tap class!
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All female group Proof of the Pudding

Proof of the Pudding, an all-female a cappella group, was founded by Adrianne Furniss and Virginia Welles in 1975, just six years after women were first admitted to Yale University. Ever since, Proof has been successfully performing for audiences worldwide with its characteristic sophisticated sound and energetic style. Originally established as a jazz and swing group, Proof continues to specialize in these musical genres but has gradually expanded its repertoire to include a variety of contemporary favorites as well. We perform our own arrangements of songs by such artists as The Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, Glenn Miller, and Duke Ellington, as well as more recent performers like Aretha Franklin and even Usher. Our recent tours include Hawaii, India, Costa Rica, California and London. This year, Proof looks forward to recording an album and travelling to Alabama and the Pacific Northwest. We can't wait to meet the Proof 2017 tap class!

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Mixed group Redhot & Blue

Born out of former Whiffenpoofs and talented, newly admitted ladies, Redhot & Blue revolutionized Yale a cappella in 1977 and is today the oldest coed group on campus. In recent years, the group has sung private concerts for Morgan Freeman, Harry Belafonte, and performed on a luxury cruise through the Caribbean. For some members, it's the group's warm sound and musicality; for others, it's lifelong friendships forged in rehearsals, during spontaneous late-night excursions, on plane rides across the world, and over countless desserts that make Redhot & Blue a truly unique and memorable part of the Yale experience.

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Mixed group Shades

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, gospel and folk songs to jazz, soul and contemporary R&B. Since its founding, Shades has expanded into an innovative vocal ensemble with time-honored traditions, including our annual midnight Valentine's Day jam and an annual tour to schools in the Boston community. In recent years, the group has traveled to destinations such as South Africa, Costa Rica, Ireland, and Japan, and has performed for notables such as Lenny Kravitz, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Nelson Mandela. 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 "Rush"-ing!

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All male group 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 70 years' worth of arrangements--from traditional Yale songs to jazz and blues standards, from original compositions to straight-up rock and roll. Combining musical excellence with a healthy dose of comedy, we have made audiences laugh, cry, and occasionally go into spontaneous childbirth. Whether in a French villa, on the shores of Aruba, or on campus at our annual Bacchanal and Jamboree, every SOB performance is memorable and unique. After an incredible seventieth anniversary year, we SOBs are thrilled to begin rush and tap the newest class of neophytes into our distinguished society.

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All female group Something Extra

Something Extra, a women's a cappella group founded in 1977, enjoys a legacy of over three decades of great music and even better friendships. Over the years, the group has amassed a diverse repertoire--jazz, popular, folk, oldies and traditional music--which continues to grow and evolve with the tastes of its members.  The group has toured throughout North America, Europe, and the Caribbean, performing at venues from the White House and US embassies to the set of Jeopardy to countless town squares across the globe. Something Extra is proud to continue the tradition of musical excellence and professionalism established by our alumnae.  The sisters are doing it for themselves, and loving every minute!

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All male group The Spizzwinks(?)

Once upon a time, there were four Yale freshmen who grew tired of listening to the Whiffenpoofs.  These students, bored out of their minds by the stodginess of  what was then the only a cappella group on Yale's or any college campus, decided to meet one evening in Mory's Temple Bar to form their own more relaxed and generally more hilarious singing ensemble. On that fateful night in 1914, the Yale Spizzwinks(?) were born.  Guided by their inspiring mantra - We Ride, For Ride We Must - those freshmen set out to entertain the masses, and ever since, generations of 'Winks have delighted fans around the world, including luminaries such as John Kerry and Magic Johnson, with their signature blend of musicianship and tongue-in-cheek humor, a recipe for entertainment so delectable that it has survived two World Wars, the Great Depression and the presidency of Richard Nixon. In this, our ninety-fifth year, the Spizzwinks(?) will continue to charm audiences across the globe as we set forth on one domestic and two international tours.  Whether assembling on the windswept streets of Chicago, emptying sand from our dress shoes in Barbados, or braving the arid deserts of Africa and the Middle East, the Spizzwinks(?) are sure to enjoy another marvelous year of performance and camaraderie.  So come join our musical brotherhood, ninety-five years in the making, and declare proudly, with generations of 'Winks before you and even more to come, "We Ride, For Ride We Must!"

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The senior all male group 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.

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The senior all female group 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!

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