In what has become an annual tradition, many of Yale’s a cappella groups and other performing ensembles take off for summer singing tours as soon as the academic year is over.
All told, Yale’s singing ambassadors — the Alley Cats, Spizzwinks(?), Whiffenpoofs, Whim ’n Rhythm, Out of the Blue, and Schola Cantorum — traveled to five continents. Here’s a look at their adventures as they sang their way across the globe.
The all-male a capella group, the oldest collegiate a cappella choir in the world, began its world tour in Dublin, Ireland, in May, and will be singing at various venues in Europe in June.
In May Spizzwinks(?), the nation’s first underclassman a cappella group, sang in Turkey and South Africa, touching down in Istanbul on May 10 and doing the last gig of their tour in Cape Town on May 29.
Out of the Blue
Yale’s pop/rock group Out of the Blue (OTB) performed in Rio di Janeiro and Teresopolis.
Whim ’n Rhythm
The newly graduated members of Whim ‘n Rhythm, a group of all-senior women, started their world tour just two days after Commencement. They began their tour with a performance in Los Angeles, and will be making stops in Japan, India, and France.
Yale Alley Cats
The members of Yale Alley Cats — known for their blend of jazz, classic pop, and Motown — are already home from their Summer 2012 tour, which began in Germany on May 11 and ended on June 2 in Estonia.
Yale Schola Cantorum
Yale Schola Cantorum, the 24-voice choir supported by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) with the School of Music, traveled to Turkey and Greece this summer, performing under the direction of the group’s founder, Simon Carrington, in the Aya Irini church in Istanbul, Turkey, and St. George’s Parish in Halandri, Greece. The tour is part of an ISM program integrating study during the academic year with summer performances by the choral group.
Redhot & Blue
Redhot & Blue, Yale's oldest co-ed a capella group, has returned from their 2012 summer tour of Italy and Greece and are getting ready to sing in the new academic year (on Aug. 27, 8 p.m. at Woolsey Hall).