A look at Yale’s musical globetrotters

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Clockwise from top left: Yale Schola Cantorum rehearse for its concert in Istanbul; Out of the Blue jams with the Voices of City of God chorus in Rio di Janeiro; the Yale Alley Cats on stage at the Schloss Wartin in Germany; and Whim ’n Rhythm perform an informal concert for schoolchildren in Kobe, Japan.

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 Whiffenpoofs

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.

Follow the singers’ travels on the group’s Facebook page.

The Spizzwinks(?)

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.

Read Spizzwinks(?) tweets from abroad.

Check out this photo album chronicling the group’s journey.

There’s more about the group’s journey on its Facebook page.

Out of the Blue

Yale’s pop/rock  group Out of the Blue (OTB) performed in Rio di Janeiro and Teresopolis.

OTB’s Aviva Musicus sent us this email describing the journey.

Here’s the group’s photo album from its tour in Brazil.

Visit the OTB blog on tumblr for more postings from Brazil.

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.

Follow Whim ’n Rhythm’s musical exploits on the group’s Facebook page.

Read a Q&A with group member Katey McDonald that appeared in The Asian Age.

The group was also featured in the Indian entertainment magazine Buzz In Town.

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.

Catch up with their adventures retroactively by checking out the “News” and “Photo Gallery” sections on their website.

See more photos on the group’s Facebook page.

Early in the group’s tour, member Daniel Dangaran sent these notes on the Yale Alley Cats’ European travels.

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. 

Here is a photo album of the Yale Schola Cantorum’s tour.

Here is a slide show with photo selections from the group’s tour of Greece and Istanbul.

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).

Catch up on the R&B classical summer tour via the group’s Facebook page.

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