Every year, 14 senior Yale students are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs,the world’s oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group. Today, the group has become one of Yale’s most celebrated traditions. Singing a mixture of old Yale tunes, jazz standards, and other hits from across the decades, the Whiffenpoofs perform more than 200 concerts across six continents each year. The Whiffenpoofs have performed for generations at a number of venues, including Lincoln Center, the White House, the Salt Lake Tabernacle, Oakland Coliseum, Carnegie Hall and the Rose Bowl. The group has appeared on such television shows as Jeopardy!, The Today Show, Saturday Night Live, 60 Minutes, Gilmore Girls, The West Wing, and Glee.
The group has set preliminary dates for a world tour and plans to visit mainland China from 7 June to 11 June, 2024.
Beijing (7-9 June 2024)
Hangzhou (10-11 June 2024)
Whiffenpoof particularly enjoys singing for schools, and hopes that their performances will excite students about the musical performance opportunities that exist at the collegiate level, even for those not majoring in music. To this end, Whiffenpoof often hosts a Q&A session after the performance to answer students’ questions about life at Yale, and regularly conducts masterclasses for school choirs.