Whiff Alumni Day

“We meet again tonight, boys, with mirth and song”

The Event: Whiff Alumni Day 2018.
The Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018.
The Place: Mory’s—and also the new Adams Arts Center’s Rossi Glee Club Room (formerly 201 Hendrie).

Pitches’ Picks

Pitchpipes John Pitchpipe Burke ’72, Bob Bootl’ Eggers ’73, and Ben Pitchpipe Watsky ’12 will lead alumni during the annual Inter-Generational Songfest in the Rossi Glee Club Room—part of the magnificently expanded and redesigned Hendrie Hall / Adams Center for Music at Yale. The repertoire for this year’s Songfest has been selected by our three Pitches from the catalogue of Whiff alumni favorites noted in the Whiff Alumni Day 2016 survey.

To access and download song sheets for the Pitches’ Picks, click on Repertoire in the navbar at the left. You may also access mp3 recordings and song sheets by logging in to the Media Library at this YWA website.

As always, this is your once-a-year chance to join with other remarkable voices. Sing great arrangements spanning more than seven decades. Don’t miss out!

Making Whiff History

The Whiffenpoofs of 2019 will embark on an historic new endeavor of performing the highest quality harmonies of a TTBB repertoire, while remaining gender-inclusive in their roster of singers. In short, that means the Whiffs welcome into our ranks this year Sofia Campoamor (Morse College / Mixed Company). Sofia has been rightly hailed as one of the gifted vocalists and musicians at Yale College today.

Each new class of Whiffenpoofs is an autonomous group, facing individual, often unique challenges as they make their own Whiff year. It is part of the YWA’s mission to advise and assist them as they face these challenges, old and new. With their creation of a gender-inclusive Whiffenpoof roster and increasing cooperation with Whim ’n Rhythm, the need for alumni support for these new Whiffs is as important as ever.

*   If you have long felt it was time for the Whiffenpoofs to be gender-inclusive, Whiff Alumni Day 2018 is an especially important opportunity for you to join in inducting the 2019 Whiffs and showing your full support.

*   If you have been on the fence and have pondered how such a transformation might feel and sound, this Alumni Day is your best opportunity to find out.

*   If you’ve had your doubts about this development, you’re encouraged to come to Alumni Day and discover again just how much the ties that bind us to Whiffenpoof tradition and amity continue even in the face of seemingly daunting change.

Such ties have proven true despite so many sorts of social, cultural, intellectual, and musical evolution at Yale since 1909. “Time and change shall naught avail . . .   .”

At the 4:30 PM Annual Meeting of the Whiffenpoof Alumni immediately following the Inter-Generational Songfest, YWA President Rich Johnson ’81 will give his report on the state of our alumni organization and the coming year’s challenges and opportunities.

Do you have questions to ask? Ideas to share? Advice to offer? Issues to raise? The Annual Meeting and Open Forum provide you a great chance tro air what’s on your mind. Don’t miss this opportunity.

One challenge and opportunity the Whiffenpoofs of 2019 have already made a priority is to forge closer working relationships and more frequent cordiality with Whim ’n Rhythm 2019.

In support of this endeavor, and hopefully as the beginning of a new tradition, the members of Whim ’n Rhythm 2019 will all be our guests for cocktails and dinner at the Whiff Induction Gala at Mory’s from 6:00 to 10:00pm—the culmination of Whiff Alumni Day.

Members of the alumni board of Whim ’n Rhythm should be joining us as well, and the talented women of Whim will regale us with a few songs as we pass around the cups. And, certainly, we shall sing for them as well.


View the plan for Whiff Alumni Day by clicking on Schedule in the navbar at the left. Or download a pdf of the Full Schedule here.

Points to Aid Your Planning

The Inter-Generational Songfest will provide a great opportunity to expand your mastery of classic Whiff repertoire. Downloading sheet music and MP3 files in advance will help you prepare ahead of time, so you can tune up rather than learn at rehearsal. Click on Repertoire in navbar at left to view and download song sheets.

All are encouraged to be at the Glee Club Room at 4:30 PM for presentation of the 2018 YWA Annual Report followed by a spirited discussion of whatever matters are of interest or concern to Whiff alumni.

At 6:00 PM (or even earlier, for thirsty Whiff alums), beverages will be available for purchase at each of the two bars at Mory’s—a perfect chance for all alumni to meet, get to know, spin yarns to and proselytize Whiff traditions to the Whiffenpoofs of 2019. The festive dinner and MUCH singing will follow.

We will take over Mory’s for the night. After accommodating the Whiffenpoofs of 2019 and 2018, plus 2019 Whim ’n Rhythm members as our guests, there are only 100 dining room seats available. Reservations are first-come first-served. Reserve ASAP for yourself and your guests.

Dinner at Mory’s: multi-course buffet style dinner includes pitchers of beer at each table and convenient wine-pour stations. Other beverages at dinner? You’re on your own.

Overnight Accommodations

It will be a busy weekend in New Haven. Hotel space is likely to be scarce. If you plan to stay over, you should immediately make arrangements. Suggested hotels:

*   Marriott Courtyard: 203-777-6221

*   New Haven Hotel: 203-498-3100

*   Omni: 203-772-6664

*   Quinnipiack Club: 203-562-3147

*   Study at Yale: 203-503-3900

Space is Limited! Reserve Now!

First come, first served. Deadline? August 29. Cost? [$90] per person. Guests? Absolutely! Also [$90] per person. There are two ways to make your reservation:

Online. Open the Online Registration Form, enter the requested information, then click on “Pay for Whiff Alumni Day” to pay via your credit card or PayPal account.

By mail. Download, print and complete the Mailed Registration Form and send it with your check (payable to Yale Whiffenpoof Alumni, Inc.) to:

Whiff Alumni Day, P. O. Box 201712, New Haven CT 06520-1712.

Questions? Contact Barry Mc Murtrey (barry.mcmurtrey@yale.edu)

Whiff Alumni Day Celebration Committee

Barry Mc Murtrey, Kem Edwards, David McIntosh.