110th Anniversary Celebration –
The Yale Whiffenpoofs, Founded in 1909
We are planning a super celebration!
The Event: 110th Anniversary of the founding of the Whiffenpoofs in 1909
The Dates: Thursday Afternoon, October 10 through Sunday Morning, October 13
The Places: Classic venues on and around the Yale Campus: Mory’s, Battell Chapel, Yale on York, various residential college and other locations.
A Message from YWA President, John Burke ’72
I hope many of you have already marked October 10 – 13 on your calendars. You haven’t? Please do so now!
We are planning an event that should remain in your minds as one of the best. The theme is a topic near and dear to all: The Perfect Concert. I am counting on YOU to help make it so. Or else!
One new twist this year: Friday night’s Perfect Concert offers all of Yale’s students a rare (sadly so!) opportunity to hear “their” two senior year groups in a gala setting, abetted by 110 years’ worth of alumni singers, tradition and song. There will likely be some invited student singers from the community in the audience as well. What a chance to showcase a cappella delights!
We’re reprising the Silver Dollar Quartet Contest, inter-group master rehearsals, and, of course, the Saturday afternoon procession of decades, and . . .
We’re adding a panel discussion for younger Whiffs/Whim who seek advice on how best to use their alumni network to further their careers (see Saturday morning schedule).
Come join us in making this the largest Whiff Alumni gathering since our 2009 Centennial!
Reunion Weekend Overview
Thursday Afternoon, October 10: registration, individual group and quartet rehearsals, Informal dinner at local venues, on your own or with friends.
Friday Morning / Afternoon, October 11: registration continues, individual group rehearsals, lunch at local venues, Inter-generational singing at Battell Chapel to prepare for The Perfect Concert, SDQ Contest preliminary rounds.
Friday Evening, October 11: Dinner – at Mory’s (optional, for those registered), or choice of local venues, The Perfect Concert at Battell Chapel, Imromptu afterglow gatherings.
Saturday Morning / Afternoon, October 12: registration continues, SDQ Contest follow-up rounds, group and Inter-generational rehearsing, panel discussion on career aspirations & opportunities, Remembrance Service, Luncheon – at Mory’s (optional, for those registered), or choice of local venues, Alumni Jamboree at Battell Chapel, YWA Annual Meeting.
Saturday Evening, October 12: Reception at Yale on York, Festive Banquet, Silver Dollar Quartet Competition Championship Round, Singing in of 2020 Whiffs, distribution of Whiff Ties & Certificates.
Sunday Morning, October 13: Farewell continental breakfast.
View the detailed plan for 110th Reunion by clicking on Schedule in the panel at the left. Or download a pdf of the Full Schedule here.
Points to Aid Your Planning
110th Reunion Headquarters will be located in the Jonathan Edwards (JE) Junior Common Room. Reunion HQ will open for registration at 3 PM on Thursday, October 10, and will be open Friday and Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM. Use Reunion HQ as a central meeting point for connecting with others, picking up materials, checking for notices about schedule changes, etc.
The Inter-Generational Songfests 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.
* Go to Media Library – access 700-plus Whiff recordings and song sheets.
* Click Learning Tracks (left panel) – 15 Whiff classics.
New Haven’s teeming hostelry community is holding room blocs in The Whiffenpoof Reunion Weekend name. Choose from among Omni, Marriott Courtyard, Blake (new), Study, Quinnipiack and Graduate Clubs, La Quinta, and others.
It’ll be a busy weekend in New Haven. Don’t wait. Contact the hotel of your choice and reserve now. Please note: cutoff date for hotel room blocks varies by hotel. Book now to make sure, avoid regrets later.
For further details, download 110th Reunion Hotel List
Hotel Space and Mory’s Seating Capacity Are Limited! Reserve Now!
There are two ways to make your reservation:
Click on Register in the left panel. When that page opens, click the TicketBud Registration Link and complete the steps requested.
Download, print and complete the 110th Reunion Registration Form and send it with your check (payable to Yale Whiffenpoof Alumni, Inc.) to:
110th Whiff Reunion, P. O. Box 201712, New Haven CT 06520-1712.
Questions? Contact Barry Mc Murtrey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
110th Reunion Celebration Committee
Al Atherton ’59, John Burke ’72, Kem Edwards ’49, Bob Eggers’ 73, Lindsay Elliott ’04, Stephen Elliott ’03, Ed Greenberg ’59, Barry Mc Murtrey ’88 (Chair), Kyle Picha ’15, Linus Travers ’58