Congratulations, Class of 2020, on your acceptance to Yale and welcome to Rush 2016!
Think you've got what it takes to be an Alley Cat? Then you're ready for Rush. Rush is the three-week audition process through which freshmen like you can become part of the Alley Cats. In addition to auditions and callbacks, rush consists of performances and meals with current members of the group. Our rush managing team — Laurence Bashford ’18, Griffin Black ’18, Jacob Clemente '19, and Sachin Peddada '19 and — is here to answer any questions you may have about rush. The Cat experience is unlike any other that can be found here at Yale: a 70-year-old tradition of brotherhood, travel, and song. We'd love to welcome you into that tradition, but there's just one question: are you an Alley Cat?
Remember to relax—your audition should be fun, so there’s no need to worry. Here’s how it will work: first, we’ll warm up together with a few exercises to get to know your voice. Then you’ll sing Aura Lee in a quartet with a few of the Cats. You'll find links to the sheet music and recordings of the four voice parts below. Finally, you’ll have the chance to solo on any song you’d like! We want to hear you sing something that’s comfortable for you. We’ve heard everything from Toxic to The Ugly Duckling, so whatever solo you select, we’ll be glad to hear it.
The Yale Singing Group Council has set out a number of guidelines that apply throughout the rush process. It's good to familiarize yourself with them as all groups in the council abide by them. You can view them at the YSG site and then clicking the "Rush" tab across the top of the page.
We're so excited to share our music, our tours, and our tradition with the next class of Alley Cats, and we hope that you might be one of them!