On a brisk autumn night in 1943...
Our founding fathers climbed to the top of Saybrook Tower and serenaded campus with our traditional opening number, “Sally in Our Alley.”
Since then, as Yale’s classiest a cappella group, the Cats have created over 200 original arrangements from jazz standards to Motown, from timeless oldies to contemporary chart-toppers. We've released several dozen albums, held seventy-four annual Champagne Jamborees, and performed for public figures such as President Barack Obama, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Martha Stewart, and Jay Leno. In true Cat fashion, as the first Yale a cappella group to tour internationally, we bring our unique brand of refined all-male harmonies, stylistic expertise, and witty charm to destinations around the world. In our upcoming seventy-fifth season, with tours to Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Eastern Europe, and the Netherlands in the works, there has truly never been a better time to be a member of the Alley Cat family. Join this storied tradition, and share with us an incredible experience of history, unforgettable friendship, travel, and — in the words of Aretha Franklin — “Mm-mmm delicious” music! And remember, like those who came before you have learned: once a Cat, always a Cat.
Our musical repertoire, over 200 pieces arranged by current or former Alley Cats, reflects our tradition and diversity. It has grown over our 75 years to include a mix of everything from the Temptations and Michael Jackson to Sam Smith and Lorde. We add modern pieces while staying true to our roots in the jazz standards of the American Songbook from the likes of Gershwin, Ellington, and Porter. Our complex arrangements and acknowledged musicality allow us to perform for any audience, from ambassadors to elementary schoolers, making for an always exciting Alley Cat experience.
The Alley Cats in 2016-2017
What a year to be a Cat! After coming out of Rush with six amazing new freshman Kittens joining us, we performed throughout the East Coast and on campus here at Yale. Winter tour took the Cats to the Golden State, with stops including San Francisco, San Jose, and Palo Alto. Notable performances included singing at Facebook and Google headquarters. We later performed a raucous 74th Anniversary Champagne Jamboree here in New Haven — a wild night of music and reunion with our wonderful alumni. Spring break was spent far across the ocean, beginning in Geneva, Switzerland and making our way to Paris, France, with highlight performances including The United Nations, The US Embassy in Paris, singing on the Swiss radio, and many more! We then journeyed to Washington, D.C. to record our new studio album. To finish the year, the Cats spent the month of May touring East Asia, beginning in Hong Kong before venturing to Macau, and Seoul, South Korea. Now, we are extremely excited to see two Alley Cats travel the world with the Whiffenpoofs of 2018: Nicholas Biniaz-Harris, '18+1, and Eli Daiute, '18+1! We're sending them all our love and support as they embark on an exciting year of performing as part of one of Yale's oldest traditions.