Yale Whiffenpoofs Coming to Vero Beach with First-Ever Female Member


Founded in 1909, the Yale Whiffenpoofs are the world’s oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group. This year’s lineup of seniors includes tenor Sofia Campoamor, the first-ever female member of the Whiffenpoofs. The Whiffenpoofs concert is sponsored by the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. 

For the first time in 110 years, the 14 young men in tuxedos who comprise The Yale Whiffenpoofs have a female in their ranks.  Sofia Campoamor of Washington, DC is a tenor with the Ivy League singing sensations who will perform at the Emerson Center on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 PM in an appearance sponsored by the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. The Yale Whiffenpoofs concert at 1590 27th Avenue in Vero Beach will feature a broad repertoire of exclusively original arrangements– jazz standards, ballads, show tunes, pop and rock music, and humorous numbers. Founded in 1909, The Yale Whiffenpoofs are the world’s oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group. The young singers compete in their junior year for one of just 14 coveted spots. Now touring the United States, The Yale Whiffenpoofs have appeared on numerous television shows, including Glee and NBC’s, The Sing-Off.  Their most famous alumnus may be Cole Porter, who sang in the 1913 line-up. The “Whiffs” often performs Porter songs in tribute.  Their shows always close with the signature “Whiffenpoof Song,” written in 1909 and recorded by a bevy of recording artists beginning with Rudy Vallee in 1937 and including Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Count Basie, Perry Como, the Statler Brothers, and countless others.

$25 advance tickets for adults are available through the orchestra website at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or at the orchestra’s official ticket outlet, Marine Bank & Trust, mainland and beachside branches.  Tickets at the door are $30.  The Yale Whiffenpoofs concert is free for those aged 18 and under or with a student ID. Note: Flex tickets and Nine to Five Passes will not be accepted for this special program. For more information, call toll free to 855-252-7276 or visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org.  

Whiffenpoof and Business Manager for the group, Nick Massoud provided a statement regarding the addition of the first female tenor to the historically all-male vocal ensemble. Campoamor’s acceptance has drawn national media attention from outlets such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR) and more.

 “This is an exciting and historic year for the Whiffenpoofs. In February, the group announced that it would eliminate its gender restriction and would instead admit singers based on the “TTBB” (Tenor I and II, Baritone and Bass) standards within the world of a cappella singing. The resulting group of exceptionally talented 2019 seniors includes Sofia Campoamor, a Tenor I, and the first-ever female member of the Whiffenpoofs.”

 Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron Collins, can’t wait to once again host The Yale Whiffenpoofs in Central Florida. Their reputation for fine singing and good natured fun translates to an entertaining audience experience, showcasing perfect harmony, enthusiasm and wit. 

 “How many musical organizations do you know that have been around for more than a century– with more fans than ever?” asked Collins.  “The Whiffs are young, energetic and a blast in performance.  Musically, they are the best of the best.”   

 For more information about the Space Coast Symphony’s Tenth Anniversary 2018-19 Season or the Symphony for Everyone discount ticket program, please visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276. For mobile devices, download the free interactive SCSO app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

ABOUT THE YALE WHIFFENPOOFS — (from Wikipedia) Established in 1909 and best known for “The Whiffenpoof Song,” the group is composed of seniors who compete in the spring of their junior year for 14 spots. The Whiffs’ best-known alumnus may be Cole Porter, who sang in the 1913 line-up; the group often performs Porter songs in tribute.  The Whiffenpoofs have performed for generations at a number of venues, including the 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. In December 2010, the group appeared on NBC’s a cappella competition The Sing-Off; they were eliminated fourth, on the second show.  During the school year, the Whiffenpoofs perform on Monday nights at Mory’s, known more formally as “Mory’s Temple Bar,” circulating from room to room. Beginning in 2010, the group sings on Wednesdays at New Haven’s Union League Café.  The Whiffenpoofs travel extensively during the school year and take a three-month world tour during the summer. The group’s business manager and musical director, known in Whiff tradition respectively as the “Popocatepetl” and “Pitchpipe,” are chosen by members of the previous year’s group. An alumni organization maintains close ties with the group.  More about the Whiffenpoofs is available on their website at http://www.whiffenpoofs.com/.

 ABOUT THE SPACE COAST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA— The SCSO is a lively and passionate Central Florida orchestra comprised of professional musicians, music educators and mentored amateurs of exceptional ability.  The Orchestra was formed by Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron T. Collins with a two-fold mission: to provide mentoring and performance opportunities for Florida’s finest young musicians as well as to provide professional concerts at genuinely affordable prices.  The ultimate goal of the organization is to help ensure the symphonic tradition for the enjoyment of future generations.

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra performs in several very comfortable venues in Brevard and Indian River counties, with advance general admission tickets priced at just $25.  School-aged children 18 years and under are admitted free of charge, as are college students with a valid ID.  In keeping with their mission, the symphony provides a unique Symphony for Everyone ticketing program, a “pay-what-you-can” option designed to provide substantially discounted admission to any Space Coast Symphony concert.  Relying on a non-traditional orchestra model and a slim budget, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra is one of only 19 U.S. orchestras to perform year-round. In addition to maintaining the Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra and Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra, the non-profit organization also has a youth orchestra and provides numerous separate and free ensemble performances. More information about the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concerts, ticket sales, venues, directions and sponsorship opportunities is available at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org by calling toll free (855) 252-7276.

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