STARS: The Whiffenpoofs of Yale

Vilar Performing Arts Center


January 7, 2022 12:30 pm

Ticket Price
  • ADULT | $15
  • CHILD | $12
STARS: The Whiffenpoofs of Yale


ABOUT THE WHIFFENPOOFS OF YALE: More than 100 years ago, on a frosty January night in New Haven, Connecticut, five of the Yale Glee Club’s best singers convened at Mory’s Temple Bar to escape the cold. Louis Linder, the tavern’s barkeep and a music aficionado, welcomed them in, beginning an institution that survives to this day.

Of those original five singers, four were members of the Glee Club’s prestigious Varsity Quartet, a group that sang together regularly at various alumni events. Unwilling to restrict themselves to performances at public functions, the group began to meet on a weekly basis at Mory’s, where they improvised harmonies to the songs they loved so well. These weekly meetings soon became a hallowed tradition amongst the singers.

As their fame on campus grew, the quintet began their search for a name. Denton ‘Goat’ Fowler, tickled by a joke featuring a mythical dragonfish named the Whiffenpoof, suggested the name to his companions, who found the name an apt reflection of the atmosphere of levity that accompanied the group’s gatherings. The word quickly caught on with the group’s admirers, and the name stuck.

In the years since, each generation of Whiffenpoofs have taken up the mantle of their forebears. For more than one century of songsters, the name, the song, and the weekly date at Mory’s have remained inviolate traditions that continue to bind us together.

Suggested Age Range: 4th Grade & Up

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ADULT | $15
CHILD | $12



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The STARS Series is underwritten by the Frechette Family Foundation. 

2021-2022 STARS MASK POLICY: We are thrilled to welcome Eagle County students for the return of the ’21-’22 STARS series! For all STARS performances until further notice, facial coverings will be required for all attendees, including students and chaperones, school faculty, and venue staff, regardless of age and vaccination status. Proof of vaccination will not be required for STARS performances. We look forward to sharing a season of inspirational performances with Eagle County’s youth.


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