welcome to Rush 2016
Why rush da doox?
Well...The Duke’s Men have a 65 year history of crazy antics, lifelong friendships, and most importantly, a unique and stunning musicality. Our repertoire is as diverse as it gets – jazz, pop, R&B, country/folk, rock, soul, barbershop, traditional music from the US, England, China, and South America – our tours have taken us from Japan to Peru, from London to Beijing and more! In short, Da Doox have it all: real camaraderie, musical excellence, and a truly international performance schedule. And starting in 2017, auditions for the group have no gender requirement.
There’s something here for everyone...so why not rush?
An audition for The Duke's Men is straightforward and low-key.
- We start with some warm-ups to help prepare you and your voice for singing.
- After that, we'll ask you to sing "Aura Lee" (Yale's traditional audition song) with some of the current members in four-part harmony to check your blending and sight-reading.
- Finally, we'll have you sing a solo of your choice for the group. Use your solo to show us your own personal style of performance.
Remember, relax and have fun! We want to hear you! This year, Duke's Men auditions are Friday, September 1st; Saturday, September 2nd; and Sunday, September 3rd, in the Saybrook Underbrook. (Find our table in the Saybrook courtyard!) One week later, we'll hold callbacks for rushees who, for one reason or another, we'd like to hear sing again.
Woolsey and Dwight only give each group a short time to perform, so in the week between auditions and callbacks, each group holds a full-length concert called a Singing Dessert. This is your absolute best chance to experience the true breadth, depth, and sonic range of our group's repertoire and to see what a Duke's Men concert is like. You'll enjoy the food, but make no mistake: the main courses of the night are the savory soloists, impeccable shoe sound, and our stunning, ambitious, and powerful arrangements.
Here's a sample of our music so you get a sense of our rep!
Callbacks & rush meals
One week after auditions, we'll hold callbacks for rushees who, for one reason or another, we'd like to hear sing again.
Also, during this week, many groups may plan rush meals with rushees. At a rush meal, rushees can meet a few Duke's Men, and have a chance to experience our group's dynamic. Remember, this is your chance to audition us! Ask about our tours, practice schedule, hilarious stories, advice on what classes to take, or even just about life itself!
After callbacks we'll make our final decisions, and then everyone prepares for the madness of Tap Night. The actual date is a heavily guarded secret, but each group will host a large, family style dinner the day of, just to make sure we don't arrive at any empty rooms!