PITCHES & TONES FAQ
- What genres of music does Pitches & Tones focus on?
Pitches and Tones’ repertoire is diverse and ranges from pop and rock to alternative and R&B. Our music is entirely arranged by our members and we’re constantly experimenting with different genres. We even have covers of Disney music and that one arrangement of the 2012 viral track “Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf” (it’s a long story).
- What are some distinguishing features of Pitches & Tones?
Pitches and Tones is Yale’s youngest a cappella group at less than a decade old. We’re still growing, and we still have the flexibility to shape the musical direction and culture of the group. Right now, we’re producing new arrangements at an amazing rate, sharing our love of music with each other and creating new group traditions as we go on. We’re enthusiastic and quirky and can’t wait to see where this group goes in a few years, with the help of our new tap classes!
- What kind of musical experience do I need to join?
We don’t care if you’ve never been trained in music and your closest encounter with a cappella was watching Pitch Perfect – come audition anyway! Our current members come from all sorts of musical (or not) backgrounds. Just know that whether you’re a trained and seasoned performer or a shower singer, Pitches and Tones has something for you.
- Do I need to be able to sight-read to sing with Pitches and Tones?
Not at all! In fact, not all current members of Pitches knew how to sight read before they joined. If you can’t sight read, it will not be held against you, and it certainly won’t prevent you from being able to learn our music and perform with us.
- Why don’t you guys do rush meals?
(What are rush meals? They’re meals that you can schedule with two or three members of an a cappella group during rush in order for you to get to know each other better.)
We believe that the audition process for Pitches and Tones should, at its essence, be about the music. We know that rush meals can be unnecessarily stressful, so to take some of the pressure off, and to help both you and us focus on what’s really important (your singing!), we don’t conduct rush meals. That doesn’t mean you can’t get to know what our group is like, though – we would love to chat at our singing dessert, and you’re free to ask the rush managers any questions about the group’s culture you’d like. And at the end of the day, we’re just a quirky group of people who love to sing together and we know you won’t need a rush meal to figure that out!
- I heard that you conduct “Alternative Auditions” outside of rush – tell me more!
The weekend after Tap Night, we are going to conduct a round of alternative auditions open to anyone who did not rush this year. In previous years, Pitches & Tones have tapped many upperclassmen and first-years who for various reasons did not want to rush a cappella but still wanted to sing. We know that rush isn’t for everybody, and we want to encourage anyone who did not rush to still audition for us! Details about our alternative auditions can be found here.