meet the rush managers
Eduardo Leal, Tenor '21
Head Rush Manager
Courtney Nunley, Alto '21
Chelsea Uddenberg, Soprano '22
Ellie Latham, Soprano '22
You'll quickly find that it is impossible to remember everyone's name during rush. If you can only remember one, remember Eduardo—he's our Head Rush Manager. Our Rush Managers are here to introduce you to Redhot & Blue, to plan your rush meals, and to make your rush experience easy and fun. Feel free to contact them at any point with questions about the rush process, a cappella, what to eat for lunch, which libraries are best for napping, or how to make a perfect waffle in the dining hall.
Redhot & Blue is a member of the Yale Singing Group Council (SGC), an umbrella organization that represents 16 undergraduate a cappella groups. The SGC organizes rush, along with other events throughout the year. More information about rush and a cappella at Yale can be found at www.yalesgc.org.
Sunday, Aug. 25 2019, 10:30 PM
Woolsey Jam is the first of two chances to hear selections from every a cappella group’s repertoire. This is your introduction to us, so sit back, relax, and get a sample of each group’s sound!
Tuesday, Aug. 27 2019, 10:30 PM
If you missed Woolsey, don’t worry—you can hear all of the a cappella groups sing once again in Dwight Hall, on Old Campus. Audition sign-ups happen after the last note of the last song, so be sure to book it to the Redhot table to secure your preferred audition time.
Friday, Aug. 30–Sunday, Sept. 1 2019
Branford Mendell Room
Time for our favorite part of rush—it’s our first chance to hear you sing and to start imagining what music we’ll make together. We can’t wait to meet you! You'll join us for some fun warm-ups, then do a few ear-training exercises. After that we'll check your blending, that is, we'll see how good you sound singing with us. Last, but absolutely not least, comes our favorite part of the audition: you get to sing us your solo! Feel free to sing whatever song you'd like, even if it's in another language. We’ve heard everything from the Brahms Requiem to Disney movie themes, and we’ve loved it all! Sing something that makes you feel happy or just your go-to jam. For more information, check out our audition cheat sheet.
Tuesday, Sept. 3 2019 8:30 PM
You’ve gotten a glimpse of Redhot at Woolsey and Dwight, and now’s the time to hear a full set list at Redhot’s Singing Dessert! Enjoy dishes and desserts inspired by our past tour destinations while hearing the songs you could solo on later this year. Singing Dessert is a great time to hear the full diversity of Redhot’s repertoire while getting a glimpse into our group’s vibe.
Week following auditions
We’ll set you up with 1-2 members of our group, who will meet you for a meal in the week following your audition. This is your chance to ask us about anything: our favorite concerts, our funniest memories, our recipe for those chocolate truffles that you ate at Singing Dessert.
Saturday, Sept. 7–Sunday, Sept. 8 2019
Berkeley Music Room
By this point, you’ll know the drill: we’ll start with warm-ups and blending. Next, you’ll have the opportunity to sing a Redhot solo with the group backup. Finally, we’ll ask you to sing another solo of your choice. Our pitch might have asked you to think about a different genre or a different facet of your voice, but, of course, sing whatever lets you show off your presence, passion, and musicianship. For more information, check out our callbacks cheat sheet.
I’ve only sung in the car and in the shower—should I really audition?
Absolutely yes! We hear a completely diverse group of singers—from those who have never sung in public to those who were involved in every high school singing group, and even expert musicians trying out singing for the first time. We welcome a range of experience, so the only way to fail is by not letting us hear your voice at all.
Will joining Redhot & Blue prevent me from experiencing other extracurriculars?
Nope. We share our Redhotties with the Yale Drama Coalition, the Yale Glee Club, the Student Environmental Coalition, the Undergraduate Jazz Collective, Girl Up Yale, you name it.
I’m a sophomore/junior—is it too late for me to join an a cappella group?
Nope! We welcome auditions from every class.
Oh no, I missed audition sign-ups at Dwight! Is it too late to sign up for an audition?
Not at all! We are happy to find space for you. If you want to sign up for an audition, please contact our Head Rush Manager, Eduardo, at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will help you find a time to audition and send you info about what and how to prepare!