Dynasty muSIC New Music Alert: Composer and Artist Sophia Campoamor is changing rules and the music landscape
“It’s very light, it flows very well. But it also has an element of strength and power.”
That’s the voice of Sofía Campoamor ’19, the first woman admitted to the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest collegiate a cappella group, in the words of a fellow member of her tap class, Emil Beckford ’19. The two have sung side by side for the past two years in Mixed Company — the first all-gender a cappella group at Yale, where Campoamor serves as the music director.
On Feb. 1, Yale’s two all-senior a cappella groups, Whim ‘n Rhythm and the Whiffenpoofs, announced in a joint Facebook post that they were abandoning their single-gender traditions and would begin considering singers of all genders for admission. After two weeks of auditions and deliberations, the Whiffenpoofs decided early Tuesday morning to admit a female singer for the first time.
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