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MIT Chorallaries

By Katie Jeffreys

The Chorallaries, “MIT’s only secular, co-ed, all-MIT a cappella group” continue their annual tradition of singing a short program at Commencement again this year.

“We sing right after the diplomas have been issued. We traditionally sing ‘Arise All Ye’ (our school song, of course) then we segue into ‘Take Me Back to Tech’ which is a fast and funny song about the joys of going to MIT. Both songs are quite old,” said Irene M. Wilson G, a choral alumna.

“We stand up at the front, to the audience’s right of the stage. The group consists of whatever current Chorallaries are still around for the summer, plus any Chorallary grads that are available... There are also several people that are singing and graduating at the same time.”

The a cappella group, which began during Independent Activities Period in 1976-77, has spent the last year regionally promoting Contents Under Pressure, their sixth album. Featuring newer songs like “Karma Chameleon” as well as old favorites like “Africa,” the CD has been popular with on mini-tours and in singing engagements ranging from Six Flags in New Jersey to the Gunstock Ski Resort in New Hampshire.

“Pretty Good Year,” a track from the recent Contents CD was selected for inclusion on the nationally prestigious Best of College A Cappella or “BOCA” compilation CD. The Chorallaries are perhaps best known for their annual Bad Taste Concert, which fills Room 10-250 each spring. Audience members wait hours on end for a good seat.

The Chorallaries’ Commencement program includes the “Engineers’ Drinking Song,” which merrily touts MIT’s superiority over all other schools.