The Harvard Callbacks are a premier, contemporary, co-ed a cappella group right here on Harvard's campus. Performing in and around the Boston area throughout the year and on annual tours to both New York and Puerto Rico, members can expect to enjoy a professional, fun, and supportive environment in which to showcase their talent. This year is particularly exciting, as The Callbacks will be celebrating thirty years of soul in the spring. New members can expect to head straight into the recording studio and add their voices to the rich and diverse repertoire of Callbacks music.
Check out our members page for fun facts about current and recent members of the Callbacks family!
What To Expect
A cappella auditions at Harvard take place at the same time as shopping week, during which most a cappella groups on campus will hold auditions. The process is as follows:
A preliminary audition in which you sing scales, do some pitch-matching, and sing a verse and a chorus of a song of your choice for the group (about ten minutes).
A first-round callback in which we teach you two of our "blocks" - the music we sing behind the soloist. You'll get to sing with the group to test for blend and learning ability. You will also sing a short solo from a song the group performs.
A second-round callback in which you learn another block and sing another solo of our choice.
A Final Night, in which you learn more about the group, learn one of our very favorite blocks, and perform a full-length solo of your choice for the group.
When & Where Are Auditions?
We are incredibly excited for the start of Fall Auditions 2015! Preliminary auditions will be held at the following times...
Saturday, September 5th: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Sunday, September 6th: 1 PM - 4 PM
Monday, September 7th: 5 PM - 8 PM
Auditions will be held in Memorial Hall Room 303, which can be accessed via the elevator at the exit of Annenberg. Keep checking our website for details on auditions locations and scheduling updates. We look forward to seeing you at auditions! Also, don't forget to check us out at the Freshman Jam at 8 PM on Saturday, September 5th! See you there!
We perform our own original arrangements twice a year in the historic Sanders Theatre, as well as on an international stage. In addition to our Sanders performances, we also sing at various gigs throughout the semester, from bar mitzvahs to weddings to radio advertisements. Over the years we've prided ourselves on our re-interpretations of modern tunes and our soul classics.
The Callbacks are so excited to announce the release of our first single, Bottom of the River, off of our 30th Anniversary Diamond Album. If you become a Callback, you will be featured on this very album! To look through our past recordings, visit our albums page.
Every year, we embark on two tours, to both New York City and Puerto Rico. You will have the chance to perform in front of a number of audiences on an international stage (plus, spending part of winter break in sunny Puerto Rico is always a bonus.)
Once a Callback, always a Callback. You will be joining a group of people who all love to sing,
laugh, and have fun together. Your Callback friends are some of your most loyal friends, and always will be, both during and after college.