In the fall of 1986, Morgan Inniss and Craig Hickman, two college freshmen, noticed that there was something missing from Harvard’s music community. Lovers of R&B music, they wanted to be part of an a cappella group that focused on soul, both in song choice and musical style. Seeking to diversify the a cappella community, the two of them founded the Callbacks.
Since that day, the Callbacks have grown in musicality, reputation, and friendship. We have received national recognition for our unique and challenging arrangements (6 Best Arrangement awards from the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella), impressive soloists (2 Best Soloist awards from the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella and 3 Best Solo nominations from the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America), and high quality of recording (consistent selection for Voices Only and Best of College A Cappella compilation CDs). The Callbacks now tour annually to New York City, perform at functions in and around the Boston area, and hold a concert in Harvard’s historic Sanders Theater each semester.
Now well established as a premiere a cappella group, we continue to develop a broad repertoire while maintaining our passion for music, friendship, and fun.
The Callbacks perform at a variety of venues throughout the year, including galas, business conferences, bar and bat mitzvahs, high school workshops, campus events, and other private functions. In addition to producing one main concert on campus each semester, the Callbacks are available for hire to sing in and around the Boston area, and travel on charity tour to Puerto Rico each January. Our performances range from short and casual to black tie affairs, and we are happy to tailor our performances to suit any particular event. Some particularly special past performances include singing for the United States ambassador while on tour in Prague, serenading a couple at the moment of their engagement, and singing for a group of kids at Children’s Hospital, San Juan.