Yale senior Micah Hendler ’07, who is spending the year traveling and singing with the world-renowned a capella group, the Whiffenpoofs of Yale, made two recent appearances with the group on NBC’s hit show, The Sing-Off. This season’s show is a five-night battle of voices that premiered on Monday, December 6, continued on December 8, 13, and 15, and will culminate with a live finale on Monday, December 20. The show features the country's top 10 a cappella groups performing popular songs in a competition to win a Sony Music recording contract and $100,000.
Comprised of 14 senior Yale men, the group (known as the "Whiffs") was founded in 1909, and is the world's oldest collegiate a cappella group. What began as a quartet has grown into a group of international acclaim with a world tour that spans three months and features dozens of foreign destinations. The group’s repertoire incorporates modern hits as well as classics.
The Whiffs made it past Night One singing” Grace Kelly” by Mika. On Night Two, the men sang Michael Buble's "Haven't Met You Yet," and although they gave a stellar performance, were eliminated from the competition.
Micah will return to Yale in the fall to complete his senior year. In 2005-06, Ethan Heard ’02 traveled with the Whiffenpoofs, returning to graduate from Yale in 2007. Both men sang with the Duke’s Men of Yale before their selection as members of the Whiffenpoofs.