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Yale All-Male Singing Group to Welcome All Students

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By    |   Friday, 21 Jul 2017 12:00 PM

Yale University's famed all-male chorus may soon be singing soprano.

The Duke's Men of Yale — founded in 1952 by four freshmen and alumnus Basil "Duke" Henning 17 years before the Ivy League school admitted women — will now recruit members without regard to their biological sex or gender identity.

"We recognize just how much this campus has changed. It has evolved beyond coeducation, and a diversity of gender identities are represented in our present community," the group announced Thursday on its Facebook page.

"It is a disservice to our group and our community at large to audition along gendered lines. Therefore, starting in Fall 2017, the Duke's Men of Yale officially remove any gender restriction from our audition process and welcome all students.

"We invite the Yale community, and the a cappella community in particular, to examine the ways we include and exclude trans and non-binary people in our shared spaces."

As far as changing the group's name, the group says it is open to discussion.

"As we reconcile our traditions with our desire to foster inclusion, we recognize that this dynamic appears in the very name of our group. 'Duke' comes from the name of our founding sponsor, while 'Men' reflects Yale's status at the time as a single-gender institution," the chorus said.

"Our name has the potential to undermine our message of inclusivity, but it also represents a cherished group history. With the help of our alumni, we will continue to discuss which elements should stay as we become an all-gender group, and which should change."

The singers — who perform jazz, pop, R&B, country, folk, rock, soul and barbershop — have recorded four albums and toured the world with songs like Elton John's "Take Me to the Pilot," Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" and Sonny Bono's "Bang Bang," which was a hit for Cher.

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