The Dartmouth Aires, Dartmouth College's oldest a cappella group, was founded in 1946 by Paul Zeller as a offshoot of the college Glee Club. Zeller arranged many of the group's songs and medleys that were performed during Glee Club concert intermissions. The Aires were an integral part of the Glee Club's spring tours, singing around the country, including The Perry Como Show and at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Sometime in the late 70s, the Aires broke with the Glee Club and established themselves as an independent Dartmouth landmark through several years of musical excellence, high-energy performance, and outrageous comedy. In these last 60 years, the Aires have grown into one of the nation's most recognized all-male collegiate a cappella groups.
Although we usually have about sixteen members, group numbers vary on a term-to-term basis. Auditions are held at the beginning of every fall term, and every year, a select few are welcomed into a group that will invariably become an integral part of their experience at Dartmouth College.
Everything begins with music, all of which is arranged, edited, and choreographed by our very own group members. The Aires select songs based on the group's tastes, and because we're such a diverse group of performers, we end up singing music from a variety of eras, styles, and languages. Currently, much of our repertoire consists of modern American popular hits, but it also includes Dartmouth traditionals, 50's and 60's classics, hip-hop sensations, international chart-toppers and even an original or two.
We've released numerous albums and EPs over the ages, and many of our tracks have appeared on Best Of Collegiate A Cappella (BOCA) and Voices Only compilations. We were also featured on NBC's The Sing Off, where we captured audiences around the world. Check out some sound clips on our albums page, iTunes, and Spotify!
On average, we perform between once and twice a week. From on-campus shows, to charity functions, to regional and national a cappella festivals, and even presidential campaign events, we are able to balance our rigorous academic involvement with a dynamic performance schedule. However, the fun does not stop there. Twice a year, we set off on domestic and international tours to share our passions with the world at large. In the past few years our destinations have included: the Northeast United States, California, Aruba, China, France, Switzerland, and Mexico. As such, we have galvanized our musical renown across the United States and the international arena. Be on the look out for upcoming shows in your area!
Even when not on tour, the Aires manage to have an awful lot of fun. For current members and alumni alike, the Aires has always been a remarkably cohesive family. United through a fervent passion for musical excellence, the legacy of the Aires has remained steadfast in the eyes of our enthusiastic fans.