Co-ed a cappella group Duelly Noted has embarked on its first winter tour. The tour began on January 6 with a joint concert with the Buffers at Union College and then heads to Northeast Pennsylvania on the 7th to sing for Stroudsburg High School, Nate Taylor's ’11 alma mater, and then to Blair Academy, Mike Breslin's ’13 alma mater. The 17-member group is also planning to sing in New York City before returning to Hamilton on Jan. 10 for the beginning of choir musical rehearsals.
Duelly Noted members include Andrew Quinney ’11, Tom Williams ’11, Nate Taylor ’11, Meg Clary ’11, Alison McLaughlin ’11, Rebecca Behrens ’11, Julia Wilber ’11, Sarah Andrus ’12, Andrew Robinson ’12, Riley Stepnick ’12, Annie Hudson ’12, Andrea Wrobel’13, Mike Breslin ’13, Robby Wittner ’13, Madison Malone Kircher’14, Will Robertson’14 and Gabe Mollica ’14.
Tour manager Meghan Clary said “We were looking for schools with J terms that would be back at school already. Only Union had the time and energy to put on a concert. Luckily this opened us up to visit some high schools. We’ll be giving kids a look into collegiate a cappella, and hopefully getting them excited about it.”
Clary said that at Stroudsburg Duelly Noted will run a short workshop with the school's select group after its concert, and before the concert at Blair they will sing a few songs during halftime at the school's basketball game.
Hamilton’s Student Assembly provided funding for food and gas and the group is staying with the other a cappella groups at Union after the concert there. The Taylor and Breslin families offered their homes to the group when they visit Stroudsburg and Blair.
Duelly Noted was founded at the end of the spring semester 2008 and its first concert appearance was the Orientation Concert in fall 2008, and, according to Clary “we've been growing ever since.”
Duelly Noted’s repertoire features a lot of "oldies" (“Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” “Blue Moon,” “The Way You Look Tonight”) and fun pop (especially ‘90's like Oops I Did It Again, MmmmBop).
According to Clary, “I think the thing that is most important to us, more than genre, is how a song a) demonstrates our musicality) and/or allows us to add fun theatric/choreographic elements, such as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Thriller.’