President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join the UNC Clef Hangers for a group photo and listen to them perform in the Diplomatic Reception Room prior to Christmas holiday EOP Reception #1 at the White House, Dec. 15, 2015 (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy).

Clef Hangers reflect on presidential year

When Robert DeGolian envisioned his first year at UNC, he didn't expect it would include meeting not one, but two, presidents. 

Clef Hangers

The Clef Hangers are an all-male a cappella group at the University of North Carolina. Established in 1977, they have created 17 CDs and toured nationally since 1980. First known as the Morrison Dorm Singers, they adopted the name Clef Hangers in 1978 and have worn the characteristic vests and bow ties since then.

Their repertoire includes pop, rock, R&B and old favorites. Some of their recent covers include Coldplay, Chris Brown and U2. Perhaps their most famous song is their rendition of James Taylor’s “Carolina in my Mind.” The group always has a fall and spring concert and also performs at various campus events throughout the year, including an Old Well sing near the end of the semester.

Clef Hanger alum Anoop Desai was one of the final 7 contestants on the eighth season of “American Idol” in 2009.

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Jeff Popkin, Jason Hill, and Miles Herr (from left to right), members of the oldest A Capella group at UNC Chapel Hill, The Clef Hangers, perform their Fall Concert in Memorial Theater.

Clef Hangers embrace new traditions

About 1,300 people packed into Memorial Hall Saturday night for the Clef Hangers’ annual fall concert — a night complete with Carolina Blue bow ties, flawless harmonies and an eclectic mix of musical selections. 

	The Old Well stands illuminated with pink lights for the first time in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month during the Pink out Polk Place event put on by the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event included a fun run where the first 100 runners were covered in pink and blue powder.

Pink powder party on quad

Students were pelted with pink and Carolina blue powder on Wednesday night, enthusiastically donning the colors as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

A cappella traditions differ

All-male a cappella groups the Clef Hangers and The Achordants have both enjoyed well-attended concerts in the past, but other than their ability to draw large crowds, the two groups are more different than they are alike. This weekend, both groups will offer their fall concerts to the community.

University voices spring with start of season

The birds aren't the only ones singing as UNC's a cappella season kicks into high gear.Many groups are presenting their marquee concerts as the year draws to a close."Spring is definitely the busier semester for us," said Cassie Criswell, concert manager for the Loreleis.

Singers Contend With Fan Culture

A typical show at Memorial Hall for two of the major a cappella groups at UNC is a sight to see. A sold-out house of screaming fans awaits the talented musicians, and when the singing starts, the screaming doesn't stop there.