The Loreleis' cresting voices have carried them everywhere from local radio stations to "The Today Show."
Last Wednesday, their notes swept over Yankee Stadium, rising and falling to the words of the national anthem.
Since 1981, when the UNC a cappella group was created, it's swept up awards and won honors. Wednesday, the 16 Tar Heel singers found themselves in New York, standing in a packed stadium before the crowd gathered to watch Game 2 of the American League Championship Series between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
It was an opportunity made possible by the fortuitous combination of family connections and group accomplishment. A copy of the Loreleis' CD went from the hands of George Steinbrenner's granddaughter - a current UNC student and member of the Loreleis - to the Yankees' business manager and finally into the wings, waiting to see if the team would make the ALCS.
"We basically found out Saturday that we were going to leave Tuesday," said Haley Swindal, a freshman dramatic arts and history major new to the Loreleis this year. "We had already been rehearsing because we knew that it would be a maybe."
When the Yankees won Game 4 of the American League Division Series, "maybe" turned into a flurry of preparation.
Jordan Elliott, a senior journalism major and president of the Loreleis, raved about the experience. "It's all kind of a whirlwind in my mind right now," she said.
Like a twister, the Loreleis' Fall Break trip danced around the eastern seaboard, taking them from North Carolina to Washington, D.C., then to New York by train. Detours at Boston and the University of Virginia were on the agenda for the trip back home.
"But I can say probably the best feeling in my entire life was walking out onto the field and seeing all those people," Elliott said.