On All Hallows’ Eve in 1938, twelve of the sweetest voices at Yale converged on Mory’s Temple Bar to form an a cappella group unlike any other. This group went without a name until they capitalized on a backhanded compliment received at a party— heard above the tinkle of ice was “These SOBs are good!” These groundbreaking singers invoked the talents of Orpheus, minstrel to Olympus, and the legacy of Bacchus, god of revelry, knowing quite well that good music and good spirits are essential to the success of any party. Since that fateful night, the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus has seamlessly fused the ancient traditions of music and revelry with the hip attitude of every rock band that has ever made thousands of teenagers scream for an encore.
The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus is the second-longest-running collegiate a cappella group in the nation. We have an enormous repertoire spanning more than seven decades that includes traditional, jazz, blues, rock and roll, and original compositions. We also pride ourselves on injecting a healthy dose of comedy into our performances to make each concert engaging and unique. We have brought our unique blend of showmanship all around the nation and the globe: from the White House to the shores of Aruba to the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. Our blend of musical excellence, spontaneity, and laughter has kept audiences around the world entertained for 80 years and promises to continue to do so for decades to come.