Mixed Company, founded 1981, is one of Yale University's fifteen official a cappella groups (as recognized by the Singing Group Council of Yale) and the third-youngest among them. The group has toured around the world, particularly the United States and Europe, and has created 11 albums. The group is known for its eclectic and diverse repertoire and its performance of shtick as well as music. The repertoire covers a wide range of genres, including rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, and rhythm & blues. The group additionally goes by the nickname "The Gump" due to once being called “Mixed Gumpany” at a routine concert.
The members of Mixed Company are all carefully selected as freshmen or sophomores through Yale's long and involved rush process for their singing talent, which takes place every fall at the beginning of the first semester. The rush process is governed by the Singing Group Council of Yale
The first part of the rush process is Woolsey Jam, a concert at which each group performs two songs. This is followed by Dwight Hall Jam later in the week, directly after which rushees, mostly freshman undergraduates, sign up to audition. That weekend, Mixed Company watches typically over a hundred rushees audition, and in the following few weeks the rushees get to meet the members of each group through a series of "rush meals," where they eat with members of each group they audition for. During these weeks, each group also holds a concert called a "Singing Dessert" where the rushees get to see which group they like best musically. Afterwards, Mixed Company calls back any students they see fit to potentially be in the group to hear them a second time in order to finally decide who to tap. Tap Night, an important Yale tradition, takes place during the next week at midnight on a day not known to rushees until announced by the Singing Group Council that day.
Mixed Company has recorded 11 studio albums:
|Album Title||Year||Recording Type|
|Where's the Stage?||1987||Vinyl Record|
|Doing Justice||1989||Cassette Tape|
|Vertical Hold||1991||Cassette Tape|
|Sleeping In The Kitchen||1995||CD|
|Change of Plans||1999||CD|
"Change of Plans," "Two Steps," and "Dashboard Buddha" have all been rated by the The Recorded A Cappella Ratings Board