Eli Daiute graduated from Lincoln Academy 2014 and went on to Yale University, where, in addition to studying political science, he has been singing with the Alley Cats, one of Yale’s 15 student a cappella groups.
This winter Daiute auditioned for the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group in the country, and he was accepted through a highly competitive process to join the prestigious group along with 13 of his classmates. The “Whiffs” as they are known at Yale, are entirely made up of seniors, most of whom take the year off from academics in order to keep up with the jam-packed Whiffenpoof schedule.
“I’ll be spending the first half of my year on three months of primarily domestic tours, followed by a three-month summer tour during which we’ll be traveling all over the world,” Daiute wrote in a recent email. “If I remember correctly last year’s class of Whiffs traveled to over thirty countries! When we’re not on tour we’ll be staying off campus, working jobs, giving local performances, and recording an album.”
Daite sang with the Eagle Male Chorus (EMC) and Lincolnnaires during his time at Lincoln Academy, and also starred as Tevye in the 2013 LA production of Fiddler on the Roof.
Lincoln Academy Choir Director Beth Preston worked with Daiute for four years in the LA choral program. “Eli joined the Lincoln Academy choral program as a freshman in Eagle Male Chorus, affectionately known as EMC,” Preston recalled.”It was a great group of guys singing music that they chose themselves. Eli and his EMC brethren were intelligent, talented wise-crackers who really knew how to deliver a performance. Seeing Eli in the Alley Cats is a reminder of that time with the EMC guys. The Cats bond closely on stage and off, as they choose and arrange their own music. Not everyone goes to college to major in music, so it’s wonderful to see our LA singers join the college a cappella groups for their social and musical outlets.”
Daiute’s current a capella group, the Yale Alley Cats, will travel to Damariscotta on the weekend of May 12 to give concert at St. Patrick’s Church on Friday, May 12 at 7 pm. They will preview their concert at the May 12 Lincoln Academy Friday Community Meeting. Tickets for the Friday evening concert ($5 for students and $10 for adults) will only be available at the door on a first-come-first-served basis. The concert is expected to sell out.
“I’m so excited that the Cats are finally coming to Maine!” said Daiute, who has traveled to the home towns of most of the members of the ensemble as part of a longstanding Alley Cat tradition, “anyone who wants to check us out should come to our performance at St. Pat’s Church on May 12.”