Who We Are
The Gentlemen of the College were founded in the spring of 1990 at the College of William and Mary by several students who held a common passion for barbershop music. While the original group only focused on barbershop quartet singing, its current repertoire includes everything from motown to alternative rock to pop. Throughout their musical evolution, the Gentlemen have maintained tight vocal harmonies and blending in the tradition of older glee club groups. As the oldest tenor/bass a cappella group at the College, the Gentlemen sing with an emphasis on a complete show including humorous skits and a dynamic stage presence. The group is known for their distinctive stage uniforms of blue blazers and silly ties.
Over the last three decades, the Gentlemen have performed at many notable venues, including the White House, the United States Capitol, the National Constitution Center, the Waldorf Astoria and the Greenbrier Hotel. The group has entertained dignitaries and politicians from the Governor of Virginia to the Queen of England and appeared on television shows like "The Price is Right" and ABC News "Good Morning Charleston". This year, the Gents are looking forward to performing for the Intercollegiate Tennis League's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and maintaining a regular performance for Colonial Williamsburg's Christmas Festivities in December.
During the school year, the Gentlemen sing for a variety of philanthropic events and celebrations. In addition to their concerts and gigs, the Gentlemen take annual tours each Spring. Tours have taken the group overseas to the Bahamas, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, as well as all over the continental United States. This past Spring, the Gents took their first tour since the COVID-19 Pandemic to Charleston, SC.
The Gentlemen hold auditions at the beginning of each semester, and the group is usually made up of between ten and fifteen singers. Please visit the home page for more information on our auditions process!