Geneva, NY—The Hobartones, a student-run a cappella group at Hobart College, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, in Albright Auditorium on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. A live CD will be recorded at the concert. Tickets for the concert are $2, the proceeds of which will enable the group to tour high schools next year. The public is invited.
Begun in January 2000, the 11-member group sings popular music, including songs by Guster, Billy Joel, Moxy Fruvous, and Ben Harper. The Hobartones have performed on campus for the visit by Sr. Helen Prejean, the Colleges’ Board of Trustees, and the Kwanzaa celebration, as well as off campus at Geneva-on-the-Lake.
“My high school senior superlative was that I would start an a capella group,” says Alex Kaplan, Hobartone president and member of the Colleges’ Chorale. Kaplan chose the a cappella style for a group so they could sing popular music, because of the unique style, and for a more prosaic reason. “I can’t play an instrument,” he says.
Hobartone members include seniors Kaplan, of Harrisburg, Pa., Charles Cohen, of Rockville, Md., juniors Jeremy Lynch, of Lisle, N.Y., Brennan Coon, of Fairport, N.Y., Tom Williamson, of Mountain Lakes, N.J., sophomores Kevin Stevenson, of Burlington, Vt., Ricky Chamberlain, of Guilford, Conn., Colin Wehrung, of Watertown, Mass., and first-years Jeff Talbot, of South New Berlin, N.Y., Matt Weir, of Buffalo, N.Y., and Ted Koskoff, of Fairlee, Vt.
Chamberlain arranges the group’s music. “Ricky Chamberlain is amazing,” says Kaplan. “He can listen to a song on the radio, pick out each part, and write the notes so we can sing it a capella.”
The Hobartones have their own web site, www.hws.edu/hobartones. The idea for the site was Kaplan’s, but Talbot does most of the site maintenance, including posting the photographs, news and events, and member biographic information. The Hobartones logo of a Superman symbol with an ‘H’ instead of an ‘S’ was developed by Stevenson.