So, What's Rush?
We understand that rush is kind of a weird concept, so we've answered some of your frequently asked questions here to clear up any confusion.
There are so many amazing a cappella groups. What's special about Proof?
We agree! Yale is so lucky to have an amazing music scene. Proof is an all-female jazz and swing a cappella group with a really rich tradition of high quality music on campus. We were founded in 1975 and, since then, Proof has brought fresh arrangement of classic jazz and pop songs with jazzy twists to campus. Proof is also a strong sisterhood whose members love to hang out together outside of singing. Come, give us a listen and hang out with us, and hopefully, you'll see (and hear!) it for yourself.
Where will I hear Proof during rush?
Proof will be performing with all of the other SGC a cappella groups at two events - Woolsey and Dwight. In addition, you should head to our singing dessert on September 5th. At 8:30 p.m., you can hear us sing, eat our home-baked treats, and get to know us a little better.
What's a typical Proof schedule - is it possible to sing with Proof and do other things?
Proof usually rehearses five hours a week - two group rehearsals for two hours, and then a one hour rehearsal with the other girls on your voice part - so yes, it's entirely possible to sing with Proof and do other things. This year's members include a Yale Daily News editor, a founder of her own nonprofit, sorority sisters, student techs, college aides... and many, many more. Proof prides itself on its diversity, and that definitely includes our schedules!
What's an audition like?
Proof auditions are notoriously chill. We just want to hear you sing and sing with you. Head to our auditions page to read advice from our previous Musical Director, Sarah DiMagno, and read a little more about what will actually happen. TLDR: Don't panic.
I've never sung before. Am I kidding myself?
Not at all - some of our members had never ventured out of the shower (singing-wise) before joining Proof, and most of us had never sung jazz a cappella before, so don't feel put off auditioning! We'd love to hear you sing, and you never know, there's a reason why they're called "hidden talents."
What is a rush meal?
Rush meals are your opportunity to get to know Proof outside of the audition room. Two of us will meet you at a residential college dining hall, and we'll eat and chat! Rush meals are so much fun - you can honestly talk about anything. We just want to get to know you, and answer any questions you might have about being in Proof, which classes to take, or argue over where to buy the best pizza in New Haven.
Does Proof tour?
Proof tours several times a year, traveling anywhere from Proofies’ hometowns to exciting international destinations. This year, we are headed to the Big Apple for winter tour and jet-setting to Korea in the spring! We’ll perform at jazz clubs, hospitals, schools, and private events for Yale alumni, politicians, and whoever happens to be around when we decide to break into song! Don’t worry, though—Proof tours are more than just gigs. We make space for Proof adventures like ice skating, museums, beach trips, shopping, and more!
I've realized as a sophomore that I would really like to join Proof. Can I still rush as a sophomore?
Of course you can! You'll go through the rush process just like everyone else, and being a sophomore won't affect your chance of being tapped. The only difference is that Proof can tap non-freshmen before Tap Night, so you might find out a little sooner!
Trust us, this is a question we get asked ALL the time on campus and when we tour. "The proof of the pudding is in the tasting..." is a quote from Cervantes' Don Quixote. As you'll soon see, Yale has a strong tradition of male a cappella, and when Proof was founded, Yalies were still a little skeptical that women could play a similar game (or sing a similar tune, if you will). So, in true Proof fashion, our name was a way of saying, "Give us a listen!" People did listen, and they loved it, leading to 40 years of close friendships between strong, talented women who are always in the mood for music.
Didn't answer your question?
Never fear, email our rush managers and they'll be more than willing to help you out!