About Us

The Baker's Dozen of Yale University is 'one of the nation's oldest and finest a cappella groups.'  Our ensemble, founded in 1947 and comprised of sixteen male undergraduates, commands a broad repertoire of songs, ranging from traditional ballads to jazz, rock, and contemporary hits. The boundless energy and entertaining camaraderie of the "BDs" resonate with audiences in virtually any setting, be it a short set at a private party, a mid-size concert at a school, or a full-scale formal event in black tie. Highlights from recent Baker's Dozen albums include original arrangements of songs by John Legend, The Temptations, The Beatles, and Maroon 5. Every year, the Baker's Dozen performs at on-campus events such as the annual Yale-Harvard Game, and at numerous residences, clubs, resorts, and schools throughout the country. The BDs have entertained prestigious audiences at venues such as the White House, the United Nations, the Academy Award Offices in Hollywood, and the CIA headquarters. In the last two years alone, we have sung on national television with Martha Stewart and performed the National Anthem for the L.A. Lakers, Chicago Bulls, and the Boston Red Sox. In 2010, the Baker's Dozen formalized our commitment to spreading our passion for music by incorporating as a Connecticut non-profit (503(c)(3)) organization.

Although the group has grown in accomplishments and notoriety since its inception in 1947, the BDs continue to cherish the group’s founding principles and traditions.  From the simple pleasures of time spent at the BD House to the spectacular thrills of life on tour, becoming a member of the Baker's Dozen promises unforgettable experiences and lifelong friendships. The Baker's Dozen experience is grounded in long-standing tradition that extends far beyond singing, with a passion for music and friendship that is as strong today as it was in 1947.