Founded in the spring of 1988 by Daniel Henkin CC '91, the Clefhangers (also known as the "Clefs") began as the alternative co-ed a cappella group at Columbia University. Henkin wanted to create a group that was open to undergraduates of all backgrounds who were passionate about music and the performing arts!
Since those first years, the Clefs have performed hundreds of concerts throughout New York City and across the nation. They've performed at the Rockefeller Tree Lighting Ceremony, the NYC marathon, and have the annual honor of performing at Columbia University's Commencement ceremonies. In 2008, the Clefs placed second at the 2008 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Quarterfinals and won awards for Best Soloist and Best Vocal Percussion, adding to their total of 6 quarter and semifinal top placements and 9 special awards at the competition since 1996. Each semester, the Clefs have a handful of performances, culminating in their big winter and spring shows!
The Clefs have also recorded five albums - their most recent, Going Somewhere, was released in the Spring of 2007.