“It’s a community,” says Sam Halfpenny, SCH Class of 2022, of his Dartmouth College a cappella group, the Brovertones. “These are my people.” Halfpenny, alongside the talented group of vocalists, dropped into the Chapel last week for an impromptu performance for students and faculty while on their northeast tour. A former member of Hilltones and Players mainstay, Halfpenny reached out to Roland Woehr H’07 when he learned the group’s schedule was bringing them to Philadelphia. Needless to say, Woehr, who directs multiple vocal groups at SCH, heartily welcomed the opportunity.
Woehr began teaching Halfpenny when he joined Boychoir in 4th grade. “I think that Sam eventually became interested in Hilltones because he sang nearly every part there is to sing as his voice matured and deepened with the changing years,” Woehr recalls. “What is most impressive is that Sam’s interest in singing never cooled and he auditioned successfully for Hilltones.” He adds, “And, as an advisee, Sam was a wonderful scholar and human being across the board. It was such a pleasure to have him back on campus!”
Concluding their repertoire, the Brovertones shared their experience in a Q and A for students who were eager to hear firsthand about auditioning for a collegiate a cappella group.
Halfpenny is a sophomore majoring in biology and Italian at Dartmouth. He’s already spent a summer term in Italy and has plans to return for further study in Rome. He joined Dartmouth College’s premier all-male, bow tie-wearing a cappella group as a freshman and has never looked back.
Main Image: Halfpenny (back row, sixth from left) is pictured in the Chapel at SCH with his a cappella group, the Dartmouth Brovertones.