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Cornell Chordials

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The Chordials are a co-ed a cappella group at Cornell University that perform a mix of rock, soul, R&B, and pop.

The group was founded in 1997 by Elana Wolff (‘01). The Chordials have traveled all around the Northeast to Penn State, Haverford, Rutgers, Muhlenberg, RPI, Buffalo, Johns Hopkins, Rochester, and the Ithaca area.

The group produced their first album Shaken… Not Stirred in the spring of 1999. The album features songs such as “Come on Eileen” and “Killing Me Softly. ” The group’s second album Not For Minors premiered in the fall of 2002, with songs including Sarah McLachlan’s song “Angel” and Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”, now a Chordials staple. Their third album, The Third Chapter, features renditions of “Echo” by Incubus, Gladys Knight’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, and “One Sweet Day” as recorded by Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey. The group’s fourth album, Arrival, was released at their tenth anniversary concert “Cocktail Hour X”. Group member James Cannon (‘07), via his production company “The Panic Room,” acted as the recording engineer on the new album. Arrival features complex arrangements of songs as performed by artists such as Puddle of Mudd, Snow Patrol, Nine Inch Nails, and others.

In 2001, the group made its debut at the ICCA (International Championship of College A Cappella) quarterfinals in Rochester, NY, during which member Gabi Kornfeld (‘04) received the award for Best Vocalist for her performance of “Angel.” In subsequent years, the group received additional awards at the ICCA including Best Choreography, Best Soloist, Best Arrangement, and Best Percussion.

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