Stanford Mendicants

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The Stanford Mendicants
The Mendicants performing at the 2011 State of the Valley Conference in San Jose
Background information
Origin Stanford, California, USA
Genres A Cappella
Years active 1963—present

The Stanford Mendicants are an all-male a cappella group at Stanford University. The group is Stanford University's original a cappella group. Since its founding in 1963, the group's size has varied from 6 to 19 members. Although they are strictly an a cappella group today, they have performed with instruments in previous generations.[1][2] The group prides itself on singing a wide range of songs, from gospel to barbershop to pop tunes and original compositions. The Mendicants are known around Stanford's campus for their romantic serenades.

History and Accolades[edit]

The Stanford Mendicants was founded in 1963 by Hank Adams, a transfer student from Yale University, with a group of 5 undergraduate men. The group originally rehearsed only a single song before breaking into the dining commons of Branner Hall, an all-women's dormitory at the time, and performing their song during lunch. Adams often recalled, himself tearing up, that during their performance, the women wept, and there was literally "not a dry seat in the house". Having only rehearsed the one song, they quickly fled through an open window and went immediately back to rehearsal. [3]

Their 1998 album Besides What You See received a 4.2 rating [4] from the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (, which is the group's highest album score to date.

The group was Runner-Up in three categories in the inaugural CARA Awards in 1992 and have been nominated for awards as recently as 2005.[5] [6]

Two Mendicant songs have been featured on the annual "Best of Collegiate A Cappella" Compilation.[7]

Current Members[edit]

Current members of the Stanford Mendicants include:

Top Ben Isaacs, Peter Kurzner, Alexander Ronneburg, Parker Clancy, Chris Swenson

Lead Michael McKenna, Jeff Bennett, Zachary Esrig, Alex Feldman, Trey Hale

Baritone Dan Kahn, Will Fein, Lachlan Green, Eli Briody-Pavlik, Nathan Large

Bass Eric Hallett, Myles Keating, Stefan Swaans



2011 Musical Director De Wei Koh editing a track for Sh-Boom
  • Untitled (1964)
  • Untitled (1965)
  • A Fellow Needs a Girl (1966)
  • Untitled (1967)
  • Untitled (1969)
  • Untitled (1973)
  • Untitled (1975)
  • Untitled (1977)
  • Untitled (1979)
  • Clean-Cut and Slightly Frayed (1981)
  • Somewhere in Hawaii (1982)
  • Take You Back (1986)
  • Pretending to Care (1987)
  • Aquapella (1989)
  • Just Like That (1991)
  • Feline Casanova (1992)
  • Back For Seconds (1994)
  • Beggars Can't Be Choosers (1996)
  • Besides What You See (1998)
  • Room to Grow (2000)
  • Best Laid Plans (2002)
  • Mendication (2004)
  • Beggar's Dozen (2006)
  • Roses In My Hand (2008)
  • Sh-Boom (2012)
  • Just a Group of Guys (2013)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Weinstein, Dave (2003-10-17). "Stanford group celebrating 40 years of song". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  2. ^ Wykes, S.L. (2003-10-17). "Mendicants Magic". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  3. ^ "The Mendicants Turn 40". Stanford Magazine. Nov–December 2003. Retrieved 2007-08-02.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "Review of Besides What You See". RARB. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  5. ^ "1992 CARA Winners". CARA. 1992. Archived from the original on 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  6. ^ "2005 CARA Nominees". CARA 2005 via RARB. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  7. ^ "Official BOCA Track Lists". BOCA. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  8. ^ "Review of Best Laid Plans". RARB. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  9. ^ Shin, Laura. "Where He Belongs". STANFORD Magazine. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  10. ^ "Pacific Mozart Ensemble: Director Profile". PME. Archived from the original on 2007-05-31. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  11. ^ Silvius van Löben Sels, Marilyn. "Class Notes 1966". STANFORD Magazine. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  12. ^ "John Livingston's Bio". Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  13. ^ a b "Dressing The Part". STANFORD Magazine. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 

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