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Hoos in Treble, more fondly known as HIT, is a nationally acclaimed all-female a cappella group at the University of Virginia that has been singing, preferably without instruments, since 1999. Jennie Donovan founded the group in the fall of that year on the principles of quality musicianship, enthusiastic and diverse talent, and a commitment to distinguished performances. In the years since our founding, we have established “Four Pillars” that our group strives to embody at all times: Professionalism, Organization, Creativity, and Sustainability.
In the last decade we have had the honor of being featured on Best of College A Cappella (BOCA) CDs; and we have also had many of our songs nominated for the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA, AKA the Grammy’s of a cappella). Our most recent CD released in the Fall of 2014, Pink Pumps, was nominated for Best Overall Female Collegiate Album, and features CARA nominated songs such as “In My City” for best female collegiate soloist, "Black Widow" for best female collegiate arrangement and "Hollow Drum" for best female collegiate song and best folk/ world song. We have also had the pleasure of performing at numerous venues around Virginia, including the Reagan International Center in D.C., the Keswick Club, the Gravity Lounge in downtown Charlottesville, our local Charlottesville radio station 106.1 “The Corner", as well as at private functions within our University’s own Rotunda. Last spring, we were honored to perform at our current University President Teresa Sullivan’s inaugural breakfast.
As a part of Hoos in Treble, we share in one of the greatest privileges UVA has been able to afford us: the ability to be surrounded by a number of talented vocalists and musicians from many different backgrounds, working together to create and perform music. So while we all love being recognized by larger organizations such as BOCA and CARA, the part of a cappella we all love most is the community that is so unique to UVA. A cappella is a way of life at Mr. Jefferson’s University, evidenced by our annual Singing Valentine’s, Rotunda Sing, Dorm Sings, and Lighting of the Lawn. Singing together at these events remind me why I so deeply love a cappella – it is the carrying on of a beautiful tradition at UVA. So being a member of Hoos in Treble, though we are young when compared to many other groups on Grounds, is still getting to be a part of that remarkable tradition.
Speaking from experience, Hoos in Treble is an extremely diverse group of women, all of whom have enriched my personal life and college experience. I don’t think I would be able to know so many future businesswomen, economists, musicians, politicians, teachers, mathematicians, or engineers in any other facet of UVA. But amidst our differences, we have an uncompromising enthusiasm for continuously pushing our musical boundaries, while also encouraging our fellow HITTAs to push their personal boundaries. In meeting these lovely women, I’ve attended FYP shows, coffee shop gigs, intramural sporting events, countless philanthropic events, and even early morning hot yoga on the Downtown Mall. Part of what makes being in HIT such a unique a cappella experience is that we are also enthusiastic about supporting each other’s wide variety of interests and talents.
The way I see it is this: I don’t think about being in an a cappella group. I think about being in Hoos in Treble, which just happens to be an a cappella group. We are not generic; we are a family. So while HIT can look very different every semester with the addition of Newnews and the graduation of Fourth Years, ultimately we are a body of women who come together to sing. And singing in our case, really and truly, is the manifestation of the adoration and appreciation of one another. The music and friendship are interwoven, and indistinguishable. These women have been my biggest cheerleaders in whatever I ask, and I have loved every second of supporting them in their endeavors. They are my UVA family, and hopefully if you’re reading this, maybe you’ll soon become a member of it.
-Rhody Mastin, Music Director 2014-2015
Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization, which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.