We’re the Knightingales.

From left to right: Back: Sarah Ward ’19, Rebecca McCartney ’21, Martha Sudderth ’21, Elsa Sandeno ’19, Anna Stubbs ’20. Middle: Calla Slayton ’20, Kaitlyn Hamers ’19, Jayla Williams ’21, Ali Hickman ’29. Front: Leila Awad ’18, Clara Hesler ’18, Emily Cudhea-Pierce ’18

The Knightingales (commonly referred to as the Gales) is a women’s a cappella group at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. We like chocolate chip cookies, laughing, eating free food, and, of course, singing.

Image may contain: 8 people, people smiling, people standing and shoesFrom left to right: Ali Hickman ’20, Anna Stubbs ’20, Calla Slayton ’20, Emily Cudhea-Pierce ’18, Kaylee Shiao ’17, Leila Awad ’18, Sarah Ward ’19, Kaitlyn Hamers ’19, Clara Hesler ’18

Founded in 1980, the Gales are the oldest all-female a cappella group on campus. In any given year, we have about ten to twelve members, and we hold auditions in the beginning of the fall trimester.

Each year, the Gales hold three major concerts, one at the end of each term. In addition, the Knightingales participate in Carleton’s many less-conventional concert traditions, such as Set Up Your Roommate (during fall trimester), Reading Days performances, the Family Weekend concert, faculty events, and other special occasions. The Knightingales have also been known to perform off-campus, including stints in the Northfield community and trips to Macalester’s annual A Cappella Fest. We rehearse three times a week at Dacie Moses House for either an hour and a half or two hours.

Image may contain: 9 people, people smiling, people standing and indoorFrom back to front: Left: Leila Awad ’18, Ali Hickman ’20, Emily Cudhea-Pierce ’18, Calla Slayton ’20. Right: Clara Hesler ’18, Kaylee Shiao ’17, Anna Stubbs ’20, Kaitlyn Hamers ’19, Sarah Ward ’19

Some days, we are classy in our little dresses, but other days, we can be just plain silly:

Image may contain: 11 people, including Jayla Williams, Kaitlyn Hamers, Emily Cudhea-Pierce, Sarah Ward, Leila Awad and Calla Slayton, people smilingFrom left to right: Back: Anna Stubbs ’20, Emily Cudhea-Pierce ’18, Ali Hickman ’20, Leila Awad ’18, Clara Hesler ’18, Calla Slayton ’20. Middle: Kaitlyn Hamers ’19, Rebecca McCartney ’21, Martha Sudderth ’21. Front: Jayla Williams ’21, Sarah Ward ’19

6 thoughts on “Home

  1. Found your group while looking for the song from the Coca-Cola Commercial 🙂 I shared the commercial with my high school students. Now I’m going to share your group singing the same song. Great sound girls!!!

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  2. Hi Nightingales! I am in an a capella group and we wanted to do an arrangement of the song Show Me Love by Hundred Waters, and we really fell in love with yours. We were wondering if we could borrow your arrangement to use for our concert? Thank you so much!


    • Hey there! You can absolutely, but there’s a lil problem. We didn’t actually arrange anything, but rather recorded the parts separately. Then we learned our parts by listening to the tracks over and over again. We could send you the individual parts, if you’d like!


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