Shades goes to Hong Kong!

Twenty-six years ago, a group of black students came together to create a space on Yale University’s campus where their voices – and the music they loved – could be heard. In the years since the group’s inception, Shades has become one of Yale’s premiere a cappella groups, drawing upon the diverse backgrounds of its members to celebrate the depth and complexity of the black experience through song. With a focus on R&B, gospel, jazz, pop, and traditional music from around the world, Shades has sung alongside black music icons such as Lenny Kravitz, Angelique Kidjo, and Sweet Honey and the Rock, and has performed for the likes of the late Nelson Mandela, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

Shades is not just an a cappella group but a non-profit organization that focuses on the mission of providing musical performance and enrichment to people in low-income and racially diverse areas. Shades strives to portray authentically the oral traditions of blacks in America and to inspire and unite its audiences through the richness of its repertoire. Throughout the group's existence, it has aimed to bring the joy of music and the importance of education to audiences worldwide. With a dedication to education and community service, the group has performed extensively throughout New Haven, the United States, and the world – in destinations including Costa Rica, Ireland, South Africa, and up next, Hong Kong!

Our upcoming tour to Hong Kong will be extremely exciting, but also expensive, and we need some support to help cover the final expenses of our tour. So we look toward you, our friends, family members, and alumni for support in our next international endeavor because we know that we can count on you, our most trusted supporters, to continue to strengthen Shades, and we believe that we can make this happen as part of a community that supports and cares deeply for music and its power to heal, inspire and educate others.

Thank you in advance for all of your help and continued support!

With Love,
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Nathaniel Harrison Romero 
New Haven, CT
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