Dartmouth Decibelles



The Decibelles are Dartmouth's oldest all-female a cappella group, usually consisting of 14-18 members. They arrange all their own music and sing songs from a variety of genres, including modern pop and rock tunes, Dartmouth traditionals, oldies, barbershop, and pretty much anything and everything in between!

Founded in 1974 by Jody Hill, the group began as "The Dartmouth Distractions," an extension of the Dartmouth Glee Club. Two years later, the group changed its name to "Woodswind" and a few years after changed once more to the "Decibelles." Over 40 years and many recorded albums later, the Decibelles are a group of ladies who still love singing together, fondly called the "Decis" by their peers.

In addition to performing frequently on Dartmouth’s campus, the Decis sing at other colleges, at community events in and around the Upper Valley, and at Dartmouth Alumni Clubs. Every year during Winter break, the Decis go on a weeklong tour of various parts of the world, most recently to London, Washington DC, Florida, and Southern California.

The Decibelles have also been actively recording since the 1980β€²s, coming out with an album every two or three years. You can preview these on our albums page.

Auditions for the Decibelles are held each year at the end of the first week of classes.