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Dartmouth women's a cappella group sings at White House on D.C. tour

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 12/14/07 • Genevieve Haas • (603) 646-3661

The Subtleties
Members of The Subtleties during their visit to the White House (photo courtesy of Emma Baumgartner)

The Subtleties, a Dartmouth all-women a cappella group founded just nine years ago, is making a splash with their winter tour of Washington D.C. In addition to gigs at the State Department, a holiday party for the Dartmouth Club of Washington, the Children's Hospital, and Walt Whitman High School, the group performed on Dec. 13 at a holiday press party at the White House, where they were welcomed by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.

The White House and the State Department performances (where the group met Condoleezza Rice) were arranged with help from D.C. newscaster Barbara Harrison, mother of Subtleties member and tour director Alexandra Corriea '09. At the White House, the group performed for a party thrown for members of the D.C. television media. As the guests arrived, said Emma Baumgartner '08, the group's president, the Subtleties serenaded them with holiday favorites in the East Wing.

Performing with Corriea and Baumgartner were Tessa Peart '09, Emily Mirengoff '10, Allison Curreri '09, Elizabeth Warnack '10, Aurora Coon '09, Tess McLoud '10, Jane Tucker '09, Amy Flaster '08, Samantha Abrams '11, Natalie Lyon '11, Alexandra Tucker '11, Nora Cropper '11, and Christine Paquin '09.

Baumgartner said the experience was "great! Wonderful!" and that, "meeting the president was hands down the best part of the trip. He shook everyone's hand and was very funny and seemed to really like Dartmouth."

This is the second occasion in six months on which a Dartmouth group has been invited to the White House. In June 2007, members of the Dartmouth Ski Team, which won the NCAA Mens and Women's Skiing Championship, visited the  White House for a celebration of NCAA champions hosted by President Bush.

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