“New year, new me” is the mindset that the all-male a cappella group “The Gentlemen of the Hall” have brought to the spring semester.
The group has decided to undergo a reconstruction, especially with the help of a new social media campaign to introduce new members.
The Gents were first founded in the spring of 2013. According to its members, the Gents used to be much more relevant on campus, doing several performances and having an active social media presence. However, the original members graduated, and with that, so did much of the leadership. The process of bringing up and recruiting new people was pushed to the side.
The Gents decided to change that this year. The president of the group, William Moore, a junior accounting, IT management and philosophy major, credited sophomore Claudia Emanuele as a key part of this reinvigoration. Emanuele, a theatre and creative writing major and a staff writer for The Setonian, is the new public relations director of the group. She is its first female member.
“I’ve worked with her in the past through theatre council,” Moore said. “She also does their PR, so I know that she’s really skilled working with various social media platforms.”
The group collaborated on a social media campaign, “#WhoseMansWednesday,” to highlight various group members.
Sophomore Jordan Green, a music education and theatre major, said that as a member of the club he and the group are seeking new ways to reestablish the group on campus.
“As the new music director, my goal is to make Gents an active and relevant part of the Seton Hall community once again,” he said. “Our new social media campaign is one of the many things we are doing in order to achieve this goal and spread the word.”
Daniel Koser, assistant music director and a freshman finance and management major, agreed.
“Even though I’m a freshman, and I don’t know how it was back in the day, I feel like we can make this group amazing,” he said.
While the social media campaign has been at the forefront of their changes, the group has also made internal revisions.
With some members graduating and bidding farewell, the group has welcomed at least 10 new members this year. The Gents have also revamped the rehearsal process, trying out challenging, yet fun music.
With all the changes happening, the camaraderie and bond they all share when uniting for their love of music is still prevalent. Rehearsals are “a blast,” Green, a tenor, remarked. Each Gent, with their respective voice parts, contribute to the unified voice that makes the Gents what they are.
The Gents have many performances to come, especially the final semester performance at the Student Ensemble Concert held in the Theatre-in-the-Round. They are mixing tunes from classic, well-known artists with more contemporary songs. Some of these include “Up on the Roof” by The Drifters, “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Jon Bon Jovi, “Pompeii” by Bastille and “Gives You Hell” by The All-American Rejects.
Kristel Domingo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.