ThunderRidge alum sings with Whiffenpoofs

Dolquist finds spot with famed acapella group

Nathaniel Dolquist, a 2010 ThunderRidge High school graduate, top right, is traveling and singing with the Yale Whiffenpoofs this year and will appear at the Newman Center on Feb. 14 and 15. Courtesy photo
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Far from being a “poor little sheep who has lost its way” per the famous “Whiffenpoof Song,” Yale senior and 2010 ThunderRidge High School graduate Nathaniel Dolquist knows very well where he'll be going this year: across the US through the spring and then onto a world tour through the summer.

Dolquist is a tenor in the famed 14-member acapella group, The Whiffenpoofs — on the music scene since 1909 — and will perform at the University of Denver's Newman Center on Feb. 14 and 15.

A theater major, Dolquist has taken a year off from his studies to perform for sold-out audiences, presidents and more, as well as on television with “Glee” and “The Sing Off.”

He writes that he studies theater with Victoria Clark in New York and that this tour gives him a feel for what professional touring is like for a performer. He plans to pursue an acting career after he graduates in 2015.

Highlights for the ThunderRidge graduate this year have included “singing at the White House, singing for CBS and the nearly-professional concert load (between August and mid-December, we sang 91 concerts) ... The experience so far has been even better than I hoped it would be: the group of 14 guys gets along well, we work hard to make good music together and we are always received with open arms wherever we visit. It is a real blessing and privilege to sing with this group.”

He looks forward to introducing his friends to Colorado skiing, sunrises and more. They will perform in Vail as well as Denver and few of the Whiffs have visited Colorado before, he said, adding that he hopes they'll fall in love with the state. A diverse group, they come from across the nation and carry majors in many fields.

He says his family is musical: his brother Tim plays guitar and is a member of the CU Buffoons, an acapella group; his sister plays the bassoon, his mother the oboe and his dad a trumpet. His sister has arranged some songs and the four Colorado family members all sing at Grace Presbyterian Church in Highlands Ranch where his father is head pastor.

In addition to stopping by home, Dolquist looks forward to a New Orleans visit during Mardi Gras and the opportunity to trek up Machu Pichu in Peru in March.

Come summer, the Whiffenpoofs will visit about 30 countries, with various singers appointed tour managers for various countries. Dolquist's responsibilities will involve Iceland, UK and Ireland in May and Southeast Asia in July. Also on the itinerary: Europe, Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, India and Nepal, China and Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Bali, Australia and New Zealand.

Then it's back to New Haven to complete his senior year, his worldview tremendously expanded.

If you go:

The Whiffenpoofs will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and 2 p.m. Feb. 15 in Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver. Tickets, starting at $15, are available at the Newman Center Box Office (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. M-F; noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and one hour prior to performance), 303-871-7720, www.newmancenterpresents.com.

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