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MEET THE ABBEYS

 

In February of 1992, three gentlemen gathered to change the course of aca-history. Their goal: to create an all-male a cappella group at Boston University. After several attempts—and a few close calls—the Dear Abbeys of Boston University were born. The idea was simple: assemble a small group of men who enjoy music, camaraderie and “no show-tunes”, arrange popular songs for voice, and sing.

Now—over 25 years later—the Abbeys have gained a reputation in the a cappella community for musical precision, complex and unique arrangements and an energetic style of live performance that’s difficult to match. After winning the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA’s) in 2005, the Abbeys have performed in stadiums, on street corners and everywhere in between. Their unique style is frequently heard at weddings, corporate events, charity functions, high schools, and the greater Boston community.

Most recently, the group has focused on sharing their talents with students around the country. The Abbeys aim to inspire, inform and entertain—introducing young thinkers to the arts with the hope of initiating positive change.The group has toured the U.S. and beyond, traveling to Florida and California, Alaska and Colombia. In the past they have been so lucky as to team up with musical heavyweights like Steven Tyler, Ben Folds, NOTA, Pentatonix and Ball in the House.To date, the Abbeys have produced ten studio albums. Check out our latest album, The Dear Abbeys - LIVE, now available on Apple Music and Spotify!

 
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UPCOMING SHOWS

 

MEET THE ABBEYS

WILL BURNETT - ‘21 | PRESIDENT

Born two decades ago just before the rise of double-denim, Britney Spears, and Fairly Odd Parents, Will grew up in the beautiful city of Boston - and it looks like he stayed! Whether he’s in the CFA basement, running to COM, or… well, the CFA basement, he’s waiting for the T, ordering a large iced at Pavement, or majoring in Advertising with a minor in Art.

NEIL BAKER - ‘22 | MUSIC DIRECTOR

This Australian has quickly found out what the definition of cold really is. Originally from Sydney, Neil enjoys math, playing piano, and riding Kangaroos. Sushi, Taekwondo, and conversations about Chopin and Rachmaninoff are surefire ways to his heart. Now a sophomore and pursuing a double degree in physics and piano, Neil doesn’t know how he is still alive. One theory is that he has an awesome best friend. Another is that he is in an awesome a cappella group. Who is to know?

FINN DAVIDSON - ‘21 | BUSINESS MANAGER

Coming all the way from the backwoods of Connecticut, Finn journeyed to Boston to prove his skill as a Pokémon trainer on his quest to catch 'em all. When he is not running from his responsibilities you can find at this Abbey sleeping or doing kendama tricks at the BU beach.

ANTOINE BAIZE - ‘21 | MARKETING DIRECTOR

Antoine is a sophomore studying biomedical engineering in the college of engineering. When not in rehearsal you can find Antoine exploring the streets of Boston on his never ending quest to find the best cup of coffee in the city.

ERIC SHUREN - ‘20 | TREASURER

In a far off kingdom in the Hudson Valley of New York, Eric, the big friendly giant, was born! Coming in at 6'4", he used his height to his advantage when he had to play as an enchanted tree in his high school's musical, Into The Woods. As a pre-med student, he aspires to connect medicine and music as a form of therapy.

MATT MICHAUD - ‘23

MATT MICHAUD - ‘23

BRANDON SWAIN - ‘23   All the way from the south of Texas, Brandon has journeyed up to Boston to get a taste of the seasons. When he's not in class you can catch him jamming out to rock music on his penny board. So far he has balanced his business major with a healthy social life...will that last? Find out in the next installment of "Keeping up with the Swains!"

BRANDON SWAIN - ‘23

All the way from the south of Texas, Brandon has journeyed up to Boston to get a taste of the seasons. When he's not in class you can catch him jamming out to rock music on his penny board. So far he has balanced his business major with a healthy social life...will that last? Find out in the next installment of "Keeping up with the Swains!"

MARTIN DIMO - ‘23   Hi! My name is Martin and I'm from Vienna, Austria. Having grown up in many places, I don't quite feel that I only have one home. I've been playing piano since the tender age of 6 and started singing in middle school. Huge EDM listener and aspiring producer, while accepting of mostly every other kind of music. Except for country. Not my thing.

MARTIN DIMO - ‘23

Hi! My name is Martin and I'm from Vienna, Austria. Having grown up in many places, I don't quite feel that I only have one home. I've been playing piano since the tender age of 6 and started singing in middle school. Huge EDM listener and aspiring producer, while accepting of mostly every other kind of music. Except for country. Not my thing.

FRANCISCO FIGUEIRAS - ‘23   Hailing from the mean streets of Lisbon, this Abbey is currently enthralled with the "dining" options at BU. His goal is to try everything once, so don't be surprised if you see him with 3 plates in the dining hall. Once he's finally full, Francisco is humming along to the Glee soundtrack or figuring out how to possibly survive his Biochem major.

FRANCISCO FIGUEIRAS - ‘23

Hailing from the mean streets of Lisbon, this Abbey is currently enthralled with the "dining" options at BU. His goal is to try everything once, so don't be surprised if you see him with 3 plates in the dining hall. Once he's finally full, Francisco is humming along to the Glee soundtrack or figuring out how to possibly survive his Biochem major.

JOHN DELUCIA - ‘23

JOHN DELUCIA - ‘23

CURRENTLY ABROAD

JACK HUMPHREY - ‘21

New York City kid Jack can be found chilling in the lazy river at FitRec or devouring some Americone Dream ice cream. As a voice major, he has decided to fill his schedule with even more singing because he's tone deaf and needs to practice.

MATTYAR ALBORZI - ‘20


Mattyar is just a small town boy living in a lonely world who took a midnight train to Boston from New Jersey to study film. When he isn't watching movies he's probably stuffing his face with food, listening to music, or polishing his Wendy's keychain.


DEVIN HUBBARD - ‘21

Devin was born in Kansas City, Missouri and journeyed by electric scooter when he was only 6 months old all the way to Massachusetts where he was raised. Devin likes the finer things in life, such as sand, grains of salt, and dust particles. He is also an Earth & Environmental Science major, which means he likes rocks, plants, water, and other things.

RECENTLY GRADUATED:

JEFFREY WANG (‘19) | MATT FALCONE (‘19) | ELI ELMAN (‘19) | CHRISTIAN LAWRENCE (‘19) | LUCAS CHAVES (‘19)
RAFAEL SIREGAR (‘19) | TODD REISS  ('18) | JACOB NIKOLAJCZYK ('18) | BRADY MOSES ('17) | YANNI METAXAS ('17)
MATTHEW VERA ('17) | BENJI HADAR ('16) | ALEX MILLER ('16) | NICHOLAS GRIGGS-DRANE ('16) | KENJI GULDNER ('16)
JONATHAN CORSON ('15) | GEORGE DEJESUS ('15) | OLIVER BAVERSTAM ('15)
 


NEW MEMBERS - FALL 2019

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WELCOME JOHN, MATT, MARTIN, BRANDON, & FRANCISCO!


MEDIA & MUSIC

THE DEAR ABBEYS - LIVE!

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CURRENT REPERTOIRE

 
MOVEMENT   HOZIER | ARR. MATT FALCONE

MOVEMENT
HOZIER | ARR. MATT FALCONE

SATURDAY IN THE PARK  CHICAGO | ARR. MATT FALCONE

SATURDAY IN THE PARK
CHICAGO | ARR. MATT FALCONE

SOUR CANDY  MELT | ARR. ANTOINE BAIZE, JACK HUMPHREY, NEIL BAKER

SOUR CANDY
MELT | ARR. ANTOINE BAIZE, JACK HUMPHREY, NEIL BAKER

YOUR SONG  ELTON JOHN | ARR. NEIL BAKER

YOUR SONG
ELTON JOHN | ARR. NEIL BAKER

AMERICAN BOY  ESTELLE FT. KANYE | ARR. ERIC SHUREN, DEVIN HUBBARD, WILL BURNETT, NEIL BAKER

AMERICAN BOY
ESTELLE FT. KANYE | ARR. ERIC SHUREN, DEVIN HUBBARD, WILL BURNETT, NEIL BAKER

MLK  THE KING SINGERS| ARR. TBD

MLK
THE KING SINGERS| ARR. TBD

MAKE IT BETTER  ANDERSON PAAK | ARR. ERIC SHUREN, ANTOINE BAIZE, NEIL BAKER

MAKE IT BETTER
ANDERSON PAAK | ARR. ERIC SHUREN, ANTOINE BAIZE, NEIL BAKER

STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT  FRANK SINATRA | ARR. ERIC SHUREN

STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT
FRANK SINATRA | ARR. ERIC SHUREN

CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE  ELVIS PRESLEY | ARR. ERIC SHUREN, JACK HUMPHREY, WILL BURNETT, NEIL BAKER

CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE
ELVIS PRESLEY | ARR. ERIC SHUREN, JACK HUMPHREY, WILL BURNETT, NEIL BAKER

HOOKED ON A FEELIN’  BLUE SWEDE | ARR. ANTOINE BAIZE

HOOKED ON A FEELIN’
BLUE SWEDE | ARR. ANTOINE BAIZE

MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING  BARRY WHITE | ARR. TBD

MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING
BARRY WHITE | ARR. TBD

BASKET CASE   BASTILLE| ARR. ANTOINE BAIZE, DEVIN HUBBARD, NEIL BAKER

BASKET CASE
BASTILLE| ARR. ANTOINE BAIZE, DEVIN HUBBARD, NEIL BAKER

 

RECENTLY RETIRED


Amnesia -
 Justin Timberlake | Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles | Chunky - Bruno Mars | Smooth  - Santana | Sara Smile - Hall and Oates
Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton | Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon | Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande| Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
Sinner Like You - Parson James | Chasing Twisters - Delta Rae | All in Love is Fair - Stevie Wonder | Yesterday - The Beatles | From Eden - Hozier
Sway - Michael Buble | Attention - Charlie Puth | Dancing Queen - Daecolm | Tangled - Maroon 5 | Still Feel Like Your Man - John Mayer | Only Angel - Harry Styles
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Wicked Game- Johnnyswim | Cough Syrup - Young the Giant | No One Knows Me Like the Piano - Sampha


 

CONTACT US

For business enquiries, bookings, social media & marketing, and more.

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WILL BURNETT

PRESIDENT
EVENT, INTER-GROUP, & COMMUNITY
INQUIRIES

president@dearabbeys.com

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NEIL BAKER

MUSIC DIRECTOR
MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS

musicdirector@dearabbeys.com

FINN DAVIDSON

BUSINESS MANAGER
INQUIRIES ON EVENTS, BOOKINGS, BUSINESS & MORE

businessmanager@dearabbeys.com

ERIC SHUREN

TREASURER
FINANCES & ADMINISTRATIVE REQUESTS

treasurer@dearabbeys.com

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ANTOINE BAIZE

MARKETING DIRECTOR
INQUIRIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA, PROMOTION AND MARKETING

marketing@dearabbeys.com





AUDITIONS

 
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AUDITIONS/CALLBACKS RESULTS FALL 2019 - CONGRATS!

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JOIN US!

Thank you for your interest in The Dear Abbeys!

As all of our members and alumni will tell you, being in the Dear Abbeys is a unique and fulfilling aspect of "the college experience".

We love to welcome new members and are are happy that you’re considering auditioning for the group.  On this page, we have outlined a few good details concerning the audition process. 

College is a time to try new things, why not perform, record, and tour with the Abbeys?

SIGN UP

Sign up here!

the audition process

Our auditions are pretty casual - come chat with us, get to know us, and then sing a little something!

Our Music Director will lead you through warm-ups/vocal exercises and then we’ll have you sing the verse and chorus of a song you feel showcases your voice best.

We recommend that you avoid show-tunes, as they do not reflect the group’s vocal style. To get an idea of what type of songs we do perform, check out our Spotify account, The Dear Abbeys, to hear some recordings. 

Auditions for the FALL 2019 SEMESTER :


Friday September 13, 6-10pm CFA 410
Saturday September 14, 10am - 2pm CFA 171
Sunday September 15, 10am - 2pm CFA 167

Thank you again for your interest in auditioning for The Dear Abbeys! Good luck, and we look forward to meeting you! 

 


On Diversity and Inclusion

As an all-male acapella group on Boston University’s campus, The Dear Abbeys is committed to being a musical organization within the larger community that fosters acceptance, growth, talent, and individuality by accepting members, audiences, and music of singer/songwriters of all races, genders, sexualities, abilities, and more.