Tocks on the steps of Alumnae Hall, 1964

Tocks on the steps of Alumnae Hall, 1964

Pembroke Hall of Pembroke College, Built 1897

Pembroke Hall of Pembroke College, Built 1897

The Group

"Women's a cappella groups take note — the Chattertocks are women to look up to." ~RARB Review with Sarah Andrews Cook

Founded in 1952, the Chattertocks of Brown University is one of the oldest women's college a cappella singing groups in the United States.

The group was founded by Nancy Tobin, Dorothy Senerchia, and Helen Johnson, Class of 1955 at Pembroke College (Brown University) as a parody of the Brown Jabberwocks, the men's a cappella group. On April 28, 1952, the women entered an inter-dorm song contest, calling themselves the "Chattertocks" and sporting borrowed grey flannel suits, white button-down shirts, rep ties, and pinned-back hair. They sang “Halls of Ivy” and “Mood Indigo,” both Jabberwock standards. Coached by Tobin's boyfriend, Jabberwock John Dorer, they won first place.

Dressed as Jabberwocks, the original Chattertocks perform in Alumnae Hall, 1952

Dressed as Jabberwocks, the original Chattertocks perform in Alumnae Hall, 1952

No longer performing in grey flannel suits, the group has continued to grow and evolve with the changing times. The Chattertocks started recording early on with a number of vinyl albums. The group has continued to record and release albums, including, most recently, "Waking Hours" (2014) and "Bird House" (2016).

Today, the group performs at college campuses and other various venues around the country. If you are interested in booking the Chattertocks for a show, please see our Contact Us page. For information on current members and alumni, click here!

Performing on WJAR-TV in 1954

Performing on WJAR-TV in 1954