about US

The Chordials are an award-winning a cappella group from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. We are known for our edgy and passionate style, and we have performed in Ithaca, across the Northeast, and even internationally. We compete, tour, record, and make music wherever we can. Fundamental to our group is our passion for vocal music. Through our regional performances and several album releases, we have shown our commitment to performance and production and remain a well-known exemplar of the collegiate a cappella genre.


With the passion to make great music, a group of Cornell students, including founder Elana Wolff ’01, Musical Director Dennis Chow ’99, President Anand Swaminathan '99, and Business Manager Amanda Stahl ’99, founded the Chordials in 1997. The Chordials have continued to create their signature arrangements from a range of musical styles from rock and soul to R&B and pop. The group has been invited to perform at various events on the Cornell University campus, in the Ithaca area, and all over the Northeast at colleges and universities such as Georgetown, Haverford, RIT and Johns Hopkins and in Buffalo, New York City, and Martha’s Vineyard. The Chordials have even been able to perform internationally, touring Germany in the summer of 2008. Since 1998, the group has produced at least one major concert each year – the annual spring concert, “Cocktail Hour”, and the fall concert formerly called “Crunkapella”, now called “After Hours”. The group also has been committed to producing albums, such as their most recent release and ninth studio album, Surface, released February 2016.

Germany Tour

A photo from our Germany tour in 2008! The Chordials have only ever done one international tour, but we may have one in store for the near future.

ICCAS 2013

A snapshot from our 2013 ICCAS set where we came in 3rd place nationally. Pictured here is Jay Grollman killing the solo on Lies (opb. The Black Keys)!