Who We Are

Founded in 1979, The Pitchforks are the oldest a cappella group at Duke University. They perform on campus and across the country throughout the year, appearing in venues ranging from dorm common rooms to professional sports arenas. They have sung the national anthem at Chicago Bulls and Duke Basketball games, showcased themselves before the Queen of Jordan, and even opened for Ben Folds in 2009 and The Band Perry in 2015. In 2014, the ‘Forks crossed the Atlantic to tour with some of Britain’s best collegiate singers. Back at Duke, the Parents’ Weekend Fall Classic and the Gothic Christmas concert are two of the group’s favorite traditions. With fifteen albums released so far, The Pitchforks have a long history of studio recording. Seven tracks have been featured on BOCA compilations since 1997, and the group has twice won the CARA Award for Best Male Collegiate Album nationally with Bring It Back (2006) and Disconcert (2008). Their 2010 album, All In, was awarded runner-up for the same distinction and won Best Male Collegiate Song and Best Male Collegiate Arrangement with its hit single, "Fireflies." The Pitchforks’ most recent release, Refraction (2012), another runner-up for Best Male Collegiate Album, also scored a CARA Arrangement Award for its unique take on “Hallelujah.”

What People Say About The Pitchforks

"The Pitchforks are one of the best collegiate a cappella groups in the world today..."

Nick Anderson-Frey (RARB)

  • "The Pitchforks are one of the best collegiate a cappella groups in the world today..."

    Nick Anderson-Frey (RARB)

  • 2x CARA Award for Best Male Collegiate Album

    2013 CARA Best Male Collegiate Arrangement
  • "The Pitchforks continue to be one of the top male groups in the country"

    Thomas King (RARB)

  • Music

    Meet the Pitchforks




    The Pitchforks are available throughout the year to perform at a wide variety of events. We regularly perform at dinners, fundraisers, weddings, and university functions -- just to name a few. To inquire further, please email us at booking@dukepitchforks.com


    Hey Class of 2019 -- Welcome to Duke!.
    Every year, The Pitchforks look for talented, musical, fun-loving guys to join in our 35 year tradition of singing and performing for Duke University and audiences around the world. Auditions sign-ups will be opening Sunday, August 23rd, and run throughout the following week. We would love to hear you sing and get to know you a bit more, and keep posted for updates! Questions? Shoot us an email at auditions@dukepitchforks.com.