Cardinal Calypso is Stanford University's premiere steelpan ensemble.
We bring the music and culture of Trinidad and Tobago to the greater
university community by performing both traditional Caribbean music and
popular songs, as well as exuding general enthusiasm for music, dancing,
and sunshine. Our members are all students at Stanford, and we arrange all
our own songs. We also write original music.
We are organized as a student group under the Stanford University Office
of Student Affairs. We were founded in 2005 through a
Robert L. Pierce award from the Stanford Alumni Association. Also, we
are supported by a grant from the
Associated Students of Stanford University and through generous
The Stanford Fund.
some collegiate ensembles, we are a relatively young and small
student group, but we have great aspirations.
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Joining Cardinal Calypso
Calypso is a vibrant, fun, and warm-hearted community. From masterclasses
with guest artists like Liam Teague, Duvone Stewart, and Andy Narell to
performances at Carnaval San Francisco, we participate in exciting
opportunities every year. Members of Cardinal Calypso audition with a
wide range of musical knowledge, but no prior experience is required. So
whether you played steelpan throughout high school or just discovered it
today, we’d love to teach you more about the instrument and see you at
our next auditions.
Auditions are held at the beginning of every fall quarter. Auditions for
the 2019-20 school year are already complete. If you think you should fall
outside of this schedule, or if you have any other questions, we
encourage you to contact us.
Hank Tian, Jabari Hastings, Tristan Wagner, Cassandra Lin
Mimi Werdegar, Julia Rathmann-Bloch, Coco Sun, Brad Immel, Cooper Reed
Callum Burgess, Cam Lincoln, Michelle Xing, Asia Zhang, Matthew Zheng, Evan Kanji, Jacob Tie-Shue
Lauren Selden, Kiana Hu, Sairah Hyman, Jenny Jackson, William Golub, Angel Sandoval Castillo
Marie-Jossee Mont-Reynaud, Chris Fajardo, Doreen Hoang, Lauryn Isford, Amy Kim, Clara McCreery, Amanda McNary, Prithvi Ramakrishnan, Carla Lewis, Paulina Chamely, Eisa Al-Shamma, Gio Jacuzzi, Akwasi Abrefah ('12), Aaron Acosta ('13), Josh Archibald-Seiffer, Alexis Arnold ('11), Chris Balane, Henry Biermann ('14), David Brown, Arielle Craig, Kevin Danna, Mike Demmitt, Nancy Falxa-Raymond, Allison Fink ('12), Adam Genecov ('13), David Germain, Maxine Holland ('11), Sally Hudson, Lucas Johnson ('11), Dana Katz ('12), Binna Kim ('13), Monique King, Liezel Labios, David Miller, Bri Mostoller ('16), Kai Neo ('14), Jonathan Potter ('12), Ben Roth ('11), Jesse Ruder ('12), Emma Sagan ('14), Flip Tanedo, Art Tosborvorn, Will Tucker ('13), Justin Wiguna ('15), Alex Williamson, Cathy Ye, Nate Zwerdling ('11), Alan Propp ('16), Amanda Quay ('16), Leopold Wambersie ('16), Jim Andress ('17), J Evans ('17), Tucker Leavitt ('17), Meghan Shea ('17), Camille Townshend ('17), Zachary Birnholz ('18), Nathan Chael ('18), Elisa Lupin-Jimenez ('18), Kijung Park ('18), Kelsey Reardon ('18), Greyson Assa, Acassia Ferguson, Caroline Young ('19), Carlos Fresnillo ('19), Astrid Casimire ('19), Prasanna Ramakrishnan ('19), Dorian Lumarque ('19), Connor Gunn ('19), John Kustin, Ayoade Balogun