• Repertoire

    Michael Costagliola '10

    Michael Costagliola ’10 sings “Owner of a Lonely Heart” during his commencement concert.

    The arrangements of The Higher Keys are all original in-house compositions of jazz standards and varied pop, rock, and R&B songs. We also have transcriptions of select vocal arrangements. Many of our arrangements range anywhere from four voice parts to 8-12 voice parts.

    We love having the privilege to sing so many songs from varied genres and backgrounds. While the primary goal of the Keys is to focus on the musicality of our arrangements, we approach our repertoire with what we hope is sensitivity toward the culture and history behind many of the songs we sing.

    Our repertoire is constantly changing as we learn new songs and bring back old ones. Below is a list (divided by genre) of the arrangements of The Higher Keys, with an additional list of our current repertoire.


    • “All of Me” – Gerald Marks & Seymour Simons
    • “At Last” – Mack Gordon & Harry Warren
    • “Autumn Leaves” – Joseph Kosma & Johnny Mercer
    • “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” – The Andrews Sisters
    • “Cry Me a River” – Arthur Hamilton
    • “Don’t Wait Too Long” – Madeleine Peyroux
    • “Fly Me to the Moon” – Bart Howard
    • Gershwin Medley – “But Not For Me,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Summertime,” “I Got Rhythm”
    • “I Can’t Make You Love Me” – Bonnie Raitt
    • “I’m Beginning to See the Light” – Duke Ellington
    • “It’s Only a Paper Moon” – Harold Arlen
    • “Leaving Again / In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” – Kurt Elling
    • “Mack the Knife” – Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht
    • “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” – Manning Sherwin & Eric Maschwitz (Manhattan Transfer version)
    • “Orange Colored Sky” – Milton DeLugg & Willie Stein
    • “Precious” – Esperanza Spalding
    • “River” – Joni Mitchell
    • “Sing, Sing, Sing” – Benny Goodman
    • “Somewhere” – Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim
    • “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” – Irving Berlin
    • “St. James Infirmary Blues” – Irving Mills
    • “Take the ‘A’ Train” – Duke Ellington
    • “Too Darn Hot” – Cole Porter
    • “You & Me & The Bottle Makes Three” – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy”

      Morgan Lee '14

      Morgan Lee ’14 sings “River” during the annual Beary Keys concert.


    • “All of Me” – John Legend
    • “Lean On Me” – Bill Withers
    • “Midnight” – Lianne La Havas
    • “Stay With You” – John Legend
    • Ray Charles Medley – “Hallelujah, I Love Her So,” “Hit the Road Jack”
    • “Think” – Aretha Franklin
    • “Virtual Insanity” – Jamiroquai


    • Beatles Medley – “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Eight Days a Week,” “Drive My Car,” “We Can Work It Out,” “Strawberry Fields Forever”
    • “Dive” – Ed Sheeran
    • “First Love Song” – The Strike
    • “Follow Me” / “I Run Around” – Matthew Shafer & Mike Bradford / Blues Traveler
    • “Good Vibrations” – The Beach Boys
    • “Halo” – BeyoncĂ©
    • “I Wish” – Stevie Wonder
    • “I’m Not the Only One” – Sam Smith
    • “Jet Airliner” – Paul Pena
    • “Man in the Mirror” – Michael Jackson
    • “Many the Miles” – Sara Bareilles
    • Michael Jackson Medley – “Billie Jean,” “Black or White,” “Beat It,” “I’ll Be There,” “The Way You Make Me Feel”
    • “One” – Three Dog Night
    • Rolling Stones Medley – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Satisfaction (I Can’t Get No)”
    • “Samson” – Regina Spektor
    • “Sentimental Guy” – Ben Folds
    • “Sir Duke” – Stevie Wonder
    • “Somebody to Love” – Queen
    • “Streetlights” – Jarle Bernhoft
    • “Symphony” – Clean Bandit ft. Zara Larsson
    • “Take Me to the River” – Al Green
    • “This Love” – Maroon 5
    • “Undertow” – Sara Bareilles
    • “Will You Be There” – Michael Jackson
    • “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” – Randy Newman

      Sarah Kay '10

      Sarah Kay ’10 sings “Black Coffee” during her commencement concert.


    • “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – Frank Loesser
    • “The Christmas Song” – Mel TormĂ© & Bob Wells
    • “Christmastime Is Here” from Charlie Brown
    • “Santa Baby” – Joan Javits
    • “This Christmas” – Donny Hathaway
    • “We Five Kings” (“We Three Kings” & “Take Five”) – Paul Desmond


    • The Star-Spangled Banner (hear our jazz arrangement as sung at 2013 Convocation)

    Current Repertoire (as of January 2018)

    • “All of Me” (John Legend)
    • “Autumn Leaves”
    • “Cry Me a River”
    • “First Love Song”
    • “Fly Me to the Moon”
    • Gershwin Medley – “But Not For Me,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Summertime,” “I Got Rhythm”
    • “Halo”
    • “I’m Not the Only One”
    • “It’s Only a Paper Moon”
    • “Leaving Again / In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning”
    • “Man in the Mirror”
    • “Precious”
    • “River”
    • “Somebody to Love”
    • “St. James Infirmary Blues”
    • “Symphony”