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Sal Cosmedy ’20

Sal Cosmedy ’20 is an environmental studies major from Westchester, New York, who has been in the V8s for three years and on the board for one. When they’re not singing, Cosmedy can be found riding on the western riding team and hiking around the Pioneer Valley.

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July 8, 2019

Somewhere there’s music


My first few days at Mount Holyoke must have looked a lot like a movie about a nervous teen who moves away from home. I was timid, shy and trying desperately to meet the people I would call my friends.

That’s when I found and auditioned for the Victory Eights, Mount Holyoke’s oldest a cappella group, which was founded in 1942 by Abigail Halsey Van Allen ’44. (After she attended a Williams College concert given by the Williams quartet and the Bennington College double quartet, she kept thinking, “Why don’t we have a group like this at Mount Holyoke?” So she started one.) 

During the audition, I sang Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” (a cappella, of course), sang scales to show off my range and participated in a round of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” with current members.