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On a fall afternoon in 1971, Maria Danly '74 joined seven other women beneath Princeton’s 1879 Arch. The ensemble broke into song, filling the space with a four-part arrangement of Ella Fitzgerald’s jazz classic, “How High the Moon”. This was the origin of Princeton's first all-female a cappella group, The Tigerlilies. Undergraduate coeducation had begun in 1969 with the admission of 40 female freshmen of the class of 1973 and 90 female transfer students. The Lils’ music has changed over the past four decades, but their sisterhood and dedication to music remain steadfast. The Tigerlilies have performed extensively across the United States in Boston, Birmingham, Cape Cod, Cleveland, Dallas, Minneapolis, New York, North Carolina, San Francisco, and Miami. The group has also established its presence on a worldwide stage, performing in exotic locales including Australia, the Bahamas, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland, Thailand, and Bermuda.