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Between shrapnel-filled slushies on Glee and accusations of “aca-cest” in Pitch Perfect, Hollywood has painted a cappella as something vicious and dorky, powered by competition, cardio, and catfights.

But last Friday, in a dimly lit lecture hall in Kenmore Square, a group of Boston University students told a different story.

Chordially Yours, an all-female a cappella group whose name was written in loopy cursive on a chalkboard, —the “I” was, of course, dotted with a heart — was supposed to take the stage promptly at 7 p.m. They did not.

Instead, In Achord—a coed a cappella group clad in togas—sang the opening numbers. Amidst John Lennon’s “Imagine” and One Direction’s “One Thing,” they explained their presence: since their concert had been canceled by a city-wide lockdown the week before, Chordially Yours had invited them to share a stage.

While that kind of camaraderie is commonplace in B.U.’s a cappella community as a whole, it seems to be especially present in all-female groups like Chordially Yours.

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