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Lady Gaga. The Beatles. Billy Joel. These are just a few of the many artists performed by SMU's a cappella groups Southern Gentlemen and the SMU Belle Tones.

"They are ‘a cappella' groups in the traditional sense," said Dr. Pamela Elrod, the official faculty advisor for both groups. "Ivy League a cappella groups have existed for decades – it's a long-standing tradition that is perfectly suited to the talent here at SMU."

The musical groups, which perform only with vocals and without instrumental sound, sing a large variety of music ranging from classical to pop.

"We prefer pop music because it's better suited for our skills," senior and Southern Gentlemen founder and director Trey Pratt said.

The all-male group frequently performs a cappella versions of popular songs, including songs like "Yesterday" by The Beatles, "The Longest Time" by Billy Joel and "In the Still of the Night" by the Five Satins.

"With shows like ‘Glee' and ‘American Idol' these days, people like the idea of having pop music at events," Pratt said. "The style of pop music that we perform is interesting and different from what you hear on CDs."

The SMU Belle Tones, an all-female group, also performs pop music, including the music of artists like Ingrid Michaelson, Lady Gaga, LMNT and The Beatles.

"We usually arrange pop songs that everybody will know," sophomore Abi Clark, SMU Belle Tones founder and director, said.

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