With singing contests capturing the attention of audiences across America, Vanderbilt students will have the unique opportunity to witness their very own sing-off this weekend. Vandy will host Varsity Vocals’ International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella South Semifinals this Saturday, at 7 p.m. in Ingram Hall, featuring Vanderbilt’s own Vanderbilt Melodores.
Former Melodore and Vanderbilt alumnus John Baunach has worked diligently with Varsity Vocals and Vanderbilt Performing Arts Council members to bring this year’s ICCA semifinals to Vanderbilt.
“Varsity Vocals works hard to find venues with a central location for their semifinal, and also one with above average sound equipment and technical support,” Baunach said. “The Ingram staff has the technical knowledge to pull a show like this off, and Nashville is a centralized city in the South, so it just seemed to be a natural fit.”
Saturday’s contest will pit eight groups from across the South against each other, including the Melodores, University of Georgia’s Accidentals and the Octopodes of Johns Hopkins University. Each group coming to the semifinals placed either first or second in their respective quarterfinal competition, with the Melodores coming in second against UGA. Out of a possible 465 points for each group, five of the eight competitors in the South semifinals — including the Melodores — finished quarterfinals with over 400 points, increasing the level of competition for semifinals.