The Best Student A Cappella Groups in the World
Douglas Hallstrom
CampusTales Editor
University of St Andrews
May 31st, 2017


A Cappella – what even is this? Some of you may ask. Well, taken literally, it’s Italian for ‘in the manner of the chapel’. Fast forward a few hundred years, and it’s a huge subculture at universities all over the (at least Anglican) world. Singing groups, often male or female only, perform musical numbers without instrumental company. Training tirelessly and travelling together to compete in competitions around the world – most famously the Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) – these groups often become as much family as they are student clubs. Join us as we list some of CampusTales' absolute favourite (and the absolute cheesiest) groups from around the world:
1. The Techtonics, Imperial College London, UK
These London boys though. You will literally melt.



2. Faux Paz, University of Maryland, USA
4 minutes and 31 seconds of goosebumps. Humanity at its best.



3. All the King’s Men, King’s College London, UK
Love can be tough, but loving these gents, appropriately named in reference to both their musical talent (royal) and academic affiliation (King’s College London), is not tough.



4. On the Rocks, University of Oregon, USA
What a phenomenal group of young gentlemen channeling their inner Lady Gaga’s in this hilarious yet unbelievably polished performance.



5. The Other Guys, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
In arguably the most professional production of the list, watch these St Andrews boys sweep you off your feet. And don’t miss the remix feature at around 2 mins 18 secs.



6. SoCal VoCals, University of Southern California, USA
What a charming, cheerful and HOT group of singers!



7. The Pitchforks, Duke University, USA
This is the oldest A Cappella group at Duke (founded in 1979), and it’s clear that they’ve had decades of experience to harmonise. This is impressive.



8. Out of the Blue, Oxford University, UK
Oxford may be the best university in the world, and this may be the best version of a Shakira song in the world. These guys are stunning.



9. The Opportunes, Harvard University, USA
These guys have taken the opportunity to bring together a complex set of songs into a stunning medley.



10. The Uptone Girls, University of Birmingham, UK
These ladies don’t seem to need anyone to Lean On, but they deliver the smash hit beautifully!



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The Best Student A Cappella Groups in the World
Douglas Hallstrom
CampusTales Editor
University of St Andrews
May 31st, 2017
A Cappella – what even is this? Some of you may ask. Well, taken literally, it’s Italian for ‘in the manner of the chapel’. Fast forward a few hundred years, and it’s a huge subculture at universities all over the (at least Anglican) world. Singing groups, often male or female only, perform musical numbers without instrumental company. Training tirelessly and travelling together to compete in competitions around the world – most famously the Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) – these groups often become as much family as they are student clubs. Join us as we list some of CampusTales' absolute favourite (and the absolute cheesiest) groups from around the world:
1. The Techtonics, Imperial College London, UK
These London boys though. You will literally melt.



2. Faux Paz, University of Maryland, USA
4 minutes and 31 seconds of goosebumps. Humanity at its best.



3. All the King’s Men, King’s College London, UK
Love can be tough, but loving these gents, appropriately named in reference to both their musical talent (royal) and academic affiliation (King’s College London), is not tough.



4. On the Rocks, University of Oregon, USA
What a phenomenal group of young gentlemen channeling their inner Lady Gaga’s in this hilarious yet unbelievably polished performance.



5. The Other Guys, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
In arguably the most professional production of the list, watch these St Andrews boys sweep you off your feet. And don’t miss the remix feature at around 2 mins 18 secs.



6. SoCal VoCals, University of Southern California, USA
What a charming, cheerful and HOT group of singers!



7. The Pitchforks, Duke University, USA
This is the oldest A Cappella group at Duke (founded in 1979), and it’s clear that they’ve had decades of experience to harmonise. This is impressive.



8. Out of the Blue, Oxford University, UK
Oxford may be the best university in the world, and this may be the best version of a Shakira song in the world. These guys are stunning.



9. The Opportunes, Harvard University, USA
These guys have taken the opportunity to bring together a complex set of songs into a stunning medley.



10. The Uptone Girls, University of Birmingham, UK
These ladies don’t seem to need anyone to Lean On, but they deliver the smash hit beautifully!



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