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Do Re Mi: 5 sweet-sounding Boston-area college a cappella groups

Posted by Alex Pearlman  November 30, 2011 06:16 PM

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mit logarhythms.jpgBy Saba Hamedy

It may come from an Italian word meaning "in the manner of the church," but a cappella is no longer just for the religious. "Collegiate a cappella is enjoying a moment -- perhaps its biggest since the Yale Whiffenpoofs were founded in 1909," Elisa Mala wrote in a New York Times article last January.

A cappella groups all over America are singing up a storm on college campuses. Whether you’re a fan of The Sing-Off or just a regular ol’ Gleek, here are five Boston favorites to check out.

Berklee College of Music’s Pitch SlappedUsually you try to avoid getting slapped by anything or anyone -- but in the case of this a cappella group, you’ll want to let their arrangements hit you. Though young (they were founded in 2006), the group has already become notorious in Boston and nationwide: They appeared on the second season of The Sing-Off and were crowned International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella champions in March.

Boston University’s In AchordTurning 21 is a big deal for almost everyone, including this BU favorite, which will celebrate its birthday with an annual winter concert next Friday, Dec. 9. The lively a capella crew never fails to get the crowd pumped with their covers of popular artists like Adele and The Killers.

The Harvard Callbacks. Formed in 1986, this 15-member co-ed group has only grown in popularity and literally tours the world. This year, they will perform not only on campus but in places like the Caribbean, singing everything from oldies like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to newer tunes like Bruno Mars's “Just the Way You Are,” and everything in between.

The MIT LogarhythmsContrary to stereotypes, scientists and mathematicians can sing, too, as exemplified by this group of 16 male singers. The group formed in 1949 and started out singing barbershop tunes but transitioned into more modern songs in the ‘90s, according to their website.

Tufts University’s BeelzebubsThey'll steal your heart with every note, always adding a cute, comedic twist to popular songs. According to the 'Bubs website, the group has traveled all over the United States since its founding in 1962, performing at colleges, private and public schools, and parties. They've only grown in popularity since they were featured on season one of The Sing-Off, and they even provide the vocals for the all-male Dalton Academy Warblers on Glee.  Famous, talented, and fun -- oh, and totally adorable.

What's your favorite Boston college a cappella group?

Photo of the MIT Logarhythms by wwwes (Flickr)

About Saba -- I'm a Los Angeles native and junior at Boston University, double majoring in journalism and political science. I am currently editor-in-chief of BU's independent student newspaper, The Daily Free Press. I love traveling, writing, reading, and taking photos. Twitter: @saba_h

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