Collegiate a cappella
- Joshua S. Duchan
A genre and practice, found on college and university campuses, in which peer-led groups of amateur student singers arrange, perform, and record covers of popular songs without instrumental accompaniment. Groups usually consist of eight to 16 singers in men’s, women’s, and mixed configurations. The genre is distinguished by its repertory and its translation into the vocal-only medium, whereby voices assume an instrumental function to emulate the sound of a song’s original (usually commercial) recording. Collegiate a cappella developed from earlier campus vocal groups, such as 19th-century college glee clubs, and has also been influenced by barbershop quartet singing, doo-wop, and later 20th-century vocal pop....