Melodores advance in a cappella championships, face Belmont next; vote now

The Vanderbilt Melodores 2019-20 members. (courtesy of the Melodores)
The Vanderbilt Melodores (courtesy of the Melodores)

The Vanderbilt Melodores ​defeated Duke University’s Out of the Blue in Round 1 of the National Collegiate Performing Arts A Cappella Championships to advance to the “Singing Sixteen” regional finals of the UpStagedAID: One World, Every Student Voice competition.

In Round 2, the Melodores face off against the Belmont University Prismatics.

Voting for Round 2 began Oct. 13 and ends tomorrow, Oct. 20, at 11:59 p.m.

Winning teams will receive over $10,000 in cash prizes and donations to give to the social justice charity of their choice. ​The Melodores are competing for the nonprofit ​Tennessee Education Association​.

The bracket-style competition kicked off Sept. 21. Winners are determined by a combination of fan voting (rounds 1–3) and celebrity judging (semifinals and finals rounds), headed by a cappella legend ​Deke Sharonand fellow industry veterans ​Annette Philip and ​Christopher Diaz​.

Teams who are defeated in bracket rounds move to the All-American Encore Round, where they still have a chance to achieve NCPA College A Cappella All-American status and earn prize money. More information can be found on​.

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