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Beltones Move on to Semifinal Round in A Capella Competition

On Saturday, Feb. 16 Belmont’s a capella group, The Beltones, won their quarterfinal division. The group will now move on to the semifinal regional competition which will take place at Vanderbilt University on Mar., 23 at 7 p.m. This was the second year the group participated in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella since they were formed in 2009. It is the group’s first competition victory.

Their winning performance on Feb. 16 consisted of “Bottom of the River” by Delta Rae, “Barton Hollow” by The Civil Wars, “Down to the River To Pray” the traditional American hymn and “Cry Me a River” as performed by Joe Cocker. Senior religion and the arts major and president of the Beltones Robert O’Brien described the experience at quarterfinals.

“It was a little intimidating to be the only group from out of state performing at the Duke quarterfinal,” he said. “We thought that we would do well–partially because of the unique, dark feel to our set–but we never thought that we would win. Right before we went on stage we collected ourselves and told each other that the main thing to do is have fun doing what we love. We did just that, and we won!”

In the semifinal round, the Beltones will compete against nine other teams from the southern region. The winner of the semifinal round will go on to compete in the final international round held at the Town Hall in New York City.

Advance tickets for the semifinal event at Vanderbilt are available for purchase.