The Vanderbilt Melodores were founded in the spring of 2009 by four students. A nine-member group performed for the first time in Vanderbilt's Spotlight Showcase in August, and auditions were held soon after to form a 14-member group. The Melodores tend to have between 11 and 15 members in the group at one time, and hold yearly auditions.
The Melodores' repertoire spans multiple genres. The group is known for performing rock, hip-hop, r&b, pop, country, reggae, and even electronic music. It's not uncommon to find jazz breaks and hip-hop dance features scattered throughout their songs. At random, the guys are known to break out into quartets and starting singing in barbershop harmony. There are not many bounds to the Melodores' style.
The Melodores perform, on average, thirty concerts for Vanderbilt's greek community, charitable organizations, and administration's events each year. They perform biannual concerts for the student body, faculty, and greater Nashville community, and make numerous impromptu appearances across campus. Additionally, the Melodores have traveled across the country to work with entities such as Coca-Cola, The White House, Megyn Kelly TODAY, The Today Show, Nashville's TEDx, UBER, CABI, Cardinal Health, the Barbershop Harmony Society, and more.
The Melodores are known to travel both domestically and internationally, working with local high schools, other a cappella groups, and corporations throughout the year. From Los Angeles to New York City, from London to San Francisco, and from Chicago to Paris, the Melodores pride themselves in their abilities to balance student life at Vanderbilt with touring musical excellence.
The Vanderbilt Melodores have competed in several a cappella competitions across the nation. In the spring of 2011, the Melodores won the Wild Card round of the International Championships of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA's), and continued on to ICCA Finals, where they placed third in the world at New York City's Lincoln Center. In the fall of 2012, the Melodores were selected as one of six groups to compete at SoJam, an a cappella festival in North Carolina. They placed that weekend and enjoyed a private masterclass taught by Finnish a cappella group Fork.
In 2014, the Melodores were selected to be one of six groups to compete in Season 5 of NBC's hit show The Sing-Off. The Melodores went on to win The Sing-Off, the only collegiate champions in the show's history, taking home a $50,000 cash prize. The Melodores have kept themselves busy since, recording albums and touring the country.