Best a cappella group

Senior Nevin Watkins performs a solo as the a cappella group The Stereotypes sings “Like a Prayer” at Mr. Stereotype MMX on Dec. 3 in May Auditorium.

The Stereotypes

Whether it’s the Nice Jewish Boy, the Southern Gentleman, That Guy or any other stereotype, the all-male a cappella group the Stereotypes has been consistently wowing crowds at Washington University since 2001.

“Our only goal for the show is to make sure the audience has fun,” said senior Dithu Rajaraman, a member of the Stereotypes. Nicknamed the “Stypes,” the group is a regular competitor in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella and placed seventh in the country last year. The Stereotypes produce two full concerts a year. In the spring, the group puts on In Surround Sound.

“They’re loved by so many because they are a very approachable group of guys,” said sophomore Elena Gittleman. “They know how to make fun of themselves.”

At the latest edition of Mr. Stereotype, the fall event where members of the group compete for audience votes, one Stype threw candy canes into the crowd, while another, clad in a towel, nearly suffered a wardrobe malfunction. One lucky fan was picked from a raffle to be serenaded with Bruno Mars’ song “Just the Way You Are” on stage.

The Stereotypes repertoire is far-ranging, from typical fare such as Top 40 hits and rock to choral arrangements and Hindi songs.

Other fan favorites by the group include “Jai Ho,” “Your Song” and “Defying Gravity.” Whatever the song, you can count on the Stypes to sing it in style.

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