Founded in 1991 by a group of friends with a love of music, the Washington University Amateurs is now an award-winning, all-gender collegiate a cappella group. In 2020, the Amateurs opened for the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular in New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Regularly competing in ICCA, the Amateurs recently won both Outstanding Soloist and Outstanding Arrangement at the 2019 ICCA Midwest Semifinals and won the 2017 ICCA Midwest Quarterfinals. The Amateurs travel across the country to perform and compete in national a cappella festivals, including past performances at Voice Jam, America’s Got Talent, and a cappella reality show, Sing it On! In 2009, the Amateurs were selected to appear on Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella with their rendition of “The Luckiest,” recorded on WNYC, and opened for Folds on tour in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium. The Amateurs have released 9 studio albums to date, and recently released our music video!
The Amateurs love performing on WashU’s campus and in the St. Louis community. Our annual concert, Goin’ Pro, is a highly anticipated campus event where we proudly showcase our hard work and welcome back alumni. And no matter what they do, the Amateurs stay true to their motto: “Do it because you love it.” The Amateurs are a group of committed musicians who are, first and foremost, a group of friends. The Amateurs sing for the sake of singing, and have become a family that is truly a home away from home.