Intro video to the Stanford Mendicants

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Frequently Asked Questions


Ryland is a Senior studying MS&E and the Mendicant's president. He hails from Tillamook, Oregon, home of the word famous cheeses. 

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Marcus a Sophomore and the Mendicants' Operations Coordinator. He studies biology, sings bass in the Mendicants, and, even though he's 6'4'', he can't dunk.

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ICCA West Semifinal at the Elsinore Thea

Who Are We?

Stanford's Original A Capella Group

The Mendicants are a group of singers devoted to performing the best songs of today, yesterday, and several decades ago. We pride ourselves using TTBB sound (tenor 1, tenor 2, baritone, bass) to sing a wide variety of styles, from gospel and barbershop to original compositions, jazz standards, and contemporary pop. You can see us on stage, serenading in stairwells, or even just breaking out into song around campus.

They say that the group originally rehearsed only one song that they performed for the first time one lunchtime in Branner Hall. As they sang, the hall rang with beautiful music, and soon there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. When they finished, there was a tumultuous explosion of applause as undergrads threw themselves at the stunned Mendicants, clamoring for more. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Frequently Asked Questions (with COVID updates)

How often do you rehearse?

Normally, we have three two hour rehearsals per week, organized around the schedules of group members. When the group is virtual, we will have one rehearsal per week, in addition to virtual recording sessions, social events, and workshops. All members are able to work Mendicants into their schedules and find that it doesn't distract from school work nor other extracurriculars. While in the group, members have taken very heavy course loads, directed musical theater productions, and even won national soccer championships.

Where does the group tour?

Our group usually takes 3-4 trips per year. These include ICCA semifinals in Oregon, our MLK weekend show in Los Angeles, and our annual spring tour. In the past four years, we have been to New Orleans (where we ate crawfish), Hawaii (where we skydove in our jackets), and Hong Kong (where we performed at the top of the city's tallest building). We had plans to go to Sydney, Australia in 2020 and will take the trip as soon as circumstances allow. We will also explore other opportunities for safe, in-person meet-ups when possible.

What kind of music does the group sing?

We sing everything from oldies like Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison to modern pop songs like Havana by Camila Cabello and Break My Heart Again by FINNEAS. If you like a song, chances are we've sung it or we'll sing it soon. We arrange all of our own music and have produced over 29 studio albums. Join us as we make our 30th album this year through virtual recording sessions.

What's the deal with shows and competitions?

Usually, the Mendicants has two big on-campus show: Winter Show and Spring Show where we perform for hundreds of people. In addition to those shows, for the past 4 years, we have competed is ICCA, the a cappella competition from Pitch Perfect. We have won multiple awards for best choreography, best soloist, and best arrangement. This year we will hold virtual shows, including one for reunion weekend in October. We will also compete in the virtual ICCA in Winter quarter.

Does the group have a plan for the virtual quarter (and year)?

The Mendicants has a comprehensive plan for the upcoming year. We will virtually rehearse, host social events, record for our next album, and compete in ICCA. We will have workshops on music arrangement, singing technique, audio mixing, and recording. We will give returners and new members alike everything they need to be successful Mendicants. We have already done multiple virtual gigs and we often hang out informally on Zoom. We have been able to keep the group quite well connected and all are members and alumni are committed to making the group stronger than ever.

I haven't really sung before. Can I still audition?

Before joining the group, many of our members had little more musical experience than singing in the shower. We don't require members to read music. We encourage you to audition regardless of experience level.

What should I include in my audition video?

Your audition video should include a snippet of a solo of your choice (about 45 seconds - 2 minutes). The song can be anything that you like and you think works well with your voice. If possible, try to record yourself in a quiet place without many echos. Also, please introduce yourself and the song you'll be singing at the beginning of the video and name the video file in the following way: "Firstname_Lastname". See the home page of this site for other specifications of the submission. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Marcus ( or Ryland (

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