VoiceJam A Cappella Festival 2018

VoiceJam A Cappella Festival 2018

April 5-7
Walton Arts Center, Northwest Arkansas

A cappella [a cap·pel·la] voices only ... But this is not your grandmother’s a cappella. This is current music and old music made current by extreme vocal range and control, tight harmonies, sick beats and vocal percussion … Whether you want to compete, learn or listen, VoiceJam has something for everyone.

2018 Schedule:

◎ FREE Kickoff Concert featuring Narin - April 5
◎ Headliner Concert featuring VoicePlay - April 6
◎ VoiceJam Workshops and Professional Development opportunities - April 7
◎ VoiceJam Competition hosted by Deke Sharon - April 7

2018 Competitors:

The Originals – Carnegie Mellon University
VORTEX – University of Texas at Arlington
Mind the Gap – University of Oregon
The Harmelodics – Northern Illinois University
Impromptu – Indianapolis, IN (community group)
The Amateurs – Washington University in St. Louis
The Texas Songhorns – University of Texas at Austin
Ars Nova – Miami Valley School (High School, Dayton, Ohio)

NEW! Join the VoiceJam Varsity Singers

Take part in VoiceJam! For singers in high school and college - a workshop intensive, ending with a VoiceJam performance on April 5. Applications must be submitted by March 16.

◎ VoiceJam Kickoff Concert

DATE: Thursday, April 5 at 7pm
LOCATION: Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
TICKETS: Free & Open to the Public!

A cappella fans! Join us for the free VoiceJam Kickoff Concert with the VoiceJam Varsity Singers and Korean group Narin in Starr Theater. The VoiceJam Varsity Singers are an audition based community a cappella choir made up of high school students from around Northwest Arkansas. They will open for the stars of the 2017 Vocal Asia Festival, Narin, who will perform contemporary and traditional music in multiple languages including English during this 60 minute public performance!

◎ Headliner Concert featuring VoicePlay

DATE: Friday, April 6 at 7:30pm
LOCATION: Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center

Original. Imaginative. Ridiculous. Origimagidiculous.

Based in Orlando, FL, VoicePlay performs their own incredible brand of entertainment across the country and around the world. What began quite literally as a street corner barbershop act has now evolved into an internationally acclaimed touring sensation.

VoicePlay is unlike any theatrical experience available today, recreating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the the human voice.

The cast of VoicePlay has taken the timeless sound of vocal music and turned it completely on it’s head. Re-imagined as a full stage show, amazing, humorous, and vertigo-inducing harmonies pepper VoicePlay’s music-without-music sound as it ping-pongs between eras and styles, channeling the breadth of the musical landscape and lacing it with inventive and often hilarious on-stage theatrics. Fit for all ages, VoicePlay’s recordings and concerts are an impossible to miss hit which have to be heard to be believed.

◎ VoiceJam workshops have something for everyone!

Date: Saturday, April 7
Cost: $25 for all workshops- you choose which sessions to attend!
Location: Walton Arts Center

Led by our guest judges, each one hour workshop is open to the public and designed to educate you on the art form and industry of contemporary a cappella. From Vocal Percussion for Beginners to Arranging 101, our workshop instructors will share their knowledge and talents to expand your musical knowhow.

◎ VoiceJam Competition

DATE: Saturday, April 7 at 7:30pm
LOCATION: Baum Walker Hall
Hosted by aca-amazing a cappella producer Deke Sharon

This is your chance to witness the hottest vocal bands from around the country competing for the title of VoiceJam Champion. Hosted by aca-amazing a cappella producer Deke Sharon, the competition portion of the VoiceJam festival is full of audience participation and fun for all ages. Come cheer on these vocal masters and cast your vote for aca-fan favorite!



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