VoiceJam Festival Crowns 2018 Champion

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, April 9, 2018 - The Indianapolis-based community a cappella group, Impromptu, earned the title of 2018 VoiceJam Champion Saturday, April 2 at Walton Arts Center’s VoiceJam A Cappella Festival finale.

Impromptu bested seven groups from around the country to earn the top prize, the opportunity to attend and perform at Vocal Asia Festival, VoiceJam’s sister event, in Taiwan later this summer. Edric Mitchell from Impromptu also earned the Best Solo award.

The Originals from Carnegie Mellon University came in a close second - only one point separated first and second place, and the group earned the Best Choreography Award. VORTEX from the University of Texas at Arlington placed third in the competition and earned the Fan Favorite Award.

The top three groups will all receive professionally produced videos of their set by The Vocal Company.

Several additional awards were presented by the judges including Best Percussion by Eileen Lennon of Harmelodics from Northern Illinois University and Best Arrangement by The Amateurs from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

VoiceJam, now in its fourth year, was created by Walton Arts Center to bring outstanding a cappella professionals together with collegiate, high school and semi-professional singers to nurture some of the best contemporary a cappella talent in the country. The multi-day festival includes a cappella workshops, performances by the 2017 Vocal Asia Champions, in-school workshops and performances around Northwest Arkansas and the competition.

VoiceJam is supported by Vocal Asia, CJCHT, The Vocal Company, ISTC, Experience Fayetteville and Kelly and Marti Sudduth.

More information can be found at waltonartscenter.org/voicejam.


Walton Arts Center celebrates its 25th Anniversary season as Arkansas' premier center for the performing arts and entertainment. The Investing in our Future $23 million campaign marked its completion when the doors opened in November of 2016. Each year more than 190,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend over 350 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, graduations and more. Approximately 45,500 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 300 volunteers donate more than 22,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 50% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.