VoiceJam A Cappella Festival Names 2019 Champion

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, April 8, 2019 ― A San Mateo California-based community a cappella group, Business Casual, earned the title of 2019 VoiceJam Champion Saturday, April 6 at Walton Arts Center’s VoiceJam A Cappella Festival finale.

Business Casual 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 Japan later this summer. Business Casual also earned the title of Fan Favorite and Michael Wang received the Best Vocal Percussion award.

The Green Tones from University of North Texas in Denton, Texas came in a close second, and the group also earned the Outstanding Choreography Award. The Beartones from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. tied for third place with Euphoria from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. Ethan Harting from The Beartones was named Outstanding Soloist for the competition.

The award for Best Arrangement went to the only Arkansas group competing, Natural State of Mind from Jacksonville High School, led by Christopher Cross.

VoiceJam, now in its fifth 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 2018 Vocal Asia Champions, in-school workshops and performances around Northwest Arkansas and the competition.

VoiceJam is supported by Vocal Asia, CJCHT, The Vocal Company, KNWA, Leisurlist and Kelly and Marti Sudduth.

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

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 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 who help bring world-class arts experiences to Northwest Arkansas. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.