Walton Arts Center Celebrates A Cappella in April

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, April 9, 2021Walton Arts Center will celebrate VoiceJam and all things a cappella in April with online education opportunities and performances and a free in-person movie screening of Pitch Perfect.

The VoiceJam Festival weekend traditionally brings together the best a cappella groups from across the country along with local students interested in learning more about a cappella. Due to the ongoing pandemic, events will look a little different this year with no in-person performances.

While performances are virtual, VoiceJam events this year will still showcase a wide variety of groups and give aca-fans several ways to experience the art form.

  • Listen to a cappella all month long with the VoiceJam Pros Playlist, featuring positive and uplifting songs by some of the best a cappella recording artists in the business. The VoiceJam Pros Playlist will be available Monday, April 12, on Spotify and shared on Walton Arts Center social media.
  • Watch performances by VoiceJam headliners and Vocal Asia champions, available Thursday, April 15, on Walton Arts Center’s YouTube Channel and shared on its social media.
  • While we can’t gather groups together this year, you can still enjoy some of the top performances from past VoiceJam Competitions. Tune in for the Facebook premiere of the VoiceJam Competition Highlight Reel at 7 pm on Monday, April 19.

Educating the next generation of a cappella performers continues to be a key component of VoiceJam with several opportunities for local students.

VoiceJam annually hosts the winning group from its sister festival, Vocal Asia. This year you can experience 2019 Vocal Asia champions Acappellago during a virtual performance at 10 am on April 17 on Walton Arts Center’s YouTube Channel and social media. You’ll hear covers of American songs and music from the Philippines. Stay online after the performance to hear from the group as they answer questions sent in by NWA students. The video will be available for viewing until April 30.

The virtual performances are capped off with The Varsity Singers, an audition-based group of NWA high school and college vocalists who traditionally come together during VoiceJam to learn new a cappella music. This year virtual rehearsals are being led by returning coach Michael Martinez, a past VoiceJam judge and the current choral director at RJ Reynolds High School in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Watch their video performance April 28-30 on Walton Arts Center’s YouTube Channel and social media.

The celebration ends with a screening of Pitch Perfect in Baum Walker Hall at 7 pm on Saturday, April 24. The screening is free but reservations are required. Make your reservations at www.waltonartscenter.org/voicejam or by calling 479.443.5600.

The use of masks and social distancing will remain in place at Walton Arts Center performances through at least the end of May to protect our staff, patrons and performers as vaccine rollout continues. For more information about health and safety protocols please visit www.waltonartscenter.org

The annual VoiceJam Festival is sponsored by Vocal Asia and CJCHT.

Support for Walton Arts Center is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 200,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 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 enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.