Walton Arts Center crowned Lark from the University of Colorado in Denver the 2017 champion of the international a cappella festival, VoiceJam, on Saturday, April 1. Lark qualified to compete at Walton Art Center’s partner event, the 2017 Vocal Asia festival in Hong Kong, later this summer. 

Lark had vocal precision and stage presence that won over both the judges and the crowd earning Erin Hackel the Best Choreography Award and the Aca-Fan Favorite Award chosen by the evening’s sell-out crowd.

Founded in 2014 by vocal professor Erin Hackel, Lark, an all-female identified a cappella group, has performed and competed across the country, gaining attention from the a cappella world in the last three years. In 2015, they won both the Boston Sings a cappella festival and the SoJam a cappella festival. With a recently released music video for “Mad Hatter,” Lark continues to strive for excellence in musicality, arrangement, performance and to push the boundaries of collegiate all-female a cappella.

UC Vocaholics from University of Cincinnati came in a close second place, and group member Rachel Brown took home the Best Solo Performance Award. The Texas Songhorns from the University of Texas at Austin came in third place. Shengliang Zhong with WOW Voice Band from South China University of Technology earned the Best Vocal Percussion Award.

VoiceJam, now in its third year, was formed 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. VoiceJam is supported by Cheyenne Products, Vocal Asia, CJCHT art & culture, Popcorn. Indiana, KNWA, and Kelly & Marti Sudduth.