VoiceJam Competition

VoiceJam Dates for Competitors

  • Dec. 1-Jan. 31: Submit your audition video!
  • Feb. 3: Groups selected for competition are announced
  • April 8: Competitor Masterclasses
  • April 9: Festival Workshops and Competition

How many competitors will be accepted?

  • Up to 8 groups will be selected as finalists for the live competition, April 9, 2022. 

How many singers can be in your group?

  • Groups should consist of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 20 singers.

Who is qualified to audition for the competition?

  • Groups consisting of 3-20 singers are invited to submit audition videos.
  • There is no age restriction. We welcome everyone to participate!

Will the competition be timed?

  • Yes. Each group will have 10 minutes to perform one set each.

How will the competition be judged?

  • Judges will consider pitch, blend, overall entertainment value and level of difficulty. Each of these categories will be scored 1-10.
  • The judging panel will include a cappella experts and professional musicians.
  • Each group may receive their score sheets for feedback after the competition.

What does the winning group WIN?

  • A professionally produced video of their VoiceJam set! 3+ camera angles, mixed audio, and unlimited bragging rights!
  • All groups will be recorded and may purchase their video as well.

Walton Arts Center will announce finalists on Feb. 3, 2022, allowing 8 weeks to prepare competition performances and arrange travel. The competition takes place on April 9, 2022 at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AR.

Each group must confirm their commitment to compete by purchasing discounted festival passes for each member:

  • All groups that submit to compete have access to discounted festival passes.

All participating groups are responsible for their own travel and accommodations in Northwest Arkansas. Hotel discounts are available.


Audition Process and Deadline

AUDITION APPLICATION

1. Submit your audition application and video Dec. 1, 2021 – Jan. 31, 2022.

2. A selection committee will review submissions and narrow down to a field of finalists.

3. Criteria:

  • Maximum video length: 5 minutes.
  • Good sound quality is required: the selection committee must be able to hear clearly.
  • At least 50% of the singers in the audition video must be current members. Previous years’ concert footage can be used, as long as half of the singers intend to compete at VoiceJam 2022.
  • Have questions? Email VoiceJam@waltonartscenter.org.

4. Now that your video is ready, what next?

  • Complete the audition application (online form) and hit Submit!

Format your YouTube video submission like this:

  • Title video auditions: “VoiceJam 2022 Competition [YOUR GROUP NAME HERE]”
  • In the video info section, enter your group name and title/arranger for each song performed.
  • Whether your video is posted publicly or privately, please make sure we are able to view the link!
  • Deadline for audition: 11:59pm, Jan. 31, 2022.

5. When will we know if we made it?

  • The groups selected to compete will be announced on Feb. 3, 2022 via the VoiceJam website and direct email.
  • Each group selected to compete will receive a masterclass with an a cappella professional on Friday, April 8, 2022.