Compete in VoiceJam

VoiceJam Dates for Competitors

  • Dec. 1- Jan. 31: Submit your audition video 
  • Feb. 6: Groups will be notified of their selection and must commit by February 17 
  • Feb. 20: Groups selected for competition will be publicly announced 
  • April 14: Competitor Masterclasses and Duwende Concert 
  • April 15: Festival Workshops and VoiceJam Competition 

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Festival Information and Criteria for Competition

How many competitors will be accepted? 

  • Up to 8 groups will be selected as finalists for the live competition, April 15, 2023.  

How many singers can be in your group? 

  • Groups should consist of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 20 singers. 

Who is qualified to audition for the competition? 

  • Groups consisting of 2-20 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! Three+ camera angles, professionally mixed audio, and unlimited bragging rights!  
  • All groups will be recorded and may purchase their video. 

Walton Arts Center will notify selected groups on Feb. 6, 2023, allowing 8 weeks to prepare competition performances and arrange travel. The competition takes place on April 15, 2023, at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas (AR) 

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

  • All groups that submit to compete have access to discounted festival passes. Even if not selected to compete, we encourage you to come experience VoiceJam.
  • All participating groups are responsible for their own travel and lodging in Northwest Arkansas. Hotel discounts are available. 

Audition Process and Deadline 

Audition Application:

1. Submit your audition application and videoDec. 1, 2022 – Jan. 31, 2023. 
 
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 more than half of the singers intend to compete at VoiceJam 2023. 
  • 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 2023 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, 2023. 

5. When will we know if we made it? 

  • The groups selected to compete will be notified on Feb. 6 by email and must commit to the competition by purchasing discounted festival passes no later than Friday, Feb. 17. Walton Arts Center will publicly announce the competition groups on Feb. 20. 
  • Each group selected to compete will receive a masterclass with an a cappella professional on Friday, April 14, 2023. 

VIEW AUDITION APPLICATION