Event Details


October 10-12, 2014


All Day


Durham, NC

In SoJam’s 12th year, we’re reaching out to the most talented people we know in a cappella and challenging them to help shape a festival better than any in our history — all in an unforgettable interactive format designed to challenge, educate, and inspire.

Collegiate Competition



  • Competition Admission

Pro Concert



  • Pro Concert Admission

Evening Bundle



  • Competition Admission
  • Pro Concert Admission
Early Bird Special*

All Access Pass



  • Competition Admission
  • Pro Concert Admission
  • Workshop Admission
  • Eligibility for competition, masterclasses, performance opportunities**

* Early Bird pricing ends Sept. 26
** Groups only. Competitors selected by a panel. Masterclasses and AcaBombs assigned on a first come, first serve basis.
*** Preferred Seating option will be presented once you have selected the All Access Pass.

For group All Access Pass sales, contact groupsales@casa.org.

CASA Membership Discount

Active Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA) Members receive a $10 discount on All-Access Passes. To purchase your All-Access Pass at the discounted rate, you must have an active (paid) membership, log in to CASA.org, go to the SoJam event page and follow the instructions in the right sidebar.

  • interactive workshops
  • mindblowing masterclasses
  • surprise performances


Friday, October 10, 2014
5:00 PM Registration (open until 8:00 PM)
Durham School of the Arts
7:30 PM Collegiate Competition (w/ performance by Julia Easterlin)
Durham School of the Arts
Saturday, October 11, 2014
8:30 AM Late Registration (for those who did not attend Friday evening activities)
9:00 AM Lift the Hood, Y’all
Rehearsal Techniques
Sing It Like You Mean It
Active Listening for Drummers
Beyond Recording
Longo, Ugolini
Beating the Blank Page
10:15 AM Keep It Together
The Funx
Making Barbershop Work for You
Adams, Woodward
You Be the Judge
Improve your VP
Going the Distance
Brooks, Watts
AcappellaZone: The A cappella App
10:30 AM Masterclasses / Lunch
Various Locations
2:00 PM Advanced Arrangement Techniques
Nuanced Direction: Advanced Methods and Musical Leadership
A cappella in the Entertainment Industry
The Rhythmic Body
Get Your Album on Track
Green, Koutzoukis
3:15 PM The Prism Effect
Improve your Arrangements with Improv
Silverberg, Feist
So You Think You Have to Dance
Advanced VP
Serious Business
A Cappella Orphanage: Adopt a Singer or Find a New Home!
4:30 PM Performing Outside the Box
How To Maximize Your Ensemble’s Sound and Maximize Your Rehearsal
Science of Singing
Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Microphone
Knights of the Drum Circle
Choreographer’s Round Table (Limited Enrollment)
5:30 PM Dinner Break
7:30 PM Professional Showcase (featuring Duwende and The Funx)
Durham School of the Arts
Sunday, October 12, 2014



Masterclasses will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Purchase your tickets today to reserve your spot!

Class Descriptions

A cappella in the Entertainment Industry (Ben Bram)

A Cappella Orphanage: Adopt a Singer or Find a New Home! (Amy Pruitt)

AcappellaZone: The A cappella App (Florian Stadtler)

Active Listening for Drummers (Dave Baumgartner)
This class will focus on listening to and dissecting songs to figure out what’s happening rhythmically within the song, and then working with the students to adapt that rhythm into something performable. I encourage students to bring songs that they’re struggling with so we could figure them out together.

Advanced Arrangement Techniques (Tom Anderson)
Less philosophy, and more specific how-to’s for the experienced arranger looking to add arrows to their quiver.

Advanced VP (Dave Baumgartner)
This class is for students who are sick of going to vocal percussion classes and not learning anything new. Work with experienced drummers to overcome performance challenges, develop new sounds, patterns, more mic technique.

Beating the Blank Page (Edward Randell)

Beyond Recording (David Longo, Angela Ugolini)

Choreographer’s Round Table – Limited Enrollment (TeKay)

Get Your Album on Track (Alexander Koutzoukis, Alex Green)

Going the Distance (Alli Brooks, Brian Watts)
Are you in a group that makes fresh and original music, learns innovative arrangements, even performs mind-blowing choreography… but feels like it’s only being held together by a thread? Guess what: you’re not alone. Every year, groups of all ages, shapes, and sizes are faced with issues that can potentially kill momentum, or even cause a complete membership meltdown! Whether you’re bracing yourself for the graduation of over half your members, dealing with that baritone who seem to prioritize everything else before rehearsal, or struggling to keep up morale when all hope seems lost, this workshop can help: we’ll address the issues and equip you with the tools and tactics to overcome the obstacles standing in the way of your group’s success and longevity. Don’t let your flame burn out over membership turnover or mental barriers — learn how to set your group’s trajectory for greatness and then keep it there!

How To Maximize Your Ensemble’s Sound and Maximize Your Rehearsal (Dr. Bill Adams)

Improve Your Arrangements with Improv (Marc Silverberg)

Improve Your VP (Matt Murphy)

Keep It Together (The Funx)

Knights of the Drum Circle (Paul Koziel)

Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Microphone (John Robinson)

Lift the Hood, Y’all – How to Duwende (Duwende)

Making Barbershop Work for You (Dr. Bill Adams, Matt Woodward)

Nuanced Direction: Advanced Methods and Musical Leadership (Diana Galeano)

Performing Outside the Box (Rene Ruiz)

Rehearsal Techniques (Rob Dietz)

Science of Singing (Alex Green)

Serious Business (Mark Hines)

Sing it Like You Mean It (Ariel Arbisser)

So You Think You Have to Dance (TeKay)

The Prism Effect (Mel Daneke)

The Rhythmic Body (Julia Easterlin)

You Be The Judge (Michael Marcus & RARB Staff)

Collegiate Competition

Friday, October 10, 2014
Durham School of the Arts
400 N. Duke Street
Durham, NC 27701

Announcing: SoJam High School Video Tournament!

We are pleased to announce a special opportunity for high school groups. We will be holding a tournament-style video contest on our website to select one High School group to kick off the festival and perform to open the collegiate competition.

Video submissions are due Sunday, Sept. 21 (11:59pm) – submit YouTube links to events@casa.org. The online competition will take place Sept. 22-30. The selected group will be announced October 1.

High school groups are not required to buy passes prior to submitting to this qualifying tournament. The selected group will need to be prepared to purchase passes by midnight Oct. 2.

Collegiate Competition Submission Instructions

Groups are eligible to apply for the SoJam 2014 if they are made up entirely of full-time students OR are a recognized student group affiliated with a college of university and adhere to college/university student group bylaws. All questions about this rule should be directed to a SoJam producer.

SoJam is all about innovation so that’s what we want to see in your submission video. Please submit a brief recording of your group performing ONE song of your choosing to show us exactly what kind of innovation you will be bringing to the SoJam stage. Your submission must be a live performance and must consist of the current school year’s group members (2014-2015). Due to the earlier date of SoJam 2014 we will be allowing groups an opportunity to supplement their submission with a LIVE recording of the previous school year’s group (2013-2014). Please limit this supplement to ONE song. Hopefully this goes without saying, but all entries must consist of vocal music only. Please email your videos to virginia@casa.org.

In order to be considered for the SoJam 2014 Collegiate Competition ALL group members must purchase an All Access Pass. NO EXCEPTIONS.

A diverse selection of a cappella judges, experts, and enthusiasts will serve on the Selection Committee for SoJam 2014 and will choose the top 6 groups they would like to see perform in the Collegiate Competition. Neither the Competition Judges nor the SoJam producers are part of the Selection Committee to ensure as fair a competition process as possible.

Dates to remember

  • Friday, September 19: Last day to book the SoJam group rate at the hotel
  • Friday September 26: Submissions due no later than 11:59pm
  • Wednesday October 1: Competitors will be announced
  • Friday October 3: ALL necessary set and group information is due
  • Friday October 10: SoJam Collegiate Competition

Competition Format:

Round 1: Who are you? (6 groups)
We want you to open the show by giving the judges a taste of who you are. What kind of group are you? What is your style, character, etc? You will have 8 whole minutes to convey this theme to the crowd and the judges, who will choose only 4 groups to progress to round 2.

Round 2: Where have you been? (4 groups)
In round two will begin the second half of the show. Your group will perform a 5 minute set to tell a bit of a story about your history. What have you been through? What has been important in shaping you to become who you are today etc? Only 2 groups will progress to the final round.

Round 3: Where are you going? (2 groups)
In the final head to head round we ask that you give the judges a glimpse of where you hope to head as a group. What is your trajectory? What can we expect to see from you moving forward? Both groups will have 8 minutes to present the their future narrative to the crowd and the judges. Only one will be selected as the overall winner.


  • 1st Place
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place
  • Best Soloist
  • Best Vocal Percussion
  • Best Arrangement
  • Best Visual Performance
  • Best Execution of Theme(s)
  • Other (at the discretion of the judges)

**Please note that only CURRENT group members will be eligible for special awards.




Saturday Concert Performers

Duwende (Doo-WEN-day) is a six-person a cappella band best known for their fiercely original, bass-and-beatbox-driven funk/pop style of music. In 2011, Duwende released “Remember: The Music of Michael Jackson,” gaining them widespread acclaim, and leading them to performances for the United Nations, Save The Children Benefit dinner hosted by Hoda and Kathie Lee, Bill Clinton Global Initiative, the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, and a World AIDS Day Event in Amsterdam. With over 4 million YouTube views and counting, they have a growing fan base that circles the globe; and their music and arrangements have been used on TV shows internationally.
The Funx

The Funx

Saturday Concert Performers

The Funx are a soulful supergroup dedicated to bringing more original music to the a cappella world, featuring talent from some of your favorite TV competition shows. With arrangements and vocal percussion from The Sing-Off arranger and group coach Robert Dietz, and the incredible soaring tenor of Nate Tao from American Idol, The Funx has a complete arsenal of a cappella weapons. Sexy soulstress Ariel Arbisser is a vocal coach, actress, and a CARA-winning soloist. Long-time collaborator and funky bass, Crawford Doran, and powerhouse singer-songwriter, Harry Nichols, round out this pop/soul vocal band that met in Ithaca, NY and now hails from across the US and Canada. Traveling the country singing a range of covers and originals, The Funx will get you grooving and are excited to be gearing up for their first CASA festival!
Julia Easterlin

Julia Easterlin

Friday Competition Performer

Julia Easterlin, from Augusta, GA, grew up singing and playing piano. She attended the school of fine arts studying West African dance, American Jazz, Spanish literature and traditional Afro-Cuban music, among other things. From there, she was thrust out into the world and landed in several new places performing, giving clinics, and recording music. She now lives in New York playing with sound loops and badges, singing loudly, excited to present new music.



Durham School of the Arts

400 N. Duke Street
Durham, NC 27701

Parking Instructions to come

Location of Collegiate Competition and Professional Showcase


Recommended Hotel

Hilton Durham near Duke University

3800 Hillsborough Rd
Durham, NC 27705-2328
(919) 383-8033
$104.00/night plus tax
Book by September 19, 2014 to receive the group rate
Book online or call 1-800-HILTONS and mention group code ‘SOJAM’

SoJam is a weekend-long a cappella extravaganza brought to you by The Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA). Now in its 12th year, the festival is jam-packed with Concerts, Competitions, Master Classes and hands-on workshops led by some of the biggest names in the vocal music universe! SoJam has established itself as one of the most exciting a cappella gatherings in the world. We invite you to come see and hear for yourself – you just may change your life.

Since its founding by Dave Sperandio in 2003, SoJam has hosted hundreds of talented groups and individuals from around the globe. Each year, we strive to bring the hottest vocal talent to you, our audience. Professional groups and clinicians mixing with students and amateur singers of all sorts, hailing from locations around the world.


Blair Baldwin - CASA Director of Events
Kevin Badanes – SoJam Executive Producer
Tye Tavaras – SoJam Executive Producer
Shane Ardell - Web & Registration Manager
Virginia DeMoss - Competition Coordinator
Sarah Goodwin - Concert Manager
Alexander Koutzoukis - Graphic Designer
Paul Koziel – Merchandise
Carrie Leonard – Social Media
Yassee Mohebbi – Local Sponsorships
Liz Mongrello - Volunteer Manager
Heather Newkirk – Communications
Amy Pruitt – Outreach Coordinator
Matt Woodward - Education Manager


A ‘masterclass’ is a session in which your group works privately with a SoJam instructor or instructors: a chance to receive real-time, constructive criticism from a cappella’s best and brightest! Masterclasses will be available all weekend during class times (Saturday 9:00-5:00, Sunday 10:00-12:00). Masterclass registration is part of event registration and the schedule will be released no later than a week prior to the event.

Certain limited-enrollment workshops and all masterclasses require advance registration, which will open a few weeks prior to the event. We will contact all pass holders when registration opens as well as post details on how to register on our blog and on social media.

Lunch is not included in the pass, although the Saturday schedule includes enough time for lunch at local restaurants.

An All-Access Pass includes admission to both Saturday and Sunday workshops, the Friday evening Collegiate Competition, the Saturday evening Professional Showcase and all afterparties.

Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster. Please see the Tickets section of the website for details.

No, only individual tickets or passes are available to purchase using the CASA Membership discount. If you have some members of your group who are paid CASA members and would like to receive the discount, they can purchase their tickets individually. Make sure they indicate that they are part of your group, and we will have all of your group’s materials together for pick up at registration.

If your group placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the 2013 Collegiate Competition, Virginia DeMoss will be in contact with you about how to register for SoJam 2014.

If you should receive passes to SoJam 2014 as part of a 2013 or 2014 sponsorship package, please confirm with Diana Blanchard or Alexis Weisbrod that you will be attending and we will hold these passes for you at registration / will call.

Be sure to check out the submission instructions to be a part of the competition.

The submission deadline for the competition is listed under the Important Dates section here.

If you have already registered and indicated in your group registration that you are applying to compete, but at the time of registration you did not have your video ready to upload, you can email the link to sojam-submissions@casa.org.

Groups selected to compete will receive a detailed schedule including registration and sound checks from the production team after they are selected to compete. Please plan to be available by 3pm on Friday, October 10th. If you have any specific questions please contact Virginia DeMoss.

We have worked out some discounts with local hotels for the weekend of the conference. Information about how to book using these discounts is posted in the Getting Around section of the site.

All data collection and payments are completed on the Ticketmaster website, with the exception of the Collaborative Recording Add-On which is collected via Paypal.  For information about their payment options and security features, see Paypal’s website.

Before purchasing tickets, carefully review your selection. Policies set forth by our clients, including venues, teams and theaters, prohibit us from issuing refunds after a ticket has been purchased. Regretfully, if you elect to make changes to your plans, tickets cannot be cancelled, exchanged or refunded unless the event has been cancelled or postponed.


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