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.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Durham School of the Arts
400 N. Duke Street
Durham, NC 27701
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
**Please note that only CURRENT group members will be eligible for special awards.
400 N. Duke Street
Durham, NC 27701
Parking Instructions to come
Location of Collegiate Competition and Professional Showcase
3800 Hillsborough Rd
Durham, NC 27705-2328
$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.
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.