Event Details

Date

Nov 18-20, 2016

Time

All Day

Location

Atlanta, GA

In SoJam’s 14th 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.

***Special Deal***

All Access Pass - First 50 People*

$65

Includes:

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

All Access Pass - Early Bird*

$70

Includes:

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

All Access Pass

$85

Includes:

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

* First 50 All Access Pass purchasers receive an additional $5 discount. Early Bird pricing ends when competition submissions close.
** 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.
  • interactive workshops
  • mindblowing masterclasses
  • surprise performances

Schedule

*Schedule subject to change. Specific times and locations of all activities still to be announced.

Friday, November 18, 2016
5:00 PM Registration (open until 8:00 PM)
7:30 PM Competition
Ray Charles Performing Arts Center, Morehouse College
10:30 PM Afterparty
Saturday, November 19, 2016
8:30 AM Late Registration (for those who did not attend Friday evening activities)
9:00 AM Workshops
TBA
11:30 AM Masterclasses / Lunch / Networking
2:00 PM Workshops
TBA
5:30 PM Dinner Break
7:30 PM Professional Concert
Ray Charles Performing Arts Center, Morehouse College
10:30 PM Afterparty
Sunday, November 20, 2016
10:00 AM Workshops
TBA
1:30 PM End of Festival

Classes

Saturday, Nov 19 / Sunday, Nov 20
Location TBA

Interested in teaching at SoJam 2016? Apply today.

Scholastic Competition

Friday, November 18, 2016
Ray Charles Performing Arts Center
Morehouse College
Atlanta, GA

 

Submission Guidelines

Groups are eligible to apply for the SoJam 2016 Competition if they are made up entirely of full-time students OR are a recognized student group affiliated with a high school, college, or university and adhere to their school’s student group bylaws. All questions about this rule should be directed to a SoJam producer.

We want to see your group at this year’s competition! How to submit:

  • Make a video (5-10 minutes)
    • Your group singing 2 stylistically contrasting songs (can be song fragments)
    • Entries must consist of vocal music only
    • Video must be a live performance and consist of most of the current school year’s group members (2016-2017). If you would like to use a video from a past concert you may, but please be sure that the submission reflects what we should expect from your group at SoJam.
  • Purchase all of your group’s All Access Passes.
  • Upload the video to YouTube, make it private, and send the link to compete@casa.org by Friday, October 7.

In order to be considered for the SoJam 2016 Scholastic Competition ALL group members must purchase All Access Passes. No exceptions.

A diverse selection of a cappella judges, experts, and enthusiasts will serve on the Selection Committee for SoJam 2016 and will choose the top groups they would like to see perform in the Scholastic 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

  • October 7, 2016 – Submissions due no later than 11:59pm Eastern.
  • October 14, 2016 – Competitors announced
  • TBA – Group profiles, pictures and set information due
  • Friday, November 18, 2016 – SoJam 2016 Competition

Questions? Concerns? Contact compete@casa.org.

Venues

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Ray Charles Performing Arts Center
Morehouse College

900 West End Ave SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

Location of Competition and Professional Concert


SoJam is a weekend-long a cappella extravaganza brought to you by The Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA). Now in its 14th 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.

Team

Blair Baldwin - CASA Director of Events
Steve Ryan – SoJam Executive Co-Producer
Jade Blackwood – SoJam Executive Co-Producer
Shane Ardell - Web & Registration Manager
Alexander Koutzoukis - Graphic Designer
Lindsay Howerton-Hastings – Competition
John Robinson - Education
Rick Thomas – Masterclasses
Liz Mongrello - Volunteer Manager
Meron Mogos – Sponsorships
Lauren France – Social Media
Yassee Mohebbi – Outreach
Caitlin Harrill – Hospitality
Samantha Rich – Afterparties
Bharat Sanders – AcaBombs

Want to be part of the SoJam team? Able to help out weekend of? Let us know.


Sponsor

SoJam would not be possible without the generous aid of various groups, companies, and benefactors over the years. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their financial and material contributions to the SoJam A cappella Festival.

The Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities like SoJam and the Sing! series to students throughout the US. We appreciate the continued and growing support of everyone that has contributed their time, money and other resources available to further promote our cause.

Sponsorship is a vital part of any non-profit venture’s success, and CASA is no exception. With your help and contributions, we can not only continue to produce SoJam and the Sing! series, but continue to develop and move forward with the promotion of the genre through Scholarship programs and other initiatives.

Over the years, the SoJam festival has grown from a local gathering of collegiate and professional groups to a national and even international consortium of vocal music enthusiasts. Groups and individuals are now coming from far and wide to experience the magic of our festival. Time and time again, groups thank us for urging them to participate, relating to us how SoJam has changed their group or their appreciation for a cappella music forever.

So how can YOU help? Well, in addition to attending this year’s event (highly encouraged, of course!), you can support us monetarily. We are constantly looking to expand our ability to support and challenge the a cappella community. Some current goals include:

  • more professional groups and clinicians to teach and perform
  • multiple microphone setups in each classroom for dynamic teaching capabilities
  • promotional materials to reach out to even more groups, students, and youth interested in vocal performance
  • high-quality recordings of classroom content and professional performances for instruction and enjoyment of the SoJam festival that extends far beyond the weekend.

Interested in sponsoring SoJam? Contact Virginia DeMoss.

FAQs

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 2015 Collegiate Competition, contact Shane Ardell about how to register for SoJam 2016.

If you should receive passes to SoJam 2016 as part of a 2015 or 2016 sponsorship package, please contact Shane Ardell 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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