Event Details


November 8-10, 2013


All Day


Raleigh, NC

In Sojam’s 11th 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. Featuring a competition with some of the best collegiate a cappella in the nation hosted by Eh440 on Friday, incredible and inspiring workshops Saturday and Sunday, and a professional showcase of incredible talent from MICappella and the internationally-renowned Swingle Singers Saturday night, SoJam 2013 is set to rock. Are you ready?


Collegiate Competition



  • Competition Admission
Last-Minute Special

Pro Concert



  • Pro Concert Admission

All Access Pass



  • Competition Admission
  • Pro Concert Admission
  • Workshop Admission
  • Afterparty Access

All Access Preferred



  • Competition Admission
  • Pro Concert Admission
  • Workshop Admission
  • Afterparty Access
  • Preferred Seating at Competition and Concert**

*not including taxes and fees
** Preferred Seating option will be presented once you have selected the All Access Pass.

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

Collaborative Recording Add-On - $50

The Collaborative Recording is the chance for singers, arrangers and engineers to collaborate with different people and strut their stuff with the professionals at SoJam.

You can join in the fun by purchasing an add-on to your All Access pass to sing with the pros and watch them work the recording studio! Space in the collaborative recording session is limited, so get your add-on today.

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.

  • the swingle singers
  • micappella
  • eh440


The Swingle Singers

The Swingle Singers

Saturday Concert Performers

For almost half a century, the Swingle Singers have pushed the boundaries of what the human voice can achieve. Their vocal agility and blend, combined with captivating showmanship, have thrilled generations of audiences around the globe. Five decades on from their pioneering, Grammy-winning debut album Jazz Sébastien Bach in 1963, today’s Swingle Singers are an international a cappella phenomenon. These seven young and versatile voices deliver folk ballads, funk jams and fugues with equal precision and passion.




Saturday Concert Performers

MICappella is a vocal band that represents Singapore’s next step in contemporary a cappella music. Comprising 4 guys and 2 girls, they do a mix of genres including pop, rock, ballads, and more, from covers to originals! MICappella took part in China’s first ever a cappella reality TV show, The Sing-Off China (August – September 2012) by Shenzhen Media Group and came in first runner-up!




Friday Competition Hosts

Eh440 is an acappella group founded in Toronto, Canada in 2012. Four vocalists and a beatboxer got together in 2012 and decided to form a new kind of group. Some had sung together before, some only knew of each other through their music, and some had even been childhood rivals. But they knew that they wanted to work together to start something fresh and new – recording and performing a modern side of contemporary acappella music.


  • interactive workshops
  • mindblowing masterclasses
  • surprise performances


Friday, November 8, 2013
5:00 PM Registration (open until 8:00 PM)
Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center
8:00 PM Collegiate Competition (hosted by Eh440)
Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center
10:30 PM Afterparty
419 Glenwood Ave Raleigh, NC 27603
Saturday, November 9, 2013
8:30 AM Late Registration (for those who did not attend Friday evening activities)
Withers 232A Daniels 434 Mann 216 Daniels 218 Mann 323 Withers 140 Withers 120
9:00 AM Warms Ups 2.0
Intro to the Asian A cappella Scene
Vocal Percussion Intro and Use
Watts, Clark
Hands On Live Sound
Liquid 5th
Arranging Like a Storyteller
LIMITED ENROLLMENT: Business Plan Contest
Hockberger, Kania
10:00 AM Aca-Bombs
Various Locations
10:30 AM Group Dynamics
Advanced Arrangement Techniques
Starting Your Post-Collegiate Group
What Can We Learn From Barbershop
Ozment, Barbershop Harmony Society
Sing It Like you Mean it
Create the Show
11:30 AM Aca-Bombs
Various Locations
12:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM Headliner Masterclass
Healthy Belting – Intro to Belting
The Science of Vocal Sound
Ryan, Robinson
Active Listening for Drummers
Celebrate the Critic: RARB’s 20 Years
TeKay, Marcus
Aca-Jedi Mind Tricks
2:00 PM Aca-Bombs
Various Locations
2:30 PM Seeing Music
Riff Off Contest
McGowen, Silverberg
Female Arranging
Matze, Mark
Original Songwriting
Perform Your Identity
3:30 PM Aca-Bombs
Various Locations
4:00 PM Essential Listening
DIY Recordings
A Cappella for One: Live Looping Basics
5:30 PM Dinner Break
8:00 PM Professional Showcase (featuring the Swingle Singers and MICappella)
Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center
10:30 PM Afterparty
Mosaic Wine Bar
517 W Jones St Raleigh, NC 27603
Sunday, November 10, 2013
10:00 AM Collaborative Recording**
Daniels 434 Daniels 218 Mann 323 Withers 140 Daniels 341 Daniels 216
10:00 AM Get Your Album on Track
Green, Koutzoukis
Serving Up Social Media Strategy
Going the Distance
Brooks, Watts
Casual to Serious
11:00 AM Aca-Bombs
Various Locations
11:30 AM Singing With Strangers
In’s and Out’s of Live Sound
MD Class
Post-Collegiate/Adult Round Table
LIMITED ENROLLMENT: Live Sound Consultation

**Access to the collaborative recording requires purchase of an add-on. Detailed schedule not yet determined.



The SoJam 2013 masterclass schedule is almost final and will be announced soon.

Class Descriptions

A Cappella for One: Live Looping 101 Basics (Mike Why)
Mouthdrummer, Live Looper, Maker of Funny Sounds, “One Man Band… Without the Band” Mike Why from Pittsburgh walks students through the fundamentals of being their own a cappella band using basic live looping technology.

Aca-Jedi Mind Tricks (Matt Caruso)
This very interactive workshop focuses on methods to achieve aca-cohesiveness. You’ll learn methods, tips and tricks from the psychological prospective of sensation and perception. Other topics discussed will include: Memory & Music and Non-Musical Recording Tips. If you’re looking for techniques to make to make your group better in less than 1 rehearsal, you need to attend this workshop!

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 BeltingLimited Enrollment (Erin Hackel)
For students who have either completed Healthy Belting or have strong belt voice technique. This limited enrollment class is designed to take advanced belters to the next level. Students will have the opportunity to have one-on-one dedicated time with Dr. Hackel in front of other belters. Master Class format- please bring a belt voice tune, memorized, with music for an accompanist. Written out music or lead sheet chords.

Advanced VPLimited Enrollment (Dave Baumgartner)
This class is for students who are sick of going to vocal percussion classes and learning anything new. Work with experienced drummers to overcome performance challenges, develop new sounds, patterns, more mic technique.

ArrangingLimited Enrollment (Tom Anderson)
Attendees (any skill/experience level) would bring in one arrangement they’ve done for me to give specific comments and critiques, with the caveat that my feedback on each arrangement is given in front of the whole group so everyone can learn together from everyone’s work.

Arranging Like a Storyteller (Rob Dietz)
Music is a story. Every aspect of your presentation is communication of this story. The tone of voice, arrangement, and body language of a performance will enhance or inhibit your audience’s experience.

Business Plan Contest (Patrick Hockberger)
Empower students with the knowledge and resources to start their own a cappella based business, and challenge them to create a business plan under the strict guidelines of a competition.

Casual to Serious (Amanda Cornaglia)
Want to elevate your group to a higher level of focus and commitment? Trying to figure out how to encourage a new standard of technical, musical, or logistical prowess? Join Amanda Cornaglia and Charlie Friday of Euphonism as they discuss how to determine if you are ready and the techniques to effectively up your game.

Celebrate the Critic: RARB’s 20 years of Talking Smack (TeKay, Michael Marcus)
Boo Ya! In honor of RARB’s 20th anniversary, we are bringing together current and former staff to offer highlights and insights on the trajectory of a cappella recordings from the stone age of our beginning through the present day and beyond. A bit of history, a bit of lightning, a lot of listening, plus an exclusive sneak peak at RARB 2.0 … and yes, there will be CAKE!

Create the Show (Rene Ruiz)
You’ve spent long hours perfecting those chords and rehearsing the perfect blend. Now it’s time to present your music to an audience. Here are the important things to remember when creating, designing and presenting your “show”. I outline the important steps to take when turning your music into a “visual” medium.

DIY Recording (Danny Ozment)
Want to record, but don’t have the budget for a professional company to do it for you? Let Danny Ozment teach you how to do you own recording from start to finish.

Essential Listening (Ben Stevens)
What is there to listen to, how might we listen to it, and why? In this interactive workshop we develop our critical-listening skills so as to recover our fundamental human capacity to be moved by music. A special focus is on songs, performances, and other moments that have been central to contemporary a cappella.

Female Arranging (Holli Matze, Jessie Louise Mark)
Calling all ladies! Break out of your comfort zone with Holli Matze and Jessie Mark in an interactive hour of all­female arranging. Do you feel like you could be doing more as an arranger or director to stand out above competing co­ed and all­male groups? Have you ever felt that you could be doing more with your arrangements if you only knew how to move beyond your usual “din din din doh”? Competitions aren’t separated by gender, so us ladies gotta stick together! Join us to learn some aca­tricks of the trade: bring out your lowest voices, create powerful moments, make bold musical statements and carve out a place for your new and improved unique sound in the acapella landscape.

Fundraising (Blair Baldwin)
Your group needs money! This class will help guide you to financial success!
Get your album on Track How to plan and execute an album from the producers’ side of things. We constantly have groups come to us out of what appears to just be habit or routine. “Well, we record every two years, so it’s about time.” But WHY? What’s the goal? We want to talk about ways to create a vision for your project that will get the group AND the producer excited, and as a result, extract a better product from all involved parties.

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!

Group Dynamics (Clare Wheeler)
This class will guide you through the psychology of being in a group. Clare will show us exersizes and ideas to grow your inner group love.

Healthy Belting – Intro to Belting (Erin Hackel)
Always afraid your voice will crack? Feel like you have one voice for low and one for high? One of the best-reviewed classes at SoJam 2012 and Boss 2013, Healthy Belting introduces Dr. Hackel’s innovative and original belt voice technique. Learn the mechanics and anatomy behind a healthy belt voice and how to belt as high as you want without fear.

In’s and Out’s of Live Sound (Caleb Whelden)
A “how to” of live sound for your a cappella group. EQ mysteries will be revealed, bass and VP mics will be unmuddied, and feedback will be a topic for old ghost stories.

Listening/Tuning (Dr Kevin Badanes)
As we all know, regardless of the talent of your singers, your group can only go as far as its musicality will take it. Join Dr Badanes and Avante Vocal Jazz for an intensive, audience participation seminar which will show you exactly how to put down the microphones and fix your group’s issues of tuning and blend. Bring your full group and your toughest measures and learn how tuning is a function of the body, the ear, the vocal instrument and the realities of acoustics. As a bonus, Avante premieres Spinning Wheel with special guest baritone Tom Anderson!

Live Sound ConsultationLimited Enrollment (Charlie Friday)
Get a personalized plan for your specific live sound needs from an industry pro. At the end of this session, you will know exactly what you need, where to get it, and how to use it.

MD Class (Colin Egan)
Being an effective music director is much more than just teaching parts and playing the pitch. This class will give you strategies for becoming a better music director and a better group leader, drawing from experience as well as peer discussion.

Original Songwriting (Brianne Holland)
The past few years have seen more a cappella original music than possibly ever before. Where does one begin in writing a song? Where do ideas come from, and how do you keep them organized? What kinds of tools can be utilized if you hit a roadblock? How can you make your ideas as effective as possible? This course will break down the process of songwriting into manageable steps and give you the tools necessary to express your ideas and emotions in music.

Perform your Identity (Alexandra Gilewicz)
Can’t dance? No emotion on your singers’ faces? Struggling to shake that awkward “aca-bob?” This workshop will give you tactics to overcome these challenges and more. There’s no singular right or wrong way to approach visual performance in a cappella, but when you take the time to identify your group’s personality, goals, and capabilities, you can turn what appear to be your groups’ weaknesses into innovative, compelling performance. You’ll leave this class with new confidence in your group’s ability to engage a crowd in ways that take your shows to another level!

Post-Collegiate/Adult Round Table (Dave Sroka)
A VoCALnation hit, this lively discussion of adult groups regarding the benefits and problems associated with life as a post-collegiate group is designed for leaders but open to all. We breakdown the topics, lessons, and concerns unique to us with a wide variety of perspectives. You’ll leave with at least one thing that will make your group better and your life easier…guaranteed.

Riff Off Contest (Lindsey McGowen, Marc Silverberg)
Want to learn how to “Riff off” like in the movies? Come participate in this contest, and experience a real rush of improv excitement!

Say Stuff on Stage (Scott Cobban)
Learn how to use improv games and techniques to prepare for performances and general talking/hosting moments.

Seeing Music (Michael Eldredge)
A visual exploration of live performance through concert photography. Followed by a discussion about the nature of impression and expression using non verbal communication to connect with our audience and better convey emotional content. – See more at: http://vocal-nation.com/event-schedule/workshops/#descriptions

Serving up Social Media Strategy (Heather Newkirk, Tina Yip)
Your a cappella group is probably on social media, but are you using it correctly? We’ve scoured through many groups’ social media pages and realize that groups have missed many great opportunities to make themselves known! Come learn about effective SM strategy that you can use to promote your group. Who knows? Tomorrow you could be trending worldwide.

Sing It Like you Mean It (Ariel Arbisser)

Singing with Strangers: A cappella Improv (Revathi Murthy)
A hands on workshop designed to improve your improv! You will go through different methods and approaches to improv, all designed to open your mind to new sounds and ideas.

StagingLimited Enrollment (TeKay)
Get some up close and personal instruction on effective use of staging.

Swingle Ladies (Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson)
Hair, make up, clothing, and stage style from the Swingle Ladies.

The Science of Vocal Sound (Steve Ryan, John Robinson)
What are you really hearing when you listen to someone sing? Why does a “din” sound different than a “joh”? This class will take a look at ideas like pitch, overtones, and formants to give an understanding vocal sound from a scientific perspective. (No scientific or technical background required.)

Vocal Percussion Intro and Use (Brian Watts, Jill Clark)
This will be the basic foundation for all your vocal percussion sounds. Learn basic technique and begin to craft sounds into coherent beats and grooves.

Warms Ups 2.0 (Chris Rishel)
In many musical ensembles, the performers take individualized lessons to improve their skills. However, in the frequently-casual world of a cappella, many singers do not actively take voice lessons (and some never have), meaning their abilities may not improve across a number of areas. While vocal groups often use warm ups primarily to begin engaging the voice, there is a great deal of potential to incorporate exercises that work on a broad range of musical skills and vocal techniques, such as tuning, blend, balance, tone, range, dynamics, phrasing, pitch accuracy, tempo control, etc. In this workshop, we will discuss these concepts and teach a number of exercises you can use with your own group to more effectively use the start of each rehearsal.

What Can We Learn From Asian A cappella (MICappella)

What Can We Learn From Barbershop (Danny Ozment, Barbershop Harmony Society)
With over 60 years of history under their belt, the Barbershop Harmony Society has skills and sounds that we can learn from. Come find out how your group sound can improve using techniques from barbershop harmony.


Memorial Auditorium at Duke Energy Center

2 East South Street
Raleigh, NC 27601


Location of Collegiate Competition and Professional Showcase

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC
Exact class locations to be announced

Campus Map

Location of Saturday and Sunday Workshops

Recommended Hotels

421 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 457-1365
$132/night - Book Online
Must book by October 8, 2013
1707 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC, 27605
(919) 828-0811
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Reserve by phone
(ask for the “SoJam group block”)
Must book by October 17, 2013
320 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 832-0501
$89/night – Reserve by phone
(ask for the “SoJam group block”)
Must book by October 24, 2013

SoJam is a weekend-long a cappella extravaganza brought to you by The Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA). Now in its 11th 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.


Amanda Cornaglia - CASA Director of Events
Dave Sroka - SoJam Executive Producer
Brian Watts - SoJam Assistant Executive Producer
Meg Alexander - CASA Assistant Director of Events
Blair Baldwin - Talent Manager
Carrie Leonard – Finances & Administration
Matt Woodward – Education Manager
Heather Newkirk – Outreach Coordinator
Yassee Mohebbi – Local Sponsorships
TeKay – Concert Coordinator/Venue Liason
Virginia DeMoss - Volunteer Manager
Shane Ardell - Web & Registration Manager
Kate Pientka - Sponsorship Manager
Tina Yip - Communications Manager
Mallory Zuckerman - Social Media Lead
Alexander Koutzoukis - Graphic Designer
Stefanie Chase - Hospitality Manager
Nic Parsons – Competition Coordinator
Paul Koziel – Merchandise


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 2012 Collegiate Competition, Nic Parsons will be in contact with you about how to register for SoJam 2013.

If you should receive passes to SoJam 2013 as part of a 2012 or 2013 sponsorship package, please confirm with Kate Pientka 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, November 8th. If you have any specific questions please contact Nic Parsons.

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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