Scholastic Competition

Friday, November 13, 2015
Emory University



  • Acaphiliacs (Florida State University)
  • All-Night Yahtzee (Florida State University)
  • KeyHarmony (University of Central Florida)
  • Lark (University of Colorado Denver)
  • Reverb (Florida State University)
  • Voicebox (University of Central Florida)


Groups are eligible to apply for the SoJam 2015 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’s personality in your submission video! Videos should be approximately five minutes long, and must feature your group singing two stylistically contrasting songs, with at least two different soloists. Show us the creativity and musicality 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 (2015-2016). Hopefully this goes without saying, but all entries must consist of vocal music only (no instruments/backing tracks). Please email your videos to

In order to be considered for the SoJam 2015 Scholastic Competition ALL group members must purchase All Access Passes/tickets to the concerts. No exceptions.

A diverse selection of a cappella judges, experts, and enthusiasts will serve on the Selection Committee for SoJam 2015 and will choose the top 6 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:

  • Sunday, October 11: Submissions due no later than 11:59pm
  • Friday, October 16: Competitors will be announced
  • Friday, October 23: All necessary set and group information is due
  • Friday November 13: SoJam 2015 Scholastic Competition

Competition Format:

Round 1: Bells & Whistles (6 groups)
We want your group to show off as much choreo/movement/costumes/flair as you can (‘Pitch Perfect’ it up!). Over-the-top is the name of the game. You will have 8 minutes to strut your stuff for the crowd and the judges, who will choose only 4 groups to move on to Round 2.

Round 2: Show Your Strength (4 groups)
In round two you will have 5 minutes to showcase what it is that makes your group unique. Are you masters at vocal play? Avant-garde arrangements? Telling a story with your staging? Highlight whatever it is that makes you YOU. Only 2 groups will progress to the Final Round.

Round 3: Stand and Deliver (2 groups)
In the final head-to-head round you will have 8 minutes to sing. Just sing. There will be NO choreo in this round* (*minimal movement such as changing formations between songs or soloists moving forward and back from the group is allowed. Try not to overthink it, but do ask us if you have any questions). This round is purely about voices, arrangements, and musical execution. Outfits should be simple (possibly even all black). May the best vocal group win!


  • 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.