Collegiate Competition

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


  • Julia Easterlin
  • Pitch Please, Northwood High School

And our 2014 competitors:

  • AcaBelles, Florida State University
  • All Night Yahtzee, Florida State University
  • Grains of Time, North Carolina State University
  • Sapphires, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • The Stereotypes, Washington University
  • Voicebox, University of Central Florida

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.