Festivals

by Dave Bernstein (Acatribe) and Florian Städtler (Vocal Blog)

Uploaded by blogging buddies Dave Bernstein and Florian Städtler, this list is the result of successful social media crowdsourcing. Thanks for sharing your favourite a cappella events: Tine Fris, Jeanine Rondas, Michele Manzotti, Christine Liu, Michal Hromcik, Sandra Hylla, Christophe Hui-Bon Hoa and Casey Gallas. Extra special thanks to Joep Hopstaken for allowing us to use the information from a wonderful Facebook thread he started a few months ago. And to Vokalklang‘s Clarissa for her contributions. By the way, you can add your festival ideas on Facebook or via e-mail to dave@acatribe.com.

This list is by no means complete and will be updated on a regular basis. We hope that someday there’ll be one central global source for all these dates and events. Until we got that, stay tuned with Acatribe and Vocal Blog, where regular updates will be made. Note: We have decided to keep the events that have already passed until we have information about their next editions.

**** PLEASE NOTE- THIS PAGE HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED SINCE 2013. WE HOPE TO BRING YOU AN UPDATED LIST IN EARLY 2015. FOR NOW, WE BELIEVE THAT SOME OF THE LINKS BELOW WILL STILL BRING YOU TO VALID FESTIVAL WEBSITES WITH UPDATED INFORMATION. 

IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT AN A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL FOR 2015, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT dave@acatribe.com.

 

 

NORTH AMERICA

February 1-3, 2013

Los Angeles A Cappella Festival, Los Angeles, CA

Showcase Concert: MO5AIC, Delilah, Dakaboom (hosts), Freeman (from The Sing Off China)

Scholastic Competition: HOST- Overboard; Competitors include UCLA Scattertones, Calabases HS Unstrumental, Oakland School for the Arts Vocal Rush, USC Reverse Osmosis, USC Troajan Men, UCLA Medleys

Noteworthy: Sonos will debut songs from their upcoming album at the Essential Listening workshop

http://www.la-af.com

February 8-9, 2013

NE Voices, Wilmington, MA

Headliners: The Funx, Musae

Noteworthy: Liquid 5th Productions will be running sound for the concerts.

http://ne-voices.com

February 15-16, 2013

Mile High Vocal Jam, Denver, CO

Headliners: Urban Method, Musae

Noteworthy: Mark Kibble and Alvin Chea of Take 6 will be clinicians

http://mhvj.org

March 1-3, 2013

Sing Strong, Reston VA

Performers include Nota, Traces, Julia Easterlin, Blue Jupiter, Slaveya, The Funx, GQ, and Amy Engelhardt

http://dc.singstrong.org

March 9, 2013

Texas A Cappella Calebration, San Antonio, TX

Headliners: Delilah, Overboard

Noteworthy: This is a new addition to the CASA festival lineup

http://acappellacelebration.com

March 22-24, 2013

Sing Strong, Skokie IL

Performers include Nota, the Swingle Singers, Traces, Julia Easterlin, Blue Jupiter, THUMMp, and the New Tradition Chorus.

http://chicago.singstrong.org

April 5-7, 2013

Boston Sings [BOSS], Boston, MA

Headliners: Postyr Project, Five O’Clock Shadow

Scholastic Competition: HOST- The House Jacks

Noteworthy: The festival will again offer a red carpet awards ceremony for the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards

http://bostonsings.com

April 28, 2013

Montreacappella, Montreal, QC, Canada

Performing groups include The Key Elements, Brandeis VoiceMale, Concerto Della Donna, Wibi, La Horde Vocale, Jazz Affair, Minor Adjustments, The Nice Shoes, Montreal InterCultural Choir, Quadrafolie, and others.

http://www.mtlacappella.com/

May 9-12, 2013

Toronto Vocal Arts, Toronto, Canada

This festival boasts a very impressive group of performers, including The Real Group, The Swingle Singers (50th Anniversary Concert), Retrocity, EH440, The Watch, Snowday, and many others.

http://torontovocalartsfestival.com/

June 21-23, 2013

Women’s A Cappella Festival, Eugene, OR

Details TBA

http://www.womensacappella.org/#!wacafest/cya7

Summer, 2013

VoCALnation, Philadelphia, PA

Details TBA

http://vocal-nation.com

Fall, 2013

AcappellaFest, Chicago, IL

Details TBA

http://acappellafest.com/

Fall, 2013

SoJam, Raleigh, NC

Details TBA

http://sojam.net

Feb-May, 2013

Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival

Terrific and often-overlooked, this annual competition has produced winners or finalists including Six Appeal, Groove for Thought, m-pact, Toxic Audio,  Naturally 7, The Idea of North, The Coats, North Shore, and Overboard (to name a few). So, while these are strictly competitions without workshops or masterclasses, they should be on your radar. Finals are May 18, 2013, San Rafael, CA.

Details TBA

http://harmony-sweepstakes.com

Also, don’t forget the various ICCA and ICHSA competitions which will culminate in New York City on April 19-20, 2013 at The Town Hall.

http://www.varsityvocals.com

EUROPE

January 19th, 2013
Lievekamp A Cappella Evening, Oss (NED)
www.lievekamp.nl

January 23-26, 2013
London A Cappella Festival (UK)
Hosted by 5-times Grammy winners the Swingle Singers, the festival has quickly become both a top-notch concert and educational event and the meeting point for European and North American a cappella artists and fans.
http://www.londonacappellafestival.com/

March 22-24, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                               EverySing! Festival, Ville de Montlouis-sur-Loire (FRA)                                                                                                                               The 2013 festival features concerts and workshops with Rajaton (FIN), Emel Mathlouthi, Jean-Baptiste Craipeau,Radio Quartet, Triwap and the Babiturik Singers among others.
http://www.cepravoi.fr/pages/everysing/

May 23-25, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A Cappella Festival Appenzell (SWI)                                                                                                                                                                   One of smaller European vocal music festivals, but always worth a trip. And the 2013 line-up is fantastic: US up-and-coming, all-star group The Exchange meeting traditional Swiss folk music, Germany’s a cappella globetrotters Slixs (formerly known as The Stouxingers) and Dutch comedy vocal quartet iNtrmzzo.
www.acappella-appenzell.ch

April 27-May 5, 2013
A Cappella Woche Hannover (GER)
A week of pro concert groups shows. the 2013 festival has announced The Boxettes (UK), Slixs (GER), Vocal Line (DEN) and Cadence (CAN) as artists featured at #acwh13.
www.acappellawoche.com

April 28, 2013
SingAcappella Workshop Day 2013 feat. The Magnets
www.singacappella.org

May 17-20, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aarhus Vocal Festival (AAVF) (DEN)
Probably one of the best vocal music festivals in the world. Hosted by the world’s best „rhythmic choir“ Vocal Line (DEN) and Aarhus Conservatory patron Bobby McFerrin, the third edition of AAVF will certainly be an amazing event, that will bring together a cappella enthusiasts from everywhere around the world.
www.aavf.dk

May-July 2013
Stimmakrobaten Festival (GER)

Concert series with a small number of pro and semi-pro vocal groups in the beautiful surroundings of the Sauerland mountains, featuring Rajaton among others
www.stimmakrobaten.de

May 19-20, 2013
17. Sparkassen A Cappella Festival im Westfalenpark, Dortmund (GER)
www.dortmund.de/de/freizeit_und_kultur/westfalenpark_dortmund/westfalenpark_vk/event.jsp?eid=181953

May 25-June 6, 2013
Festival für Vokalmusik Leipzig (GER)
Hosted by Germany’s most successful classical vocal group Amarcord, Leipzig has brought almost every international super group to Bach’s hometown. The 2012 festival features the hosts in the opening concert, Naturally 7 (USA), Postyr Project (DEN) and many more shows from pop to jazz, from classical to world music.
www.a-cappella-festival.de

June 5-9, 2013
Tampere Vocal Music Festival and Competition (FIN)                                                                                                                                        The Tampere festival organizers are the first to officially announce a performance of what was only a rumour yet: The new super-group of  Scandinavian a cappella, Level Eleven feat. a whole new programme with the combined magic of Rajaton and The Real Group. Go there if you can!
www.tamperemusicfestivals.fi/vocal/vocal2011/?lang=en

June 2013
Solevoci A-Cappella International Contest and Festival, Varese (ITA)
Italy’s most successful vocal music event with both competition and international festival.
www.solevocifestival.it

July 22-25, 2013
vokal total, 14th International A Cappella Competition, Graz (AUT)
Europe’s most prestigious a cappella competition; opening day with „Emperor of the Mic“ beatbox competition.
www.vokal.at

June-August 2013
Crest Jazz Vocal Festival, Crest (FRA)
www.crestjazzvocal.com

Aug 1-9, 2013
XXI Choralies, Vaison-la-Romaine (FRA)
www.choralies.fr

August 22-26, 2013
Ohrid Choir Festival (Macedonia)
www.ohridchoirfestival.com

August 30-31, 2013
Nuits des choeurs / Stemmen onder de Sterren, Braine-l’Alleud (BEL)
www.nuitdeschoeurs.be

September-October 2013
Acappellica, Hamburg (GER)
Second season for the new “vocalhamburgfestival”. Top acts 2012: maybebop, Postyr Project
www.acappellica.de

September 12-15, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                           chor.com, Dortmund (GER)
www.chor.com

September 27 – October 03, 2013
sangeslust, Bayreuth (GER)
Third edition of one of the most original and entertaining vocal music events in Germany featuring innovative elements like „Serenata Balkonia“ and five bands rotating through five different restaurants on one night.
www.sangeslust.com

September 27-28, 2013
Stemvork Festival, Torhout (BEL)
www.stemvork.edu

October -November 2013
Voice Mania,  Vienna (AUT)
Austria’s leading festival of vocal music: One month packed with amateur, semi-pro and pro shows in a beautiful city.
www.voicemania.at

November 13, 2013
BALK Top Festival, Rotterdam (NED)
www.balknet.nl

October-December 2013
Vokal Total / Spectaculum Mundi, München (GER)
If you are counting the number of gigs, Munich’s Total Vokal might be “the biggest” a cappella festival in the world. With small and medium locations (there are exceptions, e.g. headliner like Maybebop performing in the prestigious „Prinzregententheater“), this festival doesn’t only present the top 10 international groups, but still has an amazing list of extraordinary a cappella acts singing in Oktoberfest City.
www.spectaculum-mundi.de/index.php?vokal_total_programm

October/November 4, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                          Polyfollia Internatioinal Summer Festival, Saint-Lo (FRA)
Choir festival, open to all kinds of music, both acoustic and amplified. 2012 line-up: Cadence, Audiofeels, Pust, Da No Coro as well as choirs performing contemporary music from Asia, Scandinavia and the Baltic.
www.polyfollia.org

January 18-19, 2014
VocCologne, Köln (GER)
One top act (2011: The Real Group, 2012: maybebop, 2013: The King’s Singers, 2014: tab) and a fantastic workshop programme hosted by Cologne Musikhochschule.
http://voccologne.hfmt-koeln.de

August 2014
Vocal Pop & Jazz Days, Oberhausen (GER)
www.vpjd.nl

October 1-30, 2014
Festival Espoochor, Espoo (FIN)
Hosted by Finnish vocal group Club for Five (artistic directors), this event will be in its eleventh season and will attract international choirs and vocal ensembles.
www.festivals.fi/festivaalit/ooppera_ja_kuoro/88/?/eng

October/November 4, 2014                                                                                                                                                                                          Polyfollia World Showcase and Marketplace for Choral Singing, Saint-Lo (FRA)
Choir festival, open to all kinds of music, both acoustic and amplified. 2012 line-up: Cadence, Audiofeels, Pust, Da No Coro as well as choirs performing contemporary music from Asia, Scandinavia and the Baltic.
www.polyfollia.org

No future dates announced yet for the following European events:

Vocal Jazz Summit, Mainz (GER)
www.vocal-jazz-summit.de

Vokalarm, Trondheim (NOR)
http://vokalarm.no

The Real Group Festival, Stockholm (SWE)
2012’s TRGF features such European powerhouses as The Real Group, Rajaton, Postyr Project, the Swingle Singers, and Jake Moulton, among others. Find the link to the 119-page 2012 programme book (not complete yet, but already very impressive) here and watch an video invitation by The Real Group themselves. The first Real (Group) Festival took place in 2008, but 2014 The Real Group will celebrate their 30th anniversary, so maybe…                                                                                                                                                              www.therealacademy.se

Vocal Marathon, Rijeka (CRO)
The festival is founded by the music professionals gathered in non government organization Marathon Association from Rijeka, Croatia, which main activities are planning, organizing and promoting music, vocal and instrumental education, concert organization, collaboration with similar organizations in Croatia and internationally. The concept of the festival is based on performing in few vocal categories, similar to vocal contests elsewhere in the world.
www.vocalmarathon.com

VocalZone, Kiev (UKR)
Hosted by Man Sound, 2012 was the festival’s fifth edition. Since 2006 the VOCAL ZONE has hosted BR6 (Brazil), Perpetuum Jazzile (Slovenia), Rock4 (Holland), Pitsj (Norway), FoolMoon (Hungary), STOUXINGERS (Germany), Affabre Concinui (Poland), A Cappella Express (Russia), JukeBox (Russia), Camerata (Belarus), UniVox (Moldova), Picardy Terciya (Ukraine), JazzEx (Ukraine), Beauty Band (Ukraine).

Fool Moon International A Cappella Festival (HUN)
Hosted by Hungarian No. 1 vocal group Fool Moon.
http://acappella.hu

Zoom+ Festival, Trnva (Slowakia)
www.zoomplus.sk

ASIA

March 16-24,  2013
Youth Voices  – Vocal Music Fest 2013, Singapore (SIN)
www.a-cappella.org.sg

April 6-21, 2013
Spring Vocal Festival, Taipei (Taiwan)
Taiwan Choral Music Center gathered all local A Cappella groups for a day of A Cappella marathon on 6 April. The Exchange from the US, Ommm from France and Micappella from Singapore are also invited to attend this gathering. After the main day, International groups started their tour concerts adventure for about two weeks.
www.tcmc.org.tw

April 21, 2013
FAN – Festival of A Cappella Nagoya (JAP)
http://fan.go2.jp/

June 22-23, 2013
Yamanashi A Cappella Summit, Yamanashi (JAP)

July 7  2012
National A Cappella Championships, Singapore (SIN)
In its 12th year, the National A Cappella Championships (aka AcaChamps) has become a staple in The A Cappella Society’s annual calendar of events. It invites the best a cappella groups from all corners of Singapore and the world to compete in a sing-off that challenges not only the performers themselves, but also the audience in re-evaluating the ever-changing genre of a cappella music.
www.a-cappella.org.sg

July 15-21, 2013
Shanghai Children A Cappella Camp, Shanghai (CHI)

July 22-28, 2013
Shanghai A Cappella Camp, Shanghai (CHI)
Vocal Asia hosting China’s one and only A Cappella festival for groups coming from all over China.  Instructors
include a cappella artist from around the world.  Festival content include 3-day workshop followed by a competition.

July 22-28, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shanghai A Cappella Festival (Shanghai, China)
Vocal Asia hosts China’s first contemporary A Cappella festival for groups coming from all over China.  Instructors include Ray Chu, Francis Lai, Christine Liu from Taiwan, and guest artist Fool  Moon from Hungary.  Festival content include 3-day workshop followed by a competition.
http://www.cjchtart.com/

August 22-25, 2013
Vocal Asia Festival, Yaoyuan (Taiwan)
One of Asia’s biggest festivals dedicated to contemporary A Cappella which include a 3-day workshops lead by world
renowned A Cappella musicians including Rajaton, Freeplay Duo, Peder Karlsson, and Deke Sharon for groups coming from all over Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan.

August 22-25, 2013
Kanazawa A Cappella Town, Kanazawa (Japan)

October 12-27, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                  Taiwan International Contemporary A Cappella Festival, Taipei (Taiwan)
Established in 2001, this is the first festival dedicated to contemporary A Cappella in Taiwan, and has been running annually since then.  The festival includes international competitions, workshops, touring concerts for international groups, master classes, and open air singing. Starting from 2012, the international competition become bi-annual. This festival has join-venture with Graz Vokal.Total a cappella competition.
festival.tcmc.org.tw

The Aca Champs, as it is endearingly known as, is a programme that aims to provide positive reinforcement for all participating groups and serves as an annual testing ground for local and new pop / jazz a cappella groups to compete against one another in a friendly environment, winning prizes that would enable them to reach more performance platforms and opportunities in our society.

No future dates announced yet for the following Asian events:

Hong Kong International A Cappella Festival
Includes 2 open air concerts, a show in a stadium for high school students, one in a theater, and one sung by an international top act.
http://acappella.hkfyg.org.hk/chi/acappella%202012.htm

International A Cappella Festival Singapore
The A Cappella Society celebrates 5 years of excellent programming with first class vocal music from around the world! Since its start-up in 2007, our International A Cappella Festival has established itself as a month-long vocal extravaganza featuring top A Cappella groups from many countries and various styles!
In 2012, our line up will again be highlighted by some of the best a cappella groups from around the world, incorporating groups from Europe, America, including an Asian segment with leading groups from Taiwan and China. Local a cappella groups will also be presenting their music alongside the international groups.
www.a-cappella.org.sg

International A Cappella Summit Forum (Taipei, Taiwan) – bi-annual
Vocal Asia gathers important figures from each Asian
country together to present each region’s A Cappella development and potential collaborations in the future between regions.  Presenters include Angelina Choo (Singapore), Ray Chu (Taiwan), Kwok-Tung Fung (Hong Kong & Macau), Sungmo Han (Korea), Kaichiro Kitamura (Japan), Jin Wang (China), as well as keynote speakers Peder Karlsson representing Europe and Deke Sharon representing the America.
www.vocalasia.com

AUSTRALIA

June 5-10, 2013
Melbourne International Singers Festival
Performers include The Idea of North and clinicians from all over the world, including world-renowned performers and conductors, will be involved with this festival.

http://www.singersfestival.org/
Get Vocal 2013 – Melbourne Vocal Music Festival
www.vocalaustralia.com

AFRICA

No future dates announced yet
Namibia International Vocal Festival, Windhoek (Namibia)
The 2012 festival was hosted by Vocal Motion Six, feat. Rajaton
www.facebook.com/pages/Namibia-Vocal-Festival/273174429407585?sk=wall

And now it’s your turn: If you have something to add, let us know right away to make this list better and better. If you are an event organizer, you’re invited to write to me or the Vocal Blog to help us tell our readers what makes your festival unique and why it should be on this list. Looking forward to your links, tips and recommendations.