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: Joep Hopstaken, Tine Fris, Jeanine Rondas, Michele Manzotti and Casey Gallas.
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.
Jan 12-14, 2012
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.
Jan 13-15, 2012
VocCologne, Köln (GER)
One top act (2011: The Real Group, 2012: maybebop, 2013: ?) and a fantastic workshop programme hosted by Cologne Musikhochschule.
March 17-18, 2012
EverySing! Festival, Ville de Montlouis-sur-Loire (FRA)
France A Cappella exists – thanks to new festivals like EverySing! The 2012 festival will
feature concerts and workshops with Postyr Project (DEN), singer Youn Sun Nah (Korea), Ommm (FRA) and Peder Karlsson (The Real Academy).
April 20-29 April 2012
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, English rising stars VOCES8 and many more shows from pop to jazz, from classical to world music.
May 3-5, 2012
A Cappella Festival Appenzell (SWI)
One of smaller European vocal music festivals, but always worth a trip.
May 5-13, 2012
A Cappella Woche Hannover (GER)
A week of pro concert groups shows. 2012 will feature headliner The Real Group, who will also be coaching ensembles during their stay.
Stimmakrobaten Festival (GER)
Concert series with 10-15 pro and semi-pro vocal groups in the beautiful surroundings of the Sauerland mountains
June 7-10, 2012
Chorfest in Frankfurt (GER)
Choir meeting including concerts and workshops.
June 16-17, 2012
Solevoci A-Cappella International Contest (ITA)
Italy’s most successful vocal music event with both competition and international festival.
July 23-26, 2012
vokal total, 13th International A Cappella Competition, Graz (AUT)
Europe’s most prestigious a cappella competition; opening day with „Emperor of the Mic“ beatbox competition.
August 4-11, 2012
Vocal Pop & Jazz Days, Oberhausen (GER)
August 16-19, 2012
The Real Vocal Festival, Stockholm (SWE)
This festival, in Sweden will feature such European powerhouses as The Real Group, Rajaton, Postyr Project, the Swingle Singers, and Jake Moulton, among others. With a lineup like that, there is simply no reason (other than perhaps expense) not to go.
August 23-27, 2012
Ohrid Choir Festival (Macedonia)
September 13-16, 2012
Acappellica, Hamburg (GER)
First season for the new Hamburg a cappella event. Good luck!
Fool Moon International A Cappella Festival (HUN)
Hosted by Hungarian No. 1 vocal group Fool Moon.
Zoom+ Festival, Trnva (Slowakia)
October 9 – November 9, 2012
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.
October 12 - December 8, 2012
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. maybebop will perform in the prestigious „Prinzregententheate“ this Yard), this
festival doesn’t present the top 10 international groups, but still has an amazing list
of extraordinary a cappella acts, who sang in Oktoberfest City.
October 17-21, 2012
Festival Espoochor, Espoo (FIN)
Hosted by Finnish vocal group Club for Five (artistic directors), this event is in its tenth season and will attract international choirs and vocal ensembles.
October 30 – November 4, 2012
Polyfollia Festival and Competition, Saint-Lo (FRA)
Choir festival, mostly classical and: Huge!
No future events/dates announced yet:
chor.com, Dortmund (GER)
Vocal Jazz Summit, Mainz (GER)
Vokalarm, Trondheim (NOR)
Jan 27-29, 2012 (SOON!)
Los Angeles A Cappella Festival (LAAF)
The Professional Showcase featuring Duwende, Pentatonix, and Hookslide alone is reason to attend this festival. As the CASA festivals now typically feature, there is also a scholastic competition which this year will feature U of Oregon’s On the Rocks, the UCLA Scattertones, Cal Poly Take it SLO, UCLA Bruin Harmony, UCLA Random Voices, and Calabasas High School Unstrumental. Also becoming more standard for the CASA festivals, there will be a collaborative recording, workshops with arranging wizard Tom Anderson, and a recording workshop with Diovoce’s Dave Sperandio. A noteworthy workshop is “Crafting Your Sound World,” which is taught by none other than Christopher Harrison from Sonos. Looks like some tickets are still available.
Feb 10-11, 2012
Amplify A Cappella Festival, Providence, RI
A festival sponsored and produced by Liquid 5th Productions? Gonna be good. At this recently-announced festival, taking place in Providence, Rhode Island, the Professional Showcase will feature Transit and Duwende. The website says the goal of the festival is to raise funds to “inject resources back into the a cappella community,” including the creation of an A Cappella Licensing Fund which will help groups pay for the licensing necessary to make their performances legal. Sounds like a great goal, and there will be workshops with many of the folks from Duwende, Transit, and Liquid 5th as well as the omnipresent Jonathan Minkoff. Tickets are still available.
Feb 10-11, 2012
NE-Voices High School A Cappella Festival, Wilmington, MA
The same weekend as Amplify A Cappella, and only a state away (Massachusetts), the relevant headlining groups at this festival include Redline (hosting the Friday night competition), Firedrill!, and Pitch Slapped. Originally designed for high school groups, the organizers have opened up many of the events to collegiate groups as well.
March, 23-25, 2012
Sing Strong, Reston, VA
This year’s festival, in Reston, Virginia, will donate 100% of the proceeds to charity including the Alzheimer’s Association and local choral programs. The schedule has not yet been announced (I will update when it has), but last year’s headliners included Street Corner Symphony, The Bobs, The Essentials, The Glue, West Side 5, and Blue Jupiter, so you know they aim for top talent. More as the information is released….
April 13-15, 2012
Boston Sings A Cappella (BOSS)
This festival is essentially a collaboration of past festivals East Coast A Cappella Summit and Social Media in A Cappella (SMACC). Despite the Professional Showcase headliners Cadence, Traces, and Redline, the biggest news about this festival is that it will feature the first ever Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA) live awards ceremony, hosted by Ball in the House, going so far as to have a red carpet! Should be fun and exciting. In other big news for me- I will be attending this festival.
April 13-15, 2012
Toronto Vocal Arts Festival (CAN)
2012 line-up features The Swingle Singers, The New York Voices and The Nylons.
VoCALnation, Washington D.C.
No information has been released yet, but I would suspect the festival will be hosted by Euphonism (or maybe Vox Pop). This is a festival geared primarily towards helping Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) groups get started or get better, but is open to anyone. I attended last year’s festival in New York City, and will never be the same. As soon as more information is available, I will post it here.
SoJam A Cappella Festival, Durham, NC
Harmony Sweepstakes Festival
Terrific and often-overlooked, this annual competition begins in February and runs through April with 8 regional competitions (New York, Boston, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, Virginia, Olympia Washington, and San Francisco) and then a final competition in California on May 12, 2012 in San Rafael, California. Past winners or finalists have included some groups you may have heard of, including 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 master classes, they should most certainly be on your radar.
Also, don’t forget the various ICCA and ICHSA competitions beginning soon and culminating with the Finals in NYC on April 27-28, 2012.
August 29 – September 01, 2012
Namibia International Vocal Festival, Windhoek (Namibia)
hosted by Vocal Motion Six, feat. Rajaton
Asian festivals will be added in the next update of this list.
March 13-18, 2012
Get Vocal Melbourne A Cappella Festival
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 all continents.
June 5-9, 2013
Tampere Vocal Music Festival (FIN)
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 a Vocal Blog post of your own and tell our readers what makes your festival unique and why it should be on this list. Looking forward to your links, tipps and recommendations.