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. By the way, you can add your festival ideas there or via e-mail to email@example.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.
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 featured 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.
April 28, 2012
Prague A Cappella Festival, Prague (CZE)
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, featuring The Real Group (, Rockapella and many more.
May 27-28, 2012
17. Sparkassen A Cappella Festival im Westfalenpark, Dortmund (GER)
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.
July 29 – August 4, 2012
Crest Vocal Jazz Festival, Crest (FRA)
August 4-11, 2012
Vocal Pop & Jazz Days, Oberhausen (GER)
August 16-19, 2012
The Real Group 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. Find the link to the 119-page programme book (not complete yet, but already very impressive) here and watch an video invitation by The Real Group themselves.
August 23-27, 2012
Ohrid Choir Festival (Macedonia)
August 24-25, 2012
Nuits des choeurs / Stemmen onder de Sterren, Braine-l’Alleud (BEL)
August 29 – September 1, 2012
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.
September 13-16, 2012
Acappellica, Hamburg (GER)
First season for the new “vocalhamburgfestival”. Good luck! Acts 2012: maybebop
September 28 – October 03, 2012
sangeslust, Bayreuth (GER)
Second 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.
September 29-30, 2012
VocalZone, Kiev (UKR)
Hosted by Man Sound, 2012 will be 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.
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 „Prinzregententheater“ this year), 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, 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.
No future events/dates announced yet:
chor.com, Dortmund (GER)
Vocal Jazz Summit, Mainz (GER)
Vokalarm, Trondheim (NOR)
January 27-29, 2012
Los Angeles A Cappella Festival (LAAF)
The Professional Showcase featuring Duwende, Pentatonix, and Hookslide alone was reason enough to attend this festival. As the CASA festivals now typically feature, there was also a scholastic competition which this year featured 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 was a collaborative recording, workshops with arranging wizard Tom Anderson, and a recording workshop with Diovoce’s Dave Sperandio. A noteworthy workshop was “Crafting Your Sound World,” which was taught by none other than Christopher Harrison from Sonos.
February 10-11, 2012
Amplify A Cappella Festival, Providence, RI
A festival sponsored and produced by Liquid 5th Productions? Had to be good. At this recently-announced festival, taking place in Providence, Rhode Island, the Professional Showcase featured 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 were workshops with many of the folks from Duwende, Transit, and Liquid 5th as well as the omnipresent Jonathan Minkoff.
February 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 included 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, donated 100% of the proceeds to charity including the Alzheimer’s Association and local choral programs. This year’s festival included two different Saturday night concerts, one early and one later in the evening. The early concert featured MAXX Factor, Blue Jupiter, Masai Electro, and Julia Easterlin. The late concert featured Pentatonix, The Edge Effect (feat. former members of the original Mosaic), Da Capo, and Alex Greenfield. There was also a Sunday matinee concert featuring Pentatonix (again), Afro Blue, Julia Easterlin, Da Capo, and Alex Greenfield.
March 31, 2012
East Texas A Cappella Celebration 2012 featuring the Swingle Singers
Clearly Vocal and the City of Tyler presented the fourth-annual East Texas A Cappella Celebration, featuring multiple Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble The Swingle Singers from London, England. The unique event was held at 7 P.M., Saturday, March 31, 2012, at the newly-renovated Liberty Hall in downtown Tyler, Texas. Clearly Vocal, award-winning a cappella vocal jazz group from Tyler, hosts the event. In addition, 2011 champions of the International Competition of High School A Cappella, PFC from Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio, made a special appearance. As part of the East Texas A Cappella Celebration, the Swingle Singers presented a workshop earlier in the day on March 31 for area singers and vocal ensembles.
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 was 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!
April 13-15, 2012
Toronto Vocal Arts Festival (CAN)
2012 line-up featured The Swingle Singers, The New York Voices and The Nylons.
April 22, 2012
Montreal’s first a cappella festival was held at Sala Rosa in Montreal, QC and there was a variety of American and Canadian groups from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels including a few collegiate groups from New York and Montreal’s own McGill University, as well as some semi-professional or part-time groups and classical groups as well. For more information, check out the website below.
July 13-15, 2012
VoCALnation, Washington D.C.
This year’s festival will be held in Washington D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland for the first time. To date, the only announced performers are the Cluster, making their U.S. debut, and Afro-Blue. Applications for instructors were recently due, and we will provide more information on workshops and performers as it becomes available.
November 2-4, 2012
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
March 9-10 2012
Youth A Cappella Weekend, Singapore (SIN)
Featuring OUT OF THE BLUE of Yale University and local youth a cappella groups, TAS Youth Voices, TAG, Huayi Secondary Pop Choir. The A Cappella Society celebrated the power of the human voice with the effervescence of youths in a special weekend, highlighting youth a cappella groups in action at The Joyden Hall at Iluma! OUT OF THE BLUE of Yale University opened the weekend with their original arrangements of familiar and favourite songs to all at their maiden spring tour to Singapore! Featuring TAS Youth Voices and TAS Children’s Pop and Jazz Choir, with special guests TAS Voices, VocaBlends, TAG (Temasek Secondary School A Cappella Group) and the Huayi Secondary Pop Choir.The TAS Youth Voices returned to the stage with fresh effervescence, performing standards and fresh arrangements of contemporary songs and interactive programming to engage the audiences and make EVERYBODY SING!
March 25 – April 28, 2012
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 “Rockapella”.
March 17- April 1, 2012
Spring Vocal Festival, Taipei (Taiwan)
Taiwan Choral Music Center gathered all local A Cappella groups for a day of A Cappella marathon. Triu from Austria and Les Grandes Gueules from France were also invited to attend this gathering. After the main day, International groups started their tour concerts adventure.
April 21, 2012
FAN – Festival of A Cappella Nagoya (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.
October 8-12, 2011
Vocal Asia Festival(Taipei, Taiwan)
One of Asia’s biggest festivals dedicated to
contemporary A Cappella, including The Real Group concerts, A Cappella
marathon, and Vocal Asia Camp, which is a 3-day workshops lead by world
renowned A Cappella musicians including The Real Group, Peder Karlsson, and Kaichiro Kitamura for groups coming from all over Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan.
August 8-13, 2011
Shanghai A Cappella Festival (Shanghai, China)
Vocal Asia hosted 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.
August 27-30, 2012
Vocal Asia Festival (Shanghai, China)
One of Asia’s biggest festivals dedicated to contemporary
A Cappella, including Slixs (formerly known as Stouxingers) concerts and their latest A Cappella theater production “Vocal Virus” shows, A Cappella
marathon, and Vocal Asia Camp, which is a 3-day workshops lead by world
renowned A Cappella musicians including Slixs and Tobias Hug from the Swingle Singers for groups coming from all over Asia, including Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
October 1-31, 2012
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.
October 7, 2011
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.
October 13-28, 2012
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.
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.
December 12-16, 2012
2nd International Choir Competition, Hué City (Vietnam)
Hosted by Förderverein Interkultur e.V.
March 13-18, 2012
Get Vocal Melbourne A Cappella Festival
VocCologne, Köln (GER)
One top act (2011: The Real Group, 2012: maybebop, 2013: ?) and a fantastic workshop programme hosted by Cologne Musikhochschule.
January 19th, 2013
Lievekamp A Cappella Evening, Oss (NED)
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.
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)
Aug 1-9, 2013
XXI Choralies, Vaison-la-Romaine (FRA)
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.