AUS-ACA: National A Capella Championship

As the proud home of A Cappella in Australia, Vocal Australia has expanded AUS-ACA in 2014 to include the first truly National competition for a cappella groups of all styles / genres. 

AUS-ACA 2014 square for facebookVocal Australia is the Australian Ambassador to CASA (Contemporary A Cappella Society of America) and has chosen to produce AUS-ACA after being inspired by the growth and talent of the international a cappella community. A community that is evolving and flourishing through participation and exposure to a cappella through competition programs such as the ICCAs (International Championship of Collegiate  A Cappella) and the ICHSAs (International Championship of High School A Cappella). You may be aware that the ICCAs was the inspiration for the recent hit a cappella movie PITCH PERFECT. You may also be aware that an ICCA group provide the vocals for The Warblers on GLEE.

Entry is open to all Australian and New Zealand Vocal Groups.

There are two categories: Secondary School and University / League. For a full description of these categories please see the AUS-ACA Rules. As a guide the majority of singers in a League group should be of a post-university age, are generally auditioned and normally perform on a regular basis but are not a full time professional ensemble. 
Two pieces are to be performed, no longer than a total of 10 minutes in duration. All musical genres are acceptable. All songs must be performed 100% a cappella. No instruments permitted. Only sounds made from the voice and body allowed. 

State Finals will be held on the following dates:

  • NSW: Saturday 10 May, 2014. Sydney Conservatorium of Music - Verbrugghen Hall
  • VIC: Friday 16 May, 2014. Fed Square - Deakin Edge
  • SA: Saturday 24 May, 2014. University of Adelaide - Elder Hall
National Finals will be held on :
  • VIC: Saturday 6 September, 2014. Village Melbourne - Ormond Hall

A Wild Card Video Final will also be held. Terms and Conditions for the Wild Card Video Final will be released after the State Finals have reached full capacity.

The National A Cappella Champions (Secondary School and University / League) will both receive a Major Prize that includes an a cappella track that will be: Recorded and Produced by Chris Blain Studios (AUS), Edited by The Vocal Company (USA), Mixed by Bill Hare Productions (USA) - Grammy Winner, Mastered by Vocal Mastering (USA), Released digitally worldwide through A Cappella Records (USA) and Loudr (USA).

Special Awards will also be given in the following categories at State and National Finals: Best Band (3-10 Singers), Ensemble (11+ Singer), Barbershop, Classical, Comedy, Contemporary, Jazz Song, Soloist, Vocal Percussionist, Original Composition (must be by a current singer in the group).

Application forms and entry fees are due by:

  • Early Bird Rate: Friday 20 December 2013 at 11:59pm AEDT
  • Full Rate: Friday 28 February 2014 at 11:59pm AEDT
  • Wild Card: Friday 30 May 2014 at 11:59pm AEST