7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 22

Newman Center for the Performing Arts

For the contestants

Registration for this year’s competition is closed. Thank you to all who submitted applications. Invitations to compete will be sent by May 25.

If you are planning to attend Acappellooza, then you’ll want to visit this page. If you want to compete in this year’s contest, then you are in the right place. Please read the information below for official rules of this year’s competition. Then, fill out the entry form at the bottom of this page.


7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 22

Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts
2344 East Iliff Ave., Denver, CO

Purchase tickets online at newmantix.com/sor. Use coupon code SOREARLYBIRD by May 15 for a 10% discount. Performers do not need to purchase tickets.

Email contact@soundoftherockies.com with any questions.


This competition is designed with several goals:

  • Entertain the audience.
  • Highlight some of the best vocal groups in the Denver region.
  • Increase exposure for participating groups.
  • Inspire groups to achieve new heights of artistry and creativity through a healthy, respectful, lively, yet playful competition.

Apply to compete

Any group wishing to compete in Acappellooza 2019 must submit information and digital media using the form below.


Prizes will be awarded to the winners as follows:

  • $1000.00 – 1st
  • $500.00 – 2nd
  • $250.00 – 3rd
  • $100.00 – 4th


Acappellooza is free! There is no fee to apply.


  1. REGISTER: Complete this initial application ASAP. The form is at the bottom of this page.
  2. SUBMIT VIDEO APPLICATION:  Send a link for a new or recent video of your group to the host. This best way to do this is to upload your video to YouTube or DropBox and then share the link. You can also send any additional information if you wish. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. MDT, May 17, 2019.
  3. ACCEPT: We’ll evaluate your materials and email you by May 25, 2019 to let you know if your group is invited to participate. If so, please accept (or decline) by the date provided in the invitation.


Any group of any style or composition may enter this contest. Groups may include three to 18 singers. Performers may not compete in more than one group.

In the interest of expanding the breadth of music presented, groups from area Barbershop Harmony Society and Sweet Adeline International choruses are not eligible to compete in this year’s Acappellooza. However, if individual members belong to other (non-barbershop) a cappella groups, they may compete.


Groups shall perform for no more than 10 minutes. Time will start with the first deliberate sung or spoken utterance, choreography or blowing of a pitch, and shall run continuously through applause and performance until the last deliberate sung or spoken utterance, choreography or blowing of a pitch.


All competing groups will receive the order of performances and approximate time schedule on site on the day of performance.


A panel of celebrity judges will judge the event. Each judge will rate the group in its musicality, originality and overall impact. Members of the audience will text their vote at the end of the first phase of judging. Repertoire and choreograph should be appropriate for family audiences. All performances must be completely a cappella with no instruments.


Groups will provide a short introduction for the emcee/host to use. Four (4) groups will be invited to perform at Acappellooza 2019. For each group, a different and interesting introduction is desired. Please make your introduction short, sweet and specific. The emcee may edit your submission as needed.


Phase 1: After all groups have performed, each judge will rank the groups in order of preference. First place receives 4 points; second place, 3 points, etc. Each audience member will have the opportunity to cast a single vote via smart phone. The audience favorite receives 4 points; second place receives 3 points, etc. The aggregated scores (from judges and the audience vote) will be used to choose the top two groups.

Phase 2: The top two groups will return to the stage after intermission. First place receives 2 points; second place receives 1 point. These scores will be added to the Phase 1 scores to determine the final ranking of all the groups. The announcements of placement and cash prizes will follow.


Up to 18 wireless microphones are typically available at the competition. We also have area mics. Groups may perform on mic or off mic at their discretion.

Requests regarding mixing and effects made to the sound engineer will be honored where possible, including the request to enhance bass, vocal percussion, leads or to “use your best judgment.” In the absence of any contrary instructions, the engineer will be instructed to provide microphone responses of approximately equal volume and NOT to do any mixing which would affect the balance of parts during the show.

A sound check is not absolutely guaranteed. If a sound check is provided, all groups shall have approximately the same amount of time to sound check.


At the discretion of the host, groups may sell merchandise immediately following the concert. Please notify the host if your group wishes to sell merchandise. Acappellooza 2019 does not sell merchandise for groups so groups must provide all necessary manpower, security and supervision required to sell their merchandise.


By performing and competing, and by accepting the benefits of publicity derived from appearing in the event, and by accepting any awards, all participants agree that the host has the following rights:

Sound of the Rockies may use the name, story, recorded performance and likeness of any group or any of its members or directors or other supporting persons to promote a cappella generally or to promote any of our programs or materials without any payment to a group or its members.

Sound of the Rockies may record in analog or digital video, photograph, audio or by any other means, the group and/or its members and support persons for archival, promotional or distribution purposes, whether digital or analog.

All participants agree to hold Sound of the Rockies harmless and indemnify them from any and all claims which may arise in connection with their participation in Acappellooza 2019, including but not limited to personal injury, intentional infliction of emotional distress, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, slander and libel.


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