SING! The Texas Vocal Arts Festival, November 16–17, Rockwall


Thank you for submitting to be part of the Sing! Texas Scholastic Competition! Sing! Texas, in partnership with the A Cappella Education Association, is excited to bring performance opportunities to area a cappella groups in multiple divisions. This year, we are opening up our Scholastic Competition to include one middle school/junior high a cappella group, six high school a cappella groups, and six collegiate a cappella groups. We have reached out to accomplished performers, directors, arrangers and educators to help us evaluate the performances and give as many groups as possible an opportunity to perform at this year's festival. Please read the application guidelines below in order to guarantee a fair selection process for you and all other participating groups.

All submissions must be uploaded in one single video link to as an "unlisted" video. Please make sure your submission has your group name, school name (if applicable), and school district name (if applicable) in the video title. In the description, please put the date of the recording as well as each song's title, original artist, and arranger. You may record your songs separately and then edit them into one video. However, the raw performance footage itself cannot be edited or cut in any way in order to preserve the live nature of your submission. (i.e. You cannot edit the performances, but you can edit them together into one video as long as you don't alter the original takes). Videos should include two songs and not exceed seven minutes in length.

Video recordings may only include members of the group from the 2018–2019 roster. Submissions must be uploaded and submitted in the 2018 Festival Application form in order to be accepted. Groups accepted into the Scholastic Competition will be notified by email.


Music Elements: Evaluates the degree to which the performer brings the song and arrangement to life. This is accomplished with consistent and aligned rhythm and groove while the music exhibits exceptional musical contrast and clear phrasing, with energetic, creative, and appropriate background vocals. Scoring in Rhythm, Groove, Musicality, and Vocalization.

Performance Elements: Evaluates the degree to which the performer delivers the song visually and emotionally. This is achieved through performance aspects including ensemble movement and emotional connection, stylistic solo singing, and the overall execution of the intended plan. Scoring in Visual Presentation, Solo, General Effect, Look & Style.

Vocal Elements: Elements judge evaluates the degree to which the performer achieves artistic singing in the a cappella idiom. This is accomplished with quality, resonant, healthy ensemble and solo singing that is well balanced and unified and consistently in tune. Scoring in Ensemble Tone Quality, Intonation, Balance & Unity.

The A Cappella Education Association category rubrics can be found by clicking on each of the category headings above.


The Sing! Texas Festival Scholastic Competition has openings for the following groups:

  1. ONE Junior High/Middle School group—performing two songs as the opening act to the Scholastic Competition
  2. SIX High School groups—performing two to three songs in the Scholastic Competition, from pitch blown to exit off stage sets are no longer than 12 minutes.
  3. SIX College/University groups—performing two to three songs in the Scholastic Competition, from pitch blown to exit off stage sets are no longer than 12 minutes.


There is no entry fee for the Video Application Process. All participants of the Sing! Texas Festival and Scholastic competitors of the group will need to purchase an All-Access Sing! Texas Festival pass for $60.00. For groups, you will receive one FREE All-Access pass for every 10 tickets purchased.


The selected Junior High/Middle School group will receive professional promotional photos & video of their performance and a masterclass.

One high school group and one college/university group will be announced at the end of the performances on Friday night. The winner of each division will receive a coaching session with Deke Sharon on Saturday, an additional soundcheck, a performance on the Saturday Night Showcase opening for our headliners, From the Roots, professional photos and video of their Showcase performance, and a recording opportunity compliments of Viridian Productions.


Groups accepted into the Scholastic Competition will be contacted via the email address included in the Video Application online form. In the email to the director will be a Competitors Form that will need to be completed in order to accept your performance spot. If not completed, your group will forfeit its performance spot and it will be offered to a different group.

Each selected group for the Scholastic Competition will need to arrive on Friday, November 16 by 12:00 p.m. and will be provided a ten-minute soundcheck, a rehearsal time, and a fifty-minute masterclass with one of our headlining Faculty & Clinicians for 2018. Selected groups must commit to staying through the entire festival (Saturday night, end of show). The Sing! Texas Festival staff will work with the directors of each group to communicate the details of the schedule in advance.


All performances will be held in the beautiful 1,500 seat Performing Arts Center at Rockwall ISD (1201 T L Townsend Drive, Rockwall, TX 75087). Sound & Tech for the performance will be managed by The Vocal Company with 18 wireless microphones available to each performing group.


Festival concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Friends, family and the general public do not have to purchase the All-Access passes in order to attend the individual concerts. Individual tickets for each concert night are available for $25 each online or 30 minutes before the shows in the lobby at the Rockwall ISD Performing Arts Center. Those who purchase All-Access passes for $60 can attend all workshops, classes, rehearsals, and both concerts.


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