Glee College A Cappella Competition Application OPEN

United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County

EVENT DATE: Saturday, April 23, 2022  EVENT LOCATION & TIME: Carlisle Theatre at 7 pm

Judged by a panel of musical experts and MC’d by local television personalitiesBrett Thackara & Kendra Nichols from abc27


  • One-day competition runs from 7 pm to 10 pm – Eight (8) selected, premier college a cappella groups from the region will be competing against each other for the top 3 spots. The top 3 scoring groups will compete in a sing-off to become this year’s College A Cappella Grand Champion. 
  • Winning group will receive a $500 Cash Prize + awards
  • Additional awards given for Outstanding Percussion, Choreography and Vocalist
  • See more details below application


  • CLOSED FOR 2022 : Please submit the following required information by January 31, 2022 (Note Special consideration for ICCA competitors)
  1. Complete Online (below) or email PDF Application Form – All entries will be notified via email that their submission has been received. If for some reason you do not hear from us, please contact us for a downloadable application. (If emailing send to: [email protected])
  2. Include 2 or more Audition Video(s)/Audio Link(s) or recordings – ICCA videos are acceptable (if emailing send to: [email protected])


  • All groups must sing a cappella. 
  • No entrance fee to enter competition.
  • Applicants will receive a confirmation email one your application is received.  Registrants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All applicants will hear from us as to the status of their applicationWe will select the top 8 groups, plus 2 alternate groups, in the event of unforeseen illness or ICCA advancement. 
  • SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: ICCA competitors may apply and be accepted with the understanding that should you advance in ICCA’s and need to withdrawal your application, that will be acceptable.
  • A competitor packet will be sent to you with details about your acceptance. 
  • The final line-up time slots will be sent 1 week prior to the competition.
  • Your initial competition performance set should be 9 – 12 minutes. It must not exceed 12 minutes.
  • Top 3 scoring groups will perform a 2nd set of 7 – 10 minutes. It must not exceed 10 minutes.
  • Awards also given for: Choreography, Percussion and Soloist
  • More details at:
  • Questions: [email protected]


• Please prepare 2 sets:  1- General Competition Set & 1- (potential) Finals Set. Should you be in the top 3 groups after the general competition, you will advance to the finals and perform a 2nd set.

• Set 1 -Should be no greater than 12 Minutes and between 9-12 minutes

• Set 2– Please DO NOT repeat any songs you have already performed in set 1.  Set should be between 7-10 minutes, again not greater than 10 minutes.

• Sound Checks will be offered between 3 – 5 pm the day of the event.  If you have any scheduling concerns that you would like me to be aware of, please let me know as soon as possible. You will have a designated time.

  • The warm-up space will be open from 5 – 8 pm and each group will have a designated time to warm up.  That is a CHECK-IN location. Please check-in between 5 -6:30 p.m.
  • Watch for a final Competition Schedule to be emailed 1 week prior to performance.  This will include: Sound Check, Warm Up info, Performance Report Time and Estimated Performance Time. Note every effort is made to accommodate travel and scheduling concerns. Please keep us informed should your group have any concerns.


  • We have 6 judges who each may award 100 points for a total potential of 600 per group.
    • Vocal Performance: 70%
    • Balance/Blend
    • Arrangement
    • Interpretation
    • Soloists
    • Intonation/Pitch
    • Tone Quality
    • Dynamics
    • Diction
    • Visual Performance: 30%
    • Cohesiveness/Transition/Blocking
    • Energy & Stage Presence of Group
    • Quality of Presentation
    • Creativity of Movement & Use of the stage
    • The finals set should not include a song used earlier in the competition! If a song is repeated from set 1, a 10 point deduction will apply.
  • Scores from each judge are tallied and the highest scoring 3 groups will perform as finalists.  
  • Finals are scored the same way, and the winning group is based on the highest score from the combination of BOTH rounds.
  • In the event of a tie for the 3 finalists of the general competition, we will allow 4 groups to compete in the finals. 
  • In the event of a tie in the finals, we will have a One-Song-Sing-Off between the tied groups.


All groups are asked to report to the outer lobby of the theatre for instruction at your designated time (see Schedule). It is either 9:10 (right after intermission) or 9:15 (right after intermission) depending on your performance time!

  • All groups will be IN THE THEATRE by 9:20
  • We will announce the Special Awards after all groups are in the theatre. These awards can be presented to ANY GROUP!
  • Please come to the stage if your name is called to receive your award!  For Choreography we ask that the choreographer (submitted) come up to receive that award on behalf of that group.
  • Then we will announce the top three groups in NO PARTICULAR ORDER
  • The top 3 groups will compete in the FINALS.  All remaining groups are WELCOME TO REMAIN IN THE THEATRE TO WATCH THE FINALS.
  • Final performance must be between 7 and 9 minutes. 
  • The finals set should not include a song used earlier in the competition! If a song is repeated from set 1, a 10 point deduction will apply.
  • Scores from this performance, combined with round 1, will determine overall Grand Champion.
  • Trophies will be given to top three groups and medals & cash will be awarded to the Grand Champions!
  • If your group wins Grand Champion, we are asking you to have your group ready to sing one more time after all other awards have been presented. The song(s) should not be a song used earlier in the competition 


Feel free to contact JoAnn Curtis, Event Coordinator, 717-701-0404 or [email protected]