2018 Aca-Challenge Lineup: 6 Groups Vying For Title In DC

The fifth annual Aca-Challenge is bringing together six groups to the historic Sixth & I stage in Washington D.C. this Saturday night to compete for top honors and a $1,000 prize.

Who will be the 2018 champion? Watch LIVE on FloVoice beginning at 7 PM EDT to find out!

The Workshop

A mixed group out of NYC, The Workshop sings a mix of top 40 pop, indie, hip-hop, and soul and has graced stages in the city, at SingStrong, and on YouTube since forming in 2012.


The 2015 DC Aca-Idol champions, 2016 NY Aca-Idol champions, and 2017 NY Harmony Sweepstakes champions certainly have competitions down to a science. Formed by alumni of Central Connecticut State University, this mixed group out of Hartford, CT, is known for creative competition set themes. Will this year’s theme get them a new title?

Word of Mouth

This D.C.-based mixed group formed in 2011 and won the first-ever Aca-Challenge in 2014. Filled with former collegiate a cappella superstars, Word of Mouth prides itself on intricate arrangements, passionate performances, and stellar soloists.

The BluesTones

This fierce group of ladies from James Madison University has nearly 20 years of tradition, numerous tours, and award-winning studio recordings. Known for powerful performances and unique arrangements, this group showcases everything from music majors to pre-med students, all with serious talent.

The GW Vibes

A recent ICCA semifinalist and the campus winner of The Battle of the A Cappellas, the Vibes do everything from '60s R&B to current indie rock. They also won the Audience Favorite award at the first Aca-Challenge and are a previous third-place finisher. Will this be the year the Vibes take home the victory?


This UMD group has competed in ICCA since 2013 and nabbed a third-place finish at its quarterfinal in 2017. DaCADENCE released a full album in 2016 and recently debuted a new single, both of which received critical acclaim.

The Aca-Challenge will be hosted by none other than Deke Sharon, widely known as the godfather of a cappella, and produced by champion barbershop chorus The Alexandria Harmonizers

Watch the 2018 Aca-Challenge LIVE on FloVoice!

2020 #BHSJAX Recap


After an exciting convention, new champions were named and BHS looks ahead to the International Convention in LA this July.

Hearsay Named Senior Quartet Champions

After an exciting day of contest, the Barbershop Harmony Society named Hearsay the 2020 International Senior Quartet Champions. 

A Joyful Noise at #BHSJAX

From Disney, to The Beatles, to barbershop classics, the youngest and oldest talent of the Barbershop Harmony Society shared the stage at the Florida Theatre in a marathon of chorus performances today at the BHS Midwinter Convention in Jacksonville.

Historic Day 1 at #BHSJAX

Day One at the Barbershop Harmony Society Midwinter Convention in Jacksonville started off the weekend strong with education, the Keynote Address, the 2nd ever NextGen Junior Quartet Contest, and a Champion-packed Opening Night Showcase.

The Future of Barbershop Shines at #BHSJAX

The teens of BHS took the stage as the NextGen Junior Quartet Contest enters its second year.

Debbie Cleveland Delivers Keynote About "The Families We Choose"

Ahead of the first contest at BHS Midwinter Convention in Jacksonville, Debbie Cleveland delivered the Keynote.

Chords Will Ring in Jacksonville


Pre-convention activities are underway in Jacksonville ahead of a sold out Midwinter Convention for the Barbershop Harmony Society.

2019: A Year in Review

2019 was full of aca-happenings. Here are some of the notable moments in the last year of vocal music.

Hot Pursuit Crowned 2019 Harmony Queens

It was a strong afternoon of singing at the Harmony, Inc. Quartet Finals, where Hot Pursuit was named the 2019 Harmony Queens. Scoring an 81.5%, Hot Pursuit now joins the welcome company of the Association of Harmony Queens.

Record Breaking Chorus Contest at Harmony, Inc.

With a score of 83.7% (1507) A Cappella Showcase took home their third gold medal at the 2019 Harmony, Inc. IC&C with the second highest chorus score ever. As expected, the chorus contest was exciting and hotly contested with runners-up Northern Blend finishing just 7 points behind A Cappella Showcase with an 83.3% (1500). It was the first time Harmony, Inc. saw not one, but two scores above an 83% in the same contest.