International Championships of A Cappella
The Varsity Vocals International Championship of A Cappella is the only international tournament that showcases the art of student a cappella singing. Its programs include both the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) and the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA), and both are dedicated to providing top-notch collegiate a cappella groups with valuable feedback from our highly qualified judges. Our young vocalists also have the opportunity to showcase their talent to an international audience and develop relationships with each other, cultivating the art of a cappella singing and a lifelong love of music.
Each year, our tournament takes place from January through April in six regions: West, Midwest, South, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Europe. Each region holds several quarterfinal events. The top two college groups at each quarterfinal advance to college semifinals, and the top high school group advances to high school semifinals. The winner of each semifinal is invited to participate in finals, held in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where they compete for cash prizes and the coveted title of Grand Champion.
Founded in 1996 by Adam Farb and Deke Sharon, the ICCA tournament takes place from January through April in seven regions: West, Midwest, South, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, New England, and Western Europe.
The ICCA has been presented by Varsity Vocals since 1999, when it was purchased by Don Gooding (a-cappella.com, Contemporary A Cappella Publishing). In 2005, the success of the ICCA produced a spin-off competition, the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA).