Competitors | Important Dates | Competition Format | Submission Guidelines


  • Acasola – California State University, Northridge
  • Bruin Harmony – University of California, Los Angeles
  • Divisi – University of Oregon
  • Legacy – LA Area Community Group
  • Uniting Voices – University of California, Irvine
  • Unstrumental – Calabasas High School
  • Voicebox – University of Central Florida

Dates to Remember

  • December 10, 2018: Submission deadline.
  • December 21, 2018: Competitors announced.
  • February 8, 2019: LAAF 2019 Competition.


ROUND 1 – Leap of Faith:

Dubbed the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles is the place where artists flock to catch their big break. With dreams of one day seeing their names in big marquee lights or immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, that first leap of faith is imperative. You have 7 minutes to take a leap, to show us your passion and resolve to follow your dreams and make it in the City of Angels.

ROUND 2: Mic Drop

The beauty in a cappella lies in a group’s ability to combine voices to tell a story. This is your chance to give the judges one last song (max. 4 minutes) that tells YOUR group’s story. Using purposeful movement and showcasing your group’s unique talents, leave it all on the floor!

Submission Instructions

Groups are eligible to apply for the 2019 LAAF Scholastic Competition if they are made up entirely of full-time students OR are a recognized student group affiliated with a high school, college or university and adhere to college/university student group bylaws. Groups that are formed with the intention to earn a profit, provide mentorship and coaching, or otherwise seek to book headlining performances are not qualified to apply for the scholastic competition, but are encouraged to engage the LAAF production team for other opportunities. All questions regarding this rule should be directed to a LAAF 2019 producer.

Here’s what we are looking for from you:


It can be in rehearsal, in concert, on the street corner or in your garage — we just need to see enough a cappella to know your particular musical version of awesome. However, you’re more than welcome to use some of your time to tell us why you should be selected for the LAAF competition! This video should be a genuine representation of your group, so show us what makes you different! If you only need one song to do so — so be it. However, as this is an all-voices competition, your music submissions must be a cappella, and the video has to be of members from this school year (the 2018-2019 school year). Furthermore, all submissions must have unedited/raw audio so as to reflect the clearest version of the sound that you will bring to the competition should you be selected; remember, there’s no Melodyne in a live performance! All arrangements and material will be considered. Video submissions over 10 minutes and with any form of post-production could be docked/disqualified by the Selection Committee. Remember that they are your ticket into the competition so consider the viewer experience when submitting! It’s time to put your best foot forward.

The Selection Committee is a random selection of experienced A cappella judges (some from ICCA), professionals, and enthusiasts from around the country. Neither the Competition Judges nor the LAAF Producers are part of the Selection Committee to ensure as fair a competition process as possible.


Make sure that you title the video ‘LAAF 2019 Scholastic Competition – (Insert your group name here)’, and make sure to use the video info section of the uploader to indicate your school and title/arranger for each song on the recording. Please also include a roster of those appearing in the video. You do not have to record the songs that you’ll be competing with, but it will not hurt your chances. Again the Selection Committee is different than the Competition Judges and the latter won’t see your work until you step onto the LAAF stage. It is wise to set your video as private/unlisted, but not required.


Submit your video. Make sure to include all requested information and paste in a link to your YouTube video. Your group’s info and video link will be sent to a diverse committee that will choose the six groups.


You will be notified when you are able to purchase your group’s LAAF Weekend Passes. Please note: YOUR GROUP MUST PURCHASE WEEKEND PASSES FOR ALL ATTENDING MEMBERS TO BE CONSIDERED TO COMPETE. SORRY, NO EXCEPTIONS. All tickets are non-refundable, so make sure you have your ducks in a row before you buy.


The Selection Committee will announce the competing groups within 2 weeks of the submission deadline.
Superlatives for this show will be at Competition judges’ discretion. The show will be formatted as follows, so plan your sets accordingly 🙂