Tom Anderson – @randomnotesllc
Tom Anderson’s arrangements can be heard on multiple issues of the BOCA, Sing!, and Voices Only compilations and on the hit NBC a cappella showcase “The Sing-Off”. His arranging clients include 5-time Grammy winners the Swingle Singers, award-winning a cappella solo artist Peter Hollens, ICCA champions Pitch Slapped, and dozens of other vocal groups across the country (and occasionally beyond). A former member of pro a cappella groups Ball in the House and Four Shadow and original music director of UW-Eau Claire Fifth Element, Tom is the founder and owner of Random Notes LLC, an arranging service specializing in vocal music for groups of all styles, makeups, and abilities, and situated cozily online at www.random-notes.com.
Andrea Asuaje is the social media program manager for CASA and an alumna of the University of Florida’s No Southern Accent. Asuaje currently works as an online journalist for the Miami Herald. She is in a serious, polyamorous, long-term relationship with the Internet and a cappella music. She also likes to bake.
Dr Kevin Badanes has been directing and singing with cappella small ensembles for twenty five years. His Virginia Tech Chamber Singers were the only American choir selected for the San Juan Coro international festival in 2002. Badanes is the founder and musical director of Avante, the professional a cappella vocal jazz octet based in the Triangle. He is in demand as a clinician, conductor, and arranger, and has presented performers and classes on small ensemble singing at the American Choral Director’s Association festivals in New York, Virgina and West Virginia. Kevin Badanes has conducted clinics with high school and college ensembles on subjects of rehearsal efficiency, blend, tuning, and how to listen.
Lo Barreiro has her fingers in a lot of aca-pies. (mmmm pie…) This former member and director of Florida State University’s AcaBelles has managed to go from having no idea what a cappella is to being a complete a cappella geek. Over the years, Lo has become an acclaimed arranger, clinician, and adjudicator for many a cappella entities and has served as a writer, event producer, and Ambassador to the Greater Boston area for CASA. Lo is currently a full time student at FSU and serves up working with The Vocal Company, arranging and blogging for her own company, Acalosophy, and singing with the ladies of Musae on her very full plate. (Remember the pie?)
Dave Baumgartner, or “dB” as he is nearly universally known, is a remarkably versatile vocal percussionist who drums with a talent that is beyond his years. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Dave is a self-taught percussionist who began developing his craft while he was still in high school, and he hasn’t stopped drumming ever since. Dave has toured the world as a sought-after instructor, performer, and workshop panelist. He was declared “The Picasso of Vocal Percussion” by the Washington Post, and has been featured in print, TV and Radio media all over the globe. Dave has performed with Vocal Tonic, Toxic Audio, 4:2:Five, Almost Recess, InPulse, Street Corner Symphony, and most recently Overdrive, to name just a few of the fantastic groups that he’s had the privilege to work with. Dave has been to almost every SoJam, and as he remembers his first SoJam performance 10 years ago, Dave feels lucky to be able to share his love of vocal percussion with you.
Ben Bram – @thebenbram
Ben Bram (@thebenbram) is a Los Angeles-based arranger, music director, producer, and educator. He has worked musically behind the scenes of The Sing-Off, Glee, The Voice, Modern Family, and Pitch Perfect, and has also arranged/produced recordings with such groups as The SoCal VoCals, The Backbeats, and the YellowJackets. In addition, he is currently serving as producer, arranger, and tour manager for Pentatonix. Despite these commitments, he still loves arranging for groups everywhere! You can find him at www.thebenbram.com.
Alli Brooks has served as the Executive Producer of SoJam A Cappella Festival (2008 and 2009), Creative Director for the Alliance for A Cappella Initiatives (AACI), and as a member of the CASA Board of Directors. She is an alumna of Florida State University’s All-Night Yahtzee, the first group to make three consecutive appearances at the ICCA finals and First Runner-Up in 2008. More recently, Alli has become familiar to many as The Voice of Mouth Off!, the award-winning podcast dedicated to the world of contemporary a cappella music, “from news to reviews to personal views.” Alli currently resides in Boston, where she sings with Threadbare. In her spare time, she enjoys telling jokes and spends a considerable amount of energy crafting preposterously elaborate song parodies.
Nationally renowned a cappella producer and mixing engineer, James Cannon is best known for his work on The Chordials’ albums “Arrival” and “Smash.” His early successes launched a career that has resulted in more than 25 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards and more than 60 nominations. Cannon is also known for his innovative soundscapes, inventive a cappella drum sound and for his work on numerous singles, including The Rusty Pipes’ “For the Widows in Paradise” and The UGA Accidental’ “Crawl.” Outside of A Cappella, Cannon also produces hiphop and R&B. His most recent production “Greatest Feeling Ever” by Spits Nelson is currently in the Top 20 on Music Choice.
Rachel Chalhoub – @roguepotatoe
Rachel Chalhoub has been involved in acappella for the past ten years. A graduate from Florida State University, she has performed with both award-winning groups on campus, The FSU Acabelles and All-Night Yahtzee. Rachel was the first female vocal percussionist for All-Night Yahtzee and continues to break the VP ‘stereotype’ in her current endeavors with Long Island based vocal band, The Executive Board. She currently resides in South Florida as an elementary school computer teacher but lives for acappella, vocal performance and music education. Also, rachelismyfriend.com
Scott Cobban is a singer and the primary vocal percussionist for the Boston-based groups Overboard and Five O’Clock Shadow. Growing up, he tried his hand at a number of musical instruments, but started focusing on singing in high school. He’s been involved in a cappella since 2000 when he joined Clark University’s coed group the Clark Bars. Outside of a cappella, he’s a full-time web designer in Boston for the tech company Carbonite.
Chris Crawford – @crawtunes
Chris Crawford is the founder and president of A Cappella Records (ACR) — a San Francisco based music services company for a cappella groups. ACR currently licenses and distributes over 1800 tracks to 400 digital stores and discovery websites. Crawford has worked in the public relations and iTunes promotions department of Apple and served on the board of directors for CASA producing the monthly newsletter, A Cappella Now.
Robert Dietz has been arranging, performing, and critiquing contemporary a cappella music at all levels for over ten years. His career began in high school as director of the critically acclaimed group, Ascending Height, with whom he produced the first all-original high school a cappella album. Robert has studied at both the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney, Australia, and at the Ithaca College School of Music in Ithaca, New York where he directed the award winning all-male group, Ithacappella. In 2011 Robert was a member of the creative team for season three of NBC’s The Sing-Off. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where he sings locally with Jazz/Soul group, Level and tours nationally with The Lost Dogs. You can find him online at www.human-feedback.com.
Michael Eldredge began his love affair with music, specifically live music at a very early age in the form of musical theater. Throughout elementary school he was part of a local performing group called “The Singing Connection”. He continued his love of performance in High School where he lettered in Theater, competing in state theater competition and Shakespeare festivals. After high school he became involved with Hale Centre Theatre where he performed the role of “Young Scrooge” in the company’s production of “A Christmas Carol” for three years, during which time he was invited to be a part of “Encore”, a musical theater group at Utah Valley State University. He joined that company for a tour of Romania, returned home, and joined another local community theater group to play Conrad Birdie, in “Bye Bye Birdie”. It wasn’t until meeting Kurt Walker at Southern Virginia University that Michael was finally introduced to Contemporary A Cappella. He joined SVU’s mens a cappella group “Shameless” and took many road trips with Kurt to see performances by “The Ex-Boyfriends”, “Naturally 7″, and the ICCA competitions. All of these trips were amazing, but one would affect his life greatly for years to come. In 2004, he and Kurt drove down to North Carolina to check out a young a cappella festival called “SoJam”. A photographer by trade, Michael had his camera with him on those trips, and, with the encouragement of Dave Sperandio, has applied his talents in support of a cappella music for the last 7 years, covering events for SoJam, and now CASA. Working with a prodigious and eclectic collection of professional performers has given Michael a great appreciation for the power and artistry of well-crafted live a cappella.
Matt Emery served for three years on CASA’s board of directors and has coordinated the production of the SoJam festival and Sing! album series since 2007. He graduated from Duke University, where he sang in two vocal ensembles: the Duke University Chorale and Rhythm & Blue. He served as the musical director of the latter group for two years, arranging around 25 songs, producing two albums, and garnering multiple CARA nominations and BOCA appearances. Most recently, Matt performed for several years in the DC-based men’s early music vocal ensemble, the Suspicious Cheese Lords. Matt currently resides in Winston-Salem, NC with his wife, Lauren, and attends the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is stoked to teach at SoJam for the fifth year in a row and will utilize both his 17 years of vocal and music training and his 6 years of non-profit organization and digital marketing experience to assist groups in achieving and maintaining success.
Jenn Fiduccia, CASA’s Sponsorship Program Manager and North Carolina Ambassador, had her first taste of contemporary a cappella music as a member of the Boston College Dynamics. After transferring to NYU, she graduated in 2003 as a vocal performance major with a concentration in music business, and spent the next ten years as a professional soloist, music minister, and youth minister in the New York metro-area. Jenn now resides in Wake Forest, NC, with her husband and four children, where she is currently employed as a soloist and youth minister. In addition to being a member of each of the CASA festivals production teams, Jenn has experience with starting, training, and directing a cappella groups, has served as both a CARA and ICCA adjudicator, has been a regular contributor to CASA.org, and is a co-creator of the North Carolina A Cappella Network.
Kari Francis – @kuchikuu
A classically trained pianist and percussionist, Kari began her contemporary a cappella journey with directing the UC San Diego Daughters of Triton and later joined the Tritones and Orange County-based CAL septet Frequency before graduating with a B.A. in Music Theory & Composition. She currently performs with the all-female powerhouse ensemble Musae, has performed in concert with Imogen Heap as part of her “Earth” collaboration project and most recently appeared on season 3 of NBC’s The Sing-Off as the vocal percussionist in the Los Angeles-based group Kinfolk 9. Kari also enjoys barbershop a bit too much, so find her and sing a tag with her. She’ll love you forever.
Alex Green – @atothegreen
Alex Green is a producer, recording engineer and co-owner of Plaid Productions with Alexander Koutzoukis. He spent his college career singing with and directing the Tufts Amalgamates, and has since worked on albums with groups from across the country and the world, and made countless soups. He enjoys the fruits of both labors.
Erin Hackel holds a Doctorate in Voice Performance and Pedagogy, and currently heads the Commercial Voice area at the University of Colorado, Denver. She specializes in eliminating the mystery and guess work surrounding belt voice singing, and is passionate about teaching contemporary singers to belt in a sustainable, healthy way. Erin directs CU Denver’s award winning a cappella groups, MIX and the 9th Street Singers.
Bill Hare has been a full-time recording engineer/producer for 27 years, and has specialized in contemporary a cappella production since 1989. Over the last two decades, Bill has recorded and/or mixed acclaimed albums for some of the best contemporary a cappella groups around the globe, including England’s Flying Pickets, Swingle Singers and Voces8, Denmark’s Basix, Norway’s Apes & Babes, Italy’s Cluster, The Ghost Files, and Maybe6ix, as well as working with many top American acts including +4dB, Duwende, Hookslide, Moosebutter, and The House Jacks. Collegiate A Cappella clients include The Beelzebubs, Divisi, and about 80 others. Bill is the world’s most awarded individual contemporary a cappella producer, including over 45 appearances on BOCA, over 100 CARA nominations, over 30 albums in the RARB “Picks of the Year” lists, and 11 “DeeBee” awards since 1987 in the Vocal Jazz category from Downbeat Magazine. In 2010 he added a Grammy Award to this list in the Classical Crossover Album category for Christopher Tin’s “Calling All Dawns”. For more information, visit Bill’s website – www.dyz.com.
Mark Hines – @vocalmark
SoJam Executive Producer Mark Hines caught a chronic dose of a cappella fever in 1998 when he joined the NCSU Grains of Time. During his tenure, Mark toured Europe and North America and led the group to the ICCA finals, where he took Best Arrangement for “Homeward Bound.” Since then, he’s produced award-winning albums, judged ICCA events, and served on the SING series selection board. He’s also founded two a cappella production outfits, including aca-razzi favorite The Vocal Company (give Mark a holler at 919.656.7103 or email@example.com to learn more).
Brianne Holland – @briholland
Bri is the Music Director of Men in Drag, President of Voices in Your Head, and President of the A Cappella Council at the University of Chicago. She’s previously attended LAAF, BOSS (where she competed with MiD and ViYH and won the 2012 CARA for Best Female Arrangement), and AcappellaFest. Bri is an arranger and producer for several groups across the country, has done graphic/web design and publicity work for major music labels, and is an avid songwriter and performer. You can follow her on Twitter (@briholland).
Hannah is a student at Berklee College of Music. A student of voice focusing on contemporary writing & production, she specializes in arranging for a variety of ensembles and production. She have been a member of Berklee’s co-ed a cappella group, Pitch Slapped, since her first semester, and with the group has competed in the ICCAs for the past 3 years. Having placed 2nd in 2010 they returned in 2011 to take 1st place; Hannah herself was awarded for “Outstanding Solo” and “Outstanding Choreography” in the 09-10 Quarterfinal, as well as “Outstanding Arrangement” in the 09-10 Finals. Pitch Slapped also placed 1st at SoJam 2011, and Hannah received the award for “Outstanding Arrangement.” She has been featured as a cast member on Seasons 2 & 3 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” Season 2 with Pitch Slapped and Season 3 with the all-female professional group Delilah. She is also a member of the pro all-female group Musae.
Alexander is co-owner (and producer, and engineer…) of Plaid Productions, a full-service a cappella production studio based in Boston, along with Alex Green. While attending Tufts University for computer science, he spent five years in the Beelzebubs, for two of which he was Music Director. He got his start in the field of a cappella production while working closely with Ed Boyer and Bill Hare on two award-winning Bubs albums (Pandaemonium and Play The Game) and continued along that path to help record and edit the most recent, BATTLE, as well as about half of the Warblers tracks from Season 2 of Glee. He won a 2010 Best Male Collegiate Arrangement CARA for his arrangement of “All The Love In The World,” a 2012 CARA runner-up in the same category for “Kings and Queens,” and was also runner-up for Favorite Vocal Percussionist in the 2010 ACAs (which is ironic because he had just finished competing with the Bubs on the first season of the Sing-Off, where they were the runners-up).
Elie Landau is a Tony and Emmy-nominated producer and manager of theatrical productions and the occasional film, including the upcoming Broadway production of Theresa Rebeck’s Dead Accounts starring Norbert Leo Butz and Katie Holmes. He partied with The King’s Singers as a young teenager (OK, hung out backstage while his mom was their agent) and his a cappella performing career has included singing with the Zamir Chorale, Selah, the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club, the Pennchants, and the pioneering six-man Jewish a cappella group Beat’achon. He has been a nominator and judge for the annual Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA), a judge for regional rounds of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), a judge for Kol HaOlam (the National Collegiate Jewish A Cappella Competition), and a masterclinician and lecturer at a cappella festivals and schools throughout the US. Since 2000, his now 230+ a cappella album reviews have been published by the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (www.rarb.org).
Dave Longo – @sleddogstudios
After singing in RIT’s Eight Beat Measure, Dave Longo started Sled Dog Studios, a full service production company based out of Rochester, NY. Dave now runs sound for live a cappella shows throughout the country having worked with Duwende, Nota, Overboard, Sonos, and others.
Nick Lyons – @tvcnick
Nick Lyons, a model citizen, ambassador for a brighter tomorrow, avid supporter of the World Wildlife Foundation, separator of the Oreo Cookie™. A wise woman once said “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” Nick listened to that woman. He is a firm supporter of music, as well as the movement to “bring sexy back”. For a full listing of Nick’s contributions to society: www.thevocalcompany.com, facebook.com, or google.com.
Michael Marcus – @michaelmarcus
Mike is a founding member of Columbia University’s coed a cappella phenomenon Nonsequitur. His arrangement of Dido’s Here with Me won the 2004 Contemporary A Cappella Publishing award for Best Collegiate Arrangement, which he can also be seen dissecting in the 2009 documentary Sounds Good To Me about the making of college a cappella. These days, Mike is perhaps best known as the technical director for the Recorded A Cappella Review Board, a position that combines his dual passions of a cappella music and web-based technology. Even though he doesn’t write reviews anymore, Mike does listen to every single album sent to RARB. Really.
From as far south as Florida and as far west as California, Musae comes together to bring their audience a party. Founded in 2011, Musae has already gained acclaim performing at various a cappella festivals- including SoJam 2011- and placing in the Boston Regional of Harmony Sweepstakes. As a powerhouse all-female vocal band, Musae seeks to share a fresh and fun vocal sound while playing on their strong sense of femininity and womanhood. Their first single, a cover of Jordin Sparks’ “I Am Woman”, was released on iTunes in November 2011 and the group has been actively recording their first album to be released in the Fall of 2012. True to the original Latin, these “muses” seek not to just inspire but also breathe new life into the professional vocal scene in the United States and abroad.
Danny Ozment – @dannyozment
Danny Ozment, CASA Director of Education, grew up in Richmond, VA and began his a cappella career at James Madison University where he founded Exit 245 and received a Bachelors degree in Music Education and a Masters degree in Conducting. Along the way he has taught all forms of choral music at the elementary, secondary, collegiate, and professional levels. In 2004 he became the Assistant Conductor of the Master Chorale of Washington and in 2008 joined the staff of the Cathedral Choral Society at the National Cathedral as Director of External Programs. In 2009, Danny started Emerald City Productions, an a cappella production company based in Springfield, VA offering recording, editing, mixing, coaching, and arranging services.
Chris Rishel was first introduced to a cappella music when he sang in a barbershop quartet in 8th grade, and has been hooked ever since. Throughout high school and undergrad, he continued pursuing barbershop until he finally entered the realm of contemporary a cappella during graduate school at the University of Chicago. There, he directed Voices in Your Head and has produced the group’s recent recordings, including the award-winning album, I Used to Live Alone. He has won CARAs for both songwriting and arranging, and has had his work featured on Sing, BOCA, Voices Only, and Ben Folds’s a cappella album. Additionally, several of his arrangements have won “oustanding arrangement” awards at ICCA quarterfinals and semifinals, and helped propel Voices in Your Head to a widely acclaimed appearance at ICCA Finals in 2012. He also founded the A Cappella Council at the University of Chicago, and has arranged, recorded, and edited for a number of groups in the midwest and beyond.
Corey Slutsky is best known as the founder and owner of Voices Only A Cappella (www.voicesonlyacappella.com), producing the Voices Onlycollegiate and Voices Only Forte non-scholastic compilation album series. What many don’t know is that Corey spent nearly a decade in the late 1990s to mid 2000s as an a cappella singer and vocal percussionist for the professional vocal rock band STREETNiX and collegiate groups USC SoCal VoCals, The Michigan G-Men, and Michigan Kol HaKavod. Corey has also reviewed albums for RARB, judged and nominated for the CARA awards, judged ICCA competitions, and even produced his master’s thesis on “the growth and explosion of a cappella music from 1990-2005.”
Dave Sperandio – @davesperandio
Dave Sperandio, or “Dio” has been working with a cappella music for 18 years as a performer, producer, and engineer, with work appearing on projects for clients from around the globe. After founding the a cappella production company diovoce in 2000, Dave founded the not for profit Alliance for A Cappella Initiatives (AACI) in 2003 and created both the SoJam A Cappella Festival and the Sing! vocal compilation CD as the organization’s first endeavors. He has performed with numerous ensembles, directed the UNC Clef Hangers, and has toured and recorded with Vocal Tonic, Transit, and Almost Recess. In 2006 Dave partnered with several fellow producers to form VocalSource, which represents the most comprehensive network of vocal music studios in the world. In 2008 Dave merged the AACI with CASA and joined CASA’s Board as Director of Events as well as Secretary, managing SoJam, LA/AF, VoCALnation, SMACC, and a growing network of CASA festivals and events around the world.
Florian Städtler, born 1970, is an agent, blogger and event planner based in Freiburg, Germany. He studied music at the Jazz & Rock Schule Freiburg and graduated in electric guitar in 1995. He performed as a guitarist and self-taught singer with various bands and vocal ensembles and has worked as musician/manager for more than two decades. Around Millenium, Florian slowly drifted “from the microphone to the telephone”, which made him both a successful corporate event planner and a dedicated agent for some of the world’s top vocal groups: Rockapella, The Swingle Singers, The Real Group, The Boxettes, Postyr, VOCES8 and Les Voice Messengers. Florian is founder and owner of SpielPlanVier EventMarketing, founder of Vocal Blog (his “global vocal music communication baby”), co-founder of the vocal music online shop Acappellazone and Chairman of the Board of the European Voices Association.
Benjamin Stevens – @beldonstevens
Dr. Benjamin Stevens (PhD, MA University of Chicago; BA Reed College) oversees CASA’s educational programs including CASAacademy, Harmony in the Halls, High School outreach, and Tunes to Teens. As program manager for festivals education, he designs and implements curricula for CASA’s annual festivals (Los Angeles A cappella Festival, Boston Sings, VoCALnation, Acappellafest, and SoJam). Outside of CASA, he judges international a cappella contests and awards, and leads masterclasses at music festivals around the country. Since 2004 Dr. Stevens has taught at Bard College, mainly in Classical Studies but also in Cognitive Science, First-Year Seminar, the College’s Language and Thinking program, and the Bard Prison Initiative. His research has focused on Latin literature, the history of linguistics, and classical receptions especially in the graphic novel, science fiction, and fantasy. He has also published poetry of his own.
Eric has been involved in a cappella in every possible way for the past eight years. He founded the first coed group at Appalachian State University, Lost In Sound, and helped them produce their first studio album. He has since gone on to start his own a cappella production company. With a well-rounded team of individuals producing albums, live sound, arrangements, and performance consulting, Breaking The Curse Productions has helped numerous groups grow from the ground up by promoting the idea that no two groups are the same. Eric continues this work with the hopes of showing groups new and innovative ways to express the art form, or in his case lifetime obsession, known as a cappella. Eric currently resides in Charlotte, NC and is a member of an upcoming professional group in the area.
Producer/engineer Tat Tong is responsible for 25 Top 10 and 9 #1-charting hits across Asia to date. His songwriting, arranging and mixing work has won accolades from artists and critics, including the Global Chinese Music Awards Top 20 Songs of 2011 and Top 10 Albums of April 2011. A signed songwriter with Universal Music Publishing, Tat has also written and produced music for ad campaigns by 7-Eleven, Panasonic, and pan-Asian high-street fashion label Giordano. In the a cappella scene, Tat’s arranging and mixing portfolio features music by elite groups Pentatonix, the House Jacks, and The Backbeats, and has garnered dozens of CARA nominations and awards since 2006. His production company T2 Productions is a proud member of the award-winning production alliance, VocalSource.
Angela Ugolini – @Angelini34
Angela began her a cappella career at FSU, where she directed the award winning all-female group, AcaBelles, and led the ladies to ICCA Finals as the 2009 South Champions. She also produced their latest albums Seamless, which was released in June of 2012, and Just Got Real, which was nominated for 3 of 2011′s Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards. After graduating Angela relocated to NYC, where she studied Audio Production at SAE institute of Technology. While in NYC, she sang with the Contemporary A cappella League group, The Red States, as well as co-founded NYC’s newest CAL female group, Empire. Now Angela live in Boston, works as an engineer with the awesome a cappella production team, The Vocal Company, and sings with the powerhouse female vocal band, Musae.
Brian has been involved/addicted to a cappella music since at least 2002, possibly earlier. While attending NC State, Brian performed with both the Concert Choir and Acappology, serving as the music director of Acappology for 3 years and helping to record and release the group’s first album in 10 years. After graduating and realizing that the “real world” isn’t all its cracked up to be, Brian started graduate school at Duke University and performed with Duke’s Rhythm and Blue for 2 years. During his tenure, the group recorded and released the album, House on Fire, which received several CARA and ACA nominations, as well as recognition as one of RARB’s “Picks of the Year”. Rhythm and Blue also won the SoJam 2010 Collegiate Competition where Brian received the award for Best Vocal Percussion. In addition to his collegiate experience, Brian has also taught at several CASA-sponsored festivals, performed as a percussionist for the NC-based professional group, transit, and currently performs with the CAL-group, Cognitive Resonance.
Upon receiving his degree in music education from Ithaca College, Caleb moved back home where he became a voice instructor at the Nantucket Community Music Center and directed the Nantucket Community Chorus. After moving to Boston, Caleb joined Five O’Clock Shadow and later founded and directed Slapdash Graduate and Blueprint. He is currently performing with all three groups and is also touring the country with the host group from Sojam 2011′s Friday Night Competition, Overboard
Matt Woodward is a choir director at MacArthur High School in San Antonio TX. During his undergrad at Loyola University New Orleans, he earned two international bronze medals with a barbershop quartet called the Nile Manski Trio. After college, he was the tenor section leader with the San Marcos Marcsmen, 2008 Youth Chorus Grand Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Last year, his student acapella group, PFC, took home the championship at the ICHSA in New York. In his spare time, he cooks for his amazing wife, BriAnne, plays with his two miniature schnauzers, Choppa and Pickles, and enjoys listening to snobby hifi audio equipment.
Mallory is an award-winning vocalist, clinician and CASA fangirl. The former performance director of University of Florida’s competitive mixed group, No Southern Accent, Mallory twice received Outstanding Soloist at the ICCA South Quarterfinals and was a featured soloist on NSA’s 2011 CARA-nominated record, Group Therapy. Currently, Mallory lives in Washington, DC, where she works for a global public relations firm and gigs regularly with the semi-pro mixed group, Word of Mouth. Mallory also likes long walks on the beach and sensitive men. Okay, that last part is a lie. Mallory has never walked on a beach and sensitivity is overrated.