February 3rd, 2014
This semester, I had the pleasure of arranging a three-song set for the Deaftones, the mixed a cappella group at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. These arrangements were performed as part of the Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, and as this was my last year of eligibility in terms of arranging (one must be a student at the school to do so), I was excited to do the honors.
The Deaftones won the competition, and they will advance to the Semifinals on March 29th at Rutgers University.
Mike Chin of A Cappella Blog selected my arrangement of “Pompeii” as one of his picks for Outstanding Arrangement, saying,
“I wrote earlier about making a song your own and highlighting your identity, particularly at the climax of your set, in the last impression you’re leaving on the audience and this was a perfect example of remixing a song to spotlight everything you’ve got. Really lovely subtle weave-in of “No Light, No Light” on the finish. Killer set!”