The A Cappella Blog operates from September-May of each calendar year. The site remains live during our 'off-season,' but little to no new material will be posted during those times.
The A Cappella Blog holds a three-part mission. The A Cappella Blog:
- Publicizes information about collegiate a cappella in order to foster an international community among fans and performers.
- Enhances collegiate a cappella's accessibility to individuals lacking technical knowledge in music.
- Archives information and media of and related to collegiate a cappella for public consumption.
The A Cappella Blog was founded in January 2007. Since that time, the site has reviewed over 40 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella competitions. In addition, the site has featured interviews with over 50 a cappella groups and major figures in the a cappella community, including Ben Folds, Jerry Lawson, and Straight No Chaser. The A Cappella Blog has also published guest posts by a cappella luminaries such as Mickey Rapkin, Deke Sharon, Amanda Newman and Bill Hare.
Mike Chin, Content Manager
Mike Chin co-founded The A Cappella Blog in January 2007. He continues to share leadership responsibility for the site, overseeing columns, reviews and features as the content manager.
Mike grew passionate about collegiate a cappella during his own undergraduate years at Geneseo State. He conceived of The A Cappella Blog in partnership with co-founder Mike Scalise in spring 2006. Outside of The A Cappella Blog, Mike has worked in student affairs at Syracuse University and in gifted education at Johns Hopkins University. He earned a BA in English and Sociology from Geneseo State and his MA in Writing at Johns Hopkins University.
Mike won The Ambassador Apartments Scholarship for Excellence in Journalism, was a finalist for the Nelligan Prize for short fiction, has been nominated as a poet for The Best of the Net, and earned placement in the Mary A Thomas and C. Agnes Rigney writing contests. He has published short fiction and poetry in journals including Stymie Magazine, The Broad River Review, The Floorboard Review, CaKe: A Journal of Poetry and Art and The New Sound. He has taught writing for the Writing Outside the Fence ex-offender writing workshop, The Montessori School of Baltimore, and Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Family Academic Programs, and has presented at conferences and conventions for organizations including the Association of Writers and Poets, the National Association for Gifted Children, the Virginia Association for the Gifted, and The Association of Boarding Schools. He devotes a portion of his free time to the Baltimore community, including volunteer projects such as The Remington Homework Club and Puppets Enabling Active Community Engagement.
Mike Scalise, Production Manager
Mike Scalise co-founded The A Cappella Blog in January 2007. He continues to share leadership responsibility for the site, overseeing site design, utility, and functionality as the production manager.
Mike grew passionate about collegiate a cappella during his undergraduate years at Nazareth College, and conceived of The A Cappella Blog in partnership with co-founder Mike Chin in spring 2006. Outside of The A Cappella Blog, Mike has worked in information technology at an industrial supply distributor and currently serves as the senior programmer/analyst at Nazareth College. He earned a BS in Business Administration and Information Technology and an MS in Management from Nazareth. In addition, Mike is a Project Management Professional (PMP), and is Microsoft-certified in database development. He has presented at numerous conferences and events, including the Astra Schedule Users' Conference, Technology @ Naz (T@N) Conference, and Datatel Users' Group (DUG) Conference.
Mike was a recipient of the Small Business Council Scholarship and nominee for the Simon Early Leaders Award. His personal interests include weight training and travel.
Will Browar, Design Consultant and Photographer
Will has worked with The A Cappella Blog since 2009 as a design consultant and photographer. He helps manage the ACB brand and was heavily involved in projects including the 2012 redesign of the website, and the development of The ACB ICCA Bracket Contest.
While he has a self-professed "strange" taste in music, Will has been involved in several rock & roll bands since 1999 as a percussionist. He graduated in 2007 from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is currently a web designer and developer at an upstate NY advertising agency.
Will continues to take photos of a cappella performers, fans and enthusiasts at a cappella events and competitions. If you see him at your show, say "Cheese!"
Irene Droney, Regional Coordinator
Irene's passion for a cappella began in her younger years when she founded her high school's first co-ed a cappella group. From then on she was hooked! As a student at Simmons College, she has become an active member of the Boston a cappella world as a singer, director and enthusiastic fan and critic. Irene is a double major in psychology and music at Simmons and she studies classical voice at The New England Conservatory. She also works as a waitress at a local bar and grille. In her free time that isn't devoted to a cappella, Irene loves jogging, exploring Boston, Harry Potter trivia and cooking gluten free food. She could not be more excited to be a part of the ACB team!
Andrea Aquino, Regional Coordinator
Andrea, an alto in voice but a tenor at heart, was a founding member of UC Santa Cruz's Acquire in 2007. She directed Acquire during the 2009-2010 school year, taking the group to their first ICCA competition at the University of Oregon. Despite (or perhaps because of) the back-to-back 13-hour drives, using her rent money to fund the vans, and having to write her senior thesis in the same month, Andrea considers her ICCA experience with Acquire the most memorable event from her college career.
After earning her B.A. in English and French Literature from UCSC in June 2010, Andrea worked as the manager of a video game store. She currently works at a local bookshop. In her spare time, she participates at trivia nights in Santa Cruz's bar scene, plays Zelda and Civ, and bakes cinnamon rolls on her car's dashboard.