About

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.

Mission

The A Cappella Blog holds a three-part mission. The A Cappella Blog:

  • Publicizes information about a cappella in order to foster an international community among fans and performers.
  • Enhances a cappella’s accessibility to individuals lacking technical knowledge in music.
  • Archives information and media of and related to a cappella for public consumption.

History

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.

Leadership


Mike Chin, Content Manager
mikec@acappellablog.com
@miketchin

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, in gifted education at Johns Hopkins University, and as a writing instructor at Oregon State University. He earned a BA in English and Sociology from Geneseo State and his MA in Writing at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Oregon State.

Mike won Knudsen Prize for Fiction, was a finalist for the Nelligan Prize for short fiction, has been nominated as a poet for The Best of the Net. He has published short stories in journals including Bayou Magazine, The Rappahannock Review, CaKe: A Journal of Poetry and Art and Stymie Magazine. 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. You can learn more about Mike and his work at his official website at miketchin.com.


Mike Scalise, Production Manager
mikes@acappellablog.com
@mscalis3

Mike Scalise co-founded The A Cappella Blog in January 2007. He continues to share leadership responsibility for the site, overseeing site design, utilities 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 as an applications developer at an industrial supply distributor and currently serves as the senior programmer/analyst at Nazareth College. He has earned an MS in Management, is a Project Management Professional, and is Microsoft-certified in database development. As a result of his professional achievements, he has presented at numerous conferences, 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
willb@acappellablog.com
@ACBWill

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.droney@gmail.com
@irenedroney

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!