The A Cappella Arrangers

The role of the arranger is multi-faceted and intriguing, and can be mysterious, if not arcane. The arranger must identify those qualities that define a song as unique, and while working within those distinctions, must then step outside of them and tantalize the listener with the arranger's own unique interpretation. Using the axioms of style, mood, meter and harmonization, and the postulates of modulation, alternate voicings or a transformation of lyrical content, the innovative arranger's contribution becomes as vital and dynamic as the original work itself. The skillful and experienced arranger also knows "when to say when"-how to balance the parallel goals of unity and variety, in order to create a cohesive, yet original whole. The arrangers we will present to you have distinguished themselves as artists and visionaries in their own right, and are the elite amongst their peers.

Jay Althouse | Morgan Ames | Randy Crenshaw | Anders Edenroth | Moses Hogan | Mac Huff | Keith Lancaster
Ed Lojeski | Norman Luboff | Phil Mattson | Yumiko Matsuoka | Darmon Meador | Alice Parker
Gene Puerling | Jonathan Rathbone | Kirby Shaw | Deke Sharon | Ward Swingle | Steve Zegree

Jay Althouse

Jay Althouse received a B.S. degree in Music Education and an M.Ed. degree in Music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. For eight years he served as a rights and licenses administrator for a major educational music publisher. During that time he served a term on the Executive Board of the Music Publishers Association of America. As a composer of choral music, Mr. Althouse has over 400 works in print for choirs of all levels. His music is widely performed throughout the English-speaking world. He is a writer member of ASCAP and is a regular recipient of the ASCAP Special Award for his compositions in the area of standard music. His book, Copyright: The Complete Guide for Music Educators, has been in print continuously since 1984 and is recognized as the definitive sourcebook on the subject of copyright for music educators. Mr. Althouse has also co-written several musicals and cantatas with his wife, Sally K. Albrecht, compiled and arranged a number of highly regarded vocal solo collections, and is the co-writer, with Russell Robinson, of the best-selling book The Complete Choral Warm-up Book, published by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. Jay lives with his wife Sally Albrecht, in Hilton Head, S.C.

Morgan Ames

Morgan Ames was singing and playing in clubs at 16, wrote a hit at 18, ("Far Side of the Hill") and another later with Dave Grusin (TV's Baretta's Theme). She learned the business from Quincy Jones, for whom she worked for three years. She co-produced the double Grammy winning album "Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra" and is an established session singer and vocal arranger who has recorded with Kenny Loggins, Wynonna, Vanessa Wiliams, David Foster, has written vocal arrangements for Al Jarreau, Dionne Warwick, Bette Midler, Yanni, David Benoit, has performed with Paul McCartney, Chaka Kahn, Jerry Butler, Doobie Brothers, Patti Austin, has sung in films such as Sister Act I & II, Quest for Camelot, Amistad, League of Their Own. Her songs have been recorded by Roberta Flack, Shirley Horne, Barbara Mandrell, Bob James, Peggy Lee, etc. Morgan currently performs with Inner Voices.

Randy Crenshaw

Randy Crenshaw has been variously described as a "musical general practitioner in an age of specialists," a "utility infielder n the ballgame of music," "the Swiss Army knife of singers," "the 'Zelig' of session singers," and "jack-of-all-trades, master of none" (that last one was from a jealous fellow singer). Randy has degrees form Willamette University's College of Music, Salem, OR (a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance" and from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA (a Diploma in Commercial Arranging). He has done orchestral and big-band trumpet playing, played and sung Renaissance and pre-Baroque music at the Oregon Shakespearean Festival, been a country singer, and over the years has arranged for and sung with Boston-based oldies/doo-wop a cappella group "No Strings Attached," the Berklee Vocal Jazz Choir, a cappella vocal jazz quintet "Terra Nova" (1987 Hennessey Jazz Search grand prize winners), a cappella world beat/R&B sextet "Vocal Nation," a cappella male vocal jazz quartet "Just 4 Kicks," and the contemporary Christian vocal group "The Haven Quartet," among many others. He has over forty published vocal arrangements available. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and three young daughters, and is a Grammy-nominated in-demand free-lance session singer and arranger with hundreds of major film, television, commercial, and record credits to his name.

Moses Hogan

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 13, 1957 Moses George Hogan was a pianist, conductor, and arranger of international renown. A graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, he also studied at New York's Juillard School of Music and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Mr. Hogan's many accomplishments as a concert pianist included winning first place in the prestigious 28th annual Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition in New York. Hogan was appointed artist in residence at Dillard University in New Orleans in 1993 and served as artistic director of the internationally acclaimed Moses Hogan Chorale. The chorale evolved as an outgrowth of the New World ensemble organized by Hogan when he began his exploration of the choral music idiom in 1980. The chorale electrified audiences in the finest and most prestigious concert halls at home and abroad, ranging from Washington, DC's John F. Kennedy Center to the famed Sydney Opera House in Australia. The Chorale's high musical standards and unique repertoire consistently elicited praise from critics worldwide. Hogan was an exclusive arranger and composer for Hal Leonard Music Corporation.

Mac Huff

Mac Huff is entering his third decade as one of the leading arrangers and composers in the music industry. His academic background includes degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Texas-Austin, as well as summer study at the Aspen Music Festival and doctoral work at the University of Southern California.

Mac is also an accomplished pianist, musical director, performer, teacher and clinician. Over the years he has composed, arranged and musical directed award winning shows for ABC-TV, NBC-TV, The Walt Disney Co., Hallmark, Inc., Colleco, Inc., Canon, Dow Inc., the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Six Flags Show Productions, Union Station Main Stage Shows (Indianapolis), JB Robin Co. (Los Angeles), Howard Lanin Productions (New York) and TMJ Productions (Las Vegas) among others. In addition, he is in demand as a lecturer and as a guest artist for various music festivals and workshops throughout the world.

Mac's published works are represented exclusively through Hal Leonard Corporation.

Keith Lancaster

The heavenly sound of a cappella music is more popular now than ever and today's a cappella music - created by harmonizing voices unaccompanied by instruments - owes much to singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer Keith Lancaster. For more than 14 years he has been shaping the sound of the innovative all-vocal group, ACAPPELLA, first as lead singer and producer, then continuing as producer of ACAPPELLA and the youth-oriented group, AVB. THE ACAPPELLA COMPANY began as a dream in the mind of young Keith Lanceaster. Unusually gifted by God with exceptional musical range in his voice, and a unique ability to compose the parts a cappella - at age nineteen. His album "Prime Time" brought such songs as "A World of Evil" and the chartbuster "Go Tell John" into homes - and hearts - of many. His last release "The Reason" has received extensive airplay. As the founder of THE ACAPPELLA COMPANY, Keith heads up producing the mist unique and diverse a cappella projects recorded, using the finest all-vocal techniques, technology, and vices a available. Perhaps Keith's most lasting contribution to the world of Christian music are the lyrics and melodies of some of this decade's finest Christian songs. Christian author and reviewer for Release music magazine, Latayne Scott, has said of Keith that "he is the rising star of Christian music composers. He will set the standard for excellence well into the next century."

Ed Lojeski

Ed Lojeski is acknowledged as one of the finest choral arrangers/directors in the business today. His arrangements have a special meaning to vocal groups and choral directors who seek material beyond the standard and ordinary. Much of his writing success derives from his own wide experience as a nationally known performer and show producer.

Mr. Lojeski has served as an accompanist and musical consultant for movie productions such as Where The Boys Are, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Hello Dolly and Shaft and on TV films for Mannix, Medical Center, Gunsmoke and Mystery Movie of the Week. Mr. Lojeski has also written shows for Robert Goulet, Trini Lopez, The Nicholas Brothers and George Shearing. He has served a pianist-conductor and/or vocal coach for Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis, Kathryn Grayson, The Lettermen, Tony Martin, Cyd Charisse, Charles Nelson Reilly and Karren Morrow. Choral groups under his direction have appeared on television and in the Hollywood Bowl.

Ed Lojeski is a prolific writer of pop choral arrangements that are designed to bring maturity of sound to the young chorus and an edge of excellence to advanced groups. Mr. Lojeski's arrangements are exclusively published by Hal Leonard Corporation.

Norman Luboff

Norman Luboff was born in Chicago in 1917. Although he trained in piano as a child and participated in choirs in high school, it was not until his college years that he began to think of music as a life-long profession. After attending the University of Chicago and Central College in Chicago, he did graduate work with the noted composer Leo Sowerby while singing and writing for some of the best radio programs in Chicago. In the mid-1940s, he moved to New York City to continue his career. With a call from Hollywood to be choral director of The Railroad Hour, a radio weekly starring Gordan McRae, Mr. Luboff entered a period of enormous artistic growth and accomplishment, including the scoring of many television programs and more than eighty motion pictures.

He also recorded with America's most noted artists, including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, and Doris Day. In 1950, he formed Walton Music Corporation to make his works available in printed form. The Norman Luboff Choir became one of the leading choral groups in the world, recording a wide variety of music on more than seventy-five LPs and touring yearly from 1963 to 1987. As an educator, Mr. Luboff was in much demand, guest conducting all-state, clinic, and festival choirs of every description in the United States and abroad. In September of 1987,he died peacefully at his home in North Carolina. Although a true professional in the choral world, Norman Luboff never lost his empathy for the musical layman. Two generations of choral directors have been profoundly influenced by his work. Millions of people continue to be magically touched by his wonderful legacy.

Phil Mattson

Phil Mattson created the curriculum for the School for Music Vocations at Southwestern Community College, and directs the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and VoicesIowa in addition to his classroom teaching duties. He has taught at Pacific Lutheran University (WA) and served as Director of Choral Activities at Foothill College (CA) and Gonzaga University (WA). Mr. Mattson has published more than 70 choral and vocal jazz arrangements and compositions for various publishers, including UNC Jazz Press. He has been nominated twice for Grammy awards for arrangements and performance. He created the Phil Mattson School for Vocal Musicians in Spokane (WA) and led the Grammy-nominated P.M. Singers. He has produced three CD recordings and an instructional video with VoicesIowa. He directs the Phil Mattson Vocal Jazz/Choral Workshops each summer in the U.S. and Canada, and administers the Southwestern Vocal Jazz Festival in February each year. He is active as a conductor, pianist, arranger, and clinician, and writes for professional vocal groups including the Four Freshmen, the Real Group, Chanticleer, Beachfront Property, the Dale Warland Singers and Manhattan Transfer. .

Yumiko Matsuoka

Yumiko, originally from Tokyo, Japan, is an accomplished arranger/composer/performer as well as a seasoned educator/clinician. She is the founder of Boston-based a cappella quintet Vox One whose albums Vox One (1993), Out There (1995) and Chameleon (1997) won multiple awards from the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA). Yumiko's arrangements can also be heard on another Vox One album Say You Love Me (1995) and Pure Imagination (2006) as well as on recordings by other a cappella groups around the nation including m-pact and Toxic Audio. She is an associate professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, teaching ear training. She has been a guest facilitator at the Western Wind Ensemble Singing Workshops, and has coached collegiate and semi-professional groups throughout the US and in Japan.

Darmon Meador

Recognized in both the jazz vocal and instrumental world, Darmon is a distinguished vocalist, arranger and saxophonist. He has achieved rapid international recognition as the founder, musical director, chief arranger, composer, producer, saxophonist, and vocalist with New York Voices. As a member of New York Voices, he has released four albums on the GRP Records label. Darmon has performed and/or recorded with a variety of artists including Ray Brown, George Benson, Bobby McFerrin, Don Sebesky, Nancy Wilson, Ann Hampton Callaway, Patti Austin, Jon Hendricks, Jim Hall, Paquito D'Rivera and the Count Basie Orchestra. He has toured internationally, performing at such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival and the Blue Note Jazz Clubs in New York and Japan. Currently, Darmon is in the studio completing a long awaited solo CD.

Alice Parker

Composer, conductor and teacher Alice Parker says that she sang before she spoke. What an appropriate beginning for a career that has spanned almost six decades and has been devoted to the creation of works for the human voice. She began composing at age five, and wrote her first orchestral score while still in high school. At Smith College and The Juilliard School she studied composition and conducting, beginning her long association with Robert Shaw. Their many settings of American folksongs, hymns and spirituals form an enduring repertoire for choruses all around the world. Through the years she has continued composing in all the choral forms from opera to cantata, from sacred anthems to songs on texts by distinguished poets. She has been commissioned by such well-known groups as Chanticleer, the Vancouver Chamber Singers and the Atlanta Symphony, as well as hundreds of community; school and church choruses. Her works are presented by numerous publishers including Carl Fischer, GIA Music and Jaymar.

Gene Puerling

There certainly is no more influential and revered a cappella arranger than the brilliant Gene Puerling. From his auspicious beginnings as a founding member of the vocal jazz group the Hi-Lo's, with whom he recorded thirteen albums between the years of 1953-1964, Gene revealed the talent and promise that would later be fully realized with his work as director, arranger and performer with the Singers UnLimited.

Gene was born in Wisconsin in 1929. Though his family was musically inclined (various members of the family played violin, piano and clarinet) Gene himself had no formal musical training! He was a working professional musician from the age of seventeen, and simply did not have the time to devote to a formal musical education.

The Hi-Lo's, who recorded their first record in 1953 when Gene was 24, garnered accolades for popular renditions of classic jazz tunes such as "Fascinatin' Rhythm" and "Skylark." Gene was developing the trademark style with which he would become so uniquely identified. Subsequent to the demise of the Hi-Lo's, Gene was working in the busy recording studios of Chicago's commercial and jingle industry, where he met studio vocalists Len Dresslar and Bonnie Herman. Len and Bonnie, along with fellow ex-Hi-Lo Don Shelton, joined together under the moniker of "Singer's Unlimited" in 1967.

Jay Rouse

Jay Rouse is one of the premier choral arrangers in Christian music. He has over 350 compositions and arrangements published, including over 30 major sacred choral works, 50 best selling a cappella arrangements, a highly recognized hymn series for choir, piano and solo instrument entitled Piano Plus and a number of best selling solo piano books and recordings. Mr. Rouse is a Dove Award winning producer and has logged many hours on the road traveling in music ministry. He spent 10 plus years as musical director and accompanist for Sandi Patty. In addition to his work as a keyboard artist, composer and arranger he has been the primary producer and conductor for all of the choral and instrumental publications from PraiseGathering Music Group and Gaither Music Company over the last two decades. Jay Rouse continues to make a major impact on music for the church musician across the nation. Along with his wife Amy and two children, Londyn & Thatcher, Jay resides in Anderson, Indiana.

Jonathan Rathbone

After training as a chorister at Coventry Cathedral and choral scholar at Christ’s College Cambridge, where he read mathematics, Jonathan rounded-off his musical education at the Royal Academy of Music with a second degree, specializing in singing and composition. Jonathan’s compositional career includes works for theatre, film, radio, television, concert platform and the church, and a song-writing contract with Noel Gay Music. Recent large-scale commissions include Requiem for a Condemned Man – an extended work for two soloists, orchestra and choir and a 40 minute a cappella choral work for the Vasari Singers.

Jonathan Rathbone was Musical Director and arranger for the Swingle Singers (1984–96) and has worked with many of the world’s leading musicians, from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Pierre Boulez to Stephan Grappelli and George Martin.

He is now much in demand in Europe, the USA and UK, as a freelance choral director, arranger and workshop leader. A natural communicator, Jonathan leads workshops covering anything from close harmony singing, improvisation, choral conducting, vocal arranging to choral techniques.


Russell Robinson

Dr. Russell L. Robinson has been on the faculty at the University of Florida since 1984, where he is Professor of Music, Area Head of Music Education, and Education Liaison for the College of Fine Arts. Highly in demand, Dr. Robinson has made over 300 appearances as a conductor and presenter at festivals, workshops, honor choirs, all-state choirs and state, regional, national and international conferences in the US, Europe, China, Singapore, Japan, Africa, and Australia as well as conducting venues, which include: Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Boston’s Symphony Hall, the White House and the National Cathedral. He is a past President of the Florida Music Educators Association, Interim Associate Dean of the UF College of Fine Arts, National Collegiate Chair for the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and is the current MENC Choral Adviser in the national publication Teaching Music. Dr. Robinson is a published author, composer and arranger with over 200 publications in print, including choral compositions, arrangements, articles, books, instructional videos and DVD’s.


Kirby Shaw

Kirby Shaw has made a major impact in vocal music education and has shared his musical expertise in 44 states, Canada, Australia, the Bahamas, Sweden, and the Netherlands. A scholar, Dr. Shaw has a BA degree in Music Education and an MA degree in Choral Composition from San Jose State University an DMA degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington. A teacher, Shaw taught in the Mt. Shasta public school system before joining the faculty at College of the Siskiyous in California where he founded and directed the innovative and highly acclaimed COS Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He also directed similar groups at Colorado State University and The University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Shaw's teaching is infused with a sense of humor and breadth of knowledge that is transmitted in an exciting and highly contagious manner.

A producer, Dr. Shaw has overseen the creation of hundreds of educational choral recordings for the Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation and Jenson Publications. A performer, Kirby has scatted one-on-one with such notables as Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Jon Hendricks, and Mark Murphy. He has two solo singing CD's to his credit including an album with legendary vocal jazz guru Phil Mattson entitled "It's About Time," but his greatest singing joy comes from singing with Just 4 Kicks, a zany four man a cappella vocal jazz group whose goal is to perform at major jazz festivals worldwide


Deke Sharon

Deke Sharon (born December 12, 1967) is an American singer, arranger, composer, director, producer and teacher of a cappella music, and is one of the leaders of the contemporary a cappella community and a pioneer of the contemporary a cappella style. He currently lives in San Francisco where he was born and raised, attending Town school and San Francisco University High School as well as singing in the San Francisco Boys Chorus. He spent his college years in Boston, graduating cum laude from Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music. In college, he directed the collegiate a cappella group the Tufts Beelzebubs, transforming the group's sound to reflect modern rock, complete with vocal percussion.

In his dorm room, he founded The Contemporary A Cappella Society, The Ultimate A Cappella Arranging Service (which became TotalVocal), and The House Jacks, the first a cappella group with a designated vocal percussionist: Andrew Chaikin, aka Kid Beyond. In addition, he co-founded The Best of College A Cappella (BOCA), the International Championship of College A Cappella (ICCA), the West and East Coast A Cappella Summits, and a number of other a cappella-related projects, programs and events. He also founded and directed a cappella groups at Disneyworld/Epcot (American Vybe) and Disneyland (Groove 66), who currently perform in Southern California as Vybration. In addition he has worked on a cappella musical theater projects including "Street" and "Our World." He is also known for his ability to replicate a variety of instruments with his voice, and has taught "Singing Instruments" seminars around the world: "For guys who have ever wanted to sing like a trumpet, a guitar, a drum set -- this is the class"

Deke Sharon


Linda Spevacek

Over the past 2 decades Linda Spevacek has become one of the most successful composers in modern choral music. She has sold more than 7 million copies of over 700 published compositions and arrangements. Linda has continued to keep her compositions original and creative while maintaining the consistency and integrity that has given her a world-renowned reputation. Dynamic, inspiring, creative and expressive are just a few words that describe the level of excellence found in every Linda Spevacek composition, arrangement, seminar and reading session. In addition, singers from all over the world performed her arrangements twice on the nationally televised 'MENC World's Largest Concert' on PBS. Several of her works have been premiered at annual conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference and on the 'Hour of Power' at the Crystal Cathedral. Linda was a featured conductor at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1999.

Her work has won repeated awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in recognition of her outstanding achievements and success. She has composed commissions for many large massed groups around the country (many of these compositions have become signature pieces for the choirs). In addition to membership in ASCAP, Linda is a member The American Choral Director's Association (ACDA), The Music Educators National Convention (MENC), the National Teachers of Singing (NATS), and Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI), a professional sorority of women musicians.

Ward Swingle

Ward Swingle is the product of an unusually liberal musical education. In his home town, Mobile, Alabama, he grew up with the sound of jazz and played in one of the great Big Bands before finishing High School. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Cincinnati Conservatory and studied piano with the celebrated Walter Gieseking in postwar France. In Paris in the sixties he was a founding member of the fabled Double Six of Paris,then took the scat singing idea and applied it to the works of Bach, hence The Swingle Singers, whose early recordings won five Grammies. When the Paris group disbanded in 1973, Swingle moved to London and formed an English group, expanding the repertoire to include classical and avant-garde works along with scat and jazz vocal arrangements. This group is still very active, however without the participation of Mr Swingle as a singer. In 1984 Swingle returned to live in America. Since then he has remained as Musical Advisor for his London-based group, but most of his time has been devoted to seminars, guest conducting and the dissemination of his printed arrangements through his publishing company, Swingle Music.

Steve Zegree

Stephen Zegree is Chairperson of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at AWestern Michigan University, where he teaches piano and jazz, performs with the Western Jazz Quartet, and conducts Gold Company, an internationally recotnized Jazz-show vocal ensemble. The winner of numerous competiotions, awards, and honors, Dr. Zegree is in demand as a guest conductor, pianist, clinician, and adjudicator around the world. In recent years he has appeared twice as guest conductor of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Under his direction, Gold Company has appeared at major jazz festivals and in concerts throughout the United States and Canada. The group has performed with artists including Bobby McFerrin, Janis Siehgel, Jon Hendricks, Rosemary Clooney, Rita Moreno, Don Shelton, and Bonnie Herman. They also maintain an active studio singing and recording schedule. With sixteen singers and an instrumental jazz back-up ensemble, Gold Company performs vocal jazz standards, Broadway tunes, and current hits, incorporating choreography and specialty acts into a dynamic and entertaining show. Gold Company has performed twice at the Music Educators National Conference national convention; the 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996 International Association of Jazz Educators national conferences; the central division meetings of the American Choral Directors Association; and the 1993 World Symposium on Choral Music. Additionally, the ensemble has been awarded over 20 "deebee" awards from Down Beat magazine.

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