Arrangers / Orchestrators

The arrangers/orchestrators listed below are marvelous artists we have interviewed on Behind The Mic. The images are links to the artist’s webpage or Facebook page for further information. 

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AMANDA TAYLOR

Arranger, Director • Colorado

Amanda Taylor is an award-winning arranger specializing in vocal ensembles. Taylor is available as a guest clinician and  adjudicator.   Interview

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BEN BRAM

Arranger, Producer • Los Angeles

Grammy-winning arranger, producer, and music director including work for Pitch Perfect 1& 2, The Sing-Off, Glee, Lifetime, and MTV.   Interview

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JAMES ROSE

Arranger, Clinican • London, England

Prolific arranger, composer, performer, producer & educator. Veteran performer of vocal harmony group, ACCENT.

JARED GRAVELY

Arranger • New York NY

Gravely is the bass and arranger for the vocal quintet, Highline Vocal Jazz.
Interview

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WILLIS DELONY

Orchestrator • Baton Rouge LA

Delony is one of the nation’s leading classical/jazz crossover artists. Delony has appeared as a pianist/arranger/conductor with symphony orchestras.   Interview

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KERRY MARSH

Clinician Vocalist • Colorado

Arranger/publisher specializing in music for vocal jazz ensembles and a member of the vocal quartet, Vertical Voices.  Interview

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DEKE SHARON

Arranger • Los Angeles CA

Deke Sharon, “Father of Contemporary A Cappella,” music director of The Sing-Off,  3 Pitch Perfect movies, and over 2,000 a cappella arrangements.   Interview

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MICHELE WEIR

Arranger, Educator • Los Angeles

Arrangements for Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices and the Swingles. Pioneer in online teaching – founder of MusicHabit.com.   Interview

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ANDREW KESLER

Clinician, Vocalist • Los Angeles

Award-winning L.A. Composer, Arranger, Engineer, Producer and member of the vocal quintet, ACCENT.   Interview

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TIMOTHY C. TAKACH

Clinician, Vocalist • Minnesota

Award-winning Minneapolis composer is a professional choral singer/soloist and member of the vocal duo, NATION with his wife, Jocelyn Hagen.   Interview

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NAN SCHWARTZ

Orchestrator, Composer • Los Angeles

Grammy winner, five-time Grammy nominee and seven-time Emmy nominee Nan Schwartz is considered a pioneer for women composer.   Interview

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J.D. FRIZZELL

Conductor, Composer • Tennessee

Composer/conductor J.D. Frizzell is the Choir Director at Briarcrest Christian High School in Memphis, Tennessee.
Interview

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TREY MCLAUGHLIN

Arranger, Director • Georgia

McLaughlin is the leader and director of the Columbus, Georgia based gospel choir, “Sounds of Zamar”, .
Interview

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SIMON ÅKESSON

Vocalist, Arranger • Sweden

Simon Åkesson is one of the vocal arrangers for the vocal quintet, ACCENT.

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J.B. CRAIPEAU

Vocalist, Arranger • France

J.B. is one of the vocal arrangers for the vocal quintet, ACCENT.

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DAVID MADDUX

Composer, Arranger • California

Maddux is the vocal arranger for “An Evening in December”, as recorded by First Call.

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DANNY FONG

Vocalist, Arranger • Toronto, Canada


 

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MARK FARNUM

Vocal Arranger, New York NY

An Ithaca College graduate, Mark Farnum is an audio engineer, producer, arranger, and vocalist with Highline Vocal Jazz.
Interview

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Vocal Arranger, South Korea

Soo Kyung is the lead arranger for the South Korean vocal quintet, May Tree.
Interview

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RAFAEL CARNEIRO

Arranger, Composer •  Brazil

Based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Carneiro is the arranger for the vocal jazz ensemble, Sambaranda.    Imterview

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TERRENCE NISKA

Vocal Arranger • Minneapolis MN

Based in the Twin Cities, Niska is the vocalist/arranger for Five By Design and The Niskas. His arrangements are available through J.W. Pepper.   Interview

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EMILY GAGGIANO

Arranger • New York NY

Emily is the alto/arranger for the New York-based vocal quintet Highline Vocal Jazz.   Interview

OLLIE LAMBERT

Arranger • London, England

Lambert is the artistic director/arranger for the Apex Singers specializing in traditional folk repertoire.   Interview

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JORGE CALANDRELLI

Orchestrator • Los Angeles

Composer/arranger/conductor and six-time Grammy-winner who has worked with Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, et al   Interview

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PHIL MATTSON

Educator, Arranger. Pianist

One of the major influencers in vocal jazz education. Mattson edited the vocal arrangements of Gene Puerling and the Hi-Lo’s.   Interview

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ROGER EMERSON

Arranger, Composer • Mt. Shasta CA

Emerson is the most widely performed composer/arranger of popular choral music in the world today with over 900 choral titles.   Interview

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DARMON MEADER

Arranger, Vocalist • New York

Meader is the arranger, vocalist, and saxophonist for the New York Voices. 

Interview

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JESPER HOLM

Conductor, Arranger • Denmark

Holm is director of the vocal jazz group, Touché and  leadership at the Royal Academy of Music as well as at Codarts and Fontys conservatories.   Interview

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JOCELYN HAGEN

Orchestrator, Arranger • Minnesota

A pioneer in composition, pushing expectations of musicians with large-scale multimedia works, electro-acoustic music, dance, opera, and publishing.   Interview

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JAKE RUNESTAD

Composer, Arranger • Minnesota

American composer and conductor of classical music. Runestad has composed music for a wide variety of musical genres.
Interview

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TIM BRENT

Educator, Arranger • Miami, Florida

“A musician whose work is "beautiful, awe-inspiring and strikingly original".
(Arts Atlanta). 

Interview

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MOY ORTIZ

Composer, Arranger • Philippines

Ortiz is vocalist/arranger/composer for the Philippines vocal ensemble, The CompanY
Interview

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Darren Rust

Vocalist, Arranger • Minnesota

Darren Rust, a member of The Blenders is also an arranger. Rust arranged “How Great Though Art” for Home Free.
Interview

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