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. 

ARMAND HUTTON

Vocalist, Arranger • Nashville TN

Grammy nominated arranger and CEO of Hutton Records. Formerly performed with Naturally 7.

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.

DAVID MADDUX

Composer, Arranger • California

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

DANNY FONG

Vocalist, Arranger • Toronto, Canada

Danny Fong is one of the vocal arrangers for the vocal sextet, ACCENT.

KERRY MARSH

Clinician, Vocalist • Colorado

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

DEKE SHARON

Arranger • Los Angeles CA

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

MICHELE WEIR

Arranger, Educator • Los Angeles CA

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

BEN BRAM

Arranger, Producer • Los Angeles CA

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

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.

WILLIS DELONY

Orchestrator • Baton Rouge LA

One of the nation’s leading classical / jazz crossover artists. Delony has appeared as a pianist and conductor with symphony orchestras. 

ANDREW KESLER

Clinician, Vocalist • Los Angeles CA

Kesler is the award-winning Los Angeles Composer, Arranger, Engineer, Producer and member of the vocal sextet, ACCENT. 

TIMOTHY C. TAKACH

Clinician, Vocalist • Minnesota MN

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

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. 

J.D. FRIZZELL

Conductor, Composer • Tennessee

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

TREY MCLAUGHLIN

Arranger, Director • Georgia

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

SIMON ÅKESSON

Vocalist, Arranger • Sweden

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

J.B. CRAIPEAU

Vocalist, Arranger • France

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

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.

SOO KYUNG KANG

Vocal Arranger, South Korea

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

RAFAEL CARNEIRO

Arranger, Composer •  Brazil

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

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.  

EMILY GAGGIANO

Arranger • New York NY

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

OLLIE LAMBERT

Arranger, Vocalist • London, England

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

JORGE CALANDRELLI

Orchestrator • Los Angeles CA

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

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.

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.

DARMON MEADER

Arranger, Vocalist • New York NY

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

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.

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. 

JAKE RUNESTAD

Composer, Arranger • Minnesota MN

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

TIM BRENT

Educator, Arranger • Miami, FL

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

MOY ORTIZ

Composer, Arranger • Philippines

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

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.

CONNAITRE MILLER

Educator, Arranger • Washington D.C.

Connaitre Miller is Associate Professor of Music and Vocal Jazz at Howard University in Washington D.C.

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