A Cappella Arranging (Music Pro Guides) (Paperback)
The world loves to sing. From barbershop groups to madrigal choirs to vocal rock bands, there are tens of thousands of vocal groups in America. The success of mainstream television programs such as Glee and The Sing-Off not only demonstrates the rising popularity of vocal music; it reflects how current trends inspire others to join in. In addition, through various online and on-the-ground vocal music societies, the "a cappella market" is well defined and well connected. Like singing itself, a cappella is a global phenomenon. At the heart of every vocal group is the music it performs. This often means writing its own arrangements of popular or traditional songs. This book is the long-awaited definitive work on the subject, wide ranging both in its scope and in its target audience - which spans beginners, music students, and community groups to professional and semi-professional performers, vocal/instrumental songwriters, composers, and producers - providing genre-specific insight on a cappella writing. The tone of the book is instructive and informative, yet conversational: it is intended to stand alongside any academic publication while remaining interesting and fun. A Cappella Arranging is a good textbook - and a "good read" - for every vocal arranger, whether amateur or professional; every vocal music classroom, and any professional recording studio.
Deke Sharon (San Francisco, CA) is known as "the father of contemporary a cappella." Arguably one of the best-known and most prolific cappella arrangers in the world, Sharon has been a vocal exponent of contemporary a cappella music through his founding of the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America. Sharon is also the arranger and producer of NBC's The Sing-Off, both in America and Europe, and has arranged music for the Oscar-winning film The Social Network. Dylan Bell (Toronto, Canada) is a world-renowned vocal arranger, performer, producer, and instructor. His award-winning arrangements have been sung around the world. Bell has written for some of the finest a cappella groups in the world, including the Nylons (Canada) and the Swingle Singers (UK). Bell also regularly contributes articles to the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America.