Home2003 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award Nominees

Professional

Artist of the Year:

  • Yale Whiffenpoofs, for landing not just a single appearance on NBC’s “The West Wing,” but popping up and receiving significant mentions throughout the episode.
  • Da Vinci’s Notebook, for being plugged across the U.S. on the nationally-syndicated by Drew Carey, who featured their CARA-nominated song “The Gates” on his sitcom.
  • The Real Group, for their collaboration with Swedish choral great Eric Ericsson.
  • The Magnets, for blanketing Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s major me dia outlets with performances and appearances throughout the year, including the Queen’s Jubilee, and being the focus of an episode of a weekly game show on the BBC.

Best Pop/Rock Album: 

  • Eclipse - Think Twice
  • Blue Jupiter - Ear Candy
  • Toxic Audio - Chemistry
  • The ExBoyfriends - Karaoke Bar Brawl

Best Pop/Rock Original Song: 

  • spiralmouth - “No Career” (from GASP!)
  • Hookslide - “Overreacting” (from Original Spin)
  • The Magnets - “Better than That” (from Young Voices)
  • Toxic Audio - “Putting Words Into My Mouth”

Best Pop/Rock Cover Song: 

  • Blue Jupiter - “Smooth”
  • The ExBoyfriends - “25 or 6 to 4 (Nana’s Banana’s)”
  • Rock4 - “Uninvited” - (from Pure)
  • Toxic Audio - “She Blinded me With Science”

Best Jazz Album: 

  • the swingle singers - Mood Swings
  • Urban Voices - The Gang
  • Just 4 Kicks - Kick in the Pants
  • The Try-Tones - A Cappella Cinema Café

Best Jazz Song: 

  • Swingle Singers - “The Lady is a Tramp”
  • Urban Voices - “When I Fall in Love”
  • Just 4 Kicks - “Never Make Your Move Too Soon”
  • Pieces of Eight - “I Concentrate on You” (from Falling Together)

Best Barbershop Album: 

  • Autograph - After the Lovin’
  • The Ritz - Puttin’ on the Ritz
  • Toronto Northern Lights - Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
  • Sound of the Rockies - Sound of the Rockies

Best Barbershop Song:

  • Autograph - “Watch What Happens”
  • Sound Design - “Oh, You Beautiful Doll” (From Peel Me a Grape)
  • The Ritz - “No No, Nora”
  • The Pride of Baltimore - “(Here Am I) Brokenhearted” (from Bursting with Pride)

Best Folk/World Album:

  • Coco’s Lunch - A whole new way ...
  • Kitka - The Vine
  • Voices - Everything Possible
  • Bella Voce - folksong in chorus

Best Folk/World Song:

  • Coco’s Lunch - “Thulele Mama Ya”
  • Full Table - “Wanting Memories” (from Grab a Seat)
  • Kitka - “Shen Khar Venakhi”
  • Malaika - “Always” (from To Paradise)

Best Religious Album:

  • Acappella - Live from Paris
  • Straight Company - Courtesy of God
  • Vocolot - Heartbeat
  • Undivided Musical Group - Undivided MG

Best Religious Song:

  • Undivided Musical Group - “Aunque en esta Vida”
  • Vocolot - “La Comida”
  • Straight Company - “Smile”
  • Acappella - “Jesus Knows”

Best Classical Album:

  • Calmus Ensemble - Dir, Dir, Jehovah, Will Ich Singen
  • The Real Group - Stämning
  • Anonymous 4 - La Bele Marie
  • Toby Twining - Chrysalid Requiem

Best Classical Song:

  • The Real Group - “En Vänlig Grönskas Rike Dräkt”
  • Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Chorus - “Cancion de Jinete” (from Baltic Voices)
  • The Gents - “Ave Maria” (from The Gentlemen of the Royal Chapel)
  • The Orlando Consort - “O Sanctissime Presul” (from The Call of the Phoenix)

Best Christmas Album:

  • Rockapella - Comfort and Joy
  • The Blenders - When it Snows
  • Chapter 6 - Christmastime
  • Tonic Sol-Fa - Sugarüe

Best Christmas Song:

  • The Blenders - “‘Twas the Night”
  • Magnets - “Tinsel Town” (from Young Voices)
  • Tonic Sol-Fa - “Joy to the World”
  • Chapter 6 - “Rise up, Shepherd, and Follow”

Best Doo-Wop Album:

  • Blue Stars - Acappella
  • The Dachays - Vintage
  • Mighty Echoes - Acappella Doo-wop 2
  • Things To Come - Things to Come

Best Doo-Wop Song:

  • Blue Stars - “Crazy for You”
  • The Dachays - “Teardrops”
  • Mighty Echoes - “What Time Is It?”
  • Things To Come - “Someday”

Best Comedy Album:

  • moosebutter - See Dee
  • Da Vinci’s Notebook - Brontosaurus
  • Manic Opera - Manic Opera
  • Kinsey Sicks - Sicks in the City

Best Comedy Song:

  • Kinsey Sicks - “MCI”
  • Manic Opera - “Lord of My Pants”
  • moosebutter - “Star Wars”
  • Da Vinci’s Notebook - “The Gates”

Collegiate

Best Female Collegiate Album:

  • Tufts University Essence - At Last
  • University of North Carolina Loreleis - 1
  • University of Southern California Sirens - Nectar & Ambrosia
  • University of Virgina Silhooettes - After Shock

Best Female Collegiate Song:

  • Tufts Essence - “Summer Rain”
  • UNC Loreleis - “The Way You Make Me Feel”
  • USC Sirens - “Girl From the Gutter”
  • UVA Silhooettes - “Two Satellites”

Best Female Collegiate Soloist:

  • Rachel Roelke, USC Sirens - “I Never Loved You Anyway”
  • Melody Akhavan, UVA Silhooettes - “Two Satellites”
  • Rael Nelson-James, Tufts Essence - “Mary”
  • Jennie Diefendorf, University of Virginia Hoos in Treble - “Follow Me” (from can't get enough)

Best Female Collegiate Arrangement:

  • “It’s Love,” arr. Dionna Avery and Sarah Sutton - Tufts Essence
  • “Here With Me,” arr. Jenny Bailey and Heather Sagar - College of William & Mary Reveille (from Chasing the Blue)
  • “Wrong Impression,” arr. Summerlyn Lodz - UVA Silhooettes
  • “Beautiful,” arr. Melanie Nyema and Guang Ming Easlon - USC Sirens

Best Male Collegiate Album:

  • Dartmouth College Aires - Black Tie Affaire
  • Indiana University Straight No Chaser - Thank You
  • St. Olaf College Limestones - Rock Solid
  • Virginia Tech. Juxtaposition - homespun

Best Male Collegiate Song:

  • MIT Logarhythms - “Black Balloon” (from Superlogs)
  • University of Buffalo Buffalo Chips - “Lazy Boy” (from One Eighty Eight)
  • University of Virginia Hullabahoos - “Melt With You” (from You Don’t Know Me)
  • Virginia Tech. Juxtaposition - “Hey Jealousy”

Best Male Collegiate Soloist:

  • Ian Storey, Dartmouth Aires - “Jeremy”
  • Joseph Keefe, Harvard University Din & Tonics - “Georgia On My Mind” (from 000010: The Green Album)
  • Doug Cooper, Southwest Missouri State Beartones - “Great Gettin’ Up Morning” (from What’s That Like?)
  • Chris Quidlat, University of Illinois XTension Chords - “Right Here Waiting” (from Rollin’ Up the Sleeves)

Best Male Collegiate Arrangement:

  • “Trouble,” arr. Edward Wenger - Dartmouth Aires
  • “Janie’s Got a Gun,” arr. Adam Green - Dartmouth Cords (from Elements of Style)
  • “The Way It Is,” arr. Mike Landau - Indiana Straight No Chaser
  • “Black Balloon,” arr. David Kang - MIT Logarhythms

Best Mixed Collegiate Album:

  • Tufts University Shir Appeal - Unpealed
  • York University Wibijazz’n - In the Pocket
  • University of Pennsylvania Off the Beat - Take One
  • Harvard University Callbacks - 9 to 5: The Late Sessions

Best Mixed Collegiate Song:

  • “Killing Me Softly” - Tufts Amalgamates (from Bamboo)
  • “K’mo B’tmunah” - Tufts Shir Appeal
  • “Automatic” - York Wibijazz’n
  • “6 Underground” - Harvard Callbacks

Best Mixed Collegiate Soloist:

  • Rachel DeShay, Northwestern University Purple Haze - “Fallin’” (from Out of the Band)
  • Becky Rubin, Tufts Amalgamates - “Killing Me Softly”
  • Steve Lusher, York Wibijazz’n - “Rosanna”
  • Morgan McOwen, UPenn Off the Beat - “Mama”

Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement:

  • “Here With Me,” arr. Ethan Baird - Brandeis University Spur of the Moment (from Word)
  • “Criminal,” arr. Mike Mahler - Northwestern Purple Haze
  • “My Funny Valentine,” arr. Anne Bazile - University of Chicago Ransom Notes (from Harmony X)
  • “Pinball Number Count,” arr.Suba Sankaran - York Wibijazz’n

High School

Best High School Album:

  • Vocal Arts at Friendship Christian School - Fourthwatch & Notables
  • Accent - Holding Ground
  • Winchester High School Octets - Something Good
  • Tone Appetit - Tone Appetit