Home2011 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award Winners

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The following are the winners of the 2011 Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards. Congratulations to all who participated!

Genre Nominations

Best Pop/Rock Album

Winner: level by The House Jacks
Runner Up: Tokyo Robots by Scott Leonard

Best Pop/Rock Song

Winner: “Red Dress” on level by The House Jacks
Runner Up: “Down” on Nota by Nota

Best Hip-Hop/R&B Song

Winner: “Kiss Kiss” on Afterglow by Aural Pleasure (Emory)
Runner Up: “Used to Love U” available online by Overboard

Best Jazz Album

Winner: Speak Easy by Cadence
Runner Up: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Take 6

Best Jazz Song

Winner: “On the Street Where You Live” on Speak Easy by Cadence
Runner Up: “Toxic” available online by Overboard

Best Classical Album

Winner: Miraculum by Lumen Valo
Runner Up: Modern Masters by Khorikos

Best Classical Song

Winner: “Sleep” on Rain Check by Melodores
Runner Up: “Lux Aurumque” on Miraculum by Lumen Valo

Best Barbershop Album

Winner: TimTracks by Tim Waurick
Runner Up: Destinations by OC Times

Best Barbershop Song

Winner: “Oh Look at Me Now” on Destinations by OC Times
Runner Up: “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” on TimTracks by Tim Waurick

Best Religious Album

Winner: Reliant by Legacy
Runner Up: Toward Home by Minor Variation (Wake Forest)

Best Religious Song

Winner: “Amazing Grace” available online by Overboard
Runner Up: “Ave Maria” on December Songs by Sonos

Best Folk/World Album

Winner: Tarinoita by Rajaton
Runner Up (TIE): Co’as Goela e Tudo by Perspetom
Swept Away by Six Vocal Ensemble

Best Folk/World Song

Winner: “Surma” on Tarinoita by Rajaton
Runner Up: “Wan Wan De Yue Liang” on  In Concert – You're the Voice by Club for Five

Best Holiday Album

Winner: December Songs by Sonos
Runner Up: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Take 6

Best Holiday Song

Winner: “We Three Kings/O Come O Come Emmanuel” on The Sing-Off: Harmonies for the Holidays by Groove for Thought
Runner Up: “Come December” on December Songs by Sonos

Best Humor Song

Winner: “Tefillin” on Sing 7: Lucky by Six13
Runner Up: “Greatest Hits of the 1600’s” on Through the Roof by Fleet Street (Stanford)

Continental Nominations

Best European Album

Winner: Tarinoita by Rajaton
Runner Up: In Concert - You’re the Voice by Club for Five

Best Canadian Album

Winner: Speak Easy by Cadence
Runner Up: Swept Away by Six Vocal Ensemble

Original Music Nominations

Best Professional Original Song

Winner: Austin Willacy’s “You Were Everything” on level by House Jacks
Runner Up: Ben McLain‘s “Home” on December Songs by Sonos

Best Scholastic Original Song

Winner: Chris Rishel’s “Boomerang” (with lyrics by Elspeth Michaels) on Sing 7: Lucky by Voices in Your Head (U Chicago)
Runner Up: Josh Heying‘s “Lighthouse” on A Fifth by On the Rocks (U Oregon)

Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) Nominations

Best Contemporary A Cappella League Album

Winner: No Political Affiliation by Red States
Runner Up: A DeltaCappella Christmas 2010 by DeltaCappella

Best Contemporary A Cappella League Song

Winner: “Ordinary World” on No Political Affiliation by Red States
Runner Up: “Rudolph that Swingin’ Reindeer” on A DeltaCappella Christmas 2010 by DeltaCappella

Scholastic Nominations

Best Mixed Collegiate Album

Winner: Balls to the Wall by N’Harmonics (NYU)
Runner Up: Wherever You Stand by ScatterTones (UCLA)

Best Mixed Collegiate Song

Winner: “Whipping Post” on Balls to the Wall by N’Harmonics (NYU)
Runner Up: “Higher Ground” on Wherever You Stand by ScatterTones (UCLA)

Best Mixed Collegiate Solo

Winner: Chris Silverberg for “A Song for You” on Pass Us By by Nonsequitur (Columbia)
Runner Up: Hannah Juliano, Ingrid Andress, Jennifer Waris, and Mario Jose for “Joy to the World" on The Sing-Off: Harmonies for the Holidays by Pitch Slapped (Berklee College of Music)

Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement

Winner: Shaina Taub‘s “High and Dry” on Balls to the Wall by N’Harmonics (NYU)
Runner Up: Russell Angelico and Taylor Fugit‘s “Higher Ground” on Wherever You Stand by ScatterTones (UCLA)

Best Male Collegiate Album

Winner: A Fifth by On the Rocks (U Oregon)
Runner Up: All In by Pitchforks (Duke)

Best Male Collegiate Song

Winner:  “Fireflies” on All In by Pitchforks (Duke)
Runner Up: “Closer” on Breakdown! By Ithacappella (Ithaca College)

Best Male Collegiate Solo

Winner:  Nels Urtel for “Let's Get It On” on Runaway by Fifth Element (U Wisconsin)
Runner Up (tie): Nate Tao for “I Want You Back” on Breakdown! by Ithacappella (Ithaca College)
Sam Tsui for “What A Good Boy” on The Chase by Dukes’ Men (Yale)

Best Male Collegiate Arrangement

Winner:  KC Steedle‘s “Fireflies” on All In by Pitchforks (Duke)
Runner Up: Jeremy Siegman‘s “Where the Streets Have No Name” on Flair by Last Call (Cornell)

Best Female Collegiate Album

Winner: Philophony by Loreleis (UNC)
Runner Up: Blackout by Sil’hooettes (UVA)

Best Female Collegiate Song

Winner:  “I See You” on Blackout by Sil’hooettes (UVA)
Runner Up: “A Place for My Head” on Tempest by Sapphires (UNCG)

Best Female Collegiate Solo

Winner:  Megan Bailey for “Death by Chocolate” on Philophony by Loreleis (UNC)
Runner Up: Amy Whitcomb for “Love is on the Way” on Defined by Noteworthy (BYU)

Best Female Collegiate Arrangement

Winner: Caitlin Morton‘s “Beautiful Child” on Blackout by Sil’hooettes (UVA)
Runner Up (tie): Amy Whitcomb‘s “Backseat” on Defined by Noteworthy (BYU)
Kate Austin’s “Goodbye” on Love Affair by Sweet Signatures (Elon)

Best High School Album

Winner: Come Alive by Town Criers (Weston HS)
Runner Up: Electrify by Eleventh Hour (Kettering Fairmont HS)

Best High School Song

Winner: “Earth” on The Acapelican EP by XIV Hours (Durham Academy)
Runner Up: “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” on The Sing-Off: Harmonies for the Holidays by Eleventh Hour (Kettering Fairmont HS)

Best High School Solo

Winner: Taylor Nave for “Many the Miles” on High Tide by The A Cappella Group (Cypress Lake Center for the Arts)

Runner Up: Nolan Neu for “Feeling Good” on Come Alive by Town Criers (Weston HS)

CASA Board President, Julia Hoffman, served for the 8th year as the Director of the Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards. Jon Pilat, a singer, arranger, vocal percussionist, and previous CASA board member, served for the 8th year as the CARA Coordinator.  The coordinators also chose 53 fans and performers of varied backgrounds to spend months considering each of the albums submitted to the CARAs. Anyone holding a current or former affiliation with a group or album under consideration is not allowed to take part in the consideration of that award. To the nominators and judges: Thank you all for your many hours of work! You are much appreciated!