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)
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!
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