Winner:“Boy Lilikoi” on Hands Off the Mannequin by Amalgamates (Tufts) Runner Up: “I’d Like To” on I Used to Live Alone by Voices in Your Head (U of Chicago)
Best Mixed Collegiate Solo
Winner: Hannah Juliano for “Halo” on Pitch Slapped by Pitch Slapped (Berkelee) Runner Up: Elspeth Michaels for “I’d Like To” on I Used to Live Alone by Voices in Your Head (U of Chicago)
Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement
Winner: Chris Rishel for “I’d Like To” on I Used to Live Alone by Voices in Your Head (U of Chicago) Runner Up: Ethan Lobenstine with Ben McCormackon for “Mad World” on On the Rise by After Hours (U Rochester)
Best Male Collegiate Album
Winner: BATTLE by Beelzebubs (Tufts) Runner Up: BAM by Logarhythms (MIT)
Winner: Johanna Velasquez for “Dr. Feelgood” on The Blue and White Album by GFS A Cappella (Germantown Friends School) Runner Up: Genetta Kah for “Settle Down” on Play it Coy by The 18 Wheelers (The Wheeler School)
Best High School Arrangement
Winner: Alex Graff for “She’s Leaving Home” on Play it Coy by the 18 Wheelers (The Wheeler School) Runner Up: Maddie McFerrin for “Roxanne” on The Blue and White Album by GFS A Cappella (Germantown Friends School)
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 Co-Director. The coordinators also chose 56 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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