Mike is a founding alumnus of Columbia University's coed a cappella phenomenon Nonsequitur. His arrangement of Dido's Here with Me won the 2004 Contemporary A Cappella Publishing award for Best Collegiate Arrangement. Mike was also featured in the 2009 documentary Sounds Good To Me about the making of college a cappella. In 2012, Mike was named #55 on The A Cappella Blog's Cool 100. Mike currently serves as CASA's Virginia ambassador, actively working with the AcaEmbassy to establish and grow the a cappella community in the Commonwealth — starting with his own brand new adult group based in Richmond called Uncommon.
Mike holds a Bachelor's degree in computer science from Columbia and a Master's degree in information systems from NYU. Among other things, this qualifies him to handle the technical operations of RARB, which he happily took over from the venerable Seth Golub in mid-2011. Even though "RARB 2.0" is finally live, Mike still has lots to do, including working tirelessly to keep things running smoothly and devising new and interesting ways for RARB to pay for its hosting costs.
Mike has become an a cappella connoisseur over the years and will gladly offer his opinions to anyone who will listen. It was this tendency that led him to become a RARB reviewer in the first place. These days, Mike listens to more a cappella than is probably healthy: he serves annually as a nominator for the CARAs as well as a member of the SING selection committee, and he still listens to each and every album and single sent to RARB. (Really.)
Mike's musical tastes include just about anything with chords and a melody, though he counts fellow pianists Ben Folds, Bruce Hornsby, Alicia Keys and Regina Spektor among his favorites. He particularly enjoys anything that uses the voice in new and interesting ways, a cappella or otherwise. He also continues to harbor a love of all things Broadway left over from his musical theater days, especially Stephen Sondheim.
In his other life, Mike works as a director and architect with the technology consulting firm CapTech. He currently lives outside of Richmond, VA, with his family.
40 total reviews (26 albums and 14 singles)