Professional Bio

Marc Silverberg is an adjunct professor at Five Towns College and the Director of Education for CASA.org. He is the author of “Quest for the A cappella Major,” a blog that discusses the continuing education of contemporary a cappella music and group improvisation. He has presented workshops on vocal improvisation at several CASA.org sponsored festivals, SUNY Purchase, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, The New York State School Music Association, as well as the American Choral Directors Association’s 2013 national convention. His Contemporary A cappella League Group, Satellite Lane, was crowned the 2013 and 2014 New York Harmony Sweepstakes “Audience Favorite,” as well as the recipient of “Best Arrangement.” In 2016, he released his first full-length comedy album, "Ac-Topus," which included the single "I'll Never Be In Pentatonix." In addition to being an a cappella clinician, conductor, and performer, he also writes original musicals and plays. His original work, He’s Not Himself, premiered Off-Broadway in 2012 as part of the New York Music Theatre Festival. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Westminster Choir College.

Professional Résumé

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EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION

- Doctorate of Musical Arts, ABD, Five Towns College, Expected May 2016

- Master of Music Education, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, May 2011

- Bachelor of Music Education, University of Delaware, May 2004

- New York State Teaching Certification, Permanent

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

- Adjunct Faculty, Five Towns College, NY 2011-Present

- Co-Teacher, Continuing Education Program, SUNY Purchase, 2014-2016

- Co-Teacher, Musical Skills and Improvisation, American Music and Dramatic Academy, 2014

- Choral Director, Bethpage High School, Bethpage, NY 2009-2011

- Choral Director, Bayside High School, Queens, NY 2008-2009

- Choral Director, Rising Sun High School, Northeast, MD, 2004-2006

RELATED TEACHING EXPERIENCE

- Participating Educator, Total Vocal A cappella, Carnegie Hall, March 2015

- Clinician, How To Compete in a Riff-Off, Various a cappella festivals, 2013-2015

- Clinician, How To Improvise With Your Choir, NYSSMA All State festival, 2015

- Clinician, Group Improvisation, Various a cappella festivals, 2014-2015

- Clinician, How To Improvise With Your Group in Ten Easy Steps, ACDA National Conference, Dallas, TX, March 2013

- Director, Professional A cappella Group, Long Island, 2012-Present

- Chairperson, NYSSMA All County Division 4, Nassau County, NY 2010-2012

- Vocal Director, Plainview High School Drama Cadets, Plainview, NY 2009-2014

- Graduate Assistant and Lecturer, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, 2007-2008

- Director, Assistant Director, Musical Conductor, University of Delaware's Harrington Theater Arts Company, 2003-2006

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

- Participant, Harmony Sweepstakes Festival, 2013-2016

- Member, Five Towns Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Five Towns College, 2011-Present

- Member, Symphonic Choir, Westminster Choir College, 2006-2008.

- Lead performer, Musical Theater, University of Delaware, Westminster Choir College, Planet Connections Off Broadway Theatre Festivity, New York Music Theatre Festival

- Member, University of Delaware Chorale, Fall 2000-Spring 2005

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

- Volunteer Coordinator, Singstrong A cappella Festival, February 2016

- Director of Education, Contemporary A cappella Society of America, July 2013-Present
- Producer, Writer, Participant- Next Link Project, New York Musical Theatre Festival, 2012

- Producer, Writer, Participant- Planet Connections Off Broadway Festivity, 2011

- Participant, Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Workshop conducted by Steve Zegree, Summer 2008

- Participant, Spontaneous Inventions workshop conducted by Bobby McFerrin, Summer 2004

- Fraternal Education Officer, Phi Mu Alpha, National Music Fraternity

- Member, National Association for Music Education (Formerly MENC)

- Member, American Choral Directors Association

RECOGNITIONS AND AWARDS

- Best Arrangement, Harmony Sweepstakes, New York, March 2013

- Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, 2011

- Grace F. and Theodore Berger Scholarship, Top Music Student of the Year, University of Delaware, May 2004

RELATED SKILLS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

- Musical Technology: Proficiency with Ableton Live 9, Finale 2014, Garage Band, iMovie, Melodyne, Multitrack recorders, Protools 12, Sibelius 8