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Dave Bernstein

Dave Bernstein's RARB Bio

Dave Bernstein's RARB Bio

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Dave Bernstein was the founder of New York University's first male a cappella group Mass Transit back in the golden year of 1997, when people still had to carry CDs (compact discs) around in order to listen to their music in a portable manner and the only way to get most a cappella albums was through mail order or an a cappella catalog. The next year, he transferred to the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where he joined the Potsdam Pointercounts as the group's first vocal percussionist (and occasional bass). After three semesters as music director (out of five semesters with the group), Dave graduated with a Bachelor's of Music degree in Music Business and started a small recording studio which recorded four a cappella albums and a variety of small projects before going under. After trying a few other unrelated careers (sales/service for Samson Technologies!), Dave went to law school and obtained his J.D in 2006. He currently represents the indigent on criminal and civil appeals at a public defender's office in the New York City suburbs, and writes a blog called "Acatribe" devoted to global contemporary a cappella music. The blog features concert and festival reviews, interviews with assorted a cappella personalities, and occasional analysis of arrangements, a cappella strategy, and other random topics that do not involve music instruments. He is also an associate producer on the Voices Only compilation series.

Though he has tried to start several post-collegiate a cappella groups, none has lasted beyond the "5" threshold of five songs learned or five months of rehearsals. He still sings bass with local choral ensembles groups such as eVoco Voice Collective and the Collegiate Chorale, and has performed in the past few years at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

Reviews by Dave Bernstein

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