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 also previously served as CASA's Virginia ambassador. In 2013, he co-founded the semi-professional group Uncommon; you can hear him singing on the group's EP, Thirsty.
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.) He has also been known to serve as a nominator and judge for the CARAs and a member of the SING selection committee.
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 designs and implements transformative digital solutions with CapTech while attempting to get his head around this whole AI thing. He lives outside of Richmond, VA, with his family.
40 total reviews (26 albums and 14 singles)