promoting the arts of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

promoting the art of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

ASMAC NYC Presents: Vocal Innovations: Arranging for Voice

LA 12 PM  | NY 3 PM  |  UK 8 PM  


ASMAC NYC Presents: Vocal Innovations: Arranging for Voice


Michael McElroyAnnMarie Milazzo and Deke Sharon

Moderated by

David Chase

A conversation with Michael McElroy, AnnMarie Milazzo, and Deke Sharon — three arrangers at the forefront of using the human voice in fresh and unique ways. They’ll take us through their process of fashioning theatrical vocal arrangements, and we’ll discuss their journey from initial creation to final realization with examples drawn from their work. We’ll talk about the art of collaboration — with composers, music directors, orchestrators, and sound designers — and the unique challenges of creating a cohesive sound with a group of actors in a live space. Hosted by Music Director and Arranger David Chase, who’ll throw in some historical tidbits about vocal arranging, because he never ceases to be fascinated by such things.


Michael McElroy is a 2019 Special Tony Honor Award winning director and teacher. Michael’s credits as a performer on Broadway include: Sunday in the Park with George (2017 revival with Jake Gyllenhaal), Next to Normal, RENT, The Wild Party, Big River (Tony nomination 2004, Drama Desk nomination) The Who's Tommy, Miss Saigon, Patti LuPone on Broadway, High Roller Social Pleasure Club and HAIR (Encores). Michael’s vocal arrangements on Broadway include: Disaster!, and Street Corner Symphony. Michael’s arrangements and original works have been in Our Lady of Kibeho by Katori Hall at Signature Theater, Man in the King by Michael Cristofer at Huntington Theater in Boston, Three Mo Tenors at the Little Shubert, and the upcoming revival of Disney’s Aida. Michael’s arrangements and original works have been performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Michael is the founder and Artistic Director of Broadway Inspirational Voices. He received a 2005 Grammy nomination for his arrangement of Joy to the World for Broadway Inspirational Voices’s first holiday CD: Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas. Michael has also written and arranged a second holiday cd for BIV entitled Great Joy II: Around The World. Michael created the series Broadway Our Way for BIV, where he re-imagines Broadway repertoire through the lens of Gospel, Pop, R&B, Folk and Funk musical genres. Michael has created vocal arrangements for Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, Patti LuPone, Clay Aiken, Vanessa Williams, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, and a host of other artists.

As an educator, Michael is Director of Diversity Initiatives of Undergraduate Drama in Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He is Head of Vocal Performance in the New Studio on Broadway, the musical theater studio in Undergraduate Drama and served as Associate Chair of Undergraduate Drama from 2016 - 2018.

As a teacher in Vocal Performance, Michael has taught in the musical theater program at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, University of Melbourne/Victoria College of Arts Musical Theater Program in Melbourne, Australia and master classes at Carnegie Mellon University in their Musical Theater Program.



AnnMarie Milazzo composed the music and lyrics for the short film Pretty Dead Girl, winner of the special jury award at The Sundance Film Festival. She wrote the lyrics for Cirque du Soleil’s Le Reve, at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Franco Dragone’s Le Perle, in Dubai, and Splendor in Wuxi China (all shows currently running). AnnMarie is writing the music and lyrics for Joy, the Joy Mangano story and she is writing music and lyrics with David Foster adapting Amy Bloom’s award-winning novel Lucky Us into a staged musical. She sang and wrote the music and lyrics to “Milaxo” for Disney’s Star Wars. Additional credits include vocal designs for Spring Awakening, the Broadway musical at the Eugene O’Neill Theater and the Deaf West revival at the Brooks Atkinson theater, the Pulitzer Broadway musical Next To Normal, at The Booth Theater, If/Then, the Broadway musical at the Richard Rodgers Theater, Finding Neverland, the Broadway musical at the Lunt Fontanne Theater, Bright Lights, Big City at The New York Theater Workshop, Dangerous Beauty at The Pasadena Playhouse, Prometheus Bound at Harvard ART, Some Lovers, Burt Bacharach’s new musical at The Old Globe and the Off Broadway revival production of Carrie, at The Lucille Lortel, Super Hero at Second Stage, Dave at Arena Stage and Almost Famous at The Old Globe Theater. Along with Michael Starobin, she orchestrated the Broadway revival of Once On This Island, at Circle In The Square. She wrote music and lyrics to The Radio City Rockettes summer show 2018, She has also arranged for the Paramount feature film The Marc Pease Experience, starring Ben Stiller, and wrote the theme song and lyrics for the movie Beautiful Boy, starring Michael Sheen and Maria Bello. AnnMarie is the female vocalist for The East Village Opera Company on Decca/Universal Records and Aria Electronica.

Upcoming: She is Vocal arranging the revival of 1776 and A Beautiful Noise, the Neil Diamond Musical.

Nominations: Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk andOuter Circle Awards.


Heralded as “The Father of Contemporary A Cappella”, performer, arranger, music producer, author, producer and coach Deke Sharon is credited by many as being responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella.  While at college, he pioneered the dense vocal-instrumental sound that we today take for granted as the sound of contemporary a cappella.

Deke founded the Contemporary A Cappella Society while in college and is responsible for many seminal a cappella programs, including the CARAs (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards), the ICCAs (International Championship of College A Cappella), the BOCAs (Best of College A Cappella Compilations), the first contemporary a cappella conference (the A Cappella Summit), the Contemporary A Cappella League, the professional ensembles Voasis and Vocalosity, as well as the educational residential program, Camp A Cappella. He’s a frequent emcee at events, and gives corporate speeches on business lessons from vocal harmony to companies like Google and Facebook.

 He is also contemporary a cappella’s most prolific arranger, having arranged over 2,000 songs, with many of them in print worldwide with Hal Leonard/Contemporary A Cappella Publishing. A few of the songs he has arranged for DCappella appear in this folio. He has written 5 books: A Cappella Arranging (2012), A Cappella (2015), The Heart of Vocal Harmony (2016), A Cappella Warmups for Pop and Jazz Choir (2017) and So You Want to Sing A Cappella (2017). He is also the vocal orchestrator for the Broadway’s first a cappella musical: In Transit (2016).

 As the founder, director and arranger for the House Jacks for almost 25 years, the original “Rock Band Without Instruments,” Deke shared the stage with countless music legends, including Ray Charles, James Brown, Crosby Stills and Nash, Run DMC, The Temptations, LL Cool J and the Four Tops, and performed for luminaries including President Bill Clinton. The House Jacks have eight albums, and dozens of international tours to their names, including multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall, and even a performance of the “Monday Night Football Theme” with Hank Williams Jr. in 2011.

Deke has produced dozens of award-winning a cappella albums (including Straight No Chaser, Committed, Nota, Street Corner Symphony and the Tufts Beelzebubs), created a cappella groups for Disneyland and Disneyworld, and frequently tours the world teaching a variety of topics to students and professional singers. His voice can be heard in commercials and video games, including “Just Dance Kids 2.” He is one of only 20 honorary members of the Barbershop Harmony Society since 1938, as well as an honorary member of BYU Vocal Point, and has received CASA’s lifetime achievement award in 2016 and the PT Barnum Award for Excellence from Tufts University in 2017.

Deke has also helped popularize a cappella in the mainstream. He produced five seasons of The Sing Off for NBC (which was also adapted for TV in France, the Netherlands, South Africa and China), was arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for all three of Universal’s hit films in the Pitch Perfect franchise and was most recently seen in Lifetime Television’s Pitch Slapped, coaching the group Stay Tuned and on BBC 1’s Pitch Battle as music director and guest judge. Most recently Deke created DCappella with Disney and A Cappella Live with Columbia Artists.



David Chase has been Music Director, Music Supervisor and/or Dance Arranger for nearly 40 Broadway productions over the last 26 years. Shows for which he has written dance music have garnered 19 Tony nominations and 5 Tony awards for Best Choreography. He has 2 Emmy nominations for Music Direction for NBC’s live telecasts of The Sound of Music and Peter Pan, and a Grammy nomination for co-producing the Broadway cast album of Nice Work if You Can Get It.

Beyond the theater, David has written multiple arrangements and orchestrations for the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus (including their signature “Twelve Days of Christmas”), the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Honors, Essential Voices USA, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Television credits include conducting, arranging and orchestrating for various shows including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Other conducting includes numerous film scores as well as productions of Carousel, The King and I, and My Fair Lady at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

His choral arrangements are published by Hal Leonard, including a collection of folk songs called Appalachian Stories and, debuting this summer, a song-cycle entitled Washington Women, celebrating the inspiring speeches and writings of women of all political stripes who have made a positive impact on American history. David lives in New York City with his wife (and Drama Desk nominee), Paula Leggett Chase, and their two sons. His musical training: a Harvard biology degree.


Event Date Saturday, October 17, 2020 12:00 pm
Registration Start Date Saturday, October 10, 2020 4:00 pm
Cut off date Saturday, October 17, 2020 11:30 am
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