Dr. Marc Silverberg has established himself as one of the leading voices in a cappella education today. He has served on the executive board of CASA.org as Director of Education and presented workshops on vocal improvisation at several AEA sponsored festivals, SUNY Purchase, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, The New York State School Music Association, the Nassau County PEAK Festival, the National A cappella Convention, and the American Choral Directors Association’s 2013 National Convention. In spring of 2018, Dr. Silverberg became the first guest conductor for the Suffolk County Music Educator Association’s All-County Contemporary A cappella group.
Beginning in 2020, Dr. Silverberg pioneered two new breakthroughs in a cappella education: A cappella Masterclass (acappellamasterclass.com) and VocaVersity, the world’s first, certified online school for contemporary a cappella. He is also the creator of Acappellapparel, the online a cappella-based clothing store. In spring 2020, Dr. Silverberg released first published book, co-written with Deke Sharon and Dr. J.D. Frizzell, with GIA Publications titled Teaching Music Through Performance in Contemporary A cappella.
As the former Director of Vocal Music at Five Towns College, he was instrumental in re-writing the music education curriculum and preparing students for the New York State Content Specialty Test. At the college, Dr. Silverberg developed a contemporary voice curriculum for vocal performance students, so that they could be educated in pop and jazz vocal pedagogy. Under his direction, the Five Towns College Chamber Singers performed at the 2019 Association for Popular Music Education’s national convention and the 2020 New Jersey Music Educators Association’s state convention.
His professional performing group, Satellite Lane, was crowned the 2013, 2014, and 2018 New York Harmony Sweepstakes “Audience Favorite,” and he has won the award for “Best Arrangement” in the 2013, 2016, and 2018 Harmony Sweepstakes competitions. Satellite Lane also recently took second place at the 2018 Varsity Vocals Aca-Open Semi-Finals. Under his pseudonym “Docacappella,” (docacappella.com) he has released several humorous a cappella parodies, which have been nominated for 6 Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards.
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 (B.M.), Westminster Choir College (M.M.), and Five Towns College (D.M.A.).