The Recorded A Cappella Review Board

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The Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB) is a website dedicated to the preservation and advancement of recorded a cappella music through critique. The organization was founded in 1993 by Chris Tess as a means to give a cappella groups a chance to have their album reviewed by a knowledgeable board, and to give potential buyers and listeners insight into the general body of recorded a cappella work. RARB review compilations are posted on the RARB web pages, located at The review board is made up of a cappella performers, creators, and fans from all over the United States with different perspectives on a cappella.[1]

RARB is coordinated by Kimberly Sailor, and Robert Dietz serves as the current director of marketing and public relations. Reviews are compiled, archived, and distributed by Michael Marcus. Current reviewers are listed on the RARB website.

A RARB review consists of the written opinions of three members of the board, along with numerical ratings in several categories for the album. Reviewers give their overall impressions, and are instructed to rate the album against the "general body of recorded a cappella." Ratings are given on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest).


RARB Forum

The RARB forum is the largest forum for contemporary a cappella discussion, with over 6500 members.

On June 5th, 2010, then-publisher Seth Golub announced that the RARB forum would be merged with CASA.[2] It is now titled "A collaborative project from The Recorded A Cappella Review Board and the Contemporary A Cappella Society."

The People of RARB[3]

Active Contributors




Retired Contributors


  • Chris Tess (coordinator 1994-2004 for reviews #4 through #437)
  • Ben Tritle (coordinator for reviews #2 and #3, and also served as a reviewer)
  • Adam Farb (coordinator for review #1)


External Links


  1. About Rarb
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