Mark Chen brings to the role of Adjudication Co-Director a comprehensive understanding of our judging format, our competitors’ needs and interests, and the national a cappella community at large.
Mark was the founder and original music director and business manager for the nationally acclaimed UCLA ScatterTones. Under his leadership, the ScatterTones made their first ICCA appearance in 2004. While in graduate school in Atlanta, Mark sang with and later directed The Graduates, a semi-professional group composed of other collegiate a cappella alumni.
Mark joined Varsity Vocals in 2004, serving as ICHSA West producer for two years. Since then, he has been an Associate Producer at several ICCA and ICHSA events around the country each year. He often sits in the judge’s seat at our competitions, and he is a nominator and judge for the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.
When he’s not thinking of a cappella, Mark serves in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps as an Environmental Health Officer. He recently returned from deployment in Monrovia, Liberia, in support of their ongoing response efforts to the Ebola outbreak.
Booking judges. Lots and lots of judges. Like, 350 judges for 70 events that take place over 10 Saturdays. In his spare time, Mark single-handedly cured Ebola last year. Also, he really misses San Francisco. New York City burritos are just a joke.