MEET OUR JUDGES
Paige Johnson is a long-time a cappella enthusiast who is thrilled to be coming back for the second time as a judge for the Rose City Sing-Off. Believe it or not, Paige was a competitor on the Rose City Sing-Off stage almost ten years ago! Since then, Paige has always found herself surrounded by a cappella. She was President of Tandem A Cappella at Willamette University and then went on to join Portland State University’s The Green Note, where she competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. Paige has traveled all around the country performing in a variety of premiere vocal ensembles, from a cappella to chamber music and everything in between. Paige is a classically trained, award-winning pop and jazz vocalist who is especially passionate about contemporary a cappella that pushes boundaries and boasts creativity. She cannot wait to hear what the competitors have prepared this year!
Daniel Nyounai-Herrera is the Music Director of Portland State University’s Premiere A Cappella Ensemble, The Green Note. He is studying music and psychology at PSU. As the Children’s Music Director at First Presbyterian Church, he is dedicated to securing a safe space and love for music amongst his students. Serving as the Northwestern United States ambassador for Acaville Radio, the home for contemporary a cappella, he enjoys connecting members of the community from far and wide together. In his over 18 years of vocal experience, he has had the chance to work with elite ensembles and perform internationally. As a soloist, Daniel has been recognized in competitions including 1st Place Champion in OMEA District Baritone Solo Voice Championships and as 1st Place in Portland Spanish Teen Idol. His opportunity to work with some of the most influential voices in the vocal music industry such as Deke Sharon, Peter Hollens, Anton Armstrong and Ethan Sperry shape his approach when it comes to all things a cappella. Additionally, Daniel writes and records original songs with messages of hope, love and positivity. He believes there is no greater beauty than people singing together and cherishes sharing this message everywhere he goes.
Brooke Rencher is a Portland State alum with over 20 years of vocal and instrumental performance experience. She was a member of PSU’s The Green Note from 2015-2018, directing the group in 2017-2018, and directed and arranged for the Central Catholic High School Ramophones in 2019-2020. This is her fourth year of involvement with the RCSO, and is so excited to be judging!