Summer 2013

Ted Trembinski turns a cappella into career

Ted Trembinski turns a cappella into career
Alexa Abrams
Ted Trembinski says a cappella groups are like family.

Ted Trembinski ’08 confesses that he originally joined an a cappella singing group to meet girls, but says the experience has given him so much more.

“My ideal Friday night would be going to a bar with a bunch of friends to sit, talk and sing, and thanks to college a cappella, this actually happens in real life,” he says.

Trembinski has turned his passion for a cappella singing into a career. As a student, he was a member of both the Crosbys and Kaskaset. In his post-Binghamton life, he’s a producer at The Vocal Company in Rochester, N.Y. (a business that is all a cappella, all the time) — recording, editing and mixing tracks for a number of collegiate groups.

During his senior year at Binghamton, Trembinski recorded the Crosbys’ last album, The Red Room, while finishing his coursework for his double major in economics and music. That out-of-class experience helped him decide on his career path.

“It took a ton of time and was a learning experience for me,” says Trembinski, “but it was definitely rewarding.”

He is particularly proud of the work he did with Yale University’s Out of the Blue, recording their song, “Bottom of the River,” which earned a Contemporary A cappella Recording Award for Best Mixed Solo. “It’s really cool to have my work on Spotify so I can show my mom,” he says.

Trembinski lives with other a cappella aficionados in a house that doubles as an in-home studio, fully equipped with lab rooms and two vocal booths. In his travels to schools across the country, Trembinski has noticed that although each a cappella community has a different culture, there is an inherent similarity in all the groups.

“Everyone in the group is just hyper- connected with each other,” he says. “I don’t know any group that is closer than a college a cappella group.”