5/12/2016: My quality improvement project ("SEE DIFF: Screening, Education, and Empowerment to Diagnose and Isolate c. diff For the Forefront of medicine.") was selected as a winner of the University of Chicago Choosing Wisely Challenge. The project aims to reduce hospital-acquired C. diff infections through a multifaceted approach of targeted screening upon admission and clinical decision support to encourage evidence-based testing throughout a patient's hospitalization.
4/9/2016: More good news! My arrangement "Heroes Listen" was selected as the runner-up for the 2016 CARA for Best Professional Arrangement for a Scholastic group.
4/18/2015: ICCA finals results! My scholastic group Voices in Your Head competed at ICCA finals this weekend at the Beacon Theatre in New York City and took home 2nd place, losing out on 1st by only 6 points! Special congrats to Shubha Vedula who was awarded outstanding soloist at all 3 rounds of the competition (quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals). Although I was not able to perform with them this year, it was a ton of fun to arrange and help coach them through this competition season.
4/11/2015: I'm happy to report that my arrangement "Burn" was selected as the winner of the 2015 CARA for Best Professional Arrangement for a Scholastic group. The track was also selected as the runner-up for the 2015 CARA for Best Mixed Collegiate Song.
3/20/2015: MATCH DAY! I'm so thrilled to share that I will be doing my anesthesiology residency at Stanford and my intern year in internal medicine at UChicago! Although it will be difficult to leave Chicago after almost a decade, I can't wait to embark on this journey and see what exciting adventures await!
1/23/2015: I'm very excited to announce a partnership with The Vocal Company on their new a cappella songwriting initiative! Original music is one of the best ways for your group to truly find its own identity, sound, and convey exactly the message that most speaks to the heart of what the group is all about. If original songs are new to your group, it may seem risky and somewhat overwhelming to take that leap. However, it is totally doable and will absolutely prove worth it, and I'm excited to help out however I can. You can hear some samples of original songs I have written on my production page.
1/3/2015: Happy New Year! Good things have been afoot over the last few months. Interviewing for anesthesiology residency programs has been a blast. I've gotten to meet some amazing people in the field while visiting a number of really impressive programs. I'm so excited for match day! On the a cappella front, my arrangement of Burn was selected for both BOCA 2015 and Sing 11. RARB also reviewed both Burn as a single and Voices in Your Head's 2014 album, each of which were rated 5/5. Best wishes for everyone's 2015! :-)
4/26/2014: I did an interview about my arranging for the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB) which was published today. Thanks so much for the opportunity (in particular Nicholas Wright, Kimberly Sailor, and Mike Marcus)! I hope people find it interesting and/or useful. Check it out here: http://www.rarb.org/features/2014/04/interview-chris-rishel/
1/19/2014: Many of my most frequently purchased arrangements are now available through an automated payment and immediate download service. Check out the arrangements page for more information (and a free arrangement!).