Alumni

Uptown Vocal was founded in 1991 by David Wiener, Rachel Tepfer and Rachel Harmon (née Rezak) as a co-ed A Cappella group at Columbia Univeristy. We began as the Catatonics, a fun-loving crew with big dreams of bringing the beautiful sounds of A Cappella to the Columbia community. It wasn't until 1995 that we took on the name Uptown Vocal and quickly became Columbia University's Premiere Jazz/Pop A Cappella Group!

Twenty years and 6 CDs later, we continue on our mission to make cool music while having a great time doing it, too! Along the way, we've honed our distinct Jazzy sound, picked up our signature "UV-niform" (black suit, blue tie, black dress) and cultivated a love for all things frijoles negros. We've performed on Cruise Ships, at the White House, at the Yankee's 100th Anniversary Dinner, and even opened for Ben Folds! So come take a walk with us down memory lane and look at the people who've made UV what it is today:

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2013

Allison Heimann

Allison Heimann

School: Columbia College, Class of 2013

Position: Musical Director (2011-2013)

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Voice Part: Soprano

Solos: But Not For Me, Fever, I Only Have Eyes for You, I've Got Rhythm

Arrangements: God Only Knows, Mas Que Nada, My Romance/Bad Romance, Moon River, Teenage Dream, Silver Bells, Besame Mucho

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010)

Mary Glenn

Mary Glenn

School: Barnard College, Class of 2013

Position: Business Manager (2012-2013)

Hometown: Boston, MA

Voice Part: Alto/Tenor

Solos: Caravan, My Romance/Bad Romance, Do It Again

Arrangements: A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010)

Reuben Arnold

Reuben Arnold

School: Columbia College, Class of 2013

Position: President (2012-2013)

Hometown: Wisconsin

Voice Part: Tenor

Solos: Let's Do It, Sophisticated Lady

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010)

2012

Rivka Friedlander

Rivka Friedlander

School: JTS/GS, Class of 2013

Position: Treasurer (2010-2011)

Hometown: Akron, OH

Voice Part: Soprano

Solos: "April (Come She Will)", "It Don't Mean a Thing", "Misty", "Moon River"

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010)

Julia Mix-Barrington

Julia Mix-Barrington

School: Barnard College, Class of 2012

Hometown: Amherst, MA

Voice Part: Alto

Solos: "42nd Street", "All the Single Ladies", "Here Comes the Rain Again", "Lullaby of Birdland" and "Twisted"

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010)

Laura Picard

Laura Picard

School: Columbia College, Class of 2012

Hometown: Singapore

Voice Part: Alto

Solos: "All the Things You Are", "Autumn Leaves", and "Fly Me to the Moon"

Arrangements: The Night We Called it a Day

Connor Spahn

Connor Spahn

School: Columbia College, Class of 2012

Position: President (2011-2012)

Hometown: Freehold, NJ

Voice Part: Tenor

Solos: "Come on Eileen", "I Got Rhythm (Cottontail)", "I Wanna Be Like You", "My Funny Valentine", "Night and Day" and "Take the 'A' Train"

Arrangements: "But Not For Me", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "I Wanna Be Like You", "Singin' In The Rain", "Too Darn Hot", "Everybody Wants to be a CAT", "Papparazzi", "the UVerture", "Sophisticated Lady" and "Straighten Up and Fly Right"

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010)

Where is he now: Connor is now living with Cecelia Brun Lie (2011), in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Working with Matt Stauffer (2009) and Ben Shapiro (2010) at FreshDirect in Queens."

2011

Erin Kara

Erin Kara

School: Barnard College, Class of 2011

Position: Musical Director (2009-2010)

Hometown: Bethlehem, PA

Voice Part: Alto

Solos: "Cry Me a River" and "My Funny Valentine"

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010)

Adam Kunsberg

Adam Kunsberg

School: Columbia College, Class of 2011

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Voice Part: Bass

Solos: "Fever" and "Papparazzi"

Arrangements: "The Way I Look Tonight"

Ben Leiwant

Ben Leiwant

School: Columbia College, Class of 2011

Position: President (2010-2011)

Hometown: Hanover, NJ

Voice Part: Bass

Solos: "Autumn Leaves"

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010)

Cecelia Brun Lie

Cecelia Brun Lie

School: Barnard College, Class of 2011

Position: Musical Director (2009-2011)

Hometown: Ipswich, MA

Voice Part: Alto

Solos: "Crazy in Love", "All the Things You Are", "Lullaby of Birdland" and "Don't You Worry About a Thing"

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010)

Where is she now: "I live in Park Slope (Brooklyn, NY) with my older sister and Connor Spahn (CC '12), who is my boyfriend! I'm the Program Coordinator for the Writing and Speaking Programs at Barnard College, and also work part-time as Mary Gordon's personal assistant (she is a writer/professor at Barnard)."

2010

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro

School: GS/JTS, Class of 2010

Voice Part: Tenor

Solos: "Ain't Misbehavin'"

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010)

Sam Waldo

Sam Waldo

School: Columbia College, Class of 2010

Position: Co-President (2009-2010)

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Voice Part: Bass

Solos: "All the Things You Are", Autumn Leaves" and "Fly Me to the Moon"

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010)

Chris Wang

Chris Wang

School: SEAS, Class of 2010

Position: Co-President (2009-2010)

Voice Part: Bass

Solos: "Take the 'A' Train", "Call Me Al", "Maneater" and "It's All Been Done"

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010)

Sami Wuu

Sami Wuu

School: Barnard College, Class of 2011

Hometown: Marlboro, NJ

Voice Part: Soprano

Solos: "Autumn Leaves" and "I Only Have Eyes"

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010)

Did You Know: Sami and Connor Spahn (2012) went to the same high school?

2009

Sarah Chang

Sarah Chang

School: Barnard College, Class of 2009

Position: President (2008-2009)

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Voice Part: Alto

Solos: "Here Comes the Rain Again", "Mas Que Nada" and "Twisted"

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010) and Black Beans (2005)

Lizzy Hewitt

Lizzy Hewitt

School: Barnard College, Class of 2009

Position: Musical Director (2008-2009)

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Voice Part: Soprano

Solos: "It Don't Mean a Thing", "How High the Moon", "Crazy in Luv" and "Twisted"

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010) and Black Beans (2005)

Chang Oh

Chang Oh

School: Columbia College, Class of 2009

Voice Part: Tenor

Solos: "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues"

Arrangements: "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing"

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010)

Jisung Park

Jisung Park

School: Columbia College, Class of 2009

Voice Part: Bass

Solos: "Mas Que Nada", Moondance" and "Fly Me to the Moon"

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010) and Black Beans (2005)

Matt Stauffer

Matt Stauffer

School: GS, Class of 2009

Voice Part: Tenor

Hometown: Hastings, NY

Solos: "It Don't Mean a Thing", Pancreas", "Mack the Knife", How High the Moon" and "Maneater"

Arrangements: "Monster Mash", "Don't Mean a Thing", "Pancreas", "Crazy in Luv", "Twisted" and "All the Single Ladies"

Featured On: Crazy in Luv (2010)

2008

Johnna Jackson

Johnna Jackson

School: Columbia College, Class of 2008

Solos: "Still Fighting It"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

Campbell Rightmyer

Campbell Rightmyer

School: SEAS, Class of 2008

Position: Musical Director (2006-2008)

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Voice Part: Alto

Solos: "Caravan" and "All the Things You Are"

Arrangements: "42nd Street" and "Dizzy Disney"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

Caroline Sherman

Caroline Sherman

School: Columbia Collge, Class of 2008

Hometown: Boston, MA

Solos: "Ain't Misbehavin'", "All the Things You Are", "Fever"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

2007

DK Kim

DK Kim

School: Columbia College, Class of 2007

Solos: "Fly Me to the Moon"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

Grace Lee

Grace Lee

School: Columbia College, Class of 2007

Position: Musical Director (2005-2007)

Voice Part: Soprano

Solos: "My Funny Valentine" and "Misty"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

Sarah Smick

Sarah Smick

School: Columbia College, Class of 2007

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

Linh Truong

Linh Truong

School: Columbia College, Class of 2007

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

2006

Christina Chung

Christina Chung

School: Columbia College, Class of 2006

Voice Part: Mezzo

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

Everett Patterson

Everett Patterson

School: Columbia College, Class of 2006

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Voice Part: Bass

Solos: "Take the 'A' Train" and "Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me"

Arrangements: "Take the 'A' Train", "My Funny Valentine", "Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me", "Fever" and "Cry Me a River"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

Daniel "Taco" Robles

Daniel 'Taco' Robles

School: Columbia College, Class of 2006

Position: Co-President (2005-2006)

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Voice Part: Tenor

Solos: "Fever"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

Jay Wong

Jay Wong

School: Columbia College, Class of 2006

Position: Co-President (2005-2006)

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Voice Part: Tenor

Solos: "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Moondance"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

2005

Steve Melzer

Steve Melzer

School: Columbia College, Class of 2005

Position: President (2003-2005)

Voice Part: Tenor

Solos: "It's All Been Done", "Misty" and "My Funny Valentine"

Arrangements: "Mas Que Nada" and "Still Fighting It"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

Hey Steve: I know you're reading this. Thanks for all the help, this whole project would have never been possible without you. Let future generations of Uptown Vocalians know that Steve Melzer was awesome!

Ray Ming Yeh

Ray Ming Yeh

School: SEAS, Class of 2005

Position: Musical Director (2003-2005)

Hometown: West Chester

Voice Part: Baritone

Solos: "Autumn Leaves"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

2004

Charlie Hong

Charlie Hong

School: College of Physicians and Surgeons, Class of 2004

Voice Part: Bass

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

Lethy Liriano

Lethy Liriano

School: Columbia College, Class of 2004

Hometown: Manhattan

Voice Part: Alto

Solos: "Caravan", "Moondance", "New York State of Mind", "I Only Have Eyes For You"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

Jason Wilson

Jason Wilson

School: Columbia College, Class of 2004

Position: Treasurer (2001-2002)

Voice Part: Tenor

Solos: "Over the Mountain" and "Livin' on a Prayer"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

2003

Debbie Kaplan

Debbie Kaplan

School: Columbia College, Class of 2003

Position: Musical Director (2002-2003)

Voice Part: Soprano

Solos: "King of Pain", "Let's Do It" and "Unforgettable"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005) and Caravan (2000)

Kate Miltner

Kate Miltner

School: Barnard College, Class of 2003

Position: President (2002-2003)

Voice Part: Alto

Solos: "Only You" and "Human Nature"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005) and Caravan (2000)

Audrey Weston

Audrey Weston

School: Barnard College, Class of 2003

Voice Part: Soprano

Solos: "Be My Baby"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

2002

Charles Donahoe

Charles Donahoe

School: Columbia College, Class of 2002

Position: Co-President (2001-2002)

Voice Part: Tenor

Solos: "Come On Eileen", "Fields of Gold", "Mack the Knife", "You're the Boss"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005)

Noha Elbaz

Noha Elbaz

School: Barnard College, Class of 2002

Position: Co-President (2001-2002)

Voice Part: Soprano

Solos: "Autumn Leaves", "Dancing Queen", "Night and Day", Blue", "Cornflake Girl"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005) and Caravan (2000)

David Elson

David Elson

School: SEAS, Class of 2002

Position: Musical Director (2001-2002)

Voice Part: Bass

Solos: "All the Things You Are"

Arrangements: "Come on Eileen", "Unforgettable", "Thank You", "I Only Have Eyes For You", "Ain't Misbehavin'"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005) and Caravan (2000)

Ori Gratch

Ori Gratch

School: SEAS, Class of 2002

Position: Tour Manager

Voice Part: Bass

Solos: "Call Me Al"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005) and Caravan (2000)

2001

David Blum

David Blum

School: Columbia College, Class of 2001

Position: Business Manager (2000-2001)

Voice Part: Bass

Solos: "Chains of Love" and "In the Still of the Night"

Arrangements: "In the Still of the Night"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005) and Caravan (2000)

Emily Burkes-Nossiter

Emily Burkes-Nossiter

School: Columbia College, Class of 2001

Voice Part: Alto

Solos: "Bad Mama Jama", "Little Plastic Castle"

Arrangements: "Be My Baby"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005) and Caravan (2000)

Israel Gordan

Israel Gordan

School: Columbia College, Class of 2001

Position: President (2000-2001)

Hometown: Longmeadow, MA

Voice Part: Baritone

Solos: "All the Things You Are", "Father Figure", "The Girl from Ipanema", "Lullaby of Birdland"

Arrangements: "All the Things You Are", "The Girl from Ipanema"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005) and Caravan (2000)

Joe Rezek

Joe Rezek

School: Columbia College, Class of 2001

Position: Musical Director (2000-2001)

Hometown: Montana

Voice Part: Tenor

Solos: "How High the Moon", "Life's Gonna Suck", "The Sweetest Thing"

Arrangements: "April Come She Will", "Be My Baby", "Little Plastic Castle" and "The Sweetest Thing"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005) and Caravan (2000)

Sky Spiegel

Sky Spiegel

School: Barnard College, Class of 2001

Position: Musical Director (1999-2001)

Voice Part: Soprano

Solos: "All the Things You Are", "Fields of Gold", "How High The Moon", "You're the Boss"

Arrangements: "Bad Mama Jama", "Call Me Al", "Chains of Love", "Dancing Queen", "It's All Been Done", "Lullaby of Birdland", "Only You"

Featured On: Black Beans (2005) and Caravan (2000)

2000

Amy Lin

Amy Lin

School: Columbia College, Class of 2000

Position: President (1999-2000)

Voice Part: Alto

Solos: "Autumn Leaves", "Caravan", "I Got Rhythm", "Lullaby of Birdland"

Featured On: Emotional Equipaje (1997) and Caravan (2000)

1999

Lori Alvino

Lori Alvino

School: Columbia College, Class of 1999

Position: Musical Director (1998-1999)

Voice Part: Mezzo

Solos: "I Got Rhythm", "Dancing Queen", "Fields of Gold", "Here Comes the Rain Again", "Lullaby of Birdland", "Walking on Broken Glass"

Arrangements: "Blue", "Here Comes the Rain Again", "Livin' on a Prayer", "Seven"

Featured On: Token Gesture (1997), Emotional Equipaje (1997) and Caravan (2000)

Jeff Becker

Jeff Becker

School: School of Social Work, Class of 1999

Voice Part: Tenor

Arrangements: "Cornflake Girl", "Over the Mountain", "You're the Boss"

Featured On: Caravan (2000)

Judy Kaplan

Judy Kaplan

School: Columbia College, Class of 1999

Position: President (1997-1999)

Voice Part: Alto

Solos: "King of Pain"

Featured On: Emotional Equipaje (1997)

John Kuhl

John Kuhl

School: Columbia College, Class of 1999

Position: Treasurer (1996-1997)

Voice Part: Bass

Arrangements: "Father Figure", "Heal the Pain", "Joga"

Featured On: Token Gesture (1997), Emotional Equipaje (1997) and Caravan (2000)

Brian Malmon

Brian Malmon

School: Columbia College, Class of 1999

Position: President 1998

Hometown: Potomac, MD

Voice Part: Bass

Solos: "Call Me Al", "You Can Be My Yoko Ono"

Featured On: Token Gesture (1997) and Emotional Equipaje (1997)

Brian was expected to return to the group in the fall of 2000, but he passed away on March 24th of that year. After his death, members of Uptown Vocal made him a memorial page, which we have chosen to preserve as it was in the year 2000. Here is that web page: In memory of Brian "Buzz" Malmon.

1998

Paul Ferraro

Paul Ferraro

School: SEAS, Class of 1998

Position: Treasurer 1997-1998

Voice Part: Bass

Solos: "Father Figure", "Fields of Gold", "Livin' on a Prayer"

Featured On: Emotional Equipaje (1997) and Caravan (2000)

Sarah Sharfstein

Sarah Sharfstein

School: Columbia College, Class of 1998

Position: Musical Director (1997-1998)

Voice Part: Soprano

Solos: "How High The Moon", "Joga", "Let's Do It", "Night and Day", "Take a Chance On Me", "Take the 'A' Train", "Time After Time"

Arrangements: "Come to My Window", "Fields of Gold", "Human Nature", "King of Pain", "Least Complicated", "These Are Days", "Time After Time"

Featured On: Token Gesture (1997), Emotional Equipaje (1997) and Caravan (2000)

Amanda Stein

Amanda Stein

School: Barnard College, Class of 1998

Position: Business Manager

Voice Part: Soprano

Solos: "Chains of Love", "Come to My Window", "I Got Rhythm", "King of Pain", "Least Complicated"

Featured On: Token Gesture (1997), Emotional Equipaje (1997) and Caravan (2000)

Elizabeth Wilson-Rood

Elizabeth Wilson-Rood

School: Columbia College, Class of 1998

Position: Tour Manager

Solos: "How High the Moon", "Take a Chance on Me", "Under African Skies"

Arrangements: "Good Lovin'"

Featured On: Token Gesture (1997)

1997

David Bernstein

David Bernstein

School: Columbia College, Class of 1997

Position: President (1996-1997)

Hometown: Massachusetts

Voice Part: Bass

Featured On: Token Gesture (1996) and Emotional Equipaje (1997)

James Brust

James Brust

School: Columbia College, Class of 1997

Position: Musical Director (1995-1997)

Voice Part: Bass

Solos: "Autumn Leaves", "How High The Moon", "Let's Do It", "Life's Gonna Suck", "Under African Skies"

Arrangements: "Night and Day", "How High the Moon", "Think For Yourself", "Carolina in My Mind", "Let's Do It", "The Music Hum Medley" "Moondance (Van Morrison)", "Haydn Leung", "Happy Birthday", "Autumn Leaves", "I Got Rhythm Medley" "All the Things You Are" (Kern/Hammerstein), "Caravan" "Mack The Knife", "Misty", "Fly Me to the Moon"

Featured On: Token Gesture (1996) and Emotional Equipaje (1997)

Trevor Hochman

Trevor Hochman

School: Law School, Class of 1997

Voice Part: Bass

Solos: "The I Got Rhythm Medley", "Maneater", "Seven", "Time After Time"

Arrangements: "The Girl from Ipanema", "Maneater"

Featured On: Emotional Equipaje (1997)

Haydn Leung

Haydn Leung

School: Columbia College and SEAS, Class of 1997

Voice Part: Tenor

Solos: "Heal the Pain", "Moondance"

Featured On: Emotional Equipaje (1997)

1996

Noah Cornman

Noah Cornman

School: Columbia College, Class of 1996

Position: President (1995-1996)

Hometown: Irvington-on-Hudson

Voice Part: Tenor

Solos: "Good Lovin'" and She's Got A Way"

Arrangements: "Doin' Laundry"

Featured On: Token Gesture (1996)

Stefanie Lally

Stefanie Lally

School: Columbia College, Class of 1996

Solos: "Least Complicated"

Featured On: Token Gesture (1996)

Nina Russakoff

Nina Russakoff

School: Columbia College, Class of 1996

Position: Musical Director (1994-1995)

Voice Part: Alto

Solos: "Take a Chance on Me"

Arrangements: "Can't Help Falling in Love", "I've Got a Crush On You", "She's Got a Way", "Take a Chance On Me", "Under African Skies", "Walking on Broken Glass" and "You Can Be My Yoko Ono"

Featured On: Token Gesture (1996)

William Wolfe

William Wolfe

School: School of General Studies, PostBac

Voice Part: Bass

Solos: "The Sound of Silence"

Featured On: Token Gesture (1996)