Nelle Crossan | 24 | Wenham, MA | Soprano
A recent alum of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Nelle has been singing a cappella for the past 8 years. Her shining moment came when she and her college group, 3 Miles Lost, opened for Ben Folds in 2011. You can catch her saving the whales at an environmental non profit during the day, or diva-ing out to some Whitney Houston during WOM’s 80’s Mashup. Along with harmonizing to anything and everything, Nelle enjoys late night karaoke, watercolor painting, and brunch.
Dream duet partner: Adele, because really, who else?
José Morales | 24 | Monroe, NY | Bass
José is an alumnus of American University’s On A Sensual Note, the greatest all male a cappella group in DC. You can find him hamming it up on “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz or bothering everyone in WOM with his terrible marketing ideas. Jose absolutely loves DC, dancing (kazaxe specifically), and economics. The next time you see Jose, ask him to tell you about the time he met Barack Obama while he was shirtless or when he was stranded for three days in Paris.
Dream Duet Partner: Beyonce. This is a no brainer.
Daniela Murch | 28 | Silver Spring, MD | Alto
Daniela comes from the prestigious ranks of Kol Sasson at the University of Maryland. After graduating from UMD, she didn’t think Law School was enough of a time commitment so she also co-founded The Promissory Notes – the first a cappella group at GW Law School. When she’s not lawyering for the federal government, Daniela practices her moves on the kickball field and scouts out the competition in the DC music scene. If that’s not enough, she also arranges some pretty kick-ass songs for WOM, including Postmodern Jukebox’s “My Heart Will Go On” and Meghan Trainor’s “Lips Are Movin.”
Dream duet partner: Is it okay to say Pentatonix?
Emily Schumm | 23 | Columbia, MD | Alto
Emily joins Word of Mouth as a previous member of the Walk-Ons at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she is so thankful to now have the opportunity to continue satisfying her love for performance and music with this amazing group of talented yuppies. Look out for her belting it out on “Lips Are Movin'” or channeling her inner Cyndi Lauper during our 80’s Mashup — or just generally keepin’ it real with a classic a cappella bob.
Dream duet partner: Philip Kehe
Colin Silver | 25 | Northampton, MA | Bass, VP
Colin Silver, currently serving as WOM’s Musical Director, is a wicked awesome New Englander transplanted to the DC area. He was recruited to do vocal percussion for his high school’s co-ed a cappella group and hasn’t stopped dropping beats ever since. Shockingly enough, he can sing too, and you can find him rocking out on George Ezra’s “Budapest” with Word of Mouth. A graduate of American University, Colin spent much of his college career with the handsome men of On A Sensual Note, wowing audiences and wooing ladies. When he’s not at his day job at an environmental services consulting firm, he likes to collect kitchen appliances, balance a tough schedule of TV shows, and save the world.
Dream duet partner: Lady Gaga, because “who wouldn’t want a chance to wear the male equivalent of a meat dress?”
Matt Ambler| 24 | Norfolk, VA | Tenor
Matt is an alumnus of the prestigious Yale Spizzwinks and currently serves as WoM’s Assistant Musical Director. When he’s not singing tasty riffs on-stage, you can find him arranging some of WoM’s favorite jams like “Go Your Own Way” or crushing the competition in a game of laser tag. Oh, and if you want to have Hamilton sing-along, he’s totally down.
Dream duet partner: Anyone in the Hamilton cast!
Jamie Rosenberg | 23 | West Hartford, CT | Soprano
Jamie, a self-described “kicker,” sang her way into WoM’s heart as a former musical director of the distinguished all-female GW Sirens where she soloed and performed VP (#femaleVPrespect). You can find her performing on DC’s famous Karaoke League circuit in her spare time, or testing her self-chosen superpower, the ability to read animals’ minds.
Dream duet partner: Jimmy Fallon
Adam Bradley | 23 | Sterling, VA | Tenor
Rockstar by night, a cappella nerd also by night. You can hear Adam’s powerful pipes at your local watering hole when he performs as the lead singer for DC rock-pop group Sub-Radio Standard. Adam is a native NoVa resident and WOM’s third alumnus of American University’s On A Sensual Note, where he served as musical director and soloed on everything from Queen to Bill Withers.
Dream duet partner: Brandon Urie
Caroline Gadonas | 25 | Springfield, PA | Soprano
Former president of the The Muhlenberg Dynamics, Caroline brings serious variety to WoM’s artistic range. She has performed jazz improv and has provided vocal accompaniment to lutes, viola da gamba, and other exotic instruments in a chamber/period music group. Caroline is a classically trained pianist and, if you thought she couldn’t do it all, is currently teaching herself ukulele. Oh, did we mention she works at the British Embassy? Super casual.
Dream duet partner: Jason DeRulo, purely for the tasty riffs
Emmy Newcomb | 23 | Fredericksburg, VA | Soprano
Emmy joins WoM as the second alumna from the illustrious ranks of William & Mary’s all-female a cappella group Passing Notes A Cappella, where she served as President and Tour Manager. A self-labeled “Beatles superfan,” Emmy has been singing since the 3rd grade and cut her chops performing in show choirs, musical theater shows, and competitive choir in addition to her collegiate aca-experience.
Dream duet partner: Jason Segel
Andy Budzinski | 27 | Lawrenceville, NJ | Tenor
Andy comes to WoM after three years in the Michigan Law Headnotes, where he soloed, arranged, and served as Musical Director. Andy has performed in a chamber choir, on-stage in musical theater, and casually at karaoke bars. His favorite pastimes include singing in the shower, matching his socks to his shirt, and quoting Mean Girls. Oh, and on Wednesdays he wears pink.
Dream duet partner: Adam Levine, because who cares if he’s a jerk?
Alec MacMillen | 23 | San Mateo, CA | Bass
Alec comes to DC by way of California, Vermont and Amman, Jordan, where he sang all-male a cappella in high school, directed his co-ed collegiate group, the Middlebury Bobolinks, and sang as a member of Jordan’s first ensemble choir, Dozan wa Awtar. He also dabbles in other musical exploits like playing the piano and producing electronic music (if you can find the concept albums he released on iTunes about Abraham Lincoln and Heart of Darkness to get out of doing work in high school, you get a cookie). Feel free to engage him in a discussion about the finer points of elimination-style reality TV or Giants baseball.
Dream duet partner: Juicy J
Conor Maginn | 25 | Hamilton, MA | Bass
Conor joins Word of Mouth from the Bates College Deansmen, an all-male a cappella group where he served as President and Business Manager. He has been singing in various choirs and groups since the 4th grade, although his parents will likely tell you that he spent long car rides and showers as a (very) local pop star before then. Conor is going to flight school sometime next year, but he is looking forward to helping WoM reach new heights until then.
Dream duet partner: Ed Sheeran