Nicole brings a rich and varied musical resume to Vinyl Street. As an undergraduate, she was the music director for Boston University's all female a cappella group, Chordially Yours. Nicole has sung at Boston's Symphony Hall, performing Mahler's Second Symphony with the BU Symphonic Choir and Women's Chorale. In addition, she has judged both the ICHSA (International Championship of High School A Cappella) and ICCA (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella) competitions. She is a Consultant in Acoustics at Acentech in Cambridge, where she designs spaces for good hearing conditions, and noise control, including music rooms and performance halls.
A devotee of musical theater throughout high school and college, Phil felt like trying something new after graduation. He met Miss Moo and they co-founded Vinyl Street in 2007 - he's been doing this a cappella thing ever since. During business hours, Phil shepherds students through the pitfalls of college life. Not understanding the concept of spare time, he serves as both VSt's Business Manager and founder/Co-Chair of the GLBTQ Alumni Network at his alma mater, the College of Holy Cross. When not singing or pushing the gay agenda, Phil can be found entertaining friends and family in Medford with his husband and their cat. A passionate cooker of delectable things, Phil's Italian upbringing drives him to feed people constantly. He is a strong believer in the joys of costumes and denies any physical similarity to Mark Zuckerburg.
Lisa's been singing as long as she can remember and any venue will do - for her parents, her school, in the car, and often for video posterity. At Gettysburg College she co-directed the thematically named Four Scores and she's happy to be reunited with a cappella as a member of Vinyl Street! Lisa's other musical interests include country music, piano, and acoustic guitar, which she's diligently teaching herself how to play and really enjoys, despite the fact that her fingers are permanently in pain from the strings.
Recently moving to Boston, Greg felt like he had everything. Yes, he had everything; a new job, new digs, new friends, ...basically a new everything!
Except for one thing. Something was definitely missing, he thought.
Singing. YES, SINGING!!!
You may not know this, but greg is quite the musical fellow, and without music, his heart would most assuredly wither up and die. Realizing that would be the saddest thing ever, he decided to join Vinyl Street and not only complete himself, but complete the group as well.
"Miss Lauren" is a huge country music fan, leading some friends to suggest that she should have been born a southern girl. She's always had the music bug, singing pretty much as long as she's been talking and playing piano from the age of six. In addition to her singing talents, she's also an accomplished dancer, having done ballet, pointe, jazz and modern. A Middlebury grad, and a member of the co-ed group the Bobolinks.
Jason is a relative noob to the world of a cappella and spent most of his formative years listening to either Andrew Lloyd Weber, Stephen Sondheim, or grunge music. In addition to his antics on and off-stage, he also directs two high school a cappella groups and is a co-founder of N.E. Voices, a New England high school a cappella festival. When not teaching or in rehearsal, Jason's usually running, reading, cooking, or binge-watching shows on Netflix.
Hello, Sailor! When not singing with Vinyl Street, Christina can be found in, on or around the ocean, and a saltier sailor you've never seen. In college, Christina was an original member of Northeastern University's DownBeats and sang with the group until she could sing no more.
Launched into the world of the gainfully employed, she resigned herself to a sadly a cappella-less life. Little did she know that the internet phenomenon of MySpace would catapult her right back into the scene. From her first meetings with Phil in conspicuously public places like Coldstone Creamery (because let's be serious, meeting people on the internet can be sketchy), the two hit it off as only a pair of a cappella nerds could and a year later, Vinyl Street was born.
Tim's background is in musical theater but somewhere along the way he picked up some sick vocal percussion skills. In addition to the ability to make drum noises with his face and a lovely tenor voice, Tim brings a fantastic attitude and a sunny disposition to Vinyl Street.
That enthusiasm goes with him on the road as Tim's a big traveler. Even while abroad, we're kept up to the minute with fantastic pictures sent courtesy of his iPhone, from the perfect cookie in Boston to a dizzying view of the Eiffel Tower on his trip to Paris. Tim is a web designer par excellence and has recently engineered a website to allow people to design their own funeral urns. Originally from Needham, Tim is a UMass Amherst alum and currently living the fabulous life in the South End.
In true Vinyl Street spirit, Annie founded Oberlin College's Cleftomaniacs to break into the Ohio a cappella scene during her undergrad years. Growing up in beautiful Central Mass, Annie had stints in the Midwest and Washington DC (where she sang with Vox Populi) before coming back home and setting roots down in Cambridge. Annie is also known as Capt'n Do It in the world of VSt logistics and planning, which connects beautifully to her day job as the manager of a primary care clinic at Mass General. When she's not singing, organizing, or running along the Charles River, Annie can be found at the yoga studio or drinking beers at Lord Hobo (where she is a Mug Clubber). A perfect day would involve every single one of these activities, with a taco to top it all off.
Vinyl Street's first soloist, Seth holds the distinction of singing our earliest non-holiday arrangement from way back when we knew nothing but Christmas music. You can always tell when a song gels because he'll grin, start to bounce to the music and ends up taking the whole group along with him. As our top authority on absolutely everything, Seth makes sure that V St is kept up to date on topics ranging from cutting edge politics to who's dating who in Hollywood. If ever there's anything he doesnt know, you can be sure he can find out.
We can always count on Seth to bring the T&A (Title & Artist). With the vast amount of knowledge in his head and the gadgets that are always at his fingertips, Seth could be a spy. Of course, then he'd have to kill you.
After spending the first 17 years of her life in a small CT town, Nicole moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, Nicole studied Music Therapy, Voice and Psychology. Berklee gave Nicole many opportunities including performing A Cappella professionally at Hershey Park. The group rode around the Sweetest Place on Earth in a 6 person bike. Before joining Vinyl Street, Nicole co-founded and directed Boston's all female A cappella group, No Flattery. While studying for her Music Therapy Board Certification Exam, Nicole is pursuing music professionally and can be found singing in Boston's cover band Crunchy Monkey, and teaching music lessons at Bosse School of Music.
A tech guru, Matt’s ability to balance Vinyl Street and the technological demands of a world-wide corporation all through his cell phone is staggering. After losing his tenor range at the tender age of eight, he parlayed his bottom notes into a successful singing career that made him a mainstay of the WPI a cappella scene. Matt's son, our youngest groupie, is being brought up right on a hearty diet of a cappella and home-made, organic baby food.
In addition to his technological superiority and deep bassy nature, Matt is a master griller. Pioneering hamburger making by actually mixing things into the meat, his meat-meets-fire skills are invaluable at a BBQ.
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