Jackie Brown brings the spunk to the soprano section. Hailing from Scarsdale, NY, she is one of the sassiest members skilled in deflecting satire with her own witty sarcasm. When she’s not gracing us with her superb sop tones, she’s stage managing at the Shakespearian level in Columbia’s own KCST or stepping into the spotlight in campus musical productions. But while she steals the stage everywhere she goes, she is also sweet and sincere and always ready for a snuggle.
Solos: Cry Me a River, Moon River, It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing), My Funny Valentine
Nicolas Duran is simply THE BEST!! Always bringing the energy, the spunk, the funk, and the style to match, Nic manages to put a smile on everyone's face just being in the same room as them. Nic has somehow developed the closest thing to speaking with emojis known to man thus far, and he is always down to help out fellow UVers expand their vocab to sound ~hip and cool.~ Thank goodness we have this ball of energy lifting everyone's spirits. Don't forget us when you're famous, Nic!
Solo: Mack the Knife
Karinya Ghiara has an exceptionally strong yet sweet alto tone to match her refreshingly kind and upbeat personality. Originally from San Diego, Karinya arrived in New York City with a smile on her face and excitement in her eyes. Her cheery attitude brings much appreciated humor and energy to Uptown Vocal. In addition to her vivacity and vocal skill, Karinya loves theatre and is a fabulous actress. It may seem like Karinya could not wipe the smile off her face if she tried, but don’t be fooled- when she slips into whatever character she is playing, you might not even recognize her! Karinya was born to perform and is an incredible asset to Uptown Vocal. Most importantly, Karinya really loves a good grilled cheese.
Solos: Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing, Do It Again, If I Had You, Baby It's Cold Outside, My Romance
Sophia Lacambra may only be a few inches over five feet, but she brings the energy to the alto section with her luscious, smooth voice. Sophia hails from across the country in Washington State and when she's not with us, you might find her in Paris, Maine, Ireland, Hawaii, or anywhere else that involves travel. Sophia loves a quality grilled cheese and is always down for Diana dinner or JJ's. We love Sophia almost as much as she loves dogs. Or running. Or running after dogs.
Solo: In the Wee Small Hours
Tatum McConnell's love of all things jazz is evident both in her spotify listening history and her dedication to Uptown Vocal. The alto section would not be complete without her, and we are so lucky to sing with this lovely lady! While she is far from her West Coast home here at Columbia, we can't imagine the group (or getting through sectionals) without her.
Solo: Cheek to Cheek
Brent Morden is the next great American composer. Hailing from beautiful Bayside, Queens, this musical mastermind keeps UV in key with his perfect pitch and his smooth bass voice. Brent's talents expand far beyond a cappella: he also performs in the Columbia Wind Ensemble and writes music for groups of all shapes and sizes. He's the only Uptown Vocalian with a bird, and he'll soon be leading the house band on the Eric Andre Show.
Solos: Chatanooga Choo Choo, I’ve Got a Crush on You, How High the Moon/Ornithology
Jake Naimark brings his rich bass voice to UV all the way from beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His warm smile and charming personality extend beyond a cappella to all throughout Columbia, where Jake can be found leading Shabbat services at Hillel or hosting a cozy reunion with his COÖP group. Jake is also passionate about sustainable development—fitting for an individual whose powerful tone sustains and develops our group sound.
Solo: Cheek to Cheek
Jayne Reel's sultry and deep mezzo tone perfectly matches her personality: unique, interesting, and you always want to hear more. Hailing from the show choir capital of Connecticut, you can usually find her studying something psychology or statistics related or watching Criminal Minds. She is always down for a milk shake or grilled cheese at Toms, and even though the sopranos want to steal her, she will always be a beloved member of the alto section.
Solo: Stompin' At the Savoy
Marina Wilbraham is Uptown Vocal's most global member! Whether she is in London, Paris, Washington D.C. or New York City, Marina's lovely soprano voice follows her around the world. Joining us after two years at Sciences Po in France, our newest addition to the soprano section can be found reading for Prezbo's class, running to the bus stop, and charming everyone she meets. The sopranos are so lucky to have her beautiful voice join us!
Solo: Silent Night