MARA COOLIDGE | CAS '20
This gal puts the “Cool” in Coolidge and in Cool Whip and in Coulomb… You get the picture. Mara is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Deaf Studies. She has voyaged all the way from Naples, Florida to bless us with her harmonious soprano voice. When Mara isn’t talking about languages (she's conversational in Finnish, fluent in Spanish, and learning ASL) or singing with In Achord, she loves to do all things musical. She can play the harp, ukulele, guitar, piano, and drums and loves to perform covers on said instruments. When it comes to musical taste Mara likes to kick it old school with The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Queen. But she also digs more alternative stuff like The Foo Fighters and The Killers as well! Mara enjoys napping, being a liberal, and eating a whole bag of Milano cookies in one sitting. Beyond musical talents, Mara serves as In Achord's unofficial makeup artist! Wowza!
BAILEY KATSUMATA - SMITH | CAS '20
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the soulful Bailey Katsumata-Smith! Bails hails from the cold, mitten state of Michigan (GO GREEN!). More specifically, Grand Rapids, MI. She is currently a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Political Science. She plans on working at the State House, then taking the presidency, and then conquering the whole WORLD!! ...jk. Bailey sings alto for IAC and, like Law, is a human pitch pipe. Give me an F#! Along with singing, Bailey also loves to bake desserts and collect fossils. It’s like my grandma used to say: “There’s nothin’ like a good cookie and an imprinted rock of an extinct creature to round out an afternoon!” Completely unrelated, some of Bailey’s favorite artists are Beyonce, Etta James, Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran (mmmmmmm), and Arctic Monkeys! We ily a milli Bailey!
TATYANA FONSECA | CAS '20
This wicked awesome, Bahston native is the sass master herself, Tatyana Fonseca. You can just call her Tats though (Hey Napoleon, give me some of your tots!) Tatyana is a junior in the Pardee School studying International Relations with a minor in Spanish. When she's not studying how to master the art of mind control or providing us with her smooooooth alto pipes, Tatyana enjoys writing/playing music, napping anywhere and everywhere, spending time with the ASO on campus, learning new languages, and watching ALL the good comedy shows out there, especially Arrested Development. Hopefully The Office is on your list too, Tats. Another one of Tats’ hobbies is playing the mayonnaise… If you couldn’t tell from that obscure reference, she’s a very intense SpongeBob fanatic and is a particular fan of Seasons 1-3. Can you teach me how to play the mayonnaise? Some of Tats’ favorite artists are Queen Bey (#retweet), Thirdstory, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, and Eryn Allen Kane. What a great list of artists! WE LOVE OUR TATS!
RACHEL LEINER | COM '20
This wonderful woman to the left is our picture-taking, travel-aholic, fashionista Rachel Leiner. Rachel is a junior in the College of Communication studying Advertising with a minor in History. She hails from the Island that is Long in the York that is New (Long Island, New York). When Rachel isn’t gracing us with her bomb.com fashion (and powerful alto voice), you can find her anywhere around the Northeast with a camera slung ‘round her shoulder. If you haven’t picked up on it by now, Rachel is an amazing photographer (check her out at rachelleiner.com) and was actually a finalist for National Geographic’s Student Photography Competition! Beyond music and photography Rachel also loves to cook, loves jamming out to early 2000's music, and loves to eat all things pistachio (including ice cream). What, are you 75 or something Rachel? Despite her questionable ice cream taste, we are so lucky to have this lady in our group!
GREG BOND | CFA '21
This dude to the left is 007 himself, Greg Bond! Greg is from Walpole, Massachusetts, and is a sophomore in the College of Fine Arts pursuing a double major in Painting and Graphic Design with a minor in Art History. Greg sings those sweet, bumpin' baritone lines in IAC, and also performs with BU's Stage Troupe. When he isn't singing or acting, you can find him drawing, practicing his cello skills, playing Pokemon, or caring for his HydroFlask (#Sustainability!). When we asked Greg who his favorite artists were, he said that he loves Ariana Grande and Sia, but also that he can get DOWN to the Phineas & Ferb and Trolls soundtracks. ...yeah, we weren't sure how to respond either, A fun fact: Greg has broken his front tooth twice! Once, he tripped up the stairs in 4th grade, and in 6th grade, he dropped a laptop on his face. Don't worry, we love you Greg, no matter how many times you break your teeth!
ANTHONY RICHARDS | CAS '21
This devilishly handsome guy right here is the one and only Anthony Richards! Anthony hails from Allentown, Pennsylvania, and is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying English. Not only does he dish out those low, low bass notes with In Achord, but he also is part of BU's spoken word group, Speak For Yourself, where he shares his own poetry. How romantic, Anthony! When he's not making all the ladies and gents swoon through singing and poetry, Anthony can be found playing video games from dusk 'til dawn. For real, if you ever need anything at 4 a.m., the man WILL be awake. Anthony's favorite artists include Pentatonix, Bruno Mars, Kygo, Khalid, and Avriel & The Sequoias. When we asked Anthony for a fun fact, he said that before developing his love for singing, he played baseball for 10 seasons. Wow Anthony, fun AND sporty! We're so lucky to have you!
PAOLA RODRIGUEZ - FIRMANI | ENG '21
You may be wondering, "Who IS Paola?". Well, the real question at hand is: "Who ISN'T Paola?". Seriously, this gal does it ALL. Paola is another one of our Florida natives (from Miami, to be exact), and she's a sophomore in the College of Engineering studying Mechanical Engineering. She blesses In Achord with her beautiful Mezzo vocals, and when she isn't busy singing her heart out or engineering the next top technology of 2018, she can be found reading, playing some sweet tunes on guitar, or kickboxing. Yes, you heard right folks, she kickboxes too. But get this, there's more! Paola is also bilingual. Her first language is Spanish! She's also in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at BU. Talk about combining your interests! Some of Paola's favorite artists include Radiohead, Amy Winehouse, Frank Ocean, The Strokes, and Tame Impala. Dang Paola, you really CAN do it all!
MADDIE SASSOON | QUESTROM '21
This lovely lady right here is the wonderful Maddie Sassoon! But she also goes by Snaddie Snaztoon, Saddie Massoon...you get the gist. Maddie is a sophomore in the Questrom School of Business pursuing a degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing. She's come from the mystic land of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, to bless us with her sonorous soprano singing. Aside from performing with In Achord, Maddie also is in the BU Marketing Club and is a part of MediaGirls, an organization that teaches middle school girls about positive social media and empowering women through it. She also enjoys exploring, petting cats, reading, and spontaneous dancing. Wow, so wholesome! A fun fact for ya: Maddie actually used to take flying trapeze classes! We've been trying to incorporate her skills into our choreography, but we haven't had much luck yet due to our lack of official In Achord Flying Trapezes... we'll keep ya updated with that. We love you, Maddie!
JAKE DONOVAN | CAS ‘22
This cool cat is the legendary Jake Donovan! Trekking all the way from Plymouth, Massachusetts, Jake is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying Math. He's also working his way towards a minor in Visual Arts in the College of Fine Arts — how versatile! Speaking of versatility, Jake also effortlessly sings every single voice part for In Achord! Well, all the lower voice parts anyways. Whenever he’s not flexing on us (weird, but okay), he likes to spend time drawing, playing Intramural Soccer for BU, and playing chess. More importantly, most Fridays, you can find Jake wrecking scrubs in Super Smash Bros at local Boston tournaments, which is even more impressive once you find out that he’s partly colorblind! Some of his favorite musical artists include: Frank Ocean, Brockhampton, Mitski, Joji, Daniel Caesar, and Alt J. He kept listing more, but he named too many to keep up with. No matter though, our favorite musical artist is you, Jake!
KATE GILBERD | COM ‘22
The girl pictured here is the super sweet Kate Gilberd! Carrying on the legacy of California natives, Kate is originally from Lafayette, California! A freshman, Kate is studying Journalism in the College of Communications, and aspires to have a dual degree in International Relations. In her free time, rather than breezing through her low alto lines, Kate likes to dog-watch, nap, pop off, and watch baking shows on Netflix. Quite the set of hobbies to have! Outside of the rehearsal space, Kate is also a member of WTBU, BU’s own radio station (check it out at 89.3 FM or 640 AM!), as well as Student Production Services, which provides sound and lighting for events around campus. Some of Kate’s favorite artists are Vulfpeck, Bon Iver, St. Vincent, Hozier, and Hop Along! On another musically related note, we couldn't even finish asking before Kate told us that her fun fact is that she LOVES the tambourine. A lot. As a matter of fact, she considers it to be the greatest instrument of all time, and once gave herself a bruise by playing the tambourine too passionately. Be careful Kate, we couldn’t bear to lose you in a freak tambourine accident!
TYLER HA | COM ‘22
The stylish man you’re currently looking at is truly an enigma, but we’ve taken to calling him Tyler Ha. Originally from Warrington, Pennsylvania, Tyler now spends most of his time studying Mass Communication in Warren Towers. Although he isn’t a member of any other groups yet, that means he is SUPER dedicated to our brilliant baritone lines. When he has time, he likes to unwind by listening to TONS of music, and watching movies (favorite directors include Tarantino, Chazelle, and Anderson). A music savant, some of Tyler’s choice artists include Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator, John Mayer, Daniel Caesar, Kanye West, Sticky Fingers, and Brockhampton. He also frequently shares music with his friends in order to expand both his and their musical tastes. Tyler’s fun fact will tell you everything you need to know: He once sleepwalked down to the bathroom, threw his shirt into the toilet, and promptly went back to bed. We think that captures his... unique nature pretty well. We love you so much, Ty!
ANDREW KIM | SAR ‘22
This wholesome guy here is our very own Andrew Kim! Coming from Great Neck, New York, Andrew currently studies Behavior and Health as a freshman in Sargent College. Andrew serenades us with his soothing Tenor vocals, but is also a member of the Running Club, and we’re pretty sure he has a special pass at Mugar Library — he’s always studying for his next Biology exam! When he has the time, some of his favorite activities include running, playing Pokémon, watching movies, and listening to music. When asked who his favorite artists were, Andrew double checked to make SURE we wrote down Ariana Grande, but also listed Paramore, The 1975, and Troye Sivan. He told us that the first time he ever drank coffee, he had go to the emergency room! Turns out that he was just having heart palpitations though. Don’t worry Lil’ Drew, you’re safe and sound with us!