The Brookline A Cappella Ensemble
Adam graduated with a major in chemistry and a minor in music from Middlebury College where he sang with the Chamber Singers and the Mountain Ayres. He was fortunate to be involved with a number of Musical theater productions during college as well, his favorites of which include Company, Falsettos, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Little Shop of Horrors. His time in Boston has been spent working as an analytical chemist for Merck Research Laboratories and singing with several groups in and around the city including the Cambridge Chamber Singers and Chorus pro Musica.
Everyone's favorite booming bass, Tim Gillette, brings much wisdom and experience to Brookline A Cappella. A regular punster, Tim is a graduate of MIT and a retired electronic engineer. In addition to his vocal contributions to BAC, Tim continues to sing with the Newton Choral Society and at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Brookline, MA.
Brett recently retired from her 31-year career as Chef at the President's House at Wellesley College. She received her BA from UConn, her culinary training with Madeleine Kamman, and her MS in Nutrition from Tufts University. Since the age of 12, Brett has been singing in choirs, folk bands, and even a rock opera. In addition to her vocal contributions to BAC, Brett sings with a women's folk ensemble, Constellations; a hospice singing group, Journey Songs, and The Heritage Chorale. Brett lives in Ashland with her husband, Rob and has two grown sons, 5 stepchildren and 4 step grandchildren. When not singing, Brett keeps busy hiking, drawing, and traveling.
Andrew graduated from Georgetown University with a major in Government in 2011 and finished his Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2017. An a cappella veteran, Andrew sang and added vocal percussion throughout his entire time at college with co-ed Georgetown group, the Saxatones. In addition to his work with BAC, Andrew performed in Wayland's Vokes Theater's productions of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Merchant of Venice. Andrew works at MassDevelopment as a Program and Project Manager for an initiative on economic development in the Massachusetts Gateway Cities. One of Andrew's most memorable musical moments is singing with an Italian choir while living in Florence and performing on the island of Elba.
Larina earned her BA at Tufts University where she performed with the Tufts University Chorale and Tufts Chamber Singers. Larina also holds a master's degree in public health from George Washington University as well as a master's in education from Harvard. Larina recently left her job as Education Program Director with Boston Public Schools to stay home with her daughter, Avery.
Allan graduated from RPI with a MS in Computer Science and has been working at Rhythmia Medical doing software QA since then. He has been singing as long as he can remember, most recently with the a cappella group Partial Credit at RPI. In addition to the singing, he put together a number of arrangements for PC, and hopes to arrange some songs for BAC as well.
Emily is a graduate of Syracuse University's TV, Radio, and Film program, where she performed with the Syracuse University Singers and Main Squeeze. Emily performs as a soloist on Brookline A Cappella's adaptation of John Lennon's "In My Life" and has also been known to host awesome karaoke parties in her Somerville apartment. She presently works in Watertown, MA as an Animation Producer.
Jamie's interest in music was fostered by musical theater which she enjoyed participating in throughout high school and college. A cappella was not something she considered before joining BAC, but she is enjoying the challenge. After graduating from the University of Rochester, she earned her master's degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, and is presently working as a Victim Witness Advocate.
Sarah Friswell earned her BA in Sociology from the University of Tampa and is almost finished with her MEd from Cambridge College in General Science Education for middle school. Now Sarah teaches sixth grade science in Natick. She holds two dance minors; teaching and performing and continues to share her love of dance as a tap teacher at Impulse Dance Center and as a member (on hiatus) of Monkeyhouse, a Boston based modern dance company.
Eric Kuo received degrees in mathematics and computer science from MIT and UC Berkeley. Before returning to Boston, Eric lived in Colorado for seven years and sang with chorales in Fort Collins, Boulder, and Colorado Springs. With the Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Chorale, Eric got to perform at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Currently Eric works as a software engineer for the MathWorks and also sings with the Heritage Chorale.
By the age of four, Melanie dominated the local music scene--from her swing set. At Fairfield University, she continued singing as a member of the glee club, chamber singers, and theatre program. Melanie was later privileged to be conducted by Keith Lockhart in the Boston Pops Holiday Chorus and to perform at Symphony Hall. She has since performed throughout Boston as a lead vocalist with several rock cover bands. Melanie earned a master of arts in teaching from Tufts University. After teaching high school English and Drama four years, Melanie now operates her own digital consulting firm and works full-time as a Content and Social Media Strategist at Citizens Bank.
Having returned to New England after retiring from practicing law in New York and Houston, John is pursuing his interests in local history and music. He serves as a seasonal Freedom Trail tour guide for passengers of cruise ships calling at Boston's Black Falcon Cruise Terminal and volunteers with Friends of Boston Harbor Islands as an historical interpreter for Boston Lighthouse tours. In addition to BAC, John sings with and is past president of the Apollo Club of Boston and is a member of the Gloucester-based sea chantey group, Three Sheets to the Wind. He and his wife, Susan, a retired technology educator, live in Boston and Gloucester.
Stephanie graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double music minor in piano and voice, and where she sang in the Swingin' Dores a cappella group. In medical school at the University of Miami, she was the music director for the Note-o-chords a cappella group. She is a medical geneticist at Boston Children's Hospital and on the Harvard medical school faculty. She enjoys performing in community theater, especially with her children, favorite productions being Les Miserables and Annie, and loves singing with BAC.