MEET THE 'TONES!

Today's Obertones are some of Oberlin's finest gentlefolk, hailing from many years, majors, and hometowns. Meet them below:

BEN COHEN

Music Director

Physics, Sociology '22

Big fan of boybands, bigger fan of being in one. 

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ELLIOT DAVEY

Co-President

Politics, Math '23

As a third year at Oberlin, Elliot Davey is excited to follow the path of high school theater to college a cappella. If they’re not studying in their dorm or at Mudd, they can likely be found hanging out with friends, and by friends, they mean ginkos kittens. Elliot is perhaps conceptually overwhelmed by college, but having a place to sing cool harmonies with cool people makes it much better.

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NIHAL KODAVARTI

Co-President

Math, Economics '23

Nihal first interpreted acapella as “people imitating instruments”, and as such, grew up making random noises in hopes of sounding like a piano or guitar. The Obertones have finally given him a purpose, but he still has yet to learn what acapella actually is. 

JORDAN MUSCHLER

Music Director

 Theater '23

Jordan Muschler is a ginger. He’s done many embarrassing things in his life and he constantly ruminates on the fact that more are soon to come. He would also like to let you know that “the slotted spoon can catch the potato,” whatever the hell that means.

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NOAH PLOTKIN

Computer Science, Psychology '22

Epic.

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PUCK HARTSOUGH

'23

Puck (no, not like a hockey puck) hails from San Francisco, and would much rather talk about Apis mellifera than themself. They like Shakespeare (shocker) and petting any and all animals they come across.

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ORION PENDLEY

Treasurer & Art/Publicity

Geology '24

Who needs words? Orion plays bass, and is a bass, and hasn’t spoken in years. Ask him a question. The only reply you will receive will be in some variation of dm, dum, ba, da, oo. Decode it. Uncover the secrets. Become one with the bassline.

JULIAN LEE-SURSIN

Philosophy '23

If one is given an obscure ability for inhuman noise-making, it is one's moral responsibility to put that ability to use and make it work for the good of society.

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ADAM WISE

Art/Publicity

Visual Arts '24

Adam gets stressed out when asked to describe himself. He is a complex individual! He contains multitudes! 

He is also a tenor.

ROBBIE GOLD

Computer Science, Math '24

Bob Dylan. Chicken Noodle Soup. Gucci Gang. Obertones.

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EZRA PRUITT
'25

Hi, my name is Ezra Pruitt (he/him), and I am a singer-songwriter and dancer— I am 6’6 and a 1/2– andddd I’m double jointed.

SASHA PARIS-CARTER

Composition '25

Sasha is a chaotic Tenor II and a victim of the middle school "Glee" fan ---> college a cappella nerd pipeline. They are secretly trying to turn the Obertones into an emo band, but sssshhhhhhhh don't tell anybody that!!

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PHILIP SWIGON

Bassoon Performance, Psychology '22

A vocally confused coffee enthusiast, Philip spends the majority of his time running from one thing to another. It is believed that the best way to find him is by chanting the words “contemporary bassoon”, “food safety”, and “ultimate attribution error” while standing in a bass clef formation around a mocha latte, however his usual haunts include Slow Train, the Con library, and Robertson 230.

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