MEET THE 'TONES!

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

BARNABY WOODS

Co-President

Musical Studies, Economics '21

PATRICK WAI

Treasurer

Physics, Philosophy '21

When the a cappella gods looked down on earth and said “let there be a cappella”, they most likely did not have Barnaby in mind. Nonetheless, he tries his best.

2018: Obertones Treasurer/Business Coordinator, Taiko Treasurer

2019: eSports Organizer, Physics Department Representative, Philosophy Major Committee, Obertones Treasurer, Horsecows Safety Coordinator and Tournament Organizer, Taiko Treasurer

2020: eSports De Facto President, Physics Department Representative, Obertones Treasurer, Taiko Treasurer and ExCo Instructor, Frisbee and eSports Club Sports Liason, Club Sports Council Treasurer, Philosophy Honors

But who is Jabroni9000?

MAXWELL ADDAE

Music Director

Computer Science, TIMARA '21

Once upon a time, in a far off kingdom at the edge of New Jersey, a mythical, sassy creature, who goes by the name of Max, was conceived and raised among a group of musical cyborgs. Legend has it that each day, his cyborg family would lock him in a room and blast random a cappella group covers until his ears LITERALLY bled. From this, they had trained his ear to pick up any bass harmony on command instantly, and so it was only natural for him to join the Obertones upon coming to Oberlin. Since then, he has lived his life by one simple mantra: "I'm all about that bass."

NOAH PLOTKIN

Publicity

Computer Science, Psychology '22

Epic.

NIHAL KODAVARTI

Secretary

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. 

BEN COHEN

Music Director

Physics, Sociology '22

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

ELLIOT DAVEY

Co-President

'23

As a second 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.

JORDAN MUSCHLER

'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.

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.

ORION PENDLEY

'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, 3-2 Engineering '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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