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Members

Tanya Austin
Alto
Official Common Sound Pastry Chef
Tanya’s a cappella career began at the tender age of 3 when she brought the house down with a stirring rendition of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” (in multi-part harmony!) and has since progressed to include stints with Harvard Law School’s Scales of Justice and the lovely ladies of the Copley Cats. A Boston attorney who dabbles in pastry in her spare time, Tanya currently sings Soprano/Alto with Common Sound.

Ben Brennan
Ben’s singing career started at the age of four when he and his mom would harmonize “You Are My Sunshine” in the car. This evolved into a love of musical theater and lead to performances in musicals and even an opera! He studied musical theater at Boston Conservatory and vocal performance at Boston University where he sang for three years with the BU Treblemakers. When Ben isn’t singing, he works as a Research Assistant at UMass Medical School and a personal trainer and is going to school for behavior analysis.

Kat Buckingham
Soprano
Kat Buckingham is excited to join up with the talents of Common Sound! This is her first dabble into a cappella, but she has been singing in choirs and musicals since the age of seven. Originally hailing from Connecticut, Kat recently moved to Boston to start her career as a non-profit professional. When not singing and working, she enjoys running, eating ice cream, and petting dogs that don’t belong to her.

Paul Cantillion
Bass
A Boston native, Paul is excited to be one of the newest members of Common Sound! After graduating from Emerson College Paul spent some time in LA followed by two years on the road for companies like Microsoft and Coca-Cola. He came back to Boston two years ago and currently works in digital advertising. Some of his credits include lead vocals for Alejandro and The Fame, Boston’s premier all-male Lady Gaga cover band, and a brief stint as a pop singer in Londo

Kaitie Conrad
Soprano
Kaitie originally hails from Colorado Springs, Colorado, but has been a pseudo-Bostonian for the past 4 years. Addicted to coffee, avocados, and yoga, Kaitie is a non-profit professional by day and harmonizing enthusiast by night.

Amanda Griffiths
Bio Coming soon!

Lauren Haslett
Soprano
When Lauren was a little girl, she would run around the house singing the jingles from all her favorite TV commercials. Not only did this foreshadow her career in advertising, but it also led her toward the path of singing! She was bitten by the aca-bug when she joined Chordially Yours, Boston University’s sassiest all-female a cappella group. Now that she’s graduated, her hobbies include putting “aca” in front of every word, eating raw cookie dough, speaking in a fake British accent, reading, and trying (but mostly failing) to re-create everything she sees on Pinterest.

Emily Henriksen
Soprano
A country girl at heart, Emily Henrikson grew up in the backwoods of Alabama and castrated her first hog at the tender age of seven.  She’s been singing since before she could speak, and line-dancing since before she could walk.  Though she misses the South dearly, Emily has taken quickly to Boston, largely because she’s been able to continue singing.  And before you ask – yes, she’s available!!  Check out her profile online at farmersonly.com/howdyimemily – true country boys only!

Clark Jackson
AltoAs founder of the Lollipop guild, Ms. Clark Jackson is very proud of her Oz heritage. She grew up in a modest nest with her flying monkey family just south of Emerald City. At the daring age of 3 and a half, she traveled to Munchkin Land to sell her hand-woven mittens which is where she learned to sing, rhyme and dance like a munchkin. She eventually was welcomed as a munchkin and went on to follow her lollipop dreams to found, what we all know as, the Lollipop Guild. After the great lollipop shortage of 2002, Clark despairingly abandoned her lollipop clan, to follow her heart in the big city…Boston. After years of looking for a barbershop quartet that exclusively sang “The Lollipop Song” by the Chordettes and nothing else, she found a group of crazy singing young adults that called themselves….Common Sound.

Noura Khan
Alto
According to Noura’s grandmother, she had started singing even before she began to talk. Noura works as a marketing account coordinator at Thompson, Habib & Denison. She graduated from George Washington University with a major in international affairs. She was a member of the a cappella group GW Geet, and won GW’s Colonial Idol competition. In her spare time she likes cooking, baking, learning new languages, and kayaking.

Karel Olsson
Soprano
Karel’s love of a cappella began at a young age when her mother started taking her to local shows and subjected her to hours of WERS radio every weekend. Despite several years of teenage rebellion against all things a cappella, the love was reignited when she went off to Wellesley College and sang with the Widows. Karel lives in Brookline and works in Arts Administration.

Rob Orzalli
Baritone, Music Director
Rob grew up singing with his family as the Navy moved them place to place. On his own now, he is living in Boston and trying to make it the theater world, currently in the box office at the Huntington and several shows in the Boston area. He is a graduate of Brandeis University, where he sang with and music directed Proscenium – a musical theatre a cappella group. Apart from singing Rob enjoys cooking, cuddling, and is mildly obsessed with the Oscars.

Matt Slauson
Tenor
Mathew Slauson was raised in a shoe by a family of eels off the coast of Nova Scotia. When the family farm withered in the Great Dust Bowl of 1857, he—the oldest of 13—set off for the city to make his fortune and restore glory to the family name. When he arrived in Boston in 2014 (finding directions was really hard before Google maps, okay?), he fell in with a bad crowd of kids who sing songs and make weird noises without any instruments. When not warbling along with this merry band of ner-do-els he does accounting or gives tours of all the historic places Paul Revere clipped his toenails or whatever it is 20-somethings do after graduating in to this awful economy. This is his first year with Common Sound.

Cody Yu
Bass
A New Jersey native, Cody can be best described as a younger Mel Gibson without the everything. Aside from music, his other hobbies include hiking, sleeping in on rainy weekends, and being the subject of many a name pun (middle initial is F) . Before Common Sound, Cody had been a member of Rutgers University’s Deep Treble and RU Glee Club. With a educational background and experience in the medical field, Cody currently works as a government security officer?

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