Chris Frost – President TENOR2
Major: Integrated Marketing Communications | Junior
Hometown: Windham, Maine
Christopher “Frosty” Frost has been singing and entertaining since birth… yes folks, he literally came out singing (I never get it when people use that phrase). Chris is excited to serve the group this year as President. Before Ithacappella, Chris graced the stage with the Windham Chamber Singers of Windham, Maine and has been a pivotal member and life-long lover of the Down East Country Music Association… no joke. He feels his biggest accomplishment in life thus far is having the prestigious honor of being voted “The Orangest” at the BOSS competition last spring (as you would know if you’ve ever seen the award framed in his dorm room). When he is not serenading people with his gorgeous melodies he enjoys eating chocolate cake, doing yoga, and taking long walks through the gorges of beautiful Ithaca, NY… alone… His fiery red hair and astonishingly good looks make him what common folk may refer to as irresistible. He would like to thank his family for supporting him and Jimmy Knowles for being his favorite stuffed animal.
Paul Tine – Vice President BARITONE
Major: Piano Performance & Politics | Junior
Hometown: Glastonbury, Connecticut
“Paul Tine has an amazing voice,” says his grandmother. As the resident perfectionist in the group, he can be a royal pain in the butt, but he’s redeemed by his astounding ability to make poignant comments in about three times the number of words necessary. He is, after all, a politics major. He’s also majoring in piano performance, which is what gives him such authority to talk about all things vocal – especially pop music, which he’s been singing for about a year (since he got into Ithacappella). A modest man, you’ll never hear him talk about the many highlights of his life, such as the solos he’s gotten in state music festivals, or the number of leads he’s had in musicals, or the epic leadership experiences he’s had, or the stature of his most prized acquaintances, or how he knows so much more about how the world works than the average citizen. Not a peep. In addition to being practically free of vice, he’ll freely admit to the few traits he’s not so proud of, because admitting you’ve got a problem is the first step, and if you point out your flaws first then nobody else can get on your case about them, so it’s basically like not having any issues in the first place. Wow that was a good sentence. When he’s not excelling at life in all his painfully modest ways, you can find him working on some of his more superficial talents, like his deep Sicilian tan, his weird wheelie things (they’re called Freelines, fool!), his connoisseurship of the world’s best surfing waves (via YouTube, alas), his inflammatory Facebook posts (hey, truth hurts), his affinity for squeezing as many credits out of his IC education as humanly possible (did he mention the Honors minor?), his zany concoctions in the IC dining halls (ask him how he likes his waffles), …his parentheses, apparently; his aptitude for sucking up to superiors, and his unpredictability. Remember that part about three times the necessary amount?
Dan Purcell – Administrative Assistant TENOR2
Major: Cinema & Photography | Sophomore
Hometown: River Edge, New Jersey
This member of Ithacappella has quite an unusual origin story. On a field trip to a local science lab, he was bit by a radioactive singing spider, and his DNA was imbued with singing-like and spider-like powers…. wait no, that’s how they came up with Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark…But in all seriousness, Dan Purcell is a huge cartoon and comic book lover, with his all time favorite superhero being the one and only Batman. I mean, who DOESN’T love Batman? When his head isn’t buried in one of the many comic books he has in his dorm room, you can find the Cinema and Photography major with a video camera in his hand down at the Park Building as he tries to become the next Christopher Nolan. You might be able to find him in his room glued to his television screen watching a movie or playing some Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 64, because N64s are cool. Otherwise, he’s singing his heart out with this lovely bunch of men. A fact that not a lot of people would know about Dan is that he has the ability to speed draw, and by that I mean he can sketch out a picture of Spongebob Squarepants in 5 minutes. In fact, when he was younger, his friends would challenge him to draw the most incredibly random things and to their astonishment, he would succeed in creating the craziest works of art, all before homeroom started. Dan is absolutely honored to be a part of this year’s incarnation of Ithacappella, and he can’t wait to show the world the incredible sound they’ve been concocting in their rehearsals together!
Ben Van De Water – Conductor TENOR1
Major: Cinema & Music Composition | Senior
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
It was a mid-November morning, the leaves having all but disappeared under their snowy quilts and retired for their winter hibernation. The trees were becoming the skeletons of the summer soaked obelisks that graced the sunny days now past, and I greeted the new world with cries of concern and confusion, entering into the coldness of a dying autumn.The coldness of an indifferent planet. After that, things started going pretty well. Grew up in Western New York. Went to school; ya know, the usual. Learned how the music thing worked (along with other stuff, too), and got a bit better as the years went on (thanks to some really awesome people, too numerous to name here, who showed me how it’s done). Then I came to Ithaca and learned even more about all sorts of things (like how to make rice, and how much mac and cheese is really just too much). But also stuff like math and history and business and things like that too. Which has been great! Two years later, I’m still super excited to be here at Ithaca, and honored to have the opportunity to (assistant-ly) conduct the Ithacappella crew this year! A special thanks to my family: my mom, my dad, my brother Scott, and my brother Mark and cousin Geoff who went before me in the Ithacappella history books.
Dave Allen – Assistant Conductor BARITONE
Major: Sound Recording Technologies | Junior
Hometown: Newark, Delaware
You may know David from his short-lived career as a television sports anchor, or perhaps the small amount of time he spent modeling for a horse-grooming agency.Although his list of previous endeavors may seem incredible, albeit awe inspiring, there’s no need to be put off by it. For he has failed in literally all of these activities, leaving him here at Ithaca College performing with the other kids in Ithacappella. David is a current sophomore Sound Recording Technology major, and if you can’t find him in a practice room, doing live sound for a show, or arranging awful a cappella music, then he’ll probably be holed up in a room somewhere playing Settlers of Catan. Please feel free to insert a bro snap here. When Dave grows up he wants to be a playboy philanthropist millionaire, but more than likely he’ll just end up living on a farm raising stallions with his beautiful wife and children (ladies).