Alumni Bios

Alina Spiegel '15

Alina Spiegel is a freshmanic freshman, hailing from Allentown, PA, better known as the Land of Dorney Park. Having lived so close to Dorney, Alina grew up with a fascination of roller coasters and a desire to ride every one in the world. Her current tally stands at 456/10,237, but she insists the 5 roller coasters built in Antartica don't really count. She has a obsession with the mystical art of spoon-bending, whose known practitioners include Neo from the Matrix, and while on a journey to Tibet to ride a good 50 coasters she stopped by the Guru of Bending's Palace to master the art, an attempt that took a good 3 years of her life. Fantastically, she has succeeded at the endeavor and the next you time you bump into her, you should ask her to bend a spoon for you. No, go on, ask. She loves it.

Cal Peyser '15

Cal Peyser is a fantastic, all-knowing singing and composing machine from the great state of New York where he has personified its motto "Ever upward" since the age of three when he first managed to climb onto his home's roof. Since then he has cleverly managed to overcome all obstacles in the pursuit of scaling the Empire State Building, the Parthenon, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the Grad College Tower. Cal enjoys the company of zubats, Alaskans, and absolutely anyone named Daniel, Danielle, Dan, Danny, etc. Cal bakes countless muffins with sprinkles, writes little fugues, hopes to become a professional telepath, and is a fantastically enthusiastic member of Koleinu.

Chris McIlwaine '15

Known for his dashing smile, the posh New Yorker Chris McIlwaine was hired by Koleinu as a full-time Fashion Analyst in Spring 2012. He is the 3th biological son of Cameron Diaz. Graduating from the London College of Fashion at the age of 7, Chris created a wedding dress out of Hallmark cards for his senior project, which is currently on display in MoMA. He is still unsure about his post-graduation plans--he will either accept a job offer for CEO at Banana Republic or return to the Brookhaven National Laboratory to create a scarf out of cosmic radiation. But for now, he is just focusing on schoolwork and his design of a yamaka that can play the first pitches of whatever Koleinu song the wearer is thinking of.

David Fridovich-Keil '15

David Fridovich-Keil is a sophomore from Decatur, Georgia. He suffers from a severe case of Arachibutyrophobia (the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one’s mouth) and thus has devoted his life to the eradication of this pale brown substance. He came close in High School when he invented a time machine and transported himself (along with a truckload of pink highlighters) to 1880 Iowa and strived in vain to convince George Washington Carver to bury his invention. The Lifetime original movie based on this experience, which starred Kim Kardashian, Al Gore and Suri Cruise, has since sold 5,367,892,413.2 copies on DVD. Roger Ebert called it “the nuttiest movie of the year.” When not battling the evil powers of this brownish oily paste, David plays clarinet, engineers stuff, guides tours around Princeton and sings.

Dodam Ih '15

Dodam Ih comes from the far away land of South Korea. Like most South Koreans, Dodam was born to be a water ninja, but was exiled from the profession after he threw a temper tantrum at being provided with non-distilled water. Luckily for him, only a fortnight later, he discovered Adam Sandler’s "The Chanukah Song," which is the most important thing that has ever happened to him in his young life (and will forever retain that title, as he is now old). He has devoted his life to memorizing every last word of the song and verifying its undeniable truth. His latest academic paper (which he composed on the fourteenth floor of Fine Hall) is entitled “O.J. Simpson—really not a Jew?” If you are interested, and Dodam is of the strong belief that you all should be, it is located somewhere in the depths of Firestone Library. He is extremely excited to be singing with Koleinu because it brings him closer to his ultimate goal in life: singing "The Chanukah Song" with a really cool acappella group. In his free time, Dodam enjoys pouring water on tenors and eating gefilte fish with kimchi (gefilchi).

Jacob Scheer '15

Jacob Scheer is a world-famous hip hop artist from Hong Kong in Southern China. He is Koleinu's best beatboxer. He is known as a prominent proponent of the "Hot- Lava Slammm" school of layin' down the beat. While beatboxing for Koleinu, he has successfully outboxed Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiao, a drumset, and a box from the container store with his sick beatzzz. When he isn't beatboxing, he enjoys out-rapping people in his native language of Chinese, as well as mechanical engineering. Please watch this video for more information.

Oliver Marsh '15

At the age of three, Oliver was kidnapped from his landlocked Kansas home by a band of musical pirates. Targeted because of his perfect pitch and ravishingly good looks, Oliver was also allowed to cultivate his tuba and piano playing skills in his years with the Band of Misfits. Unfortunately, the pirates were very possessive of their catch, given his rare talents and charisma, and wouldn't allow Oliver to join any singing groups until his senior year. We are very excited that the pirates have given Oliver a year's sabbatical to share his talents with Koleinu.

Jonathan Frankle '14 *15

Jonathan is the wicked, wild webmaster of Koleinu. He's also a devilishly dynamic dancer, terrifically terrifying trapeze artist, and a ninja. Jonathan has been described as "having rather short hair," and was recently spotted eating lunch at Wilcox. At the tender age of four, Jonathan defeated a rabid grizzly bear in a battle for turf, and since then has been known far and wide as "the man who defeated a rabid grizzly bear." At Ellis Island, Jonathan's family name was shortened from "Frankfutterpickle" to "Frankle," but those who have read his autobiography, "One Man Against a Rabid Grizzly Bear," know that he prefers to be called by his original name. He also responds to his middle name, which is Guilliburt. Guilliburt has told sources that he hopes to one day hack into the mainframe of the United States government, and to take over the world with threats of nuclear war. But the reader of this bio is advised not to tell anybody about this plot, as Jonathan Guilliburt Frankfutterpickle is a ninja, and has recently threatened the author with the ominous words "revenge will be had." [This bio has been modified slightly to conform to MLA standards. Since Jonathan controls the internet, he exercises the right to alter these bios whenever he feels like it.]

Adriana Rexon '14

Adriana hails from Norwalk, Connecticut. The only thing that Adriana regrets about leaving the Constitution State are the changing leaves during the beautiful season of autumn. Adriana also happens to be a well seasoned equestrian, and has won countless jousting matches at various Medieval County Fairs. In her spare time, Adriana likes to play the contrabassoon (which she has been doing for the past eleven years). Adriana has even performed with the New York Philharmonic, and has been a part of various recordings by John Williams. We welcome Adriana to Koleinu!

Anne-Claire Wang '14

Anne Claire was born in a small village in the south of France, and by age two she was an expert at singing and making crepes. Her bubbliness and clear voice quickly made her the most popular act on that side of the Atlantic, and by age 5 she was a mainstay in Parisian Salons, performing everything from traditional Jewish music to Mulan soundtracks. However, fame soon became hard to handle; it was difficult to sit on the Paris Metro without being compared to the Viva la Anne Claire posters plastered all over. So, at age ten, after completing her European tour of "It's Getting Hot in Here, so Turn on the AC," Anne Claire moved to a country where nobody recognized her: China. She spent her first several years in Beijing pretending to be a nobody, which was hard because of her French accent and her fondness for wearing berets and inviting her friends over for fondue feasts. When she got to Princeton, she finally realized that she could be herself again by joining Koleinu!

Clarissa Wilbur '14

You know how technically Washington D.C. isn't officially part of any state? How Stephen Colbert claims that makes it not a part of the United "States" because of that? In reality, that's just cause Clarissa Wilbur, Mayor of the District of Columbia and 18 year-running Miss Washington D.C., scares all the other states too much. After she developed the newest maple-tapping technology in 1996, New Hampshire lost its title of the producer of the "best maple syrup in the U.S." She out-did Louisiana in jazz, out-knit all of Florida's retired grandmothers, and Silicon Valley moved to her street once she solved the issue of Quantum Computing in 2005. California is, understandably, jealous. So, in a super-secret meeting June 2008, all 50 traditional "states" voted Washington D.C. off the island – the Americas are technically a big island, right? – so Clarissa could stop stealing their champion titles. The only dissenting state was Texas, who hoped to ask Clarissa to replace Rick Perry as Governor and out-do his record execution rate. She politely declined, choosing instead to steal their record for the largest 10-gallon hat.
Drifting casually between academia, musical perfection, and beauty pageant domination whenever she chooses, Clarissa eventually decided to grace the new "States" by accepting Princeton's plea for her enrollment, and has since single-handedly convinced President Tilghman to eliminate grade deflation (for fear every other student would fail). She will be replacing the entire Princeton Football team when we play Harvard, so that we can be sure to win.

Leora Friedman '14

Leora Friedman is a soprano. Much like Bernadette Peters, anything you can do, she can do better. With the face of an angel, she catches everyone's eyes; however, she does not keep this collection in a jar in her closet. No, Leora has always believed in the "catch and release" system when it comes to eyes. In fact, she once wrestled a poacher to the ground to prevent him from keeping some hard-earned, though endangered, rhino eyes. Despite her firm beliefs on eye-catching, her stance on rain remains in doubt. One of her classmates was rumored to have said of her stance on the issue, "When it's raining in Spain, I've noticed a tendency for Leora to show up looking sullen at the grey skies, but making efficient use of the water. It's kind of hard to know what to make of that." When confronted with this fact, she replied, "I don't even.. Did you just say I make efficient use of rainwater?" Well folks that's all the time we have for today. Stay tuned for next time, when we discuss Leora's views of gerbil-generated electricity.

Michael Moses '14

Mike Moses was born on Mt. Sinai in 1992. His pastimes include: breaking tablets, baby basket weaving, relentlessly hunting for the Afi Komen, being a double threat (dancing and acting), time travel, and being an all around straight-up G. His other Princeton activities include rifle club, and the Bodybuilding Association of Delaware (BAD). Mike's really tall and almost the tallest crooner in the group--almost [correction: as of 6/3/2012 Mike is now the tallest member of Koleinu due to a radioactive-laser-pointer-related accident]. Mike hopes to use Koleinu to springboard his career in Zebra husbandry.

Elan Kugelmass '14

Elan Kugelmass, or, the gig-master, meister, messiah, as we like to call him, is one of those guys who will always pencil you in when you need him. Elan keeps it cool, keeps it real, and most of all, keeps us in line, with his one liners and smile. Elan enjoys taking long walks on the beach in France, with a pina colada in one hand and a baguette in the other, serenading every seagull with sweet notes of shehechiyanu and shalom rav who are willing to listen. All are of course. Elan is also the most patient of the Jedi.

Amber Jackson '13

Amber, straight out of Bluegrass Nashville, is known 'round the world for her soulful voice and impeccable dedication to simply being enthusiastic...ALL THE TIME! Despite offers from from San Francisco to New York, Amber decided to impart some of her soul into the soul of Koleinu! Now in the group, she quickly rose to the rank of Expert Photographer, and now ensures that all of our Kmoments will never be lost. Despite her well-known enthusiastic persona in the group, it is rumored that Amber might actually be THE Jackie Amerson, the most secretive yet expert bowler in all of the land, but these rumors are as of yet unfounded...

Albert Chen '12

Didn't you know? Albert Chen is ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE, acapella style. Don't believe me? Close your eyes. Make a wish. Try singing it. Stop that. NOW, OPEN YOUR EYES!!! It's the magnificent, talented, beast-of-a-fourth year student Albert Chen, floating in on a sweet melodic breeze of Jewish Acapella. You're welcome.

Ben Cogan '12

Benjamin Cogan hails from the great city of New York, where he is currently advocating for the planting of pineapples and papaya across Central Park. Ben does not believe in cars as a moral form of transportation, and therefore walks to every one of his destinations. He currently holds the record for most miles walked, having trekked from Arviat, Nunavut, Canada, to Cancun, Mexico, successfully escaping two border patrols.
Favorite Color: Metallic Seaweed
Lucky Number: 702
Hobbies: Disc golf; knitting; memorizing prime numbers
Role Models: President Woodrow Wilson & Robert Pershing Wadlow (aka the Tallest Man on Earth - ever)
Academic Accomplishments: Extensive research on the existence of Bigfoot in Atkinson, Maine; the invention of a frosty machine for use in cars.

Rivka Cohen '12

Rivka is a bubbly butterfly who enjoys baking banana bread. She's also super baller (in other words awesome), and her goal in life is to paint the world in sunshine. Aside from singing melodious music, Rivka enjoys rock climbing and scuba diving and listens to hardcore country music -- think pickup trucks and cowboys herding horses through the pastures -- in her spare time. Rivka likes everything and everyone except for one thing -- sprinkles. She will not touch sprinkles -- not on doughnuts or cookies and not even in ice cream. But what she doesn't realize is that she basically is a sprinkle -- she sprinkles Koleinu with joy and laughter and beautiful singing!

Sarah Strenio '12

Sarah's silky sweet scintillating scandal-inducing shouting sources southerward
Always attacking attitudes after allowing atrocious antics
Rippling rivers resemble heR ravishing goodR looksR
And angels announce after an attempt at artificing a sArAh album:
Holy, holy, holy is the L-rd of hosts!...Also she's catholic, proud of it, and can't walk anymore since she dislocated her knee

Karen Azani '11

Karen Azani is a soprano from Los Angeles, California. She enjoys tap dancing, singing songs that don't contain any references to L.A., traveling to San Diego and realizing how much better it is than L.A., and leaving L.A. in general. She is pursuing a major in psychology, but the University, realizing Karen's passionate devotion to science and technology, has allowed her to major in texting as well. Karen is one of the nicest people in Koleinu, and she will never win any so-called "mean contest," period. Her cell phone provider, however, disagrees: It had to purchase ten supercomputers just to process her text messages.

Molly Silberberg '11

If Molly were a fruit, she would be the apple of your eye.
If Molly were a website, she would be at the top of your Favorites list.
If Molly were a harvestable grain, she would be the cream of the crop.
If Molly were a canine, she would be top dog.
If Molly were a yellow dwarf star, she would be the sunshine of your life.

Jonny Weiss '11

Jonny Weiss descends from a dynasty of Jewish a cappella singers and composers. Jonny's brother, David, is Koleinu's former musical director, and his great-great-uncle, Abraham Cadorini, was head musician at the court of Duke Francesco di Modena in the late 1870s, for whom he composed the longest, most difficult known version of Oseh Shalom (which Koleinu now sings, too). Jonny, a bass who aspires to be Nicolas Cage some day, is raising funds to pay for the complex plastic surgery he will need in order to achieve that dramatic change in his physical appearance. In the meantime, he enjoys being Koleinu's new musical director and keeping alive his family's musical legacy.

Jane Dobkin '10

Jane Dobkin hails from the far far away land of Princeton, New Jersey. Although she is majoring in architecture, it is more common to find Jane in bright green pants than black. She marches to the beat of her own drum, choosing to wear a watch around her neck rather than on her wrist. Her secret (or not so secret) ambition in life is to be in High School Musical.

Sophie Gandler '10

Here is Sophie Gandler. She can do lots of things, you can do lots of things too. Hear Sophie sing. Now you sing. See Sophie participate in every theater group on campus. Now you try being a part of every show that goes up at Princeton. Watch Sophie ride her bike. Now you ride your bike... but don't fall off. See Sophie send 30 emails a day. Now you try to find 30 people you can email in one day.

Gustavo Silva-Cano '10

Gustavo is an international crime-fighting force. He spent last semester "studying abroad"--this is how he likes to describe studying the art of arresting and detaining the worst criminals on the face of the earth. He uses his training as a major in the Woodrow Wilson school to guide him in his adventures, and his flowing locks of wondrous brown hair to throw his enemies off balance.

Sarah Dobkin '06

Sarah is the President of Koleinu. She loved Punky Brewster when she was a kid, and wishes it were still on the air (even though Punky would probably be pretty scary looking as an adult). When she is not singing with Koleinu, she volunteers her time tutoring high school students.

Margaret Weiss '06

Josh has a very short attention spa...

Daniella Gitlin '06

Gitlin has been appointed our new court jester. Hee Hee Ha Ha!

Daniela Smolov '06

Daniela is an alto, and doubles as the group's unofficial pitch pipe. If you rub her tummy she'll grant you three wishes.

Scott Welfel '06

Scott isn't really insane, it's everybody else who is insane. He possesses a wacky mix of down-to-earth sincerity, and a certain exuberance that is inspiring and contagious. He also loves Phish.

Jacob Van Naarden '06

Jake hails from Huntington Valley, PA and is a musical theater guy planning to major in molbio. He's a big fan of comic books and Phish, especially in combination.

Nathan Etessami '06

Nathan is the product of a Persian Jew factory centered in Great Neck, NY. When he is not singing with Koleinu, he is playing ultimate under his alias, "Cheech." When he is not playing ultimate, he is fiddling with atoms and molecules. That's it. Sleep and food are reserved for special occasions.

Elisheva Coleman '05

Elisheva is on the phone right now... she does not have time to write a bio!

Laura Ginsberg '05

Laura hails from Baltimore and loves to sing. She is also in the Roaring 20, another coed A Cappella group at Princeton. She is the daughter of a dentist, so make sure you brush your teeth before you meet her, and by all means, do NOT open beer bottles with your teeth in front of her!

Jordana Rothstein '05

Jordana is like an onion. Rub her the wrong way and she'll make you cry, but fry her up with some tomatoes, basil, and garlic and she goes great with pasta.

Leo Lazar '05

Towering at six feet tall and four feet wide, Leo enjoys blowing smoke rings, eating olives, listening to Jimi Hendrix and entertaining his friends with bad impressions of European & Israeli accents.

Josh Burton '05

Josh has a very short attention spa...

Arielle Notterman '04

Arielle is from Beijing, China and speaks 3 different languages. She is also on the Varsity Squash team, and works part-time as a clown at childrens' birthdays and stuff like that.

Janine Jaffe '04

Janine Jaffe is not naked in this picture. She is, in fact, wearing clothing. When Susan began calling her "little soprano" she wondered what the other sopranos are considered--certainly not big.... She is hoping to never have to deal with numbers again (she was an engineer first semester) and is looking forward to a great few years of Comp. Lit. She enjoys hearing shocked friends shriek "YOU HAVE A BAR THROUGH YOUR EAR!" Janine has lived in New Jersey for her entire life and hopes that this summer in the French Alps will make her much much cooler.

Jason Kessler '03

Jason is too busy writing everybody else's bios to write his own!

Steve Feyer '03

When Stephen is around, you'll either laugh 'til you cry, or you'll cry 'til you laugh. ...profound, huh?

Chuck Rozakis '03

Chuck divides his time between Koleinu, the FireHazards, Distractions magazine, PUP, and pretending to do schoolwork. He sings an awful lot, usually at the top of his lungs and while other people are trying to study. He appreciates good food, comfortable shoes, and video games with swords in them. If you're near Edwards hall, feel free to knock on his window, it's the one with Voltron and Optimus Prime in it.

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