Hyannis Sound 2018

Below are the names of the 10 guys that compose this year's edition of Hyannis Sound. Click on a name to learn more about them!

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Jason Berk, Business Manager

Manchester, NH | Elon University '17

Jason is so grateful to have the opportunity to return to Hyannis Sound for a fourth summer. He serves as the Business Manager for his second summer, and is excited to help guide the group through another fantastic summer of singing on Cape Cod.

Jason is 23 years old and hails from Hooksett, New Hampshire. He graduated from Elon University in the spring of 2017, and spent the last year traveling and exploring Australia, New Zealand, and Israel. Some highlights of his travels include cliff jumping, working as a door-to-door salesman, and meeting a plenitude of fantastic people from around the globe. Following this summer season, Jason hopes to pursue a career in sales in either Boston or California.

Jason began his singing career in middle school in choir and musical theater productions.   Some of his favorite roles include Jesus (Jesus Christ Superstar), Marius (Les Misérables), and Tobias (Sweeney Todd). He also participated in classical, chamber, and jazz All-State vocal ensembles. 

Outside of music, Jason enjoys playing tennis, golf, cornhole, spending time with friends and family, petting other people’s dogs, and napping.

Jason would like to thank his friends and family for their unending love and support, past and present members of Hyannis Sound for allowing him this opportunity, and all those who have encouraged him to continue singing over the years. He can’t wait to spend another unforgettable summer on Cape Cod!

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Jared Graveley, Music Director

West Hartford, CT | University of Connecticut '17

Jared is deeply grateful for the opportunity to return to Hyannis Sound for his fourth summer, and third summer as Music Director. He’s so excited for the chance deepen his connection with other members, alumni, and greater Cape community, all while pouring himself into every moment of the summer.

His musical career began at the age on nine on the cello, and shifted focus to voice in high school. Now, after falling in love with choral music and studying classical voice at the University of Connecticut, he sings professionally as both a choral musician and classical soloist. 

Jared recently finished his second season with Voce, a professional choral ensemble based in Hartford CT, with whom he has performed as a featured soloist under composers in residence Paul Mealor, and Ēriks Ešenvaalds. In addition to these performances, Jared played an integral role in recording a collaborative choral album with Voce and Paul Mealor. Additionally, he performed as bass soloist for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony’s 2017 production of Handel’s Messiah.

Aside classical vocal music, Jared founded vocal jazz quintet Highline with four of his closest friends in New York City. When he’s not singing, Jared can be found beatboxing, lifting weights, sautéeing mushrooms, and spurring up conversations on ethical philosophy.

In the Fall of 2018, Jared plans to move to New York, where he hopes to pursue opportunities with which to share his voice through choral and jazz music, and teach voice professionally.

Jared would like to thank his friends, family, and mentors that have helped him grow over his formative years, and to express his thanks to all the fans of Hyannis Sound. Without them, this group would not have been able to change the lives of so many young men such as himself.

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Nolan Roche, Operations Manager

Orange, CT | Bowdoin College '19

Back for his second summer in Hyannis Sound, Nolan is a bass-baritone from Orange, CT who just finished his junior year at Bowdoin College where he studies Economics and Government. Nolan is stepping into the role of Operations Manager for this summer, and couldn’t be happier to be back on Cape Cod for what’s shaping up to be a summer to remember.

At school and beyond, Nolan enjoys music in a variety of different outlets. He fell in love with singing during his junior year of high school when he joined his school's a cappella group, The Blue Notes. He continues to perform at Bowdoin, where he sings with the all-male a cappella group the Longfellows and plays guitar in a band with five of his classmates.

In addition to music, Nolan enjoys hiking, fishing, running, and reading. Nolan's love for fishing led him to pursue a job in commercial salmon fishing in Alaska over the summer of 2016. He also served as the president of Ladd House, one of Bowdoin's eight College Houses, during his sophomore year. 

A New Englander through and through, Nolan is also a huge fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Bruins. If you catch him on a lucky day, you might see him wearing his Patriots tie; just don’t ask him about the most recent Super Bowl...

Nolan first heard the Hyannis Sound during the summer before his sophomore year of high school, when his brother, Keenan, showed him some of the group's videos on YouTube. Since then, Nolan has watched just about every HS video and listened to the HS discography, in its entirety. Listening to the Hyannis Sound is what made Nolan want to start singing, so being a part of the group has been a surreal experience (someone pinch him!)

Nolan would like to thank his family for their unending love and support, and can't wait to see them on Cape this summer! Additionally, Nolan would like to thank his friends, teachers and mentors at Hotchkiss, Bowdoin, and beyond for their countless life lessons and inspiration.

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Ryan LaForest, Alumni Liaison 

Boxborough, MA | Berklee College of Music '17

Ryan is thrilled to be returning to Cape Cod for his fourth summer with Hyannis Sound! Originally from Boxborough, Massachusetts, Ryan is now living Boston where he recently graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Degree in Music Business and Management.

While living in Boston, Ryan has taken this past year to finish up his remaining college credits (so that Berklee would send him his degree)! When he wasn't in class, he worked as a dog walker (his favorite type of animal) and as a Lyft Driver in the Boston area. When he's not working, he enjoys solving sudoku/crossword puzzles, learning how to cook, writing original music, spending time with his friends, or hanging out with his cat Logan.

Ryan would like to thank his family, his friends, and his professors and instructors who have helped him to grow as a musician and a person. He is incredibly grateful for all of the opportunities he has been given, and is so happy to be coming back to Hyannis Sound to continue to make music and memories with the most amazing group of guys! 

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Peter Carboni, Social Media Manager

Wareham, MA | University of Massachusetts Amherst '17

Peter is thrilled to be back for his second summer singing with Hyannis Sound! As a long time fan, he’s honored to be a part of the group for another summer. This year, he's the group's Social Media manager, and he can’t wait to keep in touch with the warm and welcoming communities across Cape Cod. 

Peter grew up in Wareham, Massachusetts and began singing in high school. He was a part of his high school’s a cappella group, church choir, campus band, and even started his own YouTube channel

Peter graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelor’s in Psychology and a certificate in Sustainable Food and Farming. In college, he was the creative director of UMass’s oldest and only all-male a cappella group, the Doo Wop Shop. When he’s not singing (which isn’t too often), Peter enjoys cooking, doing yoga, spending time outdoors, and digging for rare vintage finds from local thrift stores.

After this summer comes to a close, Peter plans to move to New York City to continue his career as a professional singer, while looking into certifications in health and wellness coaching. 

Peter would like to extend an enormous amount of gratitude to his friends and family for their unwavering support. He has greatly benefited from their warmth and encouragement, and he’s beyond grateful to have such a loving network of people that only want the best for him.
 

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Matt Goldstein, Digital Content Strategist

Sharon, MA | Vassar College '17

Matt Goldstein couldn't be more excited to return for his second summer with Hyannis Sound! Last summer was easily the best summer of his life - making awesome music, meeting wonderful people, adventuring around the Cape, and joining this crazy crew of incredible guys that he is lucky enough to now call family. During the last 9 months, Matt has been backpacking around Europe, working with the cutest preschoolers as an assistant pre-K teacher, and working as professional vocal arranger and performer. 

Matt, currently 22 years of age, spent his high school days in Sharon, Massachusetts doing exactly what you’d expect - lots of singing. In addition to performing in at least 100 concerts, Matt co-founded an a cappella group called “Pitch, Please”, which he led for 3 years.

Matt continued his a cappella adventures at Vassar College with The Vassar Devils. After becoming the group’s music director in his sophomore year, he led the group to perform at the ICCA (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella) Finals, to win the BOSS (Boston Sings) competition, and even to perform for President and First Lady Obama at the White House! 

When he’s not making music, Matt enjoys building blanket forts, hiking during that golden hour of sunlight right before sunset, and purchasing string lights from Amazon.

Matt would like to thank his family and friends, who mean the world to him and have made all of this possible. He is so honored to be a part of this incredible Hyannis Sound family, and cannot wait to no longer have to carry the merch box this summer!

 

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Will Wolz, Events Coordinator

Richmond, VA | College of William and Mary '18

Will Wolz is so excited to be returning to the Cape for his second summer with the Hyannis Sound! As a 22 year-old resident of Richmond, VA, he recently graduated from the College of William & Mary. Will plans to pursue a master’s degree in computer science beginning this fall.
 
Will has played instruments throughout his entire life, but only began singing towards the end of high school. In his spare time, Will loves adventuring outdoors, reading, and cooking. He also enjoys all genres of music and discovering new artists to listen to on repeat, so let him know if you have any suggestions! 
 
He can’t wait to start performing this summer and to explore the Cape and surrounding areas. Will would like to thank all of his family and friends for their never-ending support and encouragement, and looks forward to sharing this experience with everyone!

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Brendan Jacob Smith, Merchandise Manager

Brooklyn, NY | Ithaca College '19

Brendan Jacob Smith is pumped to be a part of Hyannis Sound for his first summer!

He is a rising senior at Ithaca College, where he performs with Ithacapella. A native of Brooklyn, New York and a graduate of LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts, he often performs with his brother Damon Isaac Smith at the Loser's Lounge at Joe's Pub, NYC. 

A lover of rock music and musical theater, he has performed in various bands and is a frequent musical theater performer. Last summer he appeared in Parade at the Merry Go Round playhouse as Frankie Eppes and the NYMF's production of Happily The Musical. 

He is a surfer, a cat lover, and a songwriter. He recently released a music video for his first single, "It Takes Time" on Youtube. He would like to thank his parents for their endless support and love.

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Beckett Azevedo, Residential Coordinator

Westford, MA | Cornell University '21

Beckett is beyond thrilled to be spending his first summer on the Cape with Hyannis Sound! Beckett is from Westford, MA, and he just finished his freshman year at Cornell University. Go Big Red! 

Beckett did musical theater throughout his childhood, which lead him to attend high school at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA. There, he was a Theater major for his first two years and a Writing, Film, & Media Arts major for his last two years. 

At Cornell, Beckett is hoping to pursue a major in Human Development, though he is currently undeclared. Music-wise, he's a member of “Last Call,” an all-male a cappella group, for which he serves as the Marketing and Social Media Manager. This past March, Beckett went on tour with Last Call to South Korea and Hong Kong. They sang at the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Tournament, as well as the Cornell Asia-Pacific Leadership Conference. They even put on a sold-out concert in Seoul!

Aside from all things music, Beckett loves laughing, being outdoors, photography, spontaneous car rides, board games, spreading kindness, and learning languages. He currently speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and he’s considering taking on a fourth. Suggestions, anyone? 

Beckett would like to extend a sincere thanks to his mom, his siblings, his friends, and his teachers & mentors at Blanchard and Walnut Hill. He’d also like to extend a huge thank-you to his new Hyannis Sound family for such a warm welcome into the group. 

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Ben Vance, Public Relations Coordinator

Springfield IL | Washington University St. Louis '21

Ben could not feel any luckier (not to mention excited!) to be on the Cape for his first summer with Hyannis Sound. Originally from DeKalb, Illinois, Ben is a Tenor who just completed his freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis, where he studies Economics and Russian Language and Literature. 

Ben’s passion for music began with the cello, which he picked up in 6th grade. In his sophomore year of high school, he joined his high school’s a cappella group, an experience that enlightened Ben to his love of singing. Subsequently, he joined several other singing ensembles during high school. Ben is also a member of the Washington University Amateurs, a co-ed a cappella group, of which he is honored to hold the positions of both Recording Chair and Co-Business Manager. In fact, the person who told Ben about Hyannis Sound in the first place was an alumni of his college group! 

When Ben isn’t singing, he enjoys golfing, watching bad tv shows, driving around in the cornfields of his homeland, and of course, sleeping.

Ben can’t wait to see what this summer holds for him, and he would like to thank his friends, family, and teachers for helping him to grow as a musician and allowing him to pursue his passions. He would also like to thank Hyannis Sound for affording him the opportunity to spend the summer on Cape making music with such an incredible group of people!

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