Member since April 2017
Solos: Go the Distance (Disney Medley), Something in the Water, Sing
Annie grew up in Chicago, and she’s excited to be back in town feeling the Uptones funk. In college, Annie sang with the Harvard–Radcliffe Veritones. Now a lawyer by day, Annie just couldn’t stay away from a cappella. Oh hai, doggies!
Solos: A Whole New World (Disney Medley), Free to Be Me, I Choose You, Story of My Life, Hold On, Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Becky is the sole remaining original member of The Uptones. She’s sung since her middle school days and eventually went on to be the musical director of her college a cappella group, Lake Affects, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She joined The Uptones because she wanted to continue singing when she graduated from college. The thing she loves most about the group is the great bond she has with them.
Becky teaches fifth grade at an elementary school in Skokie. She loves being outdoors and spending time with her family, including her son, Carson.
Member since May 2017
Solos: Beauty and the Beast (Disney Medley)
Brittany has always loved singing and has been involved with various musical groups her entire life. She attended NIU and was part of their Concert Choir. After graduation, Brittany was looking for a post-graduate group to join to keep up with her love for singing. A Google search introduced her to The Uptones, and she knew she had to be part of this fun and talented group. Luckily, they agreed, and welcomed her with open arms (and even let her in on their many inside jokes — à la "stripper penguin")!
When not cheesing out to a cappella music, Brittany works as a customs broker and enjoys traveling, cooking, painting, hitting the gym, and trying everything at least once.
Member since September 2015
Solos: Closer, Circle of Life (Disney Medley), All I Want for Christmas is You
Ever since her first solo in kindergarten, music has been an huge part of her life. A cappella was a memorable part of her time at Notre Dame, where she was music director of Harmonia, an all-female a cappella group (commonly mistaken for the Barden Bellas). She joined The Uptones because she wanted to continue singing with fellow aca-nerds.
When she's not forcing The Uptones to sing in exciting formations, you can find her doing outdoor activities, analyzing numbers for her job, or planning Uptones social gatherings!
Member since September 2013
Solos: Waving Through a Window, Go the Distance (Disney Medley), Cages, Love Yourself, Don't, Story of My Life, Say Something, Man in the Mirrors
Ethan is an alumnus of Washington University in St. Louis, and of their award-winning co-ed a cappella group Mosaic Whispers. He is a computer programmer, and dislikes writing bios.
Member since December 2016
Solos: Castle on the hill, Stacy's Mom, Circle of Life (Disney Medley)
George joined The Uptones so he could continue singing after graduating from the University of Chicago, where he sang with Run for Cover. He soon found that The Uptones is not only a phenomenal group to sing with, but is also composed of phenomenal people, and he is grateful to be a part of such a special group. He also likes messing with Steve.
Member since January 2010
Solos: Stacy's Mom, Under the Sea (Disney Medley), Iris, Shut Up and Dance, Odds Are, Demons, Man in the Mirrors, Happy Together
A proud Chicago native, Ian’s interest in contemporary a cappella began about a decade ago. He even traveled the country to watch collegiate groups perform and compete before eventually joining The Uptones (and continues to do so).
Being part of The Uptones has allowed him to sing and have fun with some of the most talented and diversely entertaining friends one could have. Acting as one of the group's Business Managers (as one of the longest-standing members) has become a full-time passion for him. Ian works in supply chain management in the Chicago Loop.
Member since September 2013
Solos: Addicted, Under the Sea (Disney Medley), Let Me Down Easy, Not Over You, Morning Comes, Man in the Mirrors, Story of My Life
Born to a Spanish mother and a French father, Jim often pretends he hails from the tiny principality of Andorra, which is nestled in the Pyrenees between Spain and France. However, he is actually from the city of Belleville, IL, the town with the longest official Main Street in the world (9.2 miles, if you’re wondering). Jim’s family is one of those musical, von Trapp kinds of families, except they do not speak German and there are no Nazis… that he knows of. He learned to play piano by ear in the summer of 1994 and, as such, considers himself forever indebted to the Swedish group Ace of Base, whose popular songs at the time led him on a path of singer-songwriter stardom. A veteran of musicals, show choir, undergrad (The Stereotypes) and grad school (The CEOhs) a cappella groups, Jim did not hesitate when his pal Jen encouraged him to audition for The Uptones, a group started by the same folks with whom he started his grad school group. He did not realize how awesome and talented his new friends would be until he met them, but now that he knows them, well, he just can’t seem to get enough of them.
Outside of the group, Jim is a professor, a marketing guru, an improv actor, and an avid traveler, often to Italy, where he is known as pop music megastar Giuseppe Salvatore.
Member since October 2017
Solos: Colors of the Wind (Disney Medley)
Meredith hails from the great state of Minnesota. After a brief foray into the world of sports, Meredith found she was far more coordinated when playing piano and singing show tunes with her dad than trying to score baskets or goals… and the rest is history.
At Northwestern University, Meredith sang in Significant Others — Northwestern’s premiere all-female a cappella group — for four years, serving as music director for two. She also played mellophone in the NU Marching Band for 4 years (Go ‘Cats!). Meredith eventually became tired of singing by herself in the shower, and thus sought out The Uptones and, well, what a fun and supportive group of people she found!
In her free time from her day job as a market researcher, she enjoys watching television shows of the sitcom or competition reality varieties (#1 Parks & Rec, #2 30 Rock, #3 Survivor, #4 Project Runway, in case you were curious), asking her parents to send pictures of her family’s cat, eating cheese, crossing books off her reading list, or slaving away over jigsaw puzzles.
Member since August 2014
Solos: Stacy's Mom, Beauty and the Beast (Disney Medley), Rock Bottom, Rather Be, Little Talks
Steve has been a member of The Uptones for years now. He wants you to know that you're just as special as anyone else.
Steve loves bulldogs and arranging music for his favorite a cappella group, The Uptones, the a cappella group of which Steve is a member.
Steve loves it when Becky gets sassy at rehearsal, because she's such a wonderful person to be around but if you don't watch out she will strike you down unexpectedly with a vintage first-degree Becky burn.
Steve's a big fan of the new members the group has accepted the last few years. Steve was sad when former member ATM left to beatbox for Pentatonix*, and is happy that young innocent tenor George and new bass Isaac have filled some of the void of a once-thriving bromance.
Steve has been to all four Uptones retreats and wants everyone to know that he found the 2017 cabin.
Steve's favorite Uptones moments are:
Steve has been so blessed to be a part of The Uptones for going on four years. In addition to the incredible people both past and present that make up the group, Steve's favorite thing is the new opportunity that each year brings. The continued growth of the group, Steve thinks, can be attributed to the quality of its members. And Steve is happy that he continues to get to be a part of it all!
* He didn't really, but we can dream, can't we?
T. Isaac Sherman
Member since September 2017
Solos: Indigo, I'll Be There For You/Friends theme (TV Medley), Beauty and the Beast (Disney Medley)
Isaac was born and raised a small child in Lakeview, Chicago, and during his formative years he developed a deep-seated distrust of anything related to sports. Growing up in Wrigleyville will do that to ya.
He found solace in song, and at 13, he joined the Chicago Children's Choir. He had developed early and started his singing career as a bass. He was very happy in this part and hasn't thought about singing much above middle C for 14 years.
In college he sang briefly with Suspended before getting sucked into the vortex of theater school. He now works as a professional actor and voiceover talent, and can be seen featured all around Chicago.
Isaac joined The Uptones because he was tired of singing the same three low country songs at karaoke all the time.
Infinite love and gratitude
Member since January 2015
Solos: How Will I Know, Colors of the Wind (Disney Medley), Rock Bottom, Hello, Bad Blood (Taylor Swift Medley), Chandelier
Taryn originally hails from Cleveland, OH. She has been singing as long as she can remember — as the daughter of a choir director, she was often called upon to sing solos and various vocal parts to assist her mother. She has participated in many choirs (classical, contemporary, and show choir) over the years, including the DePaul Community Chorus. She attended Indiana University (HOO! HOO! HOO! HOOSIERS!) and received her bachelor's in Theatre and French.
Taryn originally moved to the Windy City for a business job and had a brief stint at a printing company until she realized she hated it. She made a career change and recently completed her Master's in Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently a preschool Special Education teacher.
Taryn loves the theatre and has been an active thespian since elementary school; she still performs to this day in various Chicago productions. She is a member of the Vaudette Dance Team and can be seen performing at the Kiss Kiss Cabaret on Fridays and Saturdays. She thanks her fellow Hoosier and tall pal Steve Boblak for introducing her to The Uptones... although she only came to learn he was in an a cappella group when he had a concert the same night as her classical choir.
Member since July 2010
Solos: Closer, Stitches, Homegrown, Everywhere You Look/Full House (TV Medley), Story of My Life, I Want It That Way ('90s Medley), Just a Kiss, High and Dry, How to Save a Life, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Thor grew up all around the Midwest and, growing mostly done, attended Northwestern University, where he majored in film and sang with co-ed group Extreme Measures. He was and is very excited for the opportunity to keep singing pop a cappella.
When he’s not singing, he works in the marketing department of a workplace benefits provider. When he’s not doing that, he’s probably surfing the Internet, cycling, writing movies, or doing voiceovers (well, maybe someday). He lives in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood with his in-unit washer/dryer. You can visit his website to learn tons more about him.