Eric Lee (Baritone)
During his time at McGill Eric studied Economics and Music. Eric comes from Waterloo Ontario, where he was a member of several choirs and bands. A Cappella is his life and he's probably the biggest music nerd in all of Chrome, but he's extremely proud of that. Chrome has become a second family to Eric, and he will cherish the friendships he's made forever. When he's not singing you can find Eric competing in local trivia contests, playing squash or laughing like Nicki Minaj after one too many glasses of wine.
Ranya Virk (Alto 1)
Ranya Virk majored in quantitative biology with a minor in computer science. Hailing from the town of Lexington, MA which, for everyone not from the states, is famous for being the start of the American Revolution. Another lesser known fact about her hometown is that it has the highest per capita L.L. Bean consumption in the country. Ranya was involved in an a cappella group and two choirs in high school and has continued expressing her love for music by being a part of Chromatones. Being half Greek and half Indian, Ranya's other interests include beach bumming, dancing her heart out, eating good food (that doesn't include meat as she is a pescatarian, unless it's Greek Easter and lamb is being roasted on a spit), and traveling to exotic places. "What does a nosy pepper do?" "Get jalapeño business."
Megan Tan (Soprano)
Megan Tan, despite what her name says, is NOT tan. She was Chromatones A Cappella's Creative Director for 2016-17, and Co-President in her final semester at McGill. Hailing from the tiny country/city/island Singapore, she likes sharks (there aren't sharks in Singapore), curry (there is a lot of curry in Singapore), apples (there are apples in Singapore) and Second Cup's London Fogs (it's too warm for London Fogs in Singapore). She's mostly lived in Shanghai, and graduated from McGill's Faculty of Education in 2017.
Yasmin Bitar (Mezzo-Soprano)
While at McGill, Yasmin studied Psychology and English: Drama and Theatre. She is Jordanian-Palestinian and Canadian, but spent most of her life in Saudi Arabia. Yasmin loves to read, keep track of the 65 tv shows she watches, pretend she knows more about movies than she actually does, and cry over cheesy broadway shows. Food is also extremely important. Calvin and Hobbes is a treasure trove of wisdom.
Lukas Shannon (Tenor 2)
Lukas is a young man at McGill studying science with child-like wonder and curiosity. He is currently involved with research in human trials determining the fatal daily dose of caffeine. The subject pool is small but he is confident his only participant can provide many new insights into the world of late night study sessions. Growing up in the Maritimes, Lukas always dreamed of finding a small pagan idol that would teleport him to a big city like Montreal with tall buildings and flat-tall sidewalks but is happy to have found a university to do so instead. Flat-tall means wide. His singing background comes from musical theatre and long showers, but his mom has described his voice as "wow you're very good dear". Some day Lukas has promised to solve world hunger and end The War, but recently his attention has been focused on mastering bus schedules. He hopes if you seem him in a show you'll make a sign that says "WOO!" and point it at yourself, because he wants you to remember to cheer for yourself a little bit sometimes.
Evan Schor (Bass)
Born in 1947, Evan Schor has always been a man captivated by the intricacies of his own navel. He has the heart of a lion and a ban from McGill's Animal Resources Centre. Most of his days are spent quietly muttering to himself with brief intrusions of raucous laughter, after which he looks around nervously and is thankful that he doesn't have roommates. After a short tour as a backup dancer for Beyonce, he has returned to McGill to finish his degree in... something... maybe science? Originally hailing from the great state of Indianapolis, he spends most of his time in Montreal's Chinatown, training in an attempt to become the premiere Bian Lian performer of his generation. He is happy to be continuing as a bass in Chromatones this year, a group that has given him endless joy during his time at McGill, and has brought him yet closer to reaching the ever evasive brown note.
Tess Brown (Alto 1)
Tess is the President and VP finance of Chromatones A Cappella. She hails all the way from the extremely foreign Greenwich, Connecticut, but she prefers telling people she’s from ‘outside New York City.’ Some of her favorite things in life include: Beyonce, puppies, avocados, comfy beds, sweaters, and food porn. She is in her final year at McGill studying psychology and environment. Her least favorite question is: “So what do you think you want to do after you graduate?”
What is a sharks favorite illegal substance? Reefer.
Melody Gateretse (Soprano 1)
Melody enjoys piña coladas and getting caught in the rain exploring Montréal’s cafes, acquiring useless knowledge from Wikipedia and making musical puns with her name…. actually, making any kind of pun. When she’s not belting glass-shattering high notes with the other sopranos, she can be found arguing about current affairs with her friends or headdesking in the library.
Her current favourite joke: What’s yellow and can’t swim? A bulldozer.
Dantong Jia (Baritone)
Dan(tong) Jia is a U2 student studying the magical mysteries of Neuroscience. Beyond his hippocampi’s thirst for endless neuroscience knowledge, Dan’s auditory cortices enjoy singing in a cappella (joined Chromatones back when it was still called NEV – 2.5 years ago!) and playing classical music on the piano. Photography, snowboarding and hiking are cool too! Born in Beijing, China, immigrated to Etobicoke (let’s be honest, it IS Toronto), studying in Montreal, and volunteered in Lima, Dan loves to explore new places, snap a few shots, and learn some local tunes.
Alex Lei (Tenor 1)
Heyyy people I’m Alex Lei (a.k.a Lingxiao Lei but I always go by Alex because the X in my name just confuses everyone) I spent most of my life in Chengdu, Sichuan ,China. (If you have no idea where it is, google “spicy food” and “Panda”). I moved to Maryland recently but now here I am in the beautiful city of Montreal. As an U0 student who knows absolutely nothing about what to pursue, I’m now happily taking random courses in Faculty of Arts. (Hopefully not going to be unemployed in the near future lol) I’m a huge fan of literature and music (obviously the reason why I’m in Chromatones). So excited for my freshman year and hope see u guys soon!
Fergus Roache (Bass)
Fergus Roache hails from a distant land of hobbits and elves known as New Zealand. He is spending a semester here on exchange (if you see him, please introduce yourself because he’s yet to make any friends) studying his 3rd year chemical engineering. He loves all things outdoors, sport and exercise, learning the local language of love, crochet, yoga, and singing of course!
I knew that someday my rigorous shower solo practice would come in handy.
Anne-Sophie Caron is the most Quebecois member of Chromatones and, like every good Quebecer, she loves winter and speaking French. She also enjoys music (and musicals!), knitting, nature, but, most importantly, INSECTS! She loves them. Like a lot. And she may be study them in Iceland this summer. How exciting! She is currently majoring in Environmental Biology and spends most of her time either outside or in a lab. Her goal in life is to save the planet (and the insects) and help people understand how awesome those little critters are.
She doesn’t know any good jokes, but here’s one about insects : What do you call two ants that run away to get married? Ant-elopes!
Bryn is a first year U1 student majoring in International Development and Biology. Her life goals include but are not limited to: riding an elephant in India, learning French, and one day saving the world. Bryn is from Austin, Texas (aka the live music capital of the world) and she loves going to concerts and helping to “Keep Austin Weird”. When Bryn isn’t singing her heart out with the Chromatones, she can be found playing piano, exploring Montreal, petting a cat, or eating the weirdest thing on the menu.
What do you call an alligator in a vest?
Born and raised in Slovakia, Halina came to McGill to study biology and neuroscience, because let’s face it- can there be anything more fascinating than a human brain? Her passion for music and singing brought her to Chromatones A Cappella, and thanks to her uber-manly voice, she’s our one and only lady tenor!
What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?
Lily was asked to provide her favourite joke, but as most of her favourite jokes involve dead babies or other vulgarities, she decided that it was best to refrain.
Lily first joined the Chromatones in 2010, hoping to combat her stage fright and inability to read music. 4 years later, while the prospect of performing in front of an audience still induces cold sweats and hurling urges, and the notes on the music sheets still just look like perfect little black dots with straight lines running through them (okay, she’s pulling your leg here), Lily has gained many a friendships and experiences. She has rehearsed for days on end, run around coordinating fundraising activities, busked on wintry afternoons, recorded overnight in a studio, made music videos, attempted to start a hockey team, gone on retreats, participated in day-long Chrome days, and drank, partied, laughed, complained, cried, and performed–all with the Chromatones.
It really has been quite an experience.
She recommends joining a choir if any of the above sound enticing. Oh, and there’s the singing too, of course. That’s quite nice as well.
Have you ever heard the joke about the dyslexic schizophrenic? He always thought he was following someone! *Bah-dum TISH*
As a lover of singing whose apartment is seldom quiet when she’s alone, Lindsay loves being able to sing with the Chromatones while completing her undergrad in Psychology at McGill (if the psych major wasn’t clear from that joke, well, now you know). A born-and-raised Canadian from Toronto, Lindsay enjoys hanging out with her hilarious brothers, running, learning foreign languages, and obsessing (mildly…ish) over her family’s adorable sheltie.
Tess was VP-Finance of Chromatones a cappella. Born and raised in Maine, Tess moved to Montreal a country bumpkin who is now hardened by city life. Tess is a lover of peanut butter, Tina Fey, and music, obviously. Tess studies English and Psychology, and is a news editor for the Bull & Bear. In her free time, Tess enjoys running (in circles) talking, and laughing.
What goes hahahahahaha thump? You, laughing your head off at this joke.
Why do gingers hate jazz? Because they have no soul.
Hey, I’m Konstantin and I am from Bulgaria (whatever the hell this is). I am a first year student at McGill and I am really passionate about music. Before McGill and the Chromies, I had been in all kinds of ensemble, including Bulgarian folklore choir, a heavy metal band, and a boy band. Yeah, it’s pretty random… My musical style is also very weird mostly because I love both Heavy Metal and Classical music. I was also a finalist in the first season of X-Factor Bulgaria, which is pretty cool I guess… I joined the Chromatones because I wanted to learn to sing from a sheet and because they are awesome!!!!
In my spare time, which is not that much, I like to play guitar, go to the gym, and drink/party with friends study in the library.
Matthew McArthur enjoys singing. Alas, it is wherefore he decided to join Chromatones A Cappella. He has deemed it a fun and merry troop, quite possibly the merriest in all of Montreal. Hailing from the hamlet of Stamford, Connecticut, whence he participated in many a musical, Matthew is a true American, but admits to experiencing great enjoyment in former New France. Illiterate in music, Matthew nonetheless plays guitar, ukulele, and other instruments in addition to singing and hopes to one day have a life that rivals that of Jack Johnson in terms of relaxation, where there be little more to worry about than the harmonious synthesis of the sounds of the guitar and the ocean waves. He enjoys sunsets, long walks on the beach, piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain.
Matt makes drum noises with his head. Technically speaking Matt studies stuff…materials and stuff. Materials engineering stuff. Otherwise he likes to program supercomputers and go adventuring.
So I heard that Xerox had staged a coup in a small desert country to avoid taxes and labor laws. But its impossible to run an economy solely off printing, so they diversified into cross breeding of local fruit trees and herbs. You know what they called the result? A fig-mint of the Imaging Nation.
What do communists drink at the beach? Leninaide.
Sebastian Grant is a U3 Student at McGill studying in Classics and Art History, and he is also a member of the tenor section of the Chromatones since last semester. He is usually found in the group either dancing or jamming to the acapella beats, or attempting his Freddie Mercury impression. When he is not rehearsing or swamped in studies, he can usually be found playing guitar and writing music, or chilling with friends.
Joke: How did the Roman Empire get divided in half? With a pair of Caesars!
Silong graduated last year from McGill majoring in Physics (aka The Way Things Work). As ex-co-president along with Melody, he eats, sleeps, and breathes Chromatones. Born in China but raised in a suburb of Boston, Silong honed his survival skills by consistently protecting his family against ravenous suburban predators. In fact, legend has it that Silong once fought off a whole swarm of angry cougars with only his charm and good looks.
So a moth goes into a pediatric’s office…