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Lisa Forkish, Founder, Executive Director

Lisa Forkish is an Oakland-based vocalist, composer, arranger, educator and a graduate of Berklee College of Music. She has been involved in a cappella since 2002 when she got her start as music director for the University of Oregon’s award-winning female a cappella group Divisi, featured in the best-selling book “Pitch Perfect,” later made into the blockbuster film. Currently, Lisa is on faculty in the Vocal Music Department at Oakland School for the Arts where she is also founder/director of the school’s 5-time national champion a cappella group, Vocal Rush and director of their award-winning middle school ensemble, Encore. Lisa’s arrangements have been nominated for CARAs as has her student group Vocal Rush and her ACA-dubbed "ground-breaking" women’s quintet, The Riveters. Lisa is also co-founder and Executive Director of the Women's A Cappella Association and co-producer of SheSings Vocal Festival, held annually in California. Lisa's latest solo release is a one-woman, all-vocal originals album called "Love Warrior" EP - now available on iTunes and CD Baby. Check out Lisa's latest project HIVE, a group of 5 singers who have joined forces to create new music that inspires, empowers, and just straight up makes you feel things. More info about Lisa at www.lisaforkish.com and on social media  @lisaforkish

Amy Malkoff, Director of Media and Special Programs

Involved in a cappella since college (Kenyon College), Amy Malkoff was a founding member of the award-winning group All About Buford, and she has appeared on stage and in the studio with such luminaries as Wayne Brady, Jonatha Brooke, The Persuasions, Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert, GrooveLily, Patty Griffin, and Dar Williams. She has a degree in music from Kenyon College, with music studies at Youngstown State University and masters-level coursework at the New England Conservatory of Music. In 2014, she taught vocals and harmony at the prestigious Swannanoa Gathering summer program. Amy is the Marketing Director for the A Cappella Education Association (AEA), has served as the Web Content Director for CASA (Contemporary A Cappella Society) and is a Certified Adjudicator for the International Championships of Collegiate and High School A Cappella. She is a writer and designer (www.amymalkoff.com), as well as a singer/songwriter (www.amymalkoffmusic.com). Amy's music has appeared on both the Rounder Records and Hear Music/Starbucks labels. @amalkoff

Rachelle Wofford, Director of Development and Volunteers

Rachelle has been involved in the a cappella community since joining the University of Oregon’s award-winning female group Divisi in 2006. Since Divsi, she has entered into the world of hospitality and currently works as a Sales Manager for the Paramount Hotel in Portland, Oregon. In addition to her day job she volunteers at the Bradley Angle House, an establishment dedicated to providing education and shelter to women and children suffering from domestic violence. Rachelle's newest venture is directing the Wilsvonille church choir. Rachelle has served on the Board of Directors and Staff for WACA since its inception in 2012 and is ecxited to be jumping into the role of Development Director this year!

Moorea Dickason, Associate Director

Moorea is a native SF Bay Area girl. She puts out a new music video every 2 weeks on Patreon and YouTube. She maintains her own voice and style in the original rock band, MoeTar but is a studio session singer who has recorded over 60 songs for the music video games Guitar Hero, Garage Band, Karaoke Revolution and Dance Dance Revolution and continues to sing on recordings for artists of all kinds. Moorea is the the part time Director for the teen a cappella group, 'Til Dawn and teaches private voice lessons to adult and young adult singers at her home studio.  Outside of music, Moorea is a contractor and consultant to the non-profit organization, One Circle Foundation. In addition to her work at the organization she is also a certified Girls Circle Facilitator and Trainer. http://www.mooreadickason.com/ 

Evynne Hollens, Founder

Evynne Hollens hails from Northwest and works as both a performer and artistic director. In 2017, she made her Broadway debut in a live Christmas concert called "Home for the Holidays" alongside her husband, a cappella YouTube sensation, Peter Hollens. Also a YouTube artist, Evynne has over 35 million views on YouTube, where she releases monthly music videos; frequently popular music & Disney covers. Evynne has been singing, producing, and arranging for a cappella since 2001 when she co-founded Divisi - the University of Oregon’s award-winning female a cappella group, featured in the best-selling book “Pitch Perfect." Evynne spent many years performing on cruise ships with Royal Caribbean and in 2010 she co-created an "a cappella-inspired" original production show for Azamara Cruise Lines called "Voices". Evynne's CARA-winning arrangement of Usher's "YEAH" from 2005 was featured on the the Season 3 finale of Glee. She is a founding member of WACA and still passionate about supporting women in the arts. @evynnehollens

 

Giorgia Renosto, Board of Directors

Born and raised in a musical family, Giorgia Renosto is an Italian vocalist who entered the artistic world at the young age of 14. Highly exposed to classical music and opera by her grandfather, a clarinet player, she enriched her musical background with jazz by starting her formal training in Torino, Italy. Her ability to focus on various types of vocal styles inside the extremely diverse world of Vocal Jazz allowed her to capture elements of vocal technique from different sources of inspiration and at 17, she was selected as one of the winners of the "Giovani Proposte" of the Italian contest "Sanremo Giovani". While pursuing her Bachelor's degree in History of Art, her passion for music was very much alive, touring Europe with the award-winning a cappella group L'Una e Cinque and various other ensembles. Giorgia was twice awarded as a recipient of the World Scholarship Tour from Berklee College of Music and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the prestigious institution with a degree in Performance. Giorgia is one of the core members of Women of the World, which recently won the Harmony Sweepstakes National A cappella Award and toured nationally and internationally since 2008, and has also performed in musical theater, both in Europe and the United States. 

 

Taylor Muldrow, Director of Membership and Outreach

Taylor Muldrow is a Southern California native who started singing as early as 3 years old. Seeing as though both sides of her family are musicians, she learned music theory and instruments at a young age as well. From singing in church to performing in adolescent choirs and musical theater events, Taylor has always been involved in music. In high school she became obsessed with musical theater and a cappella music, although there wasn’t much of an outlet for that in her hometown. During her time at University of California - Davis, she joined the fierce premier all-female a cappella group The Spokes, where she served as Choreographer, Publicity Director, Vocal Percussionist, and the group’s primary arranger throughout her 5 years there. She graduated from UC Davis College of Letters and Science in spring 2018 with a B.A. in Pre-medical Philosophy and desires to pursue Speech, Language, and Voice Pathology. It was during her last 2 years of college that she discovered WACA, at what is now called WeSing, and she is eager to continue working within the a cappella community to uplift musicians and music lovers all over the world. 

 

Lindsay Firth, Outreach Support

Lindsay grew up in the Bay Area, and first became involved with music in her high school choir. The love connection was instant! It was through choir that she first discovered the world of collegiate a cappella, and she knew she had to be a part of it. That is what tipped the scales and led her to attend college at the University of Oregon! Lindsay was a member of Divisi, the UO’s award-winning all-female a cappella group, from 2008-2012. During her time in the group, she served as Secretary, Web Manager and Business Manager. She was lucky enough to compete with Divisi at the 2010 ICCA Finals in New York City after Divisi won the first ever ICCA Wild Card. It is through Divisi that Lindsay met her husband Nick, who was a member of UO’s all-male a cappella group On the Rocks and was featured on “The Sing-Off” Season 2. Now living up in Portland, Lindsay works in accounting, and is therefore, obviously, craving a musical outlet! Lucky for her, she has many musical friends nearby and she is still able to be involved with Divisi as an active alumna, but she is so grateful for this opportunity to join the WACA team! Lindsay owes so much in her life to her time involved with collegiate a cappella, and her hope is to be able to contribute to positive a cappella experiences for many young singers to come! @Lndz197

 

Hayley Valoppi, WeSing Spotlight Coordinator and Outreach Support

Hayley Valoppi is a native Oregonian and a recent graduate from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She has been singing since she was first able to use her vocal chords to make sounds but it was in high school where Hayley found a true passion for performing vocal music in a group. This lead to her to the U of O and more specifically to the women’s a cappella group, Divisi. During her time in Divisi she served as Music Director, Business Manager, and discovered a second passion next to singing: vocal percussion. She helped produce Divisi’s fifth studio album, Shots Fired, got to perform on stage with Michael Franti during his 2015 summer tour, and was a part of the group's journey through ICCA in 2013 where they won 1st place at the West Coast Quarterfinals and Hayley received a special award for Outstanding Vocal Percussion. The biggest takeaway from her time in the group was the power and beauty that came from women working together, empowering one another, and sharing their strength and message with the world. Now that her time in college and Divisi has come to an end, Hayley is committed to remaining a part of the a cappella community and continuing to advocate for the empowerment of women everywhere.

 

Sydney Isaac, Director of Social Media and Compilation Albums

Sydney Isaac is originally from Los Angeles and has been singing as long as she can remember. She joined a choir for the first time in 7th grade and continued to sing in them through 12th grade. During her time at Calabasas High School, she was also involved in the all-female a cappella group Bare Rhythm and the award-winning co-ed a cappella group Unstrumental. She then traveled north to Eugene, Oregon to attend the University of Oregon. At the end of her freshman year, she got into the all-female identified a cappella group on campus, Divisi, with whom she spent 3 amazing years. During her time in Divisi, she worked as a part of their Social Media Team and Fundraising Committee. During her second year in the group, Divisi made it to the final round of the International Collegiate Competition of A cappella, placing first in their quarter- and semi-final competitions. She spent her final year leading the group as Co-Music Director. In the spring of 2017, she graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (concentration in global health and development in Western Europe) and a minor in Italian. Post-grad and post-Divisi, she is excited to continue empowering women and promoting a message of strength and love with WACA!

Nina Kasuya, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator

Nina Kasuya is a vocalist rooted in Los Angeles, California. Having graduated from UCLA with a degree in Ethnomusicology / Music Industry, she currently works as a professional singer and educator. Nina can be seen performing with Crimes of the Heart Cabaret, Hamiltease: A Burlesque Parody and Tribute to an American Musical, Sugarfly (rock/soul) and vocal group HIVE. In addition to her performance endeavors, Nina is the director of the theater program and a cappella group at Emerson Community Charter School.

Christina Wilson, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator

A native of Southern California, Christina is a full time musician and educator. She performs as part of the LA based folk group Honey Whiskey Trio, electro-pop band Neil Frances, choral ensemble Vox Femina Los Angeles and vocal group HIIVE. She is part of the vocal faculty at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Hills Music Academy in Palos Verdes, and teaches along side members of Honey Whiskey Trio in their community outreach efforts.

Bryan Guffey, Diversity and Inclusion Team

Bryan Guffey (they/them) has been singing longer than they can remember (seriously, ask their parents). Since forming their first group, 50/50, in high school in 1997, Bryan has been a passionate advocate and believer in the power of vocal music to change lives for the better. After graduating with their BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State in 2006, Bryan worked with Grammy Award-nominated composer Frank Wildhorn on a remount of the Broadway musical The Civil War in Gettysburg, PA, which led them to audition for Full Sail, an a cappella group on the six-star cruise line, Crystal Cruises, where they had the opportunity to work with and learn from the likes of Home Free’s Tim Foust. Bryan returned to the US where they helped launch A Cappella Records and become much more involved in the a cappella community. Today, when not solving technical issues for nonprofits, Bryan spends much of their time working with a cappella groups in the Great Lakes Region, volunteers as an executive with their fraternity, Delta Lambda Phi, and serves as Board President for the Midwest Institute for Sexual & Gender Diversity. @musicjunkieg

 

Candace Leigh Helfand, Board of Directors / Content Producer

Candice has been active in the a cappella community for well over a decade, first at Rutgers University with Deep Treble and ShockWave (the latter of which she helped to create), then in New York City, by teaming up with several collegiate a cappella alumni to form The Red States (now known as Restated). She has garnered multiple accolades for her contributions to these groups, both on stage and in the studio. Her voice was also heard in Universal Studios' hit movies "Pitch Perfect" and "Pitch Perfect 2." Outside of a cappella, Candice has a long history of choral and musical theater performances. By day, she works as a journalist for a digital media nonprofit called The Story Exchange. @StayOffMyBeat

Sara Yood, Board of Directors

Sara Yood is a lawyer masquerading as a concert producer, or a concert producer masquerading as a lawyer, depending on which day you ask.  Sara has been a producer with Varsity Vocals since 2003 and currently serves as ICCA & ICHSA Finals Producer.  She has produced sold-out a cappella shows at The Beacon Theatre, The Town Hall Theater, Symphony Space, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.  An alum of the Washington University Amateurs, Sara served as Concert Coordinator and Group Coordinator, and led the Amateurs to their first semi-finals appearance.  After moving to New York in 2004, Sara sang with Treble, New York's longest-running all-female a cappella group.  Sara then attended Fordham Law School, where (of course) she directed the law school's co-ed a cappella group, The Tortfeasors.  She is now an intellectual property lawyer in NYC, where she is the Alto Section Leader of the New York City Master Chorale.  Sara co-authors Bloomer Girls, a blog about the intersection of gender and sports. @sarayvv

Melinda Packer, WeSing Executive Producer

Melinda is a violist, vocal percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, and educator currently living in Vallejo, CA with her wonderful partner Casey. Melinda first got involved with a cappella as a music student at UMass Amherst where she co-founded the female a cappella group, S#arp Attitude. Melinda had the chance to be involved in the groups’ first album and their appearance on Sing it On! during her last year of graduate school. Melinda is a full-time public school music teacher and freelance classical Violist in the bay area.  She enjoys maintaining a private studio and teaching ensemble classes at a local music conservatory as well as playing with several local symphony orchestras including the Solano Symphony and Symphony Napa Valley. Melinda also is the beatboxer for the East Bay based a cappella group Highwire, WACA fam Leigh and Micha are in the group too! Melinda is completely obsessed with all things music, and a cappella holds a special place in her heart, so she is super excited to be joining the WACA family! 

Leigh Holmes Foster, WeSing Support Staff

Leigh first caught aca-fever as a graduate student in Boston, and she shows no signs of ever recovering. While in Boston, she sang and co-directed CAL group Collective Measures. Now in the Bay Area, she is a founding member of new group Highwire, and since 2014 she has been a reviewer for the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB). She's thrilled to now also be joining the WACA family. When she's not singing/arranging/reviewing a cappella, Leigh works as a Scientific Account Manager for a biotech software company, and lives in the East Bay with her wife and pup.

Micha Mokrani, WeSing Support Staff

Micha Mokrani got involved in the a cappella community in 2013 by lending a helping hand at different a cappella shows in the San Francisco Bay Area, after being a loyal audience member for nearly ten years. Micha is a California native, currently living in El Cerrito, CA. Since the age of seven, Micha has been involved in musical ensembles including choir, orchestra, wind ensemble, marching band, drumlins, and jazz ensemble. She has taught both violin and various types of percussion privately, and taught pre-season marching band camps for four years in the South Bay Area. Her involvement in music has fed her passion to make an impact in the live music and a cappella communities. Micha is a part of the A Cappella Education Association, the Women’s A Cappella Association, and The Contemporary A Cappella Society, where she uses the skillets she’s gained from her career to benefit each organization in their annual festivals. Micha sings in Highwire A Cappella, based in the east SF Bay Area. 

Brianne Holland, Special Programs

Bri is a singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, and audio engineer based in Los Angeles, CA. Her arrangements, vocals, original songs, and recordings have garnered various nominations and awards, and been featured on several international compilation albums. Bri studied music at the University of Chicago, where she sang with Men in Drag and Voices in Your Head a cappella. She's since gone on to found and sing with Lady Jaye, front and sub for bands in Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, and Los Angeles, CA, teach at festivals and seminars across the country, and cultivate an a cappella summer camp in her hometown. Bri currently performs as a live-looping artist, writes and sings vocal charts, and produces albums with musicians across the country.

Abbey Janes, Bookeeper

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