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Presidency

Current Officers
Former Leaders

Timothy Ballard

President

Timothy Ballard is a Senior from Houston Texas. Currently majoring in Molecular Biology with a minor in Psychology, he is also the President of the a cappella club. Timothy was introduced to the club three years ago when he stumbled upon auditions during his freshman year. After being invited to Audacity by the previous director of the group, he fell in love with a cappella and sang with Audacity until this year. He then accepted the position of VP of Talent Development in the Fall Semester of 2018. In the winter semester of 2020 he joined Riff Dish, which he continues to be a part of as a tenor.

Emily Colton

VP of Communications

Lucas Van De Graaff

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VP of Events

Lucas Van De Graaff is from Salt Lake City, and is a sophomore majoring in China Studies with a Japanese and Global Business minor. He’s the Vice President of Events, which entails being in charge of all the concerts, the club socials, and all other Club events. He never sang in choirs or groups until Fall of 2018 when he joined Audacity on a whim and discovered he loved both singing and a cappella! It’s been one of the highlights of his college experience. A cappella is the best!

Ruth Bryson

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VP of External Relations

Ruth Bryson is a senior studying Psychology with a minor in Music. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, she enjoys camping in the Utah mountains, painting with her husband, and directing and singing with an on-campus a cappella group called Duly Noted which she joined in Winter of 2018. Ruth has recently become a member of the club Presidency; as Vice President of External Relations, she manages events and relationships with organizations outside of the BYU A Cappella Club.

Ruth loves music and hopes that she can help those involved all over campus recognize the positive impact that both music and the A Cappella Club can have on their college experience.

Jourdan Hale

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VP of Finance

Jourdan Hale is originally from Vancouver, Washington, and presently serves as the Club's VP of Finance. He is a junior majoring in Accounting, and hopes to get into the MAcc program. Jourdan first began singing a cappella music his sophomore year of high school, and has been singing with a group ever since! He joined BYU Familiar Ring in Fall 2018, and currently serves as their Electronic and Financial Assets Manager.

Talmage Sanders

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VP of Media Production

Talmage Sanders comes from the far distant land of Orem, Utah. He’s a sophomore studying music education with the hopes of directing high school and college a cappella. He is also the Vice President of Music Production, which means he coordinates a lot of the tech aspects of the a cappella club, including videos and music production. Talmage fell in love with a cappella after being dragged to a Vocal Point/Pentatonix concert. He has consequently been involved with 8 different groups over the past 7 years. Through it all, he has developed some very strong relationships and bonds with some amazing people, and wouldn’t change a thing.

Jacob Watabe

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VP of Talent Development

Jacob is our VP of Talent Development. He joined the club in 2018 with Audacity and founded Secret Chord in the fall of 2019. He’s a mechanical engineering student from Ohio and hopes to one day be an Imagineer! He was a band kid in High School and even marched in the BYU Cougar Marching band before he joined the club, but he’s since fallen in love with a cappella singing and loves writing arrangements for his groups. Come join him on Tuesday nights with Audacity!

John Colton

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Faculty Advisor

John is a professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at BYU and has been a "super fan" of contemporary a cappella music since his graduate school days at U.C. Berkeley where he discovered the California Golden Overtones and the UC Men's Octet student a cappella groups. Looking to give back to the a cappella community, he started writing a cappella reviews for RARB.org in 2008. He joined CASA.org soon thereafter, and has helped out several times with the Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards (CARAs) and A Cappella Video Awards (AVAs). He's been the BYU A Cappella Club advisor since 2012.

He's also a singer in and on the board of directors of the Utah Baroque Ensemble, a local choral group, and is the choir director for his local congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. John is married (wife: Pauline) with two children, and besides music, physics, and family, he likes to spend his time cycling, playing table tennis, and cheering for the Utah Jazz.

President

Bryan Samuelsen

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Fall 2018 - Winter 2020

Bryan Samuelsen (‘20) joined the A Cappella Club largely by mistake. He attended a Club-sponsored workshop and ran into then-President Matt Winn, whose group, Familiar Ring, needed a bass within the week to audition for the Jam. Matt invited him to join his group, which Bryan immediately accepted.

After a year in Familiar Ring, Bryan served a mission to Seattle, Washington. Upon his return, he joined A Lotta Fermata. After one semester, the became director of A Lotta Fermata and joined the Presidency as VP of Advertising.

The following semester, Bryan was elected President and served from Fall 2018 to Winter 2020, singing with A Lotta Fermata the whole time. He graduated with a degree in Marketing and married his VP of Communications, Tessa Ostvig.

Megan Murphy

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Fall 2017 - Winter 2018

Shalae Ryder Bird

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Fall 2016 - Winter 2017

Korrin Dvorak Reese

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Fall 2015 - Winter 2016

Matt Winn

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Fall 2014 - Winter 2015

Kyle Nelson

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Winter 2013 - Winter 2014

Kevin Stevens

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Fall 2011 - Fall 2012

Grant Zabriskie

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Fall 2010 - Winter 2011

Rick Kesler

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Fall 2008 - Winter 2010

Heather Hogue

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Fall 2006 - Winter 2008

Dovy Paukstys

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Fall 2005 - Fall 2006

Leanna Pink

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Winter 2005

Jacob Goldman

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Fall 2004

Suzanne Hanson

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Fall 2003 - Winter 2004

Rachel (R'el) Johnston

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Fall 2001 - Winter 2003

Leanna Allen

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Fall 2000 - Winter 2001

Paul Hatch

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Fall 1999 - Winter 2000

Kent Minson

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Fall 1996 - Winter 1999

Glen Sawyer

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Fall 1995 - Winter 1996

Mary Jane Jones

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Fall 1994 - Winter 1995

Brett Rasmussen

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Fall 1993 - Winter 1994

Bob Ahlander

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Fall 1992 - Winter 1993

VP of Communications/Advertising

Tessa Samuelsen

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- Winter 2020

Tessa Ostvig, now Samuelsen, is a senior studying Public Relations. She is from a small town called Long Lake, Minnesota, and has loved singing her entire life. She started singing with the spunky all-female group, Attention, in the Fall of 2016, and has since become its director. As Vice President of Communications, she manages the Club’s social media and designing advertisements for auditions and events. She met her husband (Bryan) when he joined the A Cappella Club Presidency and she loves watching him sing bass. Her favorite thing about a cappella and singing together is the confidence and joy that it brings people.

Stephen Christiansen

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Fall 2015?

Loriana Goulding

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2015?

VP of Events

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VP of External Relations

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VP of Finance

Cody Bahr

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? - Fall 2019

Allison Morin

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Fall 2015?

VP of Media Production

Shalae Ryder Bird

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Fall 2015?

VP of Talent Development/Audacity

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Alex Winder

Fall 2015?

Nick Totten

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2015?

Administrative Assistant

Jacob Watabe

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Winter 2020

Jourdan Hale

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Fall 2019

Faculty Advisor

Greg Baird

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Fall 2008 - Winter 2012

Glen Sawyer

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Fall 2005 - Winter 2008

Neil Harrington

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Fall 2003 - Winter 2005

Julie Ahlander

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Fall 2000 - Winter 2003

Paul Baltes

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Fall 1994 - Winter 2000

Ted Lyon

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Fall 1992 - Winter 1994