Members

The ALPaca Herders




Wes George

Founder, Lead Technician

Wes has been singing since he was old enough to talk - with church choir, his school chorus, and with his family.   However, the a cappella bug bit him during his first semester at PSU, and that has been his favorite ever since.

Wes sang with a total of 6 different a cappella groups while at PSU and has the dubious distinction of juggling 2-3 groups simultaneously for several semesters. He's most comfortable singing bass but can fill in as vocal percussion and occasionally sing tenor and lead when necessary.

He's dabbled in live sound reinforcement as a leader in the AV club during middle and high school and has been the lead sound technician for several churches, as well as assisting with sound with his college groups' live and recorded work.

He's also a hardcore computer geek, by day doing internet network engineering stuff, by night serving as tech support for ALP.



Shawn Pearce 

Founder, Project Manager

Shawn has devoted as much of his life to a cappella as one can without making it his full-time job. As the founder of three a cappella groups at Penn State University (Pennharmonics, Grace Notes, and the summers-only A Cappella Project) and the music director of two others, Shawn had a strong hand in shaping the PSU a cappella community as it stands today. He has also served as an ambassador for the Contemporary A Cappella Society, a reviewer for the Recorded A Cappella Review Board, and a producer for the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.  He currently does professional arranging work as part of Clear Harmonies Productions.


A catastrophic car accident in 2009 that affected his mobility, lungs and vocal chords made it difficult for Shawn to sing in a live group. ALP allows Shawn to make music with friends and to hear his arrangements performed live again, which has rejuvenated his life.  As Project Manager, Shawn oversees the arranging / production of ALP's music and videos, as well as acts as project lead for specific projects here and there.

Shawn's day job is helping at-risk citizens obtain n.eeded benefits, and his most important job is as a husband and father of two.








Jennifer Cannon

Assistant Project Manager

Jenn has been singing since she could talk.    Growing up in a family that is packed full of musical talent, it was as common as breathing - Piano; pipe organ (horrible attempts to learn); flute; piccolo; and hand bells kept her busy at school and church.  By the age of 16, she was directing groups at church and getting serious about music.

When Jenn started at Penn State in the fall of 1991, she was struggling to decide which major to pursue: Music or Medicine.   One Music Theory Class was all it took to seal the deal - vocal performance won the day!  Primarily active in the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Jenn found time to break into A Cappella with NOTA (None of the Above) in the early days.

After college, Jenn spent several years singing Alto (and any other parts the director needed) with the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, having a wonderful opportunity to sing at the Academy of Music and Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.   After a year acting as the Interim Director of Music and the Arts at her home church in Bucks County, Jenn moved to California to study Worship, Theology and the Arts at a Seminary in So Cal.

Today, Jenn is busy with a career in Data and Analytics for a Fortune 100 company where she specializes in taking scary numbers and turning them into easy-to-understand stories that assist leaders in their decision making.   In her spare time (hah!), she dabbles in Computer Gaming, hangs out at home with her husband, cat and pug and tries to keep up with her 3 teenaged step-daughters.

Within ALP, Jenn acts as Assistant Project Manager, both overseeing and actively leading project audio/video production.




Meg Leonard 

Internal Connections

Meg (who, while not a founder, had the original idea for ALP) began her journey into the world of competitive a cappella early, when she and her neighborhood best friend had impromptu duels to see who could “sing just like Ariel” the best.  Unfortunately, given that the judges were their mothers, a clear winner was never decided, and Meg retired from competing, but not from singing.

As a music major at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, she was involved in the college choir, the a cappella madrigals ensemble, and Baldwin Charm, the women’s college’s all-female contemporary a cappella group, where she served primarily as vocal percussionist.  With the wisdom and perspective that come years after graduating, shes realized she never had a sense of rhythm and is happiest singing alto.  (Sorry, Ariel)


Meg currently lives in a tiny Nebraska town with her husband, three boys, and five pets, and spends her days attempting to be as close to the “Proverbs 31 woman” as she can, tending 30 goats and making soap.  She and Glenn will serve as the Connections Team, which will handle Communications (Internal / External), Social Media and Administrative.





Glenn Visscher 

External Connections

Glenn has been involved with both choral Music and a cappella singing (both Barbershop and Contemporary) since the early 1980's, thus making him one of the "Old Guard" of the group.  Music has been in his blood all his life: High School (Colonial Quartet)...Bucknell University (Harmonytryx)...Penn State (The A Cappella Project; None of the Above; Out of Nowhere; Northern Lights)...and beyond.  Glenn sings Baritone / Bass by training, but can sing whatever is needed.

He is based out of Northern New Jersey and is a Husband and Father to a wonderfully musical family (both his wife and daughter are Cellists).   Glenn works as a Research Scientist / Project Manager for a Global Confectionary Company (Mondelez)  developing gum & candy treats!   He is the "Gum Guy"!    It is certainly never dull at his work.   Between travel to the Gum, Candy and Chocolate plants, music is a welcome respite!     


Glenn and Meg will make up the "Connections Team" and will be responsible for Internal / External Connections, Social Media and Administrative tasks.

Our Performers

Maria Barrilla
Mezzo - Soprano
Sao Paolo, Brazil

Jacob Berglin
Tenor
Illinois

Amy Braverman
Alto
Pennsylvania

Jennifer Cannon
Alto
Arizona

Jose Castejon
Tenor 
Texas

Kris Celario
Mezzo Soprano
California  

Josh Cole
Baritone
Washington

Luciano Cuadra, Jr.
Baritone
California

Gemma Davies
Alto
London / Kent, England

Sean Donaldson
Bass
Pennsylvania

Christoph Droesser
Baritone
California

Brian Fowler
Tenor

New Hampshire

Peter Frank
Baritone

Pennsylvania

Gillian Friedman
Alto
Texas

Christine Galdi
Soprano
Pennsylvania

Wes George
Bass  / Vocal Percussion
Virginia

Jason Goux
Tenor
Minnesota

Beth Hayden
Tenor
Colorado

Ricky Jabarin
Baritone
Pennsylvania

Taryn Johnson
Mezzo - Soprano
Wisconsin

Mac Jones
Baritone
Pennsylvania

Meg Leonard
Alto
Nebraska

Rob McKeever
Baritone / Bass
Virginia

Katharine Mosher
Alto
Florida

Caitlin Nelson
Soprano
New York

Ericka Nichol
Alto
Pennsylvania

Shawn Pearce
Baritone / Vocal Percussion
Pennsylvania

Ian Podraza
Baritone
Massachusets

Leslie Rueff
Soprano
Virginia

Holly Sewell
Soprano
California

Josh Sholes
Bass
Pennsylvania

C.J. Smith
Baritone / Vocal Percussion
New York

Erin Smith
Alto
Texas   

Andrea Surovek
Contralto
South Dakota

Travis Swinford
Tenor
Illinois

Jordan Ullman
Baritone / Vocal Percussion
New Jersey

Glenn Visscher
Baritone / Bass
New Jersey

Khoi Vo
Baritone 
Pennsylvania

Sašo Vrabič
Vocal Percussion
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Rachel Weinstein
Soprano
New York

Lauren Wiegand
Soprano
New York

Samuel Woolf
Bass
Buckinghamshire, England


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