Every semester, a new band of Noteworthy Guys don the golden vest and tie.  This semester, we have the following fantastic people.  Click to jump to the member of your choice:

Jonathan Nagel
Jackson Starkey
Joshua Jacobs
Jonathan Dombro
Ian Shen
Gabriel Penaroyo
Conor Martin
Edward Cekici
Hanson Yuan
Abhay Rao
Joshua Onozawa
Nicholas Ng


Jonathan Nagel (Music Manager)

Voice Part: Tenor 1
Semester in Noteworthy: 6th
Semester in Berkeley: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Major: Energy Engineer

Interests: Musical dissonance, harmonics, nature, organizational patterns, e x p l o r i n g , and unexpected silence.

Bio:
Hello. My name, major and interests are listed above. Or below, I am actually too lazy to check the formatting. Let’s see…what is a good anecdote to share that will elaborate on who I am. Well, I am a bit pedantic, I enjoy making meta cHello, nice to meet you! Or…I guess I’m not really meeting you, I’m more capturing a moment, writing it down, and you’re reading it. Though, if you’re reading this, you probably know me in some capacity. If not: hello, this is a very strange way to become informed about me. I love it. Well, there really isn’t much more to this moment. I hope you’re enjoying your stay on our website and have a wonderful day!!

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Jackson Starkey (Internal Business Manager)

Voice Part: Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 8th
Semester in Berkeley: 8th
Major: Applied Math and Computer Science

Interests: Numbers, coffee, city planning, grifters, adventuring

Bio:
You ever try to explain a person’s vibe? It’s kinda hard business. Like you can use some adjectives – I’m nerdy, I’m thoughtful, I’m independent – but you get no sense of degree or context. So like, maybe you compare to other people – I’m sorta like Roger from American Dad, but with a splash of Freddy from iCarly. But that never quite feels sufficient – have you ever met two people with the EXACT same vibe? I certainly haven’t. When you introduce yourself to someone, you start with basic facts, like I’m from Colorado, I sing in a very cool a cappella group, and I’m kinda buzzed right now. Definitely a start, but if you’ve ever introduced yourself to 5 people at the same time, you know those basic facts just don’t stick.

Perhaps we’re all too complex to boil down into a description, each of us a fractal of infinite minute detail beyond the capabilities of language. But, to answer your question: yes, I’m the “math guy.” And yes, I’ll help you with your homework, but at least buy me a drink first.

Gangsta Rap:
My name is Jackson, bad habit of actin’
Half-assed, in fact, in a minute I’m nappin’
Itching for a sip? Take a rip from my six pack
Delivering rhythm hitting sick like ipecac.

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Joshua Jacobs (External Business Manager)

Voice Part: Bass
Semester in Noteworthy: 7th
Semester in Berkeley: [ERROR]
Degree: EECS

Interests: Smashing Bros, Poking mons, doing a sing, the unending void that will inevitably swallow all of existence, baking i guess

Bio:
Joshua Jacobs, better known as Big Jorn, has lived one of the most eventful lives in history. It all started at the moment of his birth, which historians refer to as Big Jorn’s Big Born. Eyewitnesses to the event say that the 3 minute old infant managed to convince the doctors to give him a scalpel to cut his own umbilical cord in a most impressive display of non-verbal persuasion. Big Jorn grew up in a modest family, working hard in his parents’ grain fields until his 16th birthday when his parents gifted him the rights to the entire farm. He immediately established the small farm as a leader in the grain industry with the development of Big Jorn’s Big Corn, ears of corn bigger and more nutritious than any seen before. After becoming the biggest name in corn, Big Jorn worked with the leaders of every nation across the planet to provide ample sustenance to the peoples of every country, ending world hunger forever.

Having grown bored with the grain industry, Big Jorn made a sudden pivot into the world of adult films. He started his own production company, Big Jorn’s Big Porn, and began releasing some of the most famous adult films ever to be filmed (not that anyone would admit to seeing them). But suddenly, tragedy struck as Big Jorn engaged in a fight with a wild lion to protect a group of school children at a local zoo. He managed to protect the children, but was ripped to shreds in the process, in an event now known as Big Jorn’s Big Torn. His funeral, Big Jorn’s Big Mourn, was the most attended burial in history, with attendees ranging from world leaders, to celebrities, to childhood friends. However, some of Big Jorn’s most devoted followers insist he will return, in the momentous event they call Big Jorn’s Big Reborn.

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Jonathan Dombro

Voice Part: Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 6th
Semester in Berkeley: 8th
Major: Political Science/Legal Studies

Interests: talking to plants, cuddling, running the berkeley hills, breaking things to contribute to the entropy of the universe

Bio:
Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down. And I’d like to take a minute just sit right there, I’ll tell ya how I became a part of collegiate a cappella. In my family, failure was never an option. My father cured pSo this is the end of the road. No more being worthy of note. No more go bears. It’s been a long and joyous ride and it’s made me the man I am. I do not know if I could find the words to thank you for all that you’ve given me and for all that I’ll take with me on my journey across this great Earth. But I know that if there’s anything I’ve learned from my experiences in Noteworthy A Cappella, part of the University of California Choral Ensembles, under the Student Musical Activities Administration at the University of California Berkeley, it is that
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Gangsta Rap:
Yo my name is Dombro, I’m a dominant brother
You may not know me but I know your mother
Rollin with noteworthy bars as fresh all hell
But when we hop out of the studio it’s got a funky smell

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Ian Shen

Voice Part: Bass
Semester in Noteworthy: 4th
Semester in Berkeley: 4th
Major: Statistics

Interests: Bass (the guitar), D&Bass (the guitar), D&D, roguelikes, bass (the voice part), hiking, board games, karaoke, maining Mii Gunner in Smash, bass (not the fish), anime, skiing, cooking poorly, League of Legends, weird geographical trivia, dance battles

Bio:
Little is concretely known about the ancient being known as “Ian” aside from hearsay. Scholars have dusted off enough moldering scrolls to know that his origins likely lie in the empty, forsaken desert lands of “U-tah”, but anything further is shrouded in the realms of myth and legend. Some tales hold that he was once an ordinary young man who was bitten by a radioactive humpback whale in a freak accident and gained its powers of vocalization. Others say that he grew gradually from the mountains over millennia, the living manifestation of the groaning, tectonic song of the earth itself. Some simply say his existence is a collective hallucination experienced by those exposed to too many infrasonic frequencies.
Regardless, sightings of this unusual entity have become common around the Berkeley area in the past year, largely in the areas around Sproul Plaza and Evans Hall. One common superstition is that he holds the secret to success in statistics classes, and those who are having difficulty in such classes will seek him out, with mixed results. However, experts in the paranormal are skeptical of such claims, pointing out that if he truly possessed that much knowledge, he would be far more successful in seeking employment.

Gangsta Rap:
Ian Shen, true bass, a cappella’s holy grail

Got a voice you can measure on the Richter scale
But don’t worry if you don’t have a range like me
‘Cause if you come by tonight, you can hit a low D

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Gabriel Penaroyo

Voice Part: Baritone/Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 4th
Semester in Berkeley: 2nd
Major: Media Studies

Interests: Music, video games, playing guitar, hanging out with friends, music production, performing in a rock band, nature, Kingpin Donuts, eating pizza, eating In-N-Out, eating ice cream, eating brownies, eating Wingstop, eating Chipotle (less sour cream, less hot sauce 1/4 hot, 3/4 mild, add avocado), water

Bio:
Hello to everyone that typed my name on Google. Welcome to the Noteworthy A Capella Website. My name is Gabriel but many call me Gabe. A difficult situation I’ve been in was with an ungrateful lover: being used up, cut down, turned into a boat, and sailed away, when all I wanted to be was their Giving Tree, settle down, build a home, and make them happy. Then I told myself, “You know I’m not the little boy that I used to be. I’m all grown up now baby can’t you see?”
That’s how I met Stacy’s Mom

Gangsta Rap:
Stacy’s mom has got it goin’ on

She’s all I want and I’ve waited for so long
Stacy, can’t you see? You’re just not the girl for me
I know it might be wrong but I’m in love with Stacy’s mom

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Conor Martin

Voice Part: Baritone
Semester in Noteworthy: 2nd
Semester in Berkeley: 6th
Major: EECS and Music

Interests: Existing, procrastinating, sitting, not existing, kittens, standing

Bio:
Four score and seven years ago, Monopoly began, beginning the subjection of millions of children to mind-numbing never-ending gameplay. In this essay, I will…

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Edward Cekici

Voice Part: Baritone/Bass/VP
Semester in Noteworthy: 2nd
Semester in Berkeley: 4th
Major: Chemical Biology

Interests: Writing Plays, Olive Oil, Multi-Hour Video Essays, Olive Oil, Gipsy Kings, Olive Oil, Dungeons and Dragons, Olive Oil, Day of the Week Socks, Olive Oil

Bio:
You open up a pack of baseball cards. At the back is a holographic foil of a man drinking a bottle of Olive Oil in a hawaiian shirt. On the back it reads:

Edward “Eddie “Shqiptar” Cekici” Cekici
Position: VP/Bari/Bass/Shortstop
Hometown: Wappingers Falls, New York
Ethnicity: Albanian
Throws: Right
Bats: Many. Please call an exterminator.

Eddie joined the league in the fall of ’21, getting signed to Noteworthy and quickly becoming a core player of the team. He had a strong rookie year, being crowned l9the EMVP (Eight Most Valuable Player) in the Western Conference. When he’s not in the throes of a season, dropping hot beats, he can be seen in his hometown, doing… nothing? Like not nothing as in he’s just chilling like he is standing completely still in a corner of this room. He hasn’t moved in three weeks. Help.

STATS:
OBP: 0.441
Songs Learned: “At least 5”
Times Mentioned He’s Albanian: 7001
Gallons of Olive Oil Imbibed: 23
Home Runs: 0 Niche References: 249
Times Read 17776 by Jon Bois: 6
Niche References: 250

You look up the card’s price. It is worth $0.53. You open up another pack. The last card is a holographic foil of another man in Noteworthy. It reads:

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Hanson Yuan

Voice Part: Tenor 1/Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 2nd
Semester in Berkeley: 2nd
Major: Undecided (still)

Interests: singing (duh), dancing (duh), performing (duh), reading, writing reports on nonsensical current events, gaming (sometimes), exercising, hiking, gyming, spending time with family, playing with my baby brother 😀

Bio:
So this time, I’m not going to write anything bad or defaming about Noteworthy. Why? Because I love them! *wink* For the past semester, I’ve flexed on people with my naturally forward solo voice, crushed the opposition with my masterful dancing skills, and literally killed audiences with my on stage confidence. You know that’s great and dandy and all but have you ever considered Geico?

Because Fifteen minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance with Geico.

I won’t make this bio super long this time because I don’t want to. Yeah. Anyways, once again, I’m from Hong Kong, first year, undecided, etc. I like cats more than dogs, I don’t like sweets that much, i’m trying to get fitter, uhhhhhhh, I’m really lonely and depressed cuz I’ve been single for 19 years and counting, uhhhhhh I don’t like Ian and Connor’s arrangements cuz they bully T1s, uhhhhh yeah. I’ve got to keep this bio a little bit wholesome and ok since I learned that my employers can read this and I probably won’t get hired if I write the stuff that I wrote in my bio last semester, etc. but yeah ok, hi Mr. Boss man or Boss lady or Boss person idk I try to be inclusive for everyone. Cool nice meeting you, catch you later alligator, maybe come see me on fridays under the sather gate, 2:00pm, or like in some random ass science lab classroom idk up to you. Nice talking to you, bye.

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Miska Muska Mickey Mouse!
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Gangsta Rap:
Yo I’m ya boy Hanson from Noteworthy
If you talk to me, don’t waste my time, make it hurry
You know I’m the baddest and most confident in the team
Whether I’m on or off stage, there’s more than one way to make you scream

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Abhay Rao

Voice Part: Tenor 1/Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 2nd
Semester in Berkeley: 2nd
Major: BioE/EECS

Interests: Idk man making balloon animals? Eating food is pretty cool too.

Bio:
I am a singer for an a capella group. This means that I sing songs. Tbh Nagel is making me do the “High” solo this week and I don’t know what I’m going to sing for it because apparently you can say anything you want as the ad lib? I’ve always liked singing but never actually pursued it till a little before college in New Jersey since I’m not from the bay. But this semester, I’ve taken over the bay.

Gangsta Rap:
My name is Abhay, and I’ve taken over the Bay.
I’m always getting that cake like everyday is my birthday.
I’m surrounded by these girls all the way in Bombay,
But I’ll pull up to yo momma crib with zero delay.

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Joshua Onozawa

Voice Part: Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 1st
Major: Economics / Data Science Minor

Interests: Self-deprecating humor, staring at the ceiling in bed after a long day of work, eating spicy food, having philosophical chats with close friends. Also music.

Bio:
Even if I were to introduce myself, I have nothing special to say. The only interesting fact I tell to people is that I was born on 9/11. As I’m writing this, I’m running out of ideas. Since I have nothing to write about, I shall list a recipe for banana pancakes.

Ingredients for 4 servings
– ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
– ½ tablespoon and ½ teaspoon white sugar
– 1 ⅓ teaspoons baking powder
– ⅙ teaspoon salt
– ⅔ egg, beaten
– ⅔ cup milk
– 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoons vegetable oil
– 1 ⅓ ripe bananas, mashed

Directions
– Step 1: Combine flour, white sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Mix together egg, milk, vegetable oil, and bananas in a second bowl.
– Step 2: Stir flour mixture into banana mixture; batter will be slightly lumpy.
– Step 3: Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Cook until pancakes are golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Serve hot.

Recipe stolen from allrecipes.com.

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Nicholas Ng

Voice Part: Bass
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 5th
Major: Economics/Political Science

Interests: outdoor sports, reading, watching movies, nature, cooking

Bio:
Hi, my name is Nicholas and I love cooking. Every time I discover a new restaurant, I will try every single item on their menu and try to recreate the dish myself. When I was 13, I was told that there was a hidden temple in the mountains that produces the best chefs in the world. Out of curiosity, I hiked for 7 days and 7 nights, climbed mountains after mountains (and fought a grizzly bear) until I legendary cooking school. I always thought I was destined to be the greatest chef the world had ever had, but then I was rejected at the door, reason being I was not bold enough. Full of despair, I let out a shriek that echoed between the valley and travelled for miles. My voice made birds chirp and shock the earth. That’s the story of how I discovered my talent for singing. I’m still on my journey to look for the legendary Palace of Fine Singing and becoming the best singer the world has ever had.

Gangsta Rap:
This is Nick and my rap nobody can reach,
Hitting the bars, waiting for my chance to preach,
Freestyle battles are the best way to settle,
The title of a rap star no one can meddle.

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