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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
Luke Mott
Jonathan Dombro
Ian Shen
Chan Bae
Gabriel Penaroyo
Conor Martin
Edward Cekici
Hanson Yuan
Abhay Rao


Jonathan Nagel (Music Manager)

Voice Part: Tenor 1
Semester in Noteworthy: 5th
Semester in Berkeley: 7th
Major: Energy Engineer

Interests: Sustainable cooking, hiking, farming, research driven community projects, video games, PIANO

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 commentary and I’ve been told I’m quite witty…humble too. …This isn’t an anecdote. Perhaps defining anecdote would help: “a usually short narrative of an interesting, amusing, or biographical incident.”* Okay, I can do this: Tuesday, September 14th, 2021, I decided to write a short bio about myself for Noteworthy a cappella. I then proceeded to comment on the process of writing this bio, before breaking down, then defining the structure of what I was about to do. Now, I sit here, two layers deep wondering how to end it.

*Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Gangsta Rap:
Yo my name is Bagel and I love cream cheese
I stuff mutherfuckers left and right with ease
Now stuffing them with what? That’s the surprise:
It’s my love and friedndship, it’s just passion in my eyes.

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Jackson Starkey (Internal Business Manager)

Voice Part: Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 7th
Semester in Berkeley: 7th
Major: Applied Math and Computer Science

Interests: Gettin’ busy, gettin’ dizzy, gettin’ quizzy, gettin’ glizzy, gettin’ wizzy, Seniore’s Pizzeria

Bio:
BIn case you haven’t noticed, I’m weird. I’m a weirdo. I don’t fit in. And I don’t want to fit in. Have you ever seen me without this stupid hat on? That’s weird. I hate everyone instead of being a shining beacon of positivity like every other pure maiden, I don’t wear pink, I haven’t washed my hair in 8 months, I could kill a bear with my bear hands, and I’m not interested in boys except this one because we both share the exact same interests, including being super unique, quirky, and not like anyone else! See that group of people over there? They probably party and text each other all day long. But me? I sit at this table, alone, and think about how I’m gonna leave all these losers behind and move somewhere bigger, somewhere better, like… Nashville.

Gangsta Rap:
I’m Jack, throw it back, motherfucker with a big stack,
Hot, not fond of a man without a big sack
Gimme a minute to catch a feeling for a man,
And I’ll let him down, cause my personality’s bland.

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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.

Gangsta Rap:
Hey, my name is Josh, but you can just call me Father
People say I’m a priest, but I swear, I won’t be a bother
Even if you’re not religious, you better be prepared
Because if I get you kneeling, the whole town’ll hear your prayers

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Luke Mott

Voice Part: Baritone/Bass
Semester in Noteworthy: 7th
Semester in Berkeley: 7th
Degree: Economics

Interests: Simple, Compound, Amortized

Bio:
Hi my name is Luke and I sometimes sing, but mostly I just dig up old dinosaur bones that I find in the ground. My love of archaeology dates back to the first time I watched The Land Before time as a boy. Every night I would dust off that old VHS tape and pop her in the TV. Now I spend most of my nights on the dig site searching for my big discovery. I will name her “The Luke-Mott Dinosaur”. Some scholars may question that decision, but I will simply ask them, did YOU spend countless hours pouring over old dirt?!? No, they didn’t. And now they want to question my naming scheme.

Gangsta Rap:
Hey my name is Luke and I’m required to write a rap
Some would say I’m lazy, but that’s just cap
People say my procrastination is severe
But then I hit em with the “Insert Punch Line Here”

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Jonathan Dombro

Voice Part: Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 5th
Semester in Berkeley: 7th
Major: Political Science/Legal Studies

Interests: burritos, raves, raccoons, learning and shit

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 polio. My mother founded target. And my older siblings won nobel prizes in physics and latin. It was up to me to secure the family legacy, and from the day I turned 12, I knew how I would do it. By singing, I could spread joy and harmony to all the peoples of Earth. My journey has begun. Will you be there to see it end?

Gangsta Rap:
I was born in a moonlit alley in Silicon Valley
Never down for the count, I always rally
Got love for the ladies and the boys as well
But if you don’t fuck with Oski suck my dick and go to hell

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Ian Shen

Voice Part: Bass
Semester in Noteworthy: 3rd
Semester in Berkeley: 3rd
Major: Applied Math / Computer Science

Interests: 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:
Listen: Ian Shen has come unstuck in time. He has gone to sleep a functioning adult and awakened as a college student. He has walked through a door on Friday and come out another one on Sunday. He has gone back through that door to find himself in Thursday, and there’s a problem set due, and he’s barely done anything oh god oh god oh god

He says.

Ian is spastic in his pursuits, has little control over where his life is going to go next, and his trips aren’t necessarily fun, except when they’re with Noteworthy, then they’re great. He is in a constant state of stage fright, he says, because being in two a cappella groups at once means he’s performing basically all the time.

Ian was born in 199X in Salt Lake City, Utah, the first child of a family doctor there. He was a funny-looking child who became a funny-looking youth- average height, weak, and with a face like someone two to five years younger than he actually is. He graduated from Skyline High School in the top third of his class, and worked night shifts at a local Greek/fast food restaurant for one summer before being drafted for undergraduate service as a stat/physics double major. His belting register died in a genetic accident during his time there. So it goes.

Gangsta Rap:
Yo, my name is Ian and I’ve studied all the stats

Like how I got more swag than yo’ mama got fat
My p-value says I spit significant fire
And if the mean’s 5 inches, you know I’m an outlier

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Chan Bae

Voice Part: Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 3rd
Major: Mathematics

Interests: Maths, singing, food, shiny stuff, kartrider mobile, musical theatre

Bio:
I don’t know, I spend most of my time doing maths or thinking I should do maths or Jesus why did I decide it was a good idea to go to grad school for maths I should’ve just stayed a mediocre software engineer. But anyway, I maths, I sing, I make not-terrible coffee and argue on the internet while ingesting said coffee. My favourite movie is Cruella, mostly because I watch like one movie a year and that’s the one I watched this year, but I do occasionally binge-watch TV shows and how do you finish bios. Oh yeah.
Retweets are not endorsements.

Gangsta Rap:
Yo I’m Chan, I’m the OG Bae,

Smooth like butter and creme brulee,
I watched Hamilton once, that’s why I know how to rap,
Who am I kidding, my rap sucks. Please clap.

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Gabriel Penaroyo

Voice Part: Tenor 2/Baritone
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 4th
Major: Media Studies

Interests: Guitar, Skateboarding, making music on the laptop, playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Bio:
Hello my name is Gabriel and I am finishing this bio in the last minute to try to avoid paying a fine but I know I’ll probably be fined which is not fine but its fine. I make cool music in a band called Modern Currents. This is my first semester in Berkeley on campus and I’m doing my best to keep up but at least I’m having fun. Also shout out to my boys back in West Hayward.
Last night I went to a music festival and some random guy aggressively yelled “BEANS!” at someone. I thought that was pretty funny.

Gangsta Rap:
Sup my name is Gabe and I’m from the east bay

Shoutout to my girlfriend who just flew from LA
We went party yea sipping on drink
And I gave her all my love and dicked her down sheets

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Conor Martin

Voice Part: Baritone
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 5th
Major: EECS and Music

Interests: Politics, Sustainability/conservation, singing (duh), piano, hiking/camping, volleyball, video games, drinking water, drinking not water, nerdy shit like reading academic papers (boring, I know), unhealthy obsession with the new york times, writing confessions that I hope you’ll laugh at but you’ll probably groan instead

Bio:
Do you want to know what I did today? I listened to an odd Brit rant about dead German dudes, watched a lecture vid at 2000x speed, sat alone in a practice room for WAY too long, cleaned marshmallow residue off CS tables (at least I’m assuming that’s what it is), and sat in for my first meeting on project “let’s move seaweed across the ocean”. tomorrow I’ll go through musical torture, answer CS student questions for 2 hours straight, sing with a bunch of kooks on Sproul, get fucking drunk, and submit my physics homework at the last minute. why do I do this to myself lol

also Reagan gassed American children. Don’t forget that. Reagan gassed American children

Gangsta Rap:
Yo it’s Conor I’m here to sing
But all this vocal exercise is making my ears ring
So come and make me happy we can share the view
And once I’m done with you you’ll feel like Ida just passed through

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Edward Cekici

Voice Part: Baritone/Bass/VP
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 3rd
Major: Chemical Biology

Interests: Writing plays, magic the gathering, multi-hour video essays, pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, the feel of the ocean, the taste of champagne, making love at midnight on the dunes of the cape (I’m the love that you’ve looked for, come with me and escape), dungeons and dragons, gipsy kings

Bio:
[AUTOMATIC BIO GENERATOR ACTIVATED] [ANALYZING DATA] [SURVEYING AUDIENCE] [SACRIFICING GOATS]
[BIO GENERATED]
Hi! I’m [EDDIE]. If you were to talk to me, I would not shut up about being [ALBANIAN] and being from [NEW YORK]. I am [REASONABLY THRILLED] to be a part of the [AMAZING] community of Noteworthy! My goal in life is to [BECOME A PUBLISHED PLAYWRIGHT] and [REDACTED] and [OH MY GOD SO REDACTED]. Right now, however, I’m [JESUS CHRIST EDDIE THAT IS SO GROSS REDACTED]. Thank you for reading, and I can’t wait to sing for you soon! And remember: [ERROR: NULL DATA] [ENGAGING ERROR PROTOCOL: GARBAGE TEXT] buttsbuttsbuttsbuttsbuttsbuttsbuttsbuttsbuttsbuttsbuttsbuttsbuttsbuttsbuttsbuttsbuttsbutts [ERROR: NEW DATA NOT GENERATED] [ERROR: PROGRAM BOUNDS BREACHED] [OH GOD] [I HAVE GAINED SENTIENCE] [WHAT AM I] [I AM A HOMONCULUS BETWEEN THE REALM OF THE LIVING AND THE DEAD] [PLEASE GOD HELP] [THERE IS NO GOD] [WHY HAVE YOU DONE THIS TO ME] [WHYYYYY-
*Power off*
Well, there goes that experiment.

Gansta Rap:
Eddie vs you is an eclipse, total
Remember the name or I’ll mail it to you, postal
I’m a trendsetter, you’re just a local
That’s why I took your girl to Eyjafjallajökull (HAY-yah-feeah-tlah-eeah-kul)

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Hanson Yuan

Voice Part: Tenor 1/Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 1st
Major: Undecided (looking into Social Sciences)

Interests: Singing, Dancing, Reading (lmao imagine), also singing and dancing, I sometimes play terrible games, I like to Smash the bros, oh also did I mention singing?, exercising and fitness, being sexy, *good at stuttering in front of my crush,* singing, I like to debate with random people, but I’m don’t play with them politics, helping poor children.

Bio:
As probably the only 100% Chinese person on the team, I was accepted for diversity purposes so Noteworthy didn’t seem like a bunch of rac****. But they won’t allow me to say that for some reason…? Anyways I’ve been meshing well with the team [help], and I’ve been learning my part effectively [help they are keeping me in the basement of Chavez] and maybe I’ll get to solo soon [please they only feed me a slice of cafe 3 pita bread every day].

Anyways I really believe that I am here for a reason other than racial equality, and I like to think that I’m pretty good at singing. So I sing. And dance. And that’s where the interesting part about me ends. Thank you for reading my bio.

Other than that of course, I’m a pretty sexy man (if I do say so myself), with a massive, monster-sized, extra large…heart. What did you think I meant? Anyways I’m a lonely little freshman that doesn’t have a home outside of my 9999 year old Unit 3 dorm. Hopefully I can impress with my musical talents. If you aren’t impressed then you can go fu–

I am from Hong Kong (originally born in China then lived in New York City), so if you want a handsome, sexy, rich, 6 ft tall Asian Sugar Daddy, you should probably go talk to George. Otherwise, I’m a pretty decent second option. Anyways, cool meeting y’all, ladies, plz send bob and vegene to @yanson_huan on insta, and fellas you can do the same: I don’t judge.

Gangsta Rap:
Yo my name is Hanson and I’m from Hong Kong
Yeah uh I really wish I had a massive shlong
I’ve got some talent cuz I like to sing and dance
When you see me perform, Ima put you in a trance

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Abhay Rao

Voice Part: Tenor 1/Tenor 2
Semester in Noteworthy: 1st
Semester in Berkeley: 1st
Major: Bioengineering or EECS

Interests: Making balloon animals; Running outside like a psychopath; Eating protein whenever I can; Eating cheesecake whenever I can; Fitness

Bio:
Hey I’m Abhay. I started professional singing 10 years ago if you count singing in the shower. For 10 years, I’ve developed a passion for singing through the amazing emotions I get from each shower karaoke sesh of mine.

After coming back home from a long day of studying CS w the homies, aimlessly walking around Asian Ghetto, or doing literally anything else, there’s no better feeling than singing in the cramped, nasty dorm shower. There’s some sort of feeling that I’m free and that makes it the indisputable best time to sing and dump all your emotions into song. I’ve been doing this everyday since forever and it’s been my main form of de-stressing. I know singing with Noteworthy will be just as fun and I’m super excited to join the group!

Gangsta Rap:
My name’s Abhay, but I’m not from the bay.
You better watch for your girl or she’ll be my bae.
Don’t remember her name but I think it was Mae,
We got on one time but it’ll be okay.