Meet Tar Heel Voices
Con-grad-ulations to our seniors
Faith just graduated from UNC this year! In her time at UNC she studied Music with a minor in African American and Diaspora Studies. She was a member of THV for all four of her years at Carolina. After graduation, she plans on performing with Theatre Raleigh in Fun Home as Joan in October and moving to New York the next year.
"My favorite memory? There are so many good ones. First one that comes to mind is singing American Tune on the last night of our DC trip, the day we found out UNC was moving to remote learning and that the rest of our events were canceled for the semester"
Faith served on our music directing team for three years and won Outstanding Soloist for her solo in "Lights Up" by Harry Styles in our 2020 ICCA set. We will miss her dearly and we can't wait to see what she does with her bright future.
Avery just graduated from UNC this year with a degree in Linguistics and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. Her favorite THV memory was when we finally released ignite! We started recording the album her very first semester in the group and it released her last semester in the group.
"Ignite is so intertwined with my time in the group and all of the songs are different memories!"
Avery served as the group's treasurer for the '18-'19 school year and was our president for the '19-'20 school year. She is now planning to go to school for speech pathology! We are so excited to see where her journey takes her and we know she will do so much good in this world, but there will always be an Avery Anderson shaped hole in the heart of THV.
Nicholas batman - President
Nicholas, 'Batman', is a rising senior studying Public Policy and Philosophy with a minor in PPE and a concentration in Global Health/Bioethics. He's incredibly passionate about government and politics and will debate anything. He's also a big songwriter, guacamole chef, and massive superhero nerd... which we guess you’d expect.
"THV is my family. Through and through. I’m living with 4 of them. My best friends are in this group. We join each other’s other clubs. We go out together, cook together, work out together, watch movies together, all of it. It’s a family that will be there for you throughout your entire college career and even though the people in it will change, it’s always home. On top of all that, THV is damn good. These people are the most talented singers and musicians I’ve met. The group is competitive, passionate, driven, and excited. If you’re looking for a group that strives for musical excellence while being a family that looks out for you, THV is the group for you."
"I have the greatest Obama impression out of anybody you’ll meet. I know you wouldn’t expect that out of me but like it’s good. I can’t explain it. I’ll just show you when you get into the group."
Lauren Gornto - Co Music Director
Lauren is a rising senior studying Business Administration with minors in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and Music. If you couldn't tell from that lengthy intro line, she has a lot of different interests. She likes reading philosophy and studying business operations but she also loves napping, cooking in a crockpot, and updating her Google Calendar.
She loves Tar Heel Voices because we're an extremely collaborative group and we all work together! While we have a few designated leaders in the group, every member gets a chance to lead in some sort of capacity, whether it be as formal as serving on a committee, or as informal as proposing a new song for the group.
If you have any questions about THV or would like some tips preparing for your audition, please feel free to reach out!
"I'm a big a cappella nerd, and have been doing a cappella for 7 years now. My high school group, WA Cappella, even advanced to ICHSA Finals one year in New York City."
Marichi gupta - Co Music Director
Marichi is a rising senior studying math, computer science, and music. He started singing as a choir boy (a soprano!) and has loved ensemble singing ever since, and joined THV in Fall 2019 as a tenor. Outside of THV, Marichi is involved with the UNC Honor System, Computer Science for Social Good, and conducts research with the math department. Although he grew up in Chapel Hill, Marichi currently lives out of Boston. You can find him either in Sitterson, at Open Eye Cafe in Carrboro, or in a practice room in Hill Hall!
Marichi conveniently took Spring 2020 off to intern with a research lab at Harvard Medical School (which was honestly great timing given...you know). We're so proud of him and are so glad he's back this coming fall!
Maria Cade - treasurer & ICCA Coordinator
Maria Cade is a rising senior (...what...) hailing from New Castle, PA (near Pittsburgh). She is studying Media and Journalism with the hopes of one day anchoring a morning news show or hosting her own TV talk show. She is also minoring in music (vocal performance) and history. Maria loves THV because it is made up of some of the most talented people she knows AND her best friends. She notes the music made by THV and the preparations for the ICCA competition as some of the highlights of her time at UNC. In addition to singing with THV, Maria is also the Executive Director of Production for UNC's premier musical theatre company, UNC Pauper Players. She looks forward to spending her senior year singing (as always) and spreading Carolina cheer!
Maria helped choreograph our award-winning 2020 ICCA set and turned ALL of THV into "dancers first".
Thien is a rising senior and is our self proclaimed "random international friend from Vietnam". He's a rising senior at UNC, majoring in mathematics and statistics. He sees THV as a perfect medium for him to establish his musicality, makes good friends, and "escape [his] boring life routine".
Thien jokes that he's a "veteran auditionee" since he didn't get in his first time auditioning, but he says "THV was definitely worth it, so be brave and come to audition!"
Ramunė is a rising junior studying Economics with a minor in music. She has a deep deep passion for JAZZ! She loves Jazz so much this is not even a joke. She's also an international student all the way from Vilnius, Lithuania! Sometimes she brings Lithuanian chocolate and candy to rehearsal :)).
She loves THV because we're a group of people who make her smile, and trust us you don't want to miss her beautiful smile.
Moony can make some insane trumpet noises. You can hear her trumpeting away in our 2020 ICCA set!
Ian is a rising junior studying political science and public policy. He is passionate about strange things like milk and airplanes...like really passionate. However, he is also passionate about normal things like politics, basketball, and learning to cook. Ian loves THV because it is a musical outlet for him to dance and express himself. Ian is so excited to perform for ICCAs again!
Ian is one of the best dancers in the group and is. always. jamming. on stage. You definitely do not want to miss the fun energy he brings to performances!
Riley is a rising junior studying computer science. She is interested in all things nerdy (Linux, virtual reality, comics, etc.), music (of course!) and spending time with friends and family. She is one of the sweetest and kindest members of the group and is known to pop-in and bring people food and coffee when they're busy working! She is also a fantastic tenor. We love Riley's joy and big heart and know that you will too!
"I'm double jointed!" wow!
Andrew henriques - Historian
Andrew is a rising junior majoring in Public Policy with a minor in PPE. He is one of our tenors and a huge goofball and jokester. He acts as historian for the group, where he keeps track of all the funny quotes members say and reads them aloud at the end of the semester. He has loved his time in THV and looks forward to meeting everyone auditioning this fall.
Outside of THV Andrew is the fellows director within the UNC Institute of Politics, and is involved in theater.
Lizzy Campbell - Publicity Manager
assistant Music Director
Lizzy is a rising junior, an alto, and a registered vegan. She can typically be found writing a film-not-movie or cracking jokes that only she thinks are funny. She spends far too much time on social media and hates to admit that she actually kinda likes tiktok, and secretly really wants to go viral. Lizzy says that joining THV was the best decision she made in college; she is so thankful for all the love and support she receives from the members.
"We aren't lying when we say we're a family! I've never cried in front of a group of people more and I cry at commercials. But I've never felt judged for who I am, who I love, or the fact that I'm vegan (which usually annoys a whole lotta people). I didn't get in my first semester but was encouraged by a member of the group to audition again and when I got in it felt like I'd always been a part of the family! THV has been the most important part of my life these past two years and I am so overjoyed to share that love with each and every new member that will join!"
Lizzy is super obsessed with enneagram numbers (she's a 2 FYI) and will probably type anyone within seconds of meeting them.
Brooke spach - Business manager
Brooke is a rising junior majoring in Media and Journalism. Her goal is to work as an editor for a magazine like The New Yorker or Harper's Bazaar. She loves to cook, she loves to party, and she loves to sing!
"When I auditioned for THV, I was looking for an outlet to continue making music in college. THV is a super talented group of people, and we make beautiful music together. But most importantly, I had no idea when I joined this group that I would be making 17 new best friends -- and I'm not just saying that! Being in THV has been the most meaningful part of my college experience, and I can't wait to spend two more years with this group."
"One fun fact about me is that my grandma and I went skydiving for my 18th birthday!"
arjun guidroz - Social chair
Arjun is a rising junior, majoring in Classics and minoring in PPE. He loves rock climbing, reading books of all kinds, and the dining halls. We can only imagine how much he has been missing Lenoir and Ram's cooking during this very challenging quarantine.
"I love THV because it's a genuinely supportive and caring group, and the beautiful music always makes me smile."
Arjun loves fruit and ate a kiwi backstage right before our quarterfinal performance AND our semifinal performance of ICCAs ((like truly moments before we walked on stage he was just eating a kiwi, skin and all!))
Alex caceres - assistant music director
Alex is a rising sophomore and a Sports Administration Major with a Music Minor. He is a big Tampa boy, but a true Tar Heel born and bred; he's also one of our amazing Bass Boys.
"I love THV because I do what I love with the people I love and as a result, I’m the happiest I can be."
Alex has perfect pitch and acted as our pitch pipe all year. He can be heard humming our starting pitch at the top of our ICCA set!
Sarah beck - assistant music director
Sarah is a rising sophomore double majoring in Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Environmental Justice. She loves THV because the group pushes her musically, and it has introduced her to some of her best friends (well now family) at Carolina! She has been doing a cappella since high school and is no stranger to the competition world. She won best choreography this year, alongside Nicholas, for her work on "Lights Up" in our ICCA set.
She LIVES for ICCAs and often calls them her "favorite holiday".