Meet Ottertuned!

Emily Matisko | soprano - President

Emily is so excited to be entering into her third year with Ottertuned, this time as president! She is a junior Exercise Science & Health Promotion major with a double minor in Nutrition and Psychology, and loves that she is able to keep her biggest passions - health, fitness, and music - a part of her college life. Emily has been singing in various choirs for 13 years and has taken voice lessons for 9 years. At Otterbein, she is a receptionist in the Admission Office, a group fitness instructor, a Writing Center Assistant in the Academic Support Center, the President of Women's Chorale, and a member of Otterbein Christian Fellowship. Emily is also a member of the ALD/PES honors societies and the 2016-17/2017-18 SOAR Team. And if you ever need any fitness-related help, hit her up - she's a certified personal trainer!

Sarah Fossett | Alto/Tenor - Co-Music Director

Sarah is a sophomore Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major on a Pre-Med track from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  She has taken voice lessons for 4 years and piano for 10. Sarah has participated in many choirs throughout the years, including the Pennsylvania All-State Choir in 2016. Aside from Ottertuned, she is involved with on-campus research, is a campus tour guide, a TA, a peer tutor, and part of the Cardinal Science and Winter Miller Scholars program. She is also the Public Relations Chair for the ALD/PES honors societies and the Global Medical Brigades. Sarah is super excited to return to the group and help create BUMPIN' MUSIC as a co-music director this year!

Seth Hazen | Baritone - co-Music Director

Seth is a junior Music and Business major with a Concentration in Arts Administration from Cincinnati, Ohio. Other things he is involved in on campus include the Host and Tour program, SOAR Team, Sigma Delta Phi fraternity, Concert Choir, and Opus One. He loves dogs, singing, and posing for pictures against brick walls for the aesthetic. Seth is super excited to be a co-music director this year and is looking forward to seeing the group grow and flourish!

Michael Grimm | vocal percussion/Bass - Public Relations Manager

Michael is a senior Music Education major specializing in voice and piano.  In addition to Ottertuned, Michael can be found performing with the Otterbein Concert Choir, the Otterbein Wind Ensemble, and Water 2 Wine, the contemporary worship band at St. Andrew Christian Church in Dublin, Ohio.  In the summer of 2017, Michael served as Co-Conductor and Committee Chair of the the Otterbein Summer Chorale.  Outside of Otterbein, he is heavily involved with Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), where he serves as Director of the Southwest Ohio HOBY Ambassador Choir.  Michael served as Ottertuned's Music Director for the 2016-17 school year.  He holds membership in the Ohio Music Education Association, National Association for Music Education, International Thespian Society, and the American Choral Directors Association.

Grace Dillon | Soprano

Grace Dillon is a freshman Musical Theatre major and new member of Ottertuned! She has been singing in choirs since the third grade. In high school, Grace was a member of Senior All-State Choir, All-County Choir, and Chamber Choir. At Otterbein, she takes private voice and is a member of Otterbein Singers. She is thrilled to be joining Ottertuned this semester! 

Lindsey keehn | soprano

Lindsey is a sophomore Pre-Zoo & Conservation Science and Biology double major but is a first year student at Otterbein. She transferred from a community college in her hometown of Crystal Lake, Illinois. Having previously been involved in choir for 3 years and musical theater for 2 years, she is excited to be joining Ottertuned to continue her passion for singing. Outside of Ottertuned, she is a member of Plan-It Earth and the Animal Conservation Club.

Allison wheeler | soprano

Allison is a senior majoring in Zoo and Conservation Science and is from from Hilliard, Ohio. This is Allison's third year in Ottertuned and she couldn't be more thrilled to be back.  Outside of Ottertuned, she is a member of Otterbein Christian Fellowship and loves sharing the love of Christ with people. She has been in various choirs for 7 years now, played piano and viola for 3 years, and danced for 15 years. Allison is a lover of nature and animals even though she is allergic to both, and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Listen for her on the really piercing high notes.

Lauren Bibbs | Alto

Lauren is a freshman majoring in Music & Business with a minor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies! She is beyond excited to be in Ottertuned this year with her 3-octave range! Lauren was a featured soloist in her high school a cappella group for five years, has had a lead role in three musicals, and has sang with Backtrack Vocals. As one of the former founding members of the Westerville Community Choir, Lauren is now elected publicist of Otterbein’s own Women’s Chorale! She loves astrology, Pokémon, black cats, and harmonizing with everyday objects.

Bethany Giedeman | Alto

Bethany is a junior Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major with a music minor. She has loved playing piano and singing since she was seven. She is additionally involved in Theta Nu sorority, Otterbein Christian Fellowship, peer mentoring, chemistry tutoring, and ALD/PES honorary society. She also loves Nutella, dresses with pockets, and the movie Mulan. Her favorite musical experience was playing piano with her high school show choir on the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville. She is excited about making even more musical memories with Ottertuned this year!

Abby Shump | Alto

Abby is a sophomore Art History and Studio Art (painting concentration) major from Troy, Ohio, and is a new member of Ottertuned this school year. She is involved in SOAR team, Starving Artists, and serves as social media chair of Kappa Pi Honors Society. She has been part of mixed choirs, women's choirs, men's choirs, show choir, honor choir, a cappella choirs, and musicals all throughout high school. She enjoys listening to music, going to Columbus Crew soccer games, spending time with friends and family, and eating fish tacos. Abby is excited to make some good music, as well as some good memories with Ottertuned this year.

Audrey Soska | Alto

Audrey is a freshman Nursing major from New Albany, Ohio. This is Audrey's first year in Ottertuned, and she is very excited to share her love of music with the community. Outside of Ottertuned, she spends most of her days in the library and is part of the Otterbein Christian Fellowship. She also loves reading, a nice cup of tea, and dogs. So if you have any pictures of doggies, send them her way!

Kendell Edgerton | Tenor

Kendell is a first year Music Education major specializing in tuba and voice. He is very excited to be a part of Ottertuned this year. Kendell comes from Central Crossing High School in Grove City, Ohio, and he is loving his time at Otterbein so far. Kendell is a member of six different ensembles at Otterbein, both vocal and instrumental. Kendell loves performing and making an audience smile.

Zach Hubler | Bass/Vocal Percussion

Rumor is that Zach is actually a younger reincarnation of Avi Kaplan.

John Michael Wright | Bass/Vocal percussion

John Michael Wright goes by many names. His friends call him "John Michael." The street calls him "White Chocolate." Ladies call him "not my type." Carly Rae Jepsen calls him maybe. And he calls himself when he loses his phone. He is a senior Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major accepted into Ohio University's Heritage College of Medicine. He sings because his heart is full of joy; he joined Ottertuned two years ago as a chance to share that joy with others. His free time is consumed almost entirely by naps, but he makes sure to set alarms for involvement with the Otterbein Christian Fellowship, board games with close friends (and strangers), Rick and Morty (the best show on TV), and Rock City Church.

Ottertuned Through the Years