Board of Directors
Voices of Gotham's entire governing body and regular support staff consists completely of volunteers from within our membership, who provide in-kind donations of their artistic and executive skills. The Board of Directors is appointed through an annual election process in which every active member of the chorus is invited and encouraged to participate. The Artistic Team is appointed by majority vote from the board.
Braden Lynk, President
Braden officially joined the Barbershop Harmony Society after moving to NYC following college in 2008, joining both the Big Apple Chorus and Voices of Gotham and maintaining dual membership through 2010. He has served on VoG’s executive board for almost the entire history of VoG, including as president from 2011 through 2012. This period saw VoG win their first District Championship and make their first competitive appearance at International in Portland. After serving as Treasurer the past 3 years, he is excited to return the role of president in VoG's 10th anniversary year and his 10th year in the chorus!
As a quartetter, Braden is a 3-time Barbershop Harmony Society Mid-Atlantic District Collegiate Quartet champion first with Next Stop (twice) and with the Frat Pack, singing bass in both quartets. He also is a 3-time Northern Division Quartet Champion with Flatiron Four singing bass as well (highest District finish - 5th in 2011). He currently sings bass in the quartet Park Slope Four.
In his career, Braden is the VP/Director of Project Management Operations for a leading medical communications agency in Manhattan overseeing a portfolio of brands from several of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. A graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, he is also a member of the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Rafi Hasib, Immediate Past President
Rafi Hasib is a senior developer for a financial software company, where he writes tools to support build infrastructure and improve the developer experience.
A longtime musician and tech enthusiast, Rafi was first exposed to barbershop in high school, where he and his theatre friends would get together to learn songs off a cappella recordings and woodshed popular tunes in four-part harmony. He went on to the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, studying engineering and music theory. While in school, he sang in, directed, and arranged for multiple singing groups, as well as scored an original musical, "The Glee of Clubs".
As a lifetime member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Rafi has performed in several quartets and choruses in the Mid-Atlantic District and currently serves on the Youth Advisory Council for the Society's Strategic Planning Committee. He regularly attends Harmony University to continue his barbershop training and is passionate about using barbershop to promote education, community, and well-being.
Since joining Voices of Gotham, he has contributed to the Marketing Team, Membership Team, and Music Team, where he has also served as Chorus Manager, Tenor Section Leader, Vice President of Music & Performance, and President in 2017.
Dylan Lupo, Secretary
Dylan is a civil engineer working in the highway design field. As an undergraduate of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, he was very active in many aspects of performing arts, finding music and performing as a great complement and balance to his technical education.
Dylan has been involved with choral singing from an early age and chartered his high school and middle schools' men's choirs. He joined the Barbershop Harmony Society and Voices of Gotham in 2012 and has served as Chapter Secretary since 2013.
Robbie Weber, VP Marketing/PR
Robbie is an Engineering Testing Analyst for a major ad-tech company based in New York City called AppNexus. He received his MBA in Finance in 2011 from Stetson University located in DeLand, FL and moved to NY immediately afterwards. While attending Stetson he founded, performed with, and arranged for the all-male acapella group Hat Trick; performed regularly in the premier choral ensemble, Concert Choir; and performed several roles in Stetson University's Opera program. His interest in music began at an early age with church music which led him to enjoy choral singing the most. He was first exposed to barbershop in High School after he was asked to perform baritone in the quartet to his high school's rendition of The Music Man. Unaware of how much grandeur there was to the Harmony Society, he was reacquainted to the art form a year after moving to the city and now considers himself a "lifer." He currently sings lead in the quartet Age of Flight and plays percussion as a side hobby.
Jude Thomas, VP Music & Performance
Jude Thomas is a composer and performer in the New York City area. Originally from the West Coast, Jude has been an active barbershopper since 2008, singing with both Pacific Coast Harmony in La Jolla, California, and the Masters of Harmony in the Los Angeles area.
Jude is also an active writer and speaker and recently presented on the history of Tin Pan Alley and barbershop music at the 2016 International Barbershop Convention. In addition to serving as Vice President of Music & Performance, he also manages Voices of Gotham's Arrangers Lab.
Learn more about Jude Thomas by visiting his personal website.
Spencer Wight, VP Membership
Spencer Wight is an Educator at the Liberty Science Center. As a biology undergraduate at Oberlin College in Ohio, he found barbershop to be perfectly suited to his a cappella-oriented tastes, and proceeded to perform and compete with his quartet, 3 Dudes and a Guy, for the next four years.
Spencer comes to Voices of Gotham by way of Washington DC, where he sang with the Alexandria Harmonizers, and is excited to be the newest member of the board! When not at board meetings or rehearsals, he enjoys cooking, sampling fine wines, and singing with his current quartet, Madhattan.
Kyle Althof, Member at Large
Kyle joined Voices of Gotham and the Barbershop Harmony Society in 2010, and is thrilled to join the VoG Board in its 10th anniversary year, having previously served on the Board in 2012. Kyle grew up in Texas, graduated from Baylor University, and currently works as an administrator and project manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A lifelong musician, Kyle sang in his church choir as young person, plays the piano and alto saxophone, and is an avid musical theatre fan.