Melanie Brown ’13 hails from Denver, Colorado, and is the Colbyette most likely to get uppity if you try to call anything in Maine a “mountain”. She picked up the trumpet in sixth grade because it was the loudest thing there and has been addicted to music-making ever since. She thought for a while that being drum major for her high school marching band was the most incredible music experience she would ever have, but then she met the Colbyettes! While not doing musical things, Melanie loves to write, read, crochet, make people laugh, and be the butt of other peoples’ jokes. She also might take a class or two here at Colby, and will someday maybe end up with a double major in English and Psychology. Her favorite artists include Ben Folds, The Dandy Warhols, The Eagles, Dispatch, and that kid who sang “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”. She has really crooked fingers, two really cool brothers, and no shame. And don’t take her seriously-- no one does.
Lindsay Garrard '13 has always lived just north of Boston but has come to love Maine just as much (or maybe more), possibly due to her love of the outdoors. She could not be happier with her choice to come to Colby, and more importantly, to join the Colbyettes! Lindsay was involved in acapella all through high school and it is without question one of her many passions. In fact, performing and music in general have always been a part of her life; she has also been playing the violin for 10 years and enjoys performing in musicals. Any given second of the day, she's almost guaranteed to be singing or humming a tune. She's definitely an old-fashioned gal who loves absolutely anything vintage and has a not-so-secret obsession with old-time jazz music. She laughs really loudly (not to mention frequently) and dances without a care in the world. Lindsay considers herself so lucky to be singing with such a brilliant and gifted group of ladies and can't wait to see what this year has in store for her!
Sarah Fensore '13 grew up in the middle of nowhere in Maine and is now going to college... in the middle of nowhere in Maine! It's ok though because she loves Maine and of course Colby. Sarah refuses to ever sing the melody line of a song (I mean come on- that's just boring!) and loves to make up harmonies instead. So obviously singing with the Colbyettes is wicked awesome. She loves to draw on any piece of paper within her reach and when paper gets too boring she does digital art and paints canvas shoes. She has a slight obsession with musicals and anything French, and gets way too excited about word origins and constellations. She's not nearly as scary as she seems, and don't worry, she only uses her cat woman skills for good, not evil...
Julia Crouter ’13 is from Portland, the largest city in
Maine, but sometimes her classmates confuse it with a suburb. She is a
government major with a theater minor and tends to ramble about things that
aren’t really interesting to other non-government majors, like political
systems in Europe. Julia plays the violin and started singing in High School.
She is also involved in Powder and Wig, the student run theater organization,
Broadway Musical Review and Chorale. Her favorite color is pink and on any
given day she has at least one article of pink clothing on to match her cell –
phone case and wallet. She likes crosswords, running, theatre, pink and J.
Crew. When she isn’t filling in the New York Times Crossword puzzle, she is
looking up her favorite sports team, the Boston Bruins. Her other love, besides
the Bruins, are the Colbyettes! Julia thinks that joining the Colbyettes was
the smartest thing that she has done so far in life and is so happy that she
found a place in such an amazing, talented group of girls!
Cecelia Conroy '14 is from the small suburb of Windham, Maine. She loves sequins and is one of the girliest girls you will ever meet. Even though she has lived in Maine her entire life, she still hates wearing practical footwear in the winter. Having sung for years throughout middle school and high school, she is so happy to be able to continue singing at Colby. She considers the Colbyettes her second family and does not know what she would do without them! She is double majoring in English and Sociology.
Kim Johnson '14 is from just north of Chicago, Illinois. Although everyone claims she has a Chicago accent, she refuses to believe them because she knows she is an East Coast girl at heart! Her favorite food is lobster, she loves anything pink, and she idolizes Lilly Pulitzer- if she had it her way, she would wear a Lilly shift any day, even during Maine's chilly winters. Kim has a passion for sailing, and she enjoys skiing, swimming, camping, and photography as well. And singing too, of course! Joining the lovely Colbyettes was perhaps the best decision she has ever made. Kim is planning on double majoring in psychology with a neuroscience concentration and English with a concentration in creative writing. Her lifelong goal is to write a book, so look for it in the future!
Meredith Braun '15 is from Nashville, Tennessee. Hailing from the hot and humid South, she decided to retreat to the frozen tundra of Maine for a much needed cool-down – and so she could maybe finally blend in with her pale skin. She has been singing for as long as she can remember, and one of her favorite pastimes is singing in her car at the top of her lungs with the windows down. She is a double English and French major with a minor in Environmental Studies (what can she say, she wants to learn everything!). She is notorious for over-dressing for any event – just ask her friends – and can usually be seen wearing plaid, boots, Ralph Lauren Rugby, or any combination of the three. She also enjoys solving Sudoku puzzles in her spare time, wearing novelty socks, and bragging about her ridiculously handsome brother. The Colbyettes are like her family and it makes her sad to even think about what it would be like without them in her life. She loves them so much, in fact, that she is already planning on them singing at her wedding. No pressure, though...
Olivia Avidan '15 is from Harrison, New York, about 30 minutes away from New York City. Though she enjoys the occasional bustling day in the city, she would rather be surrounded by trees and hear beautiful birdcalls; perfect rationale for living in Maine! As a Biology/Environmental Science double major, she has a passion for "exciting" ecology facts. She is a member of the Colby Swim Team, but also enjoys running at slow paces in the off-season (particularly with her dalmatian, Alex). Olivia loves coffee and chocolate, floral patterns and cheering up her friends. Her favorite thing to do is sing while playing her guitar and her dream is to perform a show (her parents would love to see her at Mainely Brews!). Needless to say, she absolutely loves the Colbyettes and is so happy to be part of such a wonderful, caring (and quirky!) group!
Alice Gauvin '15 was born in Washington, D.C. and moved to New Gloucester, Maine when she was seven. She now lives on in a quaint old farmhouse with her parents, her brother, her springer spaniel Moby, and a number of chickens. Alice has been singing since she was little, and over the years has played the piano, the cello, and a lot of bluegrass on the upright bass. A few of her favorite artists include Paul Simon, Regina Spektor, The Band, Otis Redding, The Beatles, Edith Piaf, and her marvelously brilliant singer/songwriter cousin Tica Douglas. Music is an awfully big part of her life, but when she is not singing, she loves to read, write, cook, play tennis, travel, and hike Maine’s beautiful outdoors. Alice studies history and government and hopes to leave Colby speaking excellent French and Arabic. Every day she sings with the Colbyettes feels like a Saturday in June.
Lindsay Freter '15
Bridget Olsen '15 is from Eliot, Maine, which is about two hours south of Colby on the coast. She enjoys singing, ice-skating, the beach, golfing, tennis, running, skiing etc. etc. etc. She is a a CA in Coburn and she wuvs it. She is a pre-med major in Global Studies with a concentration in something interesting. She will be in school until she's 32-ish, awesome right?
Emily Walker '16