Members

We are all former members of the University of New Hampshire Notables, thus the name The Afternotes! Group members range from recent graduates all the way back to the earliest days of Notables (yes, the 80’s!).

Sonja Ahlberg

SonjaPrimary Voice Part: Alto 2

Occupation: Vet tech

What is a motto you like to live by? Be kind to one another

What was your audition song for the NH Notables? I am Changing from the musical Dreamgirls

What would you have for your last meal on earth? A plate of chocolate chip canollis

What famous singer would you love to sing a duet with? Babbs.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were 13 years old? Sadly, Joey from NKOTB. I had no taste.

Who is your celebrity crush now? I really don’t pay attention to celebs. I have taste now.

What is your favorite part of being an Afternote? Having the support of such wonderful ladies in my life.

Lauren Barrett

Lauren

Primary Voice Part: Soprano

Occupation:  Musician and Mom

What is a motto you like to live by?  Kindness makes all the difference

What was your audition song for the NH Notables? Candle on the Water

What would you have for your last meal on earth? Fried clams, onion rings, Root beer,…and a Tums.

What famous singer would you love to sing a duet with? Josh Groban

Who was your celebrity crush when you were 13 years old? Randolph Mantooth

Who is your celebrity crush now? ?????

What is your favorite part of being an Afternote? Being with such wonderful friends every week!

Michelle Berke

Michelle

Primary Voice Part: Soprano 2

Occupation: Math Teacher and Co-Owner of River City Software

What is a motto you like to live by? The Four Agreements are: Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.

What was your audition song for the NH Notables? Pass Me By.

What would you have for your last meal on earth? Hmm…homemade soup dumplings?

Who was your celebrity crush when you were 13 years old? Scott Baio

Who is your celebrity crush now? Kai Ryssdal

What is your favorite part of being an Afternote? Being constantly surprised by the wisdom, talent and teamwork that I see in this group of women.

Samantha Case

Sam

Primary Voice Part: Soprano 1

Occupation: Communications and Insurance Specialist

What was your audition song for the NH Notables? Broken Wing by Martina McBride and Come Rain or Come Shine

What would you have for your last meal on earth? Grilled cheese and tomato soup with Ritz crackers

What famous singer would you love to sing a duet with? Lady Gaga

Who was your celebrity crush when you were 13 years old? Justin Timberlake

Who is your celebrity crush now? Thats hard!  Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Evans, Julian Edelman, Chris Hemsworth…

What is your favorite part of being an Afternote? Having fun singing with friends who support and love each other

Lee Anne Dodge

LeeAnne

Primary Voice Part: Alto 1

Occupation: Coalition Director for SoPo Unite (South Portland, Maine) – substance use prevention

What is a motto you like to live by? “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm” Ralph Waldo Emerson

What was your audition song for the NH Notables? “Ain’t Misbehavin’”

What would you have for your last meal on earth? Leg of lamb

What famous singer would you love to sing a duet with? Brandi Carlile

Who was your celebrity crush when you were 13 years old? David Cassidy

Who is your celebrity crush now? Jon Snow from Game of Thrones

What is your favorite part of being an Afternote? Spending each week with amazing, creative, and committed women!

Jean Dumais

Jean

Primary Voice Part: Alto 1

Occupation: Senior IT Analyst, Website Manager

What is a motto you like to live by? Live and Let Live

What was your audition song for the NH Notables? Big Spender

What would you have for your last meal on earth? Thin crust brick oven margherita pizza, simple green salad, chocolate fudge brownie.  And a margarita for good measure.

What famous singer would you love to sing a duet with? James Taylor

Who was your celebrity crush when you were 13 years old? Willie Aames (from Eight is Enough)

Who is your celebrity crush now? Would it be inappropriate to say Zac Efron?

What is your favorite part of being an Afternote? Having the opportunity to make music with a supportive and talented group of women!

Meg Fox

Meg

Primary Voice Part: Alto 2

Occupation: Teacher

What is a motto you like to live by? When life gets bumpy, start posting! (horse girl humor)

What was your audition song for the NH Notables? Least Complicated by the Indigo Girls

What would you have for your last meal on earth? Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli, and Boston Cream Pie

What famous singer would you love to sing a duet with? Bono or John Mayer

Who was your celebrity crush when you were 13 years old? Jim Morrison

Who is your celebrity crush now? John Krasinski

What is your favorite part of being an Afternote? Having friends to sing with!

Erica Hoar

Erica

Primary Voice Part: Soprano II, Vocal Percussion

Occupation: Cafe Manager

What was your audition song for the NH Notables? “Let’s Hear it For the Boy” from Footloose

What would you have for your last meal on earth?  Nachos!!

What famous singer would you love to sing a duet with?  Bernadette Peters and I!!

Who is your celebrity crush now? Bernie Sanders will always be my boyfriend

Martha Pepek

Martha

Primary Voice Part: Alto 2

Occupation: Mom/Teacher/Writer

What is a motto you like to live by? “Stop and smell the roses.”

Who was your celebrity crush when you were 13 years old? Rex Smith who sang an unbelievably smarmy song, “You Take My Breath Away” from the TV movie “Sooner or Later”. I had the album, which had a picture of him featuring his beautiful long hair with prominently feathered bangs. I am so embarrassed to admit this today.

What famous singer would you love to sing a duet with?  I need to go to Broadway divas for that – Audra McDonald or Kristin Chenoweth.

What is your favorite part of being an Afternote? It is just so wonderful to be singing a cappella again with incredible and diverse women! I am certain that each and every one of these lovely ladies will teach me something!