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Our Members

Kol Sasson is more than just an a cappella group – we're a family. Our members come from all over and have a variety of backgrounds, but we all share a love for Jewish music and culture. Whether we're performing for a packed house or just practicing in our rehearsal space, we always bring our best to the stage. Get to know our members and see how we each contribute to the unique sound and energy of Kol Sasson.

Olivia La Fiandra

Junior • Soprano • President

Olivia is from Baltimore, Maryland, and is studying Linguistics and Computer Science. When Olivia isn’t singing with Kol Sasson, she enjoys reading, cooking, hanging out with friends, and listening to music. Olivia’s favorite movie is the 2005 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.


Tekoa Sultan-Reisler

Sophomore • Alto • Vice President

Tekoa is from Silver Spring, Maryland, and is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy. Besides practicing hard for Kol Sasson, Tekoa loves crocheting, embroidering, and general crafting. She is always down for ice skating or a museum. Her best subject is obscure One Direction trivia.

Sarah Blackman

Sophomore • Mezzo • Musical Director

Sarah is an animal science and psychology double major from Ellicott City, MD. She enjoys singing, drawing, and spending time with her family and friends. Sarah especially enjoys chilling with her dog, Dioji :)


Aviel Taube

Junior • Bass/Beatbox • Musical Director • Album Coordinator • Costumes

Aviel is a Public Policy Major who grew up in Sharon, Massachusetts, and now lives in Baltimore, Maryland. When he’s not singing and beatboxing with the rest of Kol Sasson, he’s either running, biking, swimming, or doing some other sport that doesn’t involve other people. Most hours of the day you'll find him somewhere in Hillel pretending to do work or reminiscing about the "good old days" living in Sharon.

Keren Binyamin

Graduate Student • Soprano • Tour Coordinator • Social Media

Keren is from Columbia, MD, and is getting her master's degree in Supply Chain Management. When she isn't in rehearsal she likes listening to podcasts, reading, cooking, and making obsure references.


Jackson Diaz

Senior • Baritone/Beatbox • Album Coordinator

Jackson is an Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science double major from Gaithersburg, MD. In his free time, he enjoys discovering new music and playing the piano. Jackson wants to one day work on spaceships and send humans to Mars!

Michael Chernak

Junior • Tenor/Beatbox

Michael was born in Baltimore, MD (unfortunately), but has since moved to Highland Park, NJ (also unfortunately) when he was 12. He loves stuffed animals, video games, and Brandon Sanderson, and is always ready to reference an obscure/SpongeBob meme. Right now, Michael is studying Physics, but is considering a second major in Astronomy!


Jess Daninhirsch

Sophomore • Alto • Social Media • Tour Coordinator

Jess is a journalism major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a huge 80s pop culture fan. When she’s not singing Kol Sasson songs, you can find her dancing, taking photos of literally everything, watching movies, and taking extensive notes on the cinematography (because she’d also love to work in the film industry if she’s not a traveling photographer for NatGeo), or taking walks with her family, friends, and/or two dogs, Daisy and Charlie.

Joel Rajakumar

Graduate Student • Baritone • Fundraising

Joel is a computer science PhD student working on quantum computing. He's from San Diego, California and he grew up in Chennai, India. When he's not singing A Cappella, Joel likes to play basketball, watch movies, or play the piano.


Sadie Forman

Freshman • Alto • Fundraising • Alumni Liaison

Sadie is a freshman double majoring in Hearing and Speech Sciences and Theatre with a minor in Spanish. They are originally from Georgia but now call Manhattan home. Sadie has a lot of hobbies including (but not limited to), crafting, learning guitar, propagating plants, and spending time in the kitchen. They also enjoy hanging with family and friends and their two dogs Milo and Forrest. 

Michael Schwartz

Senior • Baritone • VP Fun

Michael is a Business Analytics and Psychology double major from North Potomac, MD. Outside of Kol Sasson, Michael’s favorite hobby is music production, where he produces pop/EDM songs. In his free time, Michael also enjoys playing basketball, cooking, video games, and hanging out with friends. 

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