The Spokes are the premier all-female-identifying collegiate a cappella group at the University of California, Davis! This sparkly, pink, and sassy group has served as a source of inspiration and empowerment for women and girls all over the West Coast. Just as a bicycle wheel relies on the support of all its spokes, this group depends on the dedication of every member to achieve their goals and remain one of Northern California's most unique and talented music groups. Their goal is to showcase their unique sound and style at various a cappella shows, the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, and finally their annual a cappella showcase, HellaCappella, which for the past few years has had sold out the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.
The Spokes have won several awards at the ICCAs over the years, including Best Choreography in 2011, Best Beatboxing in 2016, 2nd Place at the Northwest Quarterfinals in 2016, Best Choreography in 2018, and 3rd place at the West Quarterfinals in 2022, and Outstanding Soloist in 2022.
The Spokes also work to capture their sound through their recorded albums and EPs each year, which can be heard on Apple and Spotify Music.
The Spokes were created in January 2004 by two former members of the coed a cappella group, the Liquid Hotplates. Co-founders, Jaclyn Cohen and the Grammy nominated country artist, Cam (singer) Ochs, posted fliers around UC Davis to find entertaining and talented students who were interested in forming an all-female group. After several rounds of auditions, there were eight Spokes. They practiced in the music room of the Infill dorms at Davis and in members' apartments.
Performances and Appearances
The Spokes have toured cities in California including Berkeley for the annual West Coast A Cappella showcase hosted by the California Golden Overtones and UC Men's Octet, Los Angeles for the annual California A Cappella Festival hosted by Random Voices, and Claremont for the annual SCAMFest hosted by the Claremont Shades. They also host their own annual shows including "HellaCappella: The West Coast premier A Cappella Showcase", and "LocalTones: An All-Davis, All-A Cappella Concert". In addition, the group goes on a musical and bonding retreat every Winter as well as attending a cappella festivals like SheSings by the Women's A Cappella Association and LAAF.
The Spokes have also been featured on Good Day Sacramento and KXJZ's Capital Public Radio. The Spokes have performed at the California Firefighter's Memorial Ceremony in Sacramento, Davis Idol at Davis Senior High School, the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the State Capitol, and the Fab 40s in Sacramento.
The group prides itself on its commitment to philanthropy and in the past has donated a portion of their profits to local charities including Daraja Academy and the Women's Empowerment Center in Sacramento, CA.
ICCA West Quarterfinals (2011) Best Choreography: Kacie Contreras on Top of the World
ICCA West Quarterfinals (2016) Best Beatboxing: Anya Stewart on One Time (Marian Hill)
ICCA West Quarterfinals (2016) 2nd Place
ICCA West Quarterfinals (2018) Best Choreography: Amanda Beardsley on the entire set Bass Song (Eryn Allen Kane), Hurt (Christina Aguilera), and Greedy (Ariana Grande)
ICCA West Quarterfinals (2022) 3rd Place
ICCA West Quarterfinals (2022) Outstanding Soloist: Lyrissa Leininger for Dancing with the Devil
Meet the Members!
Noppakan Sirikul: President
Shreya Kowtha: Vice President
Lori Pradhan: Music Director
Lyra Farrell: Treasurer
Nishita Nair: Publicity Director
Maia Thiel: Choreographer and Design/Merchandise Director
Joan Santos: Social Media Director and Co-Social Chair
Lavernne Quilatan: Philanthropy Director and Co-Social Chair
Fall: Ella Bourassa, Maya Lee, Chelsea Mains. Spring: Natalie Dennis, Nandini Rai.
Fall: Lyrissa Leininger, Nishita Nair, Joan Santos, Lavernne Quilatan.
Spring: Claire Benoist, Shayanti Goshal, Alyssa Cardon, Lyra Farrell, Shreya Kowtha. Fall: Bonnie Guo, Lori Pradhan, Noppakan Sirikul, Maia Thiel
Spring: Emily Htway, Kelsey Crist. Fall: Peleiah Baesa
Spring: Nikki Villalon, Ashley Tseng. Fall: Monica Yuo, Jennifer Wang, Makenna Stever, Shyama Chaganti.
Spring: Mathilda Silverstein, Mazie Lewis, Brooke Talkington. Fall: Nelofer Siddiqui, Tanya Kameswaran, Sowbarnika Kannan.
Spring: De-Vonne Sonuga, Crystal Lucio. Fall: Sarah Kadlec, Gwen Little.
Spring: Anusha Suresh, Lizzie Hall.
Spring: Taylor Muldrow, Amanda Beardsley. Fall: Tatiana Boyle, Molly Huff, Kassie Jensen, Mary Grafilo.
Spring: Anya Stewart, Tanya Rodman, Alyssa Gire. Fall: Emily Laskin.
Fall: Lynsie Mason.
Spring: Sara Lichti. Fall: Rachel Riley, Miranda Stever. Winter: Kirsten Halden, Alexandra Sargent.
Spring: Adrienne LaBorde, Emily Korwin, Kayla Ruben. Fall: Rachel Forer, Megan Wiley.
Spring: Emily Randall, Caitlin Kollgaard. Fall: Jaki Joanino, Kacie Contreras.
Fall: Julie Athans, Katie Darfler, Camille Martinez.
Fall: Mercy Albaran, Greer Shively, Shauna Payyappilly.
Spring: Katie Bowen, Amelia Hassani, Claire Krohmer. Fall: Jennifer Pugh, Lena Schiffer, Meredith Laird, Sara Scheller, Emily Pena.
Winter: Alexi Elconin, Annie Pestolesi, Emily Sklar. Fall: Andrea Pasiliao, Paris Perrault.
Spring: Kate Brody Adams, Jordan Steiner.
The Spokes were created in January 2004 by two former members of the coed a cappella group, The Liquid Hotplates. Co-founders Jaclyn Cohen and the Grammy nominated country artist, Camaron Ochs, posted fliers around UC Davis to find entertaining and talented students who were interested in forming an all-female group. After several rounds of auditions, there were eight Spokes. They practiced in the music room of the Infill dorms at Davis and in members' apartments.
Founding members: A.Tianna Scozzaro, Alicia Flor, Andrea Howard, Allie Pedrazzi, Camaron Ochs, Elana Segal, Jaclyn Fromer, and Katrina Soo-Hoo
Albums and EPs
- All I Got/Havana (Sean Kingston and Camila Cabello)
- Pray You Catch Me (Beyoncé)
- Cool Girl/Guiltless (Dodie)
- Good Thing (Zedd feat. Kehlani)
- Sweet Little Unforgettable Thing (Bea Miller)
- Fate (H.E.R.)
- Norman hecking Rockwell (Lana Del Ray)
- Lost in My Boots
- Cinderella (Play)
- God is a Woman/***Flawless (Ariana Grande and Beyoncé)
- Pynk (Janelle Monáe feat. Grimes)
- Technicolor Beat (Oh Wonder)
- Don't Stop Me Now (Queen)
- Fall in Line (Christina Aguilera)
- Invincible (Big Wild)
- Gone (Lianne La Havas)
- Greedy (Ariana Grande)
- Blow Your Mind/New Rules (Dua Lipa)
- Hurt (Christina Aguilera)
- Bass Song (Eryn Allen Kane)
- Radar (AudioDamn!)
- Say (All I Need) (OneRepublic)
- I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
- Move Like U Stole It (ZZ Ward)
- I Feel a Sin Comin' On (Pistol Annies)
- Focus (Ariana Grande)
- Here (Alessia Cara)
- Diva (Beyonce)
- Car Wash
- Like a Boy/Do It Like a Dude
- One Time
- Nobody Love
- Ain't No Rest for the Wicked
- Boogie Wonderland/Let's Groove/September/Sing a Song
- See You Again
- 99 Problems
- Say My Name/Toxic
- Figure 8
- Awake Me Up
- C'mon Talk
- Fleetwood Mac Medley
- Man's World
- Sweet Caroline
- Never Ever Getting Back Together/Gives You Hell
- Us Against the World
- I Need Your Love
- She Wolf
- Hit Me With Your Best Shot/Just What I Need
- I'll Be Waiting
- Happy Ending
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- That Thing You Doo Wop
- Say A Little Prayer
- ABBA Medley
- Ridin' Solo
- Top of the World
- King of Anything
- Seven Nation Army
- She Will Be Loved
- Maybe (Ingrid Michaelson)
- Disturbia (Rihanna)
- Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours/Super Duper Love (Stevie Wonder)/(Joss Stone)
- My Moon My Man (Feist)
- Waking Up in Davis (remake of Katy Perry's Waking Up in Vegas)
- Street Spirit (Radiohead)
- Nothing Ever Hurt Like You (James Morrison)
- And So It Goes (Billy Joel)
- Let Your Love Flow (Petra Haden)
- Annie Waits (Ben Folds)
- Hands (Jewel)
- Alone (Heart)
The Pink Album (2008)
- I Need a Hero
- Street Spirit
- You Don't Own Me
- I'm Yours
- Annie Waits
- Spokehemian Rhapsody
- Not Myself
- It's Raining Men
- Sweet Escape
This Means Go (2006)
- Hazel Eyes/Sugar, We're Going Down
- In Your Eyes
- My Love
- Have A Little Faith In Me
- It's Raining Men
- Fix You
- Bohemian Rhapsody/Golden Slumbers
- Another White Dash
- Don't Turn Around
- I Can See Clearly
- Gold Digger
Just Ride It (2004)
- All this Time
- Ring My Bell
- Fools Fall in Love
- Either Way
- Kiss da Girl
- Bohemian Rhapsody/Golden Slumbers
- Love me Tomorrow