THE EPHLATS
est. 1956 | Williams College

the ephlats | a somewhat longer history


The Ephlats were formed in the fall of 1956 by a core of three sophomores including Jack Hyland, Jr. ('59), from the one singing group at the Haverford School in Pennsylvania. They knew enough songs together to start a singing group at college, and they attracted four others to join. Unfortunately, they never took new members in their four years, and in the spring of 1959, they graduated and the group was no more. But not for long. In the fall of 1959, John Conner ('63), Richard Mitchell ('63) and others restarted the group. These two were roommates in Sage Hall during their freshman year and they both had sung with The Buttondowns, a high school a cappella group from The Pingry School in New Jersey. This time they began recruiting new members from the freshman class each year, starting with the class of 1964.

The next major change came when Williams accepted women for the first time. In relatively short order, the Ephlats followed suit and took three women in their first year as an all-gender group. By this time, the group had moved away from its a cappella origins and performed with guitars, a double bass and various percussion instruments.

At the end of the 1970's, interest in the group died out, and the members decided they had better things to do with their time. So, for the second time, the Ephlats dissolved.

This time it was a group from the Williams Springstreeters that restarted the Ephlats. With Kendal James ('84), Caragh O'Bryan ('84)--who became the music director--and Blake Martin ('84), they reformed in the fall of 1982. Somewhat ironically, James, like Connor and Mitchell, was also an alum of The Pingry School and The Buttondowns. This time, the Ephlats returned to an a cappella format: one of their show-stoppers in the early years was "For the Longest Time" by Billy Joel.

Since that time, the Ephlats have remained a cohesive singing group -- we are now in our 58th year. The Ephlats have produced several albums over the years. At least three on vinyl, several on audio tape, and the latest five on CD. Our albums, including our most recent release, Hushed Intensity, can be purchased by contacting the business manager, Nick Dehn.

This somewhat comprehensive history was compiled by Scott Case ('98) with the help of Jack Hyland, Jr. ('59), Richard L. Mitchell ('63) and Kendal James ('84). Dan Seaton ('01) and Zach Yeskel ('04) served as a contributing editors for later updates.


blast from the past: Alumni


The Williams College Ephlats have a long and storied history. Below is a list of all known Ephlats members, past and present. For more information about a current member, click on the "members" tab.

William Arend '59
Kem Bawden '59
Allan Benton '59
Johnston Boyden '59
Paul Distler '59
Alan Donovan '59
John Hyland, Jr. '59
George Northrop '59
Bradford Smith III '59

Stuart Brown '63
John Churchill '63
Robert Ciulla '63
John Connor, Jr. '63
J. Terrance Davis '63
David Jeffrey '63
Philip Reynolds '63
Robert Taylor '63
John Cannon '64
Robert Furey, Jr. '64
Jay Heller IV '64
David Macpherson '64
Richard Mitchell '64
James Ogilvy '64
John Romans '64
Richard Rosan '64
Stephen Rose '64
Robert Strong, Jr. '64
Thomas Tarbox '64
Dana Ackerly '65
Bruce Eames '65
Tom Gregory '65
Prescott Kelly '65
Andrew Sawyer, Jr. '65
James Biehle '66
Thomas Gunn '66
Charles Staelin '66
Charles Tucker '66
John O. Young III '66

W. Gordon Allen '67
F. Arnold Heller '67
Howard Klee, Jr. '67
O. William McClung '67
J. Burke Moody '67
Carroll Perry '67
Robert Trent, Jr. '67
Cadwell Tyler III '67

Thomas Beach '68
Stephen Bradley '68
Robert Chambers, Jr. '68
Wendell Dickerson, Jr. '68
Henry Drinker '68
Mark Jacox '68
Charles Edwin Potts II '68 
David Strong '68
J. Curtis Tyler III '68
Michael Hand '69
William Hoffman '69
David Mason, Jr. '69
Charles Curtis '70
Franklin Kelton, Jr. '70
Craig Miller '70
John Obourn '70
David Prouty '70
John Therrien '70
Jim Ackerly '71
Peter Clarke '71
W. Pike Talbert '71
Jean Ferguson Carr '72
Margaret E. Clark '72
Thomas Costello '72
Dorothy R. Jacobson '72
Alexandra T. Potts '72
Adrienne H. Richter '72
Douglas Stiles '72
Jane F. Casey '73
Linda V. Heath '73
Christopher Pitt '73
Michael Prigoff '73
Douglass Ray '73
Sandra L. Read '73
Lois E. Bailey '74
J. David Page '74
Steven Reuman '74
Peter C. Talbert '74 
Iris J. Wolinsky '74
Anthony Brown '75
Sheila J. Brown '75
Melinda R. Hamilton '75 
Bart Hamlin '75
Alicia M. Kershaw '75
Martin McGowan, Jr. '75
Margaret Anne Race '75
James Riordan '75
Barbara Rubin '75
Charles Safford '75
Ralph Shipley III '75
Chris Wolf '75
Welles Adams, Jr. '76
Suzanne Ehrenberg '76
Jim Gilliand '76
Barbard Thomas Parkman '76
Scott Reynolds '76
Scott Schumacker '76
Joseph Sena, Jr. '76
Norman Wikner '76
Elizabeth F. Beck '77
Charlene R. Horst '77
Garrett McManus '77
Judith M. Pile '77
Richard Spicer '77
Martha A. Williamson '77
Michael Crowley '78
Stuart Deans '78
Mary E. Donahue '78
Peter Gloo '78
Peter Gunther '78
Sally K. Hughes '78
Harold Kislik '78
Eugenia McGill '78
Anne Paxton Wagley '78
Betty Agostino '79
Vernon Fritch '79
Diane M. Hovenesian '79
Stewart Menking '79
Gwen L. Nichols '79
Henry Sprague III '79
Betty Sproul '79
Laurie Swanson '79
David Vipond ' 79
Wayne Wilkins '79
Elizabeth L. Abbot '80
Elizabeth Varley Camp '80
Monica J. Dumouchel '80
Lee S. Szykowny '80
Toby Williams '80
Mark Ballesteros '81
Sarah A. Cart '81
Steve Colt '81
Robert Duke '81
Richard Stamberger '81
Joel Bernard '82
Sally A. Kornbluth '82
Susan P.E. Richmond '82
Katherine A. Spees '82
John Carlson '83
Richard Gagliano '83
Jonathan David Meer '83 
Julie Brooks Zelle '83
Sara C. Abend '84
Sean Crotty '84
Kendall James '84
Brook E. Larmer '84
Blake Martin '84
Caragh M. O'Brien '84
Meg Schofield '84
Andrew Cypiot '85
Jennifer M. Lawson '85
Daniel Pierce '85
Eric Andren '86
Mark Averitt '86 
Heidi K. Brackenridge '86
Caroline L. Cento '86
Libby Miles Clawson '86
Darca L. Boom '87
Diane Ouchterloney '87
Jared Stamm '87
Joyce Noonan Andersen '88
Kurt Klebe '88
Julie Medalis '88
C. Scott Rigby '88
Victoria L. Rummler '88
Thomas Smith '88
John Andrews '89
Todd Pelkey '89
Rebecca Salazar '89
Timothy Shaw '89
Catherine Hirshfeld Crouch '90
Carolyn D. Hassett '90
Scott D. Monroe '90
Ellen Highstone Cohan '91
Korey Ireland '91
Glenn Northern '91
Charley Rardin '91
Elizabeth A. Rogers '91
Eliza S. Shin '91
Kathia A. Vandevenne-Lehman '91
Ronald Eltanal '92
Brian Fox '92
Don Graves, Jr. '92
Debra L. Kassoff '92
Robert Kim '92
Eve Epstein '93
Meg Forbush Menkov '93
Mark A. Rigby '93
Patricia A.P. Rutins '93
Harry Yoon '93
Oakland B. Adams, III '94
Kristen Anderson '94
Jon Butler '94
Schan Duff '94
A. Joshua Parillo '94
Greg Goff '95
Andy Evans '95
Marc Johnson '95
Chris Kim '95
Al Matthews '95
Anne Marie Reardon '95
Mahri Relin '95
Emily Sterne '95
Jessica Carroll '96
Jane Roper '96
Pete MacKenzie '97
Mike Norton '97
Kirsten Paquette '97
Thomas Reid '97
Scott Case '98
Lizi Craft '98
Anne Pitts '98
Rachel Axler '99
Mark D'Arrigo '99
Rachel Mayer '99
Catherine Polisi '99
Nat Roland '99
Mary-Jane Rubenstein '99
Kevin Russell '00
Charley Abernathy '01
Matt Atwood '01
Bess Berg '01
Phoebe Geer '01 
Jane Knight '01
Lucas Peterson '01
Sarah Richland '01 
Dan Seaton '01
Gabe Brammer '02
Sarah Hart '02
Darci Powell '02
Charles Samuels '02
Heather Brubaker '03
Debby Chen '03
Jamon Frostenson '03
Lucas 'Goody' Goodbody '03
Josh Kotin '03
Freeden Oeur '03 
Stu Warshawer '03
Laura Day '04
Dan Murnane '04
Jamie O'Leary '04
Eliza Segell '04
Chris Vazquez '04
Zach Yeskel '04
Brent Yorgey '04
John BackusMayes '05
Ryan Boyd '05
Dave Cohen '05
Liz Dimenno '05
Micah Halsey '05
Ashok Pillai '05
Laura Wiens '05
Lili Zimmet '05
Sasha Gsovski '06

Cailin Collins '07
Nim Deshpande '07
Alanna Dowman '07
Jessica Hubbard '07
Liz Spragins '07
Ruth Steinhardt '07
Constantine Mavroudis '08
Steve Melis '08
Trevor Newman '08
Kate Peterson '08
Andrew Wang '08
Caitlin Warthin '08
Helen Hatch '09
Jessica Kopcho '09
Kate Johnson '09
Zach Safford '09
Stefanie Williams '09
Daniel Abraham Winston '09

Crosby Fish '10
Kristen Layden '10
Elizabeth Ruebush '10
Chris Ting '10
Tess Bingham '11
Andrew Dominitz '11
Clare Quinlan '11
Nathaniel Hewett '11
Andrea Ludtke '11
Jordan Freking '12
Tiamoya Ford '12
Nathaniel Kastan '12
Nate Barker '13
Izzy Griffin-Smith '13
Anna Marrs '13
Jordan Roberts '13
Carrie Shirley '13
Chie Togami '13
Rebecca Comella '14
Eric Hagen '14
Dylan Meacham '14
Mike Vercillo '14
Emma Benjamin '15
Samuel Chapin '15
Alex Marshall '15
Lucy Davis '16
Eli Goldstein '16
Claire Leyden '16
Blake Mackall '16
Chris Owyang '16
Russell Maclin '17
Juliette Norrmén-Smith '17
Alex Dickinson '17
Sarah Cooperman '17
Nicholas Dehn '18
James "Wyatt" Millstone '18
Gillian Goodman '18
Sofia Smith '18
Manami Diaz Tsuzuki '18
Ari Ball-Burack '19
Micaela Dickinson '19
Grace Fan '19
Matias Korfmacher '19
Rainer Wasinger '19
Nick "Futon" Couch '20
Caroline Fairweather '20
Karamae Hayman-Jones '20
Anna "Dad" Passannante '20
RB Smith '20