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Betsy Morris-Rosen

 

 

 
Betsy lives in Wellesley, MA and comes to The Works with a long history of a cappella singing. After leading the women's a cappella groups at both Noble and Greenough School and Colgate University, she sang with In the Moment, a women's a cappella group in the Boston area for 10 years. While she has performed with choral groups, bands and done studio recording, her first love continues to be a cappella. She enjoys arranging music and the variety of voice parts she has the opportunity to sing in The Works. Betsy has been married for 25 years to her husband Rob and is the mother of two almost-grown children. She is passionate about animals and enjoys rescuing neurotic dogs from shelters. She loves all things music, theater and dance and is a 'foodie' who enjoys good meals and good company. Betsy is a psychotherapist and has a private practice in Wellesley, MA. Love a cappella! Got the bug after singing with the Tufts Amalgamates. Sadly, my teenage twins have no tolerance for my spontaneous musical outbursts in the car, supermarket, and hockey rink. I tell them that at least I embarrass them in tune. Venture capitalist by day and singer at night, Sky has sung his whole life. After serving as President of the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club, Sky moved to Boston where he sang for several years with the Boston POPS and Boston Symphony Orchestra as a member of the world famous Tanglewood Festival Chorus — that is, before he found his true calling: to be the tallest member of The Works! Ruthanne is the newest member of The Works, having joined in the summer of 2016, and she is adjusting to not being the tallest member of her singing group. She has been singing since high school, when she was cast as Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons in the school musical. In college she sang with the Tufts University Jackson Jills, followed by the Boston based Copley Cats, the San Francisco based Only Human, Boston based In The Moment, and the metrowest choral group In Choro Novo. She has sung all voice parts (except bass) over the years and is currently an alto with The Works. Ruthanne was a civil engineer in her past life, and is now a happy and busy mother of four. She and husband Len live in Weston with their family. In her free time she enjoys swimming, bicycling, running and playing piano. Our bald, bearded tenor/baritone, Patrick has sung with The Works since its early days. Patrick is eclectic, nonlinear and fun. He's an alumnus of the Tufts Beelzebubs, and also sang with another Works member (Dana Cetlin) in the now-defunct Boston-area men's group: The Bosstones. Dubbed a "PR machine" by The Boston Globe, Patrick has worked for over 30 years promoting innovative technology and healthcare companies/nonprofits and as Principal of Rafter Communications since 2000. Often mistaken for a hunky Australian tennis star who shares his name, our Patrick Rafter and his beautiful bride Sheila dwell in Wellesley, MA with their three kids and orange tabby, Layla. Sarah is a founding member of The Works. In high school, she sang both in the Glee Club and in the select Madrigals group. At Middlebury College, she fronted the band X-Static, which rocked many a frat party and perhaps led to the early demise of a favorite bar, the Alibi. Sarah is also co-founder of CL-Media Relations, a specialist in PR for financial services firms, since 2006. She lives in Concord, MA with her husband Ken, two kids and her canine "colleagues" Wally and Ruby. Dana's musical career began in 5th grade where he played in a pop band with some friends. To the best of his memory, they learned one song, "A Taste of Honey," which they were never hired to perform publicly. He sang in choruses and madrigal groups throughout high school, culminating in being selected for the Massachusetts All-State and All-Eastern Choruses. And in college, he performed with the Dartmouth Aires. He and fellow Works member Patrick Rafter helped co-found the Bosstones, an a cappella group that performed actively from 1981-1997. Dana lives in Auburndale, MA with his wife Amanda and two adult daughters. A 1983 graduate of Suffolk Law School, Dana has been practicing real estate law for 30 years at Cunningham, Machanic, Cetlin, Johnson, & Harney, LLP. His favorite non-musical activities are ice skating and playing hockey. Our regular "Buckaroo Banzai" (obscure '80's movie reference) Dan Gorin lives a double life: mild mannered vascular surgeon by day and glamorous a cappella singer by night. He is an original member of The Works when it started in his Arlington living room over pizza and beer in 1994. He has been singing a cappella since high school, continuing through college (Bowdoin and Wesleyan), and medical school, as well as post grad with several groups in the Hartford, CT area, prior to moving to the Bay State. He sings everything from Alto to Baritone, writes the occasional arrangement when he finds time to breathe, and is the only member of the group with a pitch pipe, so he gets to blow it.