About Us

Second Shift A Cappella is a vocal group based in the Triangle. The group formed in 2007, and has taken advantage of the growing popularity of a cappella music from breakout groups like Pentatonix and movies like Pitch Perfect 2.  Their members live throughout the area and have diverse musical backgrounds, with many having sung in vocal groups in college or with other organizations. They do song covers from the last fifty years, with a wide variety of musical styles.  


Bob Amidon

  • Member since February 2022

Bob is a bass from Durham. He has been singing with Second Shift since February of 2022. Bob’s musical background includes Sound of America in 2005 and NoXcuse Acapella in Syracuse, NY from 2007-2010. When not singing, Bob enjoys foosball, learning about space, and cooking new recipes.

Theo Cooper

  • Member since October 2019
  • Musical Co-Director, Fall 2020
  • Business Director, Spring 2022

Theo is a towering bass originally from New York City and residing in Raleigh. He has been singing with Second Shift since October of 2019. Theo’s musical background includes two years of high school a cappella and barbershop quartets, four years as part of Ketzev A Cappella at Johns Hopkins University, and constant unsolicited beatboxing. When not singing, Theo enjoys biking, astrophysics, and Pokémon Go!

Jessica Efird

  • Founding Member, 2007
  • Musical Co-Director, Fall 2020, multiple times
  • Business Director, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, multiple times

Jessica is a persistent soprano/alto from Durham. She has been singing with Second Shift since January 2007 (barring a six-month gap). Jessica’s musical background includes a musical family and a cappella in high school, college, and beyond. When not singing, Jessica enjoys reading fantasy novels, visiting craft breweries, and being outside while avoiding mosquitos.   

Amitha Gade

  • Member since June 2017
  • Musical Co-Director Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Spring 2022

Amitha is an optimistic sopraltenor from Morrisville. She has been singing with Second Shift since June of 2017. Amitha’s musical background includes singing a cappella for six years with Saint Louis University’s Beyond All Reason and Duke’s Something Borrowed Something Blue, playing any instrument she can get her hands on, and always harmonizing to the radio. When not singing, Amitha enjoys all things Harry Potter, playing volleyball, and guessing the endings of shows and movies. She also lives a double life as a mad scientist.

Freddy Landess

  • Member since July 2014
  • Musical Co-Director Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2020, Spring 2022

Freddy is a soaring, agile, and lyrical tenor 1/vocal percussionist from Charlotte, who spends too much time thinking of appropriate and inappropriate adjectives for himself.  Having spent relatively little time focusing on singing in high school, in college he threw himself into choir, musical theater, and a cappella music with an imprudent level of enthusiasm.  He is also the youngest member ever accepted by Second Shift, and has been informed that he is first member born in the 90’s which he thinks is just fine thank you very much.  When not singing, he loves reading, cooking, arguing with strangers on the Internet, and descending into debauchery.

Corey Liles

  • Member since January 2007
  • Musical Co-Director Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016
  • Business Director Spring 2008, Fall 2010

Corey is a tremendous tenor originally from Raleigh but who has long called Durham home. After doing his share of high school choir and musical theater, Corey continued playing intimate venues such as the car, the shower, and various karaoke bars before joining Second Shift during its first year. Thanks to his time in the group he’s had the chance to learn vocal arranging, a bit of vocal percussion, and all the classic a cappella dance moves. When not singing, Corey enjoys making maps, taking photos of his dog, planning trips, and just about anything outdoors.

Lilly MacNell

  • Member since June 2015
  • Musical Co-Director Fall 2016

Lilly is an acceptable alto living in Raleigh, NC. Growing up in New Jersey, Lilly never expected she’d live (much less love) the South, but now that’s she’s here you won’t get her to leave! Lilly has been musically inclined since a young age, performing in choirs, concert band, orchestras, marching bands, and jazz bands, as well as with the University of Central Florida’s first co-ed a cappella group, Gemini Blvd. Lilly is a professor of public health at Campbell University and an unabashed nerd. In her spare time, she enjoys beating her husband at Scrabble, attempting ill-advised Pinterest projects, and taking gigabytes of cat pictures.

Jason Moldoff

  • Member since February 2012
  • Musical Co-Director Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2018, Spring 2019
  • Business Director Fall 2017

Jason Moldoff is a bodacious tenor/baritone and dedicated vocal percussionist originally from Sharon, MA. An alumnus of The Doo-Wop Shop from UMass Amherst, Jason is a professor of Communication at Durham Tech. He earned his PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication from UNC Chapel Hill in 2010. He does not give extra credit.

Kristin Sroka

  • Member since April 2022

Kristin is a soprano/alto born in Chapel Hill, raised in Raleigh, and currently living in Durham – a true Triangle native!  She has been singing with Second Shift since April of 2022. Kristin grew up singing in school choirs and musicals, sang with Soulstice while attending Virginia Tech, and was an original member of the Triangle-based vocal band Cognitive Resonance. When not singing, Kristin enjoys puzzles (especially jigsaw and nonograms), reading, and silly dance parties with her kids. In her other life, she works with spreadsheets to try to save the polar bears.

Ellie Wang

  • Member since June 2016
  • Business Director Fall 2018, Spring 2019

Ellie Wang is a soprano from Gainesville, Florida, who moved to Raleigh, NC after graduation in pursuit of change in seasons. She has been singing with Second Shift since June of 2016. Ellie’s Musical background includes singing in her high school choir and University of Florida Women’s chorale. When not singing, Ellie enjoys salsa dancing, geocaching and painting. She is also secretly the tooth fairy.

David Wheaton

  • Member since September 2021

David is a bass from Chapel Hill, and currently lives in Morrisville. His musical background includes choir and a cappella in high school and gospel choir in college. He joined Second Shift in September 2021.  When he isn’t singing, David enjoys contra dancing, playing piano, programming, and listening to podcasts about philosophy. 

We have performed with the following groups:

Achordants – UNC
Catch 22
Carolina Harmony – Sweet Adelines
Cognitive Resonance – UNC
Encore – Meredith College
Ladies in Red – NC State
Out of the Blue – Duke
Spartones – UNC Greensboro
Tarpeggios – UNC Chapel Hill
Transit Vocal Band
The Walk-Ons – UNC Chapel Hill
Wolfgang – NC State

Our members and alumni include alumni of the following a cappella groups:

Acappology – NC State
Another Level – Appalachian State
Beauty and the Beats – Vassar College
Beyond All Reason – Saint Louis University
Choeur du Roi (Chords) – University of Richmond
Claremont Midnight Echo – Claremont, CA
Concert Singers of Cary – Cary, NC
Counterparts – University of Pennsylvania
DC Accidentals – Washington, DC
Doo Wop Shop – University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Ear Candy – Appalachian St
Fifth Gear
JayChords – Raleigh Jaycees (now defunct)
Ladies in Red – NC State
Lady Blue – Duke
Loreleis – UNC Chapel Hill
The Master’s Men – Raleigh, NC
MedUNCedoos – UNC Chapel Hill
Packabelles – NC State
NC Master Chorale – Raleigh, NC
Psalm 100 – UNC Chapel Hill
Quasimodal – Wesleyan University
Sapphire – Duke
Something Borrowed Something Blue – Duke
Testostertones – Whitman College
Transit – Raleigh, NC
Tarpeggios – UNC Chapel Hill
Vocé – San Luis Obispo, CA
The Walk-Ons – UNC Chapel Hill
Wolfgang – NC State