About Us

Many moons ago in 2003, a ragtag group of brave Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students joined forces to fight off the bitter winds of Troy, NY through the power of music. Among them, they shared a love for singing a cappella and procrastinating on homework. Thus, Partial Credit was born. The Troy winters may still be cold, but the group lives on, spreading the warmth and joy of a cappella music through a wide range of musical tastes. Whether an indie tune, a comedic musical salute, or a unique ballad, Partial Credit takes pride in entertaining others while having fun performing.


Gabby Dumani Malibu Mustard

Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2022

Gabby aspires to be the worlds meltiest smore. In her free time she polishes faucets in order to peer into astral planes.

Kara Jimcosky Article III Section 5b

Chemical Engineering, Class of 2018

Kara is a special snowflake who enjoys terrible fruit jokes and singing high notes. In her free time, she hikes or something.

Katie Mahoney Mahonka Burnin' Love

Cognitive Science, Class of 2020

Katie is an unhappily gluten-intolerant bean who spends her free time writing music and singing along to the parts you’re not supposed to on the radio. She loves puppies and really wants a turtle someday. Daily activities include: drawing, fighting for animal rights, wearing the comfiest clothes possible whilst still trying to look nice, and drinking chai (with an espresso shot).

Claire Thomas Miss Photogenic

Games and Simulation Arts And Sciences, Class of 2019

Nobody really knows much about Claire. In her free time, she enjoys writing, reading, gaming, drawing, thinking, and general nonsense. For anyone who cares, her favorite TV show is Steven Universe.


Linda Cortes GLinda the Good Witch

Chemical Engineering, Class of 2020

Linda is bananas about bananas, polar bears, crafting and dancing. She can speak Spanish, but please excuse her French. Wonder woman is her favorite super hero.

Maggie McAuliffe Gladys

Industrial and Management Engineering, Class of 2021

Maggie is a 5'1" ball of yelling who thinks she knows more memes than she actually does. Her favorite color is purple because it's the Crayola marker that always has the most ink left in it.

Caoilin Ramsay Low-Caoi

Computer and Systems Engineering, Class of 2020

Caoilin enjoys cats, calculus, and casual existentialism. And, apparently, alliteration. She has synesthesia and orange hands. Her only goal throughout college is to locate every single piano on campus.

Emma Steed TEmNT

Computer Science, Class of 2019

Social anxiety? In my brain? It's more likely than you think.


Sage Freter Parsley

Civil Engineering, Class of 2019

Sage likes cats, long hugs, sunshine, singing (along with many other forms of music), drawing, and Calculus! Her only wish is to be a bass.

Jordan Runner The Jazzman

Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2021

Jordan is a self-analytical Mark Zuckerberg lookalike who loves robots, outer space and spending too much time on the internet. He finds great fulfillment in listening to a strange variety of music and breaking down all of his favorite artistic media for hours on end, and is also heavily prone to deep introspection and sudden philosophical musing.

Coen Valk Phantom of the Opera

Computer Science, Class of 2020

Coen is a perpetual happiness machine. He loves closing his eyes for official Partial Credit votes and yelling his tenor part. In his spare time he dreads walking through the cold and remembers how much colder New York is compared to Texas.

Matt Zbikowski Wazowski

Undeclared Engineering, Class of 2022

Matt enjoys video games, music, and playing ultimate frisbee (but he’s not as good as he thinks he is). In his free time he generally does everything within his power to put off the things he should be doing instead. His favorite movie, although a sad one, is Requiem for a Dream.


Ryan Butler Red Delicious

Computer and Systems Engineering, Class of 2022

Ryan is an astronaut who was lost at space. In his travels he lost his big toes fighting a pickle whale. His memory is filled with the hauntings of binary cotton candy stars. Poor poor man.

Peter Chinburg Man of the Mountain

Mechanical Engineering / Design Innovation in Society, Class of 2021

Proud of his New Hampshire citizenship, Peter enjoys all things outdoors: hiking, camping, skiing (snow and water), etc. He may be seen at rehearsal trying to incorporate unskilled yet enthusiastic beat boxing rhythms into his bass part. He is sure Partial Credit was conveniently named after him, sporting the slick initials of PC.

Kristofer Kwan Little Drummer Boy

Computer Science, Class of 2021

Kris is an inquisitive individual who finds his true passion in spitting fire as taught by master smog. He is most proud of exceeding his two o’clock bedtime on multiple occasions since joining the group and is excited—sadly—for the inevitable all-nighters following his decision to be a CS major at RPI. As a PC member, Kris enjoys his daily dosage of squatting on the offbeat of warm-ups.

Jakob Laats The Architect

Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2020

Jake is a lasagna-inclined human bean who likes dank memes, low jeans, and video games.