Joe Wenninger

Nickname: Cindy’s Child
Hometown: Madison, WI (home is where your Snuggie is)
Joined FS: Fall 2008
Graduated from FS: Spring 2012
Birthday: March 22

FS Solos: You’re All I Have, Lost, I (Who Have Nothing), Call Any Vegetable, Don’t Let Me Fall

“I don’t waste my time with arbitrary social inhibitions. This makes me awkward to a lot of people, but I’m happier than they are :)”
~Joe Wenninger

What are your favorite recorded a cappella tracks? Question! (Off the Beat), Life on Mars? (Club for Five), I Can’t Make You Love Me (Hyannis Sound)

What was the first a cappella song you heard? Probably a Christmas carol? Ball in the House was the first contemporary a cappella performance I saw.

What were/are your biggest musical influences? My mom, my brother, Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce, Janelle Monae, and Danny Mulligan.

What is your favorite Fundamentally Sound memory? Winter Tours. Each one is devastatingly amazing.

What was the first song you ever performed with Fundamentally Sound? “You’re All I Have” or “Died in Ya Arms” or “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” at a sorority gig. I’m pretty sure we did those songs, but I don’t remember which was first.

What previous singing experience do you have? I’m one of those “singing as long as they can remember” people. Thanks Mom and Dad for getting me involved with music!

Interesting Fact: Some of my best early childhood memories are from “fighting with sticks” with my friends. And when I say “early childhood,” I am referring to freshman and sophomore years of high school. I am a child.

What is your claim to fame? I am exceptional at trading card games. I pride myself on my ability to craft a very fun deck that usually knocks people’s socks off, while at the same time not conforming to the generic decks used by tournament champions. I don’t sell out. Magic the Gathering is life.

What do you do before a Fundamentally Sound performance to prepare? 1) Make sure my hair is “swooshed” over to the side in a presentable manner. 2) Make sure my shirt is tucked in as uniformly as possible. 3) (The step I forget most of the time) Make sure my lanyard isn’t sticking out of my pocket in order to avoid a disapproving glare from Chris Tiernan. That’s right. I am an established student at UW-Madison who is proud to take advantage of the utility of a lanyard on his keychain.

Describe an average day in the life of Joe Wenninger: My average day usually starts the night before when I make a physical or mental list of what I have going on the next day. When I wake up I turn my efficiency dial up to about 9 out of 11 and generally keep it around there (deviation of approximately 1.78) for the rest of the day. As I walk briskly to my destinations I’m always thinking about taking the hypotenuse and tend to make race-car noises to myself. A day in my life isn’t complete without doing something productive at Coffee Bytes (deluxe hummus plates… nom), having a heart-to-heart with a close friend, and feeling any number of emotions very strongly. I get stuff done and enjoy my life very much.


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