August 28, 2015

Meet the Officers: Rebecca Farkas

Auditions have officially started! So far, we have met a few of the aspiring choirbees, and they are all wonderful. Today we would like to introduce Rebecca Farkas, our Concert Manager; she will be looking out for everyone during our performances. This summer, Rebecca has been working on the right side of the law.

Introduce yourself!
Hi! I'm Rebecca Farkas, and I'm from Los Angeles in sunny California. I'm a junior at Wellesley and a Cognitive Science and Linguistics major. I'm very excited to be the WCC's Concert Manager this year! I'm in charge of managing concert attire and much of the set up for each of our concerts.

What have you been up to this summer?
This summer I interned at Congressman Schiff's district office and otherwise took it easy. In true LA fashion, I took day trips to Disneyland, drank an almost constant stream of boba, went on a hike in Malibu, and otherwise stayed inside, avoiding the scorching heat, chilling with my dog, and reading a ton of superhero comics.

When you’re not singing Ave Maria, what are you jamming out to?
I listen to a bunch of different stuff depending on my mood and what I'm doing. Lately I've found myself listening to a lot of show tunes and movie soundtracks, but more recent loves are the cover-creating YouTube channel Postmodern Jukebox and Elle King's Ex's and Oh's.

What are you looking forward to this year with the choir?
This year I'm really looking forward to getting to know all of the new Choir Bees and having a great time on tour traveling down the California coast!

And for fun, if you were to wield a super power, what would it be?
A super power that I've always envied is the innate ability to speak/understand any language/method of communication. But I also wouldn't mind being able to fly and kick butt like Wonder Woman.


August 23, 2015

Meet the officers: Rachel Pak

Can you believe that Orientation is tomorrow? In the meanwhile, let's get to know our Publicity Manager, Rachel Pak! This summer, when she was not eating copious amounts of food, she was working as a creative marketing intern at a small start-up in sunny Los Angeles.

Introduce yourself!
Hi, everyone! I am Rachel Pak, a member of the class of 2018, a media arts and science major, and in total disbelief that it’s already my sophomore year. This year I will be serving as your Publicity Manager, so if you see me taking pictures of you, please don’t be alarmed—just getting content for our Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and lovely blog. I’m also in charge of advertising our concerts to the Wellesley community and the greater Boston area.

What have you been up to this summer?
Besides recouping hours of sleep, I was a summer intern at a smartphone accessory company called iTongue that makes kickstands for your phone. My duties were to come up with creative content to exhibit the uses of the product.

When you’re not singing Ave Maria, what are you jamming out to?
My Spotify gives people whiplash—I will listen to anything. However, this summer I have been obsessed with the album, Urban Flora, by Alina Baraz and Galimatias.

What are you looking forward to this year with the choir?
I am definitely excited for the choir’s bonding activities and traditions. From the retreats to Choir Valentine’s, these events are my favorite because I get to know other members of the choir who aren’t a part of my section; besides, who doesn’t like consuming copious amounts of cookies?

And for fun, if you were to wield a super power, what would it be?

It would easily be the gift of surviving without needing sleep. Let’s be real, when the clock strikes midnight, sometimes I am crestfallen that there are so many things I want to do—“miles to go before I sleep” as Frost would put it—and not enough hours in the day.

A Message from the Choir!


Please consider auditioning for the Wellesley College Choir and Chamber Singers! While all of these choirbees have different reasons for loving the Choir, we hope that you will find your own and join us.

Auditions will be held in Jewett Arts Center, room 209.
Friday August 28, 10 AM - 12 AM
                            4 PM - 7 PM
Saturday August 29, 10 AM - 2 PM
Sunday August 30, 10 AM - 2 PM

See you there!

August 21, 2015

Meet the officers: Patricia Grahmann

With the arrival of new international students from all over the world—some countries the Choir has toured in the past—Wellesley is ready to welcome the Class of 2019! However, before the rest of the first-years move on to campus with overweight suitcases and mattress pads, meet one of our co-vice presidents and co-business managers, Patricia Grahmann! This summer she has been asking that immortal question: is it white and gold… or black and blue?

Introduce yourself!
My name is Patricia Grahmann, a member of the class of 2018 and a neuroscience major from Arizona! This year, I will be serving as your co-vp/business manager with Julia, so I will be handling all fundraising for the choir and coordinating events throughout the year.

What have you been up to this summer?
This summer, I’ve been able to find the best representation of the color turquoise by finding the exact point in Munsell color space where the subjects switch in their categorization of colors from green to blue.  Now that I’ve done that, I’m working on recreating the experiment on #theDress that our lab recently did and looking at how colors are remembered in the brain.

When you’re not singing Ave Maria, what are you jamming out to?
I enjoy a pretty wide variety of music, but in particular I love a capella and the Vitamin String Quartet.

What are you looking forward to this year with the choir?
I'm really excited to launch a bunch of new fundraising campaigns this year, and I'm also excited for our collaborative concerts this year.

And for fun, if you were to wield a super power, what would it be?
If I had a super power, it would be the ability to pause time and everything around me so I could have extra time in the day!
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With Orientation just around the corner, we would like to remind that auditions to join the Wellesley College Choir will be held in Jewett Arts Center in room 209 at the following times.

Friday August 28, 10 AM – 12 PM
                                 4 PM  – 7 PM
Saturday August 29, 10 AM – 12 PM
Sunday August 30, 10 AM – 2PM

Please sign up on our online audition sheet. We can’t wait to see you there!

August 18, 2015

Meet the officers: Julia Regier

Happy Tuesday, everyone! 
In this third installment of our “meet the officers” blog series, we would like to introduce you to one of our Co-Vice Presidents -- who also happens to double as one of our Business Managers -- Julia Regier! Last year, Julia, a Choir Scholar, has conducted the choir on occasion and has soloed in English and Korean (not an easy language) during our performances at home and abroad.

Introduce yourself!
My name is Julia Regier and I'm in the class of 2018! I am a philosophy major & music minor, from Belmont, MA. I am the choir's Co-Vice President/Business Manager--basically, I manage the choir's finances, and do whatever else I can to lead the group and spread choirlove.

What have you been up to this summer?
This summer, I have been chilling in my hometown, working hard/hardly working at a restaurant and taking a computer science class at Harvard Summer School. I've had plenty of fun, too vacationing in Connecticut, visiting a friend in Alabama and traveling to Tennessee. And, of course, re-reading the Harry Potter series from start to finish.

When you’re not singing Ave Maria, what are you jamming out to?
I've mostly been relaxing to my Avett Brothers Pandora station. But Andy Grammar's summer hit, whatever it's called (the "nah nah honey I'm good" one), is definitely my jam.

What are you looking forward to this year with the choir?
I am so excited for everything choir-related in the upcoming year, but especially for our tour, because that was such a highlight of my year last year!

And for fun, if you were to wield a super power, what would it be?
Flight.

August 13, 2015

Meet the officers: Keertana Anandraj

In the second interview of our "meet the officers" blog series, we introduce to you our Manager of On and Off Campus Affairs (abridged to MOOCA), Keertana Anandraj! During the school year, she sings as a first alto; however, this summer Keertana has been programming and learning the intricacies of biomathematics.


Introduce yourself!
Hi, my name is Keertana and I'm a sophomore double majoring in mathematics and economics. I'm from New Jersey and live right near Princeton and I'm going to be the MOOCA this year. Essentially, I'm in charge of the fun activities and group bonding that the choir will be participating in this year so if you have any movies you want to watch, food you want to bake, or other ideas for events just let me know and I'll make it happen!

What have you been up to this summer?
This summer I participated in a biomathematics internship in South Carolina. It was a really great experience and I learned a decent amount of computer programming in the process (although, please, don't ever ask me to code in python again!). I also got to spend some time with my grandparents, who were visiting from India this summer.

When you're not singing Ave Maria, what are you jamming out to?
I have to be honest--I mostly listen to Bollywood music. I was trained in Indian Classic Music and sang and listened to that and other types of Indian music for most of my life. Either than that (and Ave Maria, of course), I tend to jam out to anything that's currently playing on the radio. 

What are you looking forward to this year with the choir?
Tour! I've never been to California before and I can't wait to experience it with the choir on tour this year. I'm also really excited for all the bonding that is about to happen this year since the choir is one of my favorite Wellesley families! 

And for fun, if you were to wield a super power, what would it be?
If I were to wield a super power I'd want teleportation. I really love to travel but haven't had the opportunity to do too much of it, yet, so I'd love to be able to move around without paying for airplane tickets or standing through security lines.