April 25, 2017

Choirbee of the Week: Justine Duan!

This week's Choirbee of the Week is Justine Duan! Justine is a first year member of choir who performs in the Alto 1 section. She really powered through on Tour, doing the choir proud despite coming down with an illness towards the end of our trip. She's also the newly elected 2017-2018 Concert Manager! Yay, Justine! Let's get to know her. 

1. Where are you originally from? Well, I was born in Berkeley, California. I currently live in Honolulu, Hawaii.
2. What is your major? Probably English? And maybe I’ll add on a second major? I’m still very unsure.
3. Who is your all-time favorite musical artist? There are too many to choose from! I’m quite fond of ABBA, The Family Crest, and Sara Bareilles.
4. What is a song that always gets stuck in your head? Yu Jian by Stefanie Sun.
5. What is your favorite piece the Choir has performed this year? Why? From Behind the Caravan: Songs of Hafez, the second movement, “suffer no grief” composed by Abbie Betinis. It’s hauntingly beautiful.
6.Who is your personal hero/heroine? My mother. Being a single mom requires so much strength and resilience. And besides that, she's absolutely amazing.
7. What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus? Anywhere with a beautiful view of nature or of Lake Waban.
8. What is something you can’t live without? Outdoor walks. If I can’t walk around outside, I feel empty inside.
9. What’s your favorite food? Sushi!
10. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? Michelle Obama. Even if I couldn’t convince her to run for office, I’m sure we’d have an amazing conversation.
11. What movie could you watch over and over? The answer to this question changes constantly, but for now I’m going to say Inception because of the amazing score by Hans Zimmer.
12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? When I was applying to colleges, I made a list of places in the United States I wanted to visit: Portland, Oregon; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and the Research Triangle in North Carolina. Outside of the United States, I would go to China.
13.What is your favorite thing about the Wellesley College Choir? That a large group of people from different majors, class years, and backgrounds can come together to sing beautiful music!
14. What is your favorite word? I have multiple favorites, including arabesque, milieu, zeitgeist, and cerulean.
15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: I’m more outspoken and expressive than people initially assume. Also, I am a cat and I meow constantly—just ask my roommates.

April 20, 2017

This Week's Choirbee of the Week: Edilia Foster!

This week's Choirbee of the Week is Edilia Foster! Edilia is a first year member of choir in the Alto One section. She joined us on this year's spring tour throughout the Northeast and really gave it her all! We've loved getting to know Edilia throughout the course of the past year, and we know you will too!

1. Where are you originally from? I'm originally from Los Angeles.
2. What is your major? I'm probably going to be a Philosophy major, but everything's still up in the air.
3. Who is your all-time favorite musical artist? I actually don't have favorite things, because my likes and dislikes change constantly, but it would probably be Ella Fitzgerald.
4. What is a song that always gets stuck in your head?  I'm a little tea pot is on a constant loop in my head.
5. What is your favorite piece the Choir has performed this year? Why? I really like Magnificat because it's so grand (there really is no other word for it) and has a very big presence.
6.Who is your personal hero/heroine?  No one, because everyone is great in their own right. 
7. What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus?  My favorite spot is the stretch of hallway directly to the left of my door.
8. What is something you can’t live without? I cannot live without See's butterscotch lollipops. I'm hooked.
9. What’s your favorite food? (see 8) 
10. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? Thomas Jefferson so I could get his autograph for Ava.
11. What movie could you watch over and over? Kill Bill.
12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?  Los Angeles. I really like home.
13.What is your favorite thing about the Wellesley College Choir?  I like that everyone's really nice.
14. What is your favorite word? Penultimate. I think it's funny somebody put the effort into creating a word that essentially means really close to the bottom.
15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: I really like to scare people.

April 18, 2017

Annual Baum Memorial Spring Concert!

We are gearing up for our Annual Baum Memorial Spring Concert this Saturday at 8:00 PM! The concert will be held in Houghton Memorial Chapel, and will feature the Wellesley College Choir, the Wellesley College Chamber Singers, and the Lehigh University Glee Club.  Join us this Earth Day for an evening of choral music that celebrates the natural world, including works by Brahms, Boulanger, Britten, Byrd, Lauridsen, Sametz, and e.e. cummings! 




April 7, 2017

Choirbee of the Week: Moira Johnston

This week's Choirbee of the Week is Moira Johnston! Moira is a senior Alto 2. She did the choir proud by stepping up at the Alto sectional, leading the group fearlessly through the music for our Annual Baum Memorial Spring Concert.  Here's to you, Moira!


 1. Where are you originally from? Los Angeles, California
2. What is your major? English and Creative Writing
3. Who is your all-time favorite musical artist? I have no idea, I have way too many, so I'm gonna answer the question I'm making up which is: Who is the artist/album that makes you smily and happy inside? Fun. 'Aim and Ignite'
4. What is a song that always gets stuck in your head? Would You? from "Singin' in the Rain" (the real answer is "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!" but just the guitar riff).
5. What is your favorite piece the Choir has performed this year? Why? "Hold On," because First Year memories!
6.Who is your personal hero/heroine? I admire so many women I can't think of one; basically who stands up for herself and others on a daily basis, I'll call her a hero.
7. What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus? Founders library (in the English Department) or the benches by the lake.
8. What is something you can’t live without? Stories.
9. What’s your favorite food? A variety of Meats. Or some dank sushi.
10. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? My dad, because I miss him.
11. What movie could you watch over and over? "I Love You, Man" (or "Take Me Out to the Ballgame").
12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? Bath, England (Ofc).
13.What is your favorite thing about the Wellesley College Choir? That I've met my closest Wellesley friends through Choir.
14. What is your favorite word? Pithy
15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: I'm Jewish!

March 23, 2017

#TBT to Choir Tour 2016

Throwing it back to last year's Choir Tour in California! As we gear up to gallivant all over the northeast, here's a fabulous video of all of our West Coast travels last winter made by our 2015-2016 Publicity Manager, Rachel Pak (who also happens to be this week's Choirbee of the Week!). Just two days until we depart! We can hardly wait. 




March 22, 2017

Choirbee of the Week: Rachel Pak!

This week's Choirbee of the Week is Rachel Pak.  Rachel is a Junior, a Soprano, and our former Publicity Manager.  Rachel is always a dedicated and conscientious member of choir, but this week she really shined by staying after rehearsal to get some extra practice on her music by singing with the Tour group, even though she isn't able to join us on our Spring Tour. We appreciate her enthusiasm for music and all her contributions to the group. Let's get to know Rachel!



1. Where are you originally from? I am from Los Angeles, CA, which is arguably the best coast west coast.
2. What is your major? I am double majoring in English and media arts and sciences.
3. Who is your all-time favorite musical artist? Hands down, she is Beyoncé.
4. What is a song that always gets stuck in your head? My earworm at the moment is Hold On, one of the pieces we’re rehearsing this semester.
5. What is your favorite piece the Choir has performed this year? Why? My favorite piece is easily Gustav Holst’s The Planets, which is such an epic work of art.
6.Who is your personal hero/heroine? My mom. She always has and always will support me to the best of her ability, and I love her so much.
7. What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus? I have to say that my favorite spot is my room. I value my personal time and space when I have a moment to relax, so I love to brew some tea and sit at my desk when I get the chance.
8. What is something you can’t live without? Oh my goodness, skincare products; specifically, I’m talking about a good moisturizer.
9. What’s your favorite food? Food. In general.
10. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? I would love to have fancy brunch with Secretary Hillary Clinton. I would love to chat about her experience during the 2016 election and sip champagne with her.
11. What movie could you watch over and over? Moonlight.
12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? I would visit Paris because I am craving museums, macarons, and bread right now.
13.What is your favorite thing about the Wellesley College Choir? I absolutely love the community I have through the Wellesley College Choir. I know that I have a group of fifty or so wonderful people who always have my back.
14. What is your favorite word? Zeitgeist.
15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: I love playing Pokémon Go. There. I said it.

March 15, 2017

Spring Tour!


Our Spring Tour is coming up in just ten days! This year, we'll be making our way around the Northeast, with performances in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.  Our repertoire for this tour includes a variety of pieces that celebrate the natural world, with music by Brahms, Szymko, Perera, and more. Along the way, we'll be collaborating with lots of amazing ensembles, like the Penn Sirens, the Watson Creek Choral Project, the Princeton Girlchoir, and the Princeton High School Women's Choir. We are practicing hard in preparation for this year's tour, and can't wait to hit the road.  Hope to see you there!