September 26, 2016

A busy weekend for the Wellesley College Choir

This weekend, we have two major performances.  Both the Choir and the Chamber Singers will be performing at events for the Inauguration of Dr. Paula Johnson this upcoming Friday, and then the Choir will be traveling to Plymouth, Massachusetts for a collaborative performance of Holst's The Planets with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming performances. We are so excited for the weekend ahead, and can't wait to make music with so many wonderful people for so many joyous reasons!.

September 25, 2016

Meet this week's Choirbee of the week: Alejandra Narvaez!

This week's choirbee of the week is Alejandra! She's a sophomore member of Choir and Chamber Singers who is always at the top of her musical game. This week, she did an especially great job leading the Choir 2 Soprano 2s in our rehearsals for Holst's "The Planets"and taking extra time to study her music outside of rehearsal. Brava, Alejandra!

1. Hometown:
Cali, Colombia
2. Favorite musical artist:
Ben Folds is pretty up there.
3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood:
The Luckiest, by Ben Folds (hehe)
4. Who would star in a film made about your life?
Rachel McAdams
5. What’s the last book you read for fun?
The Human Drift, by Jack London
6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head?
Currently: Cerf-volant from Les Choristes
7. What is something you can’t live without?
Tea
8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?
My sister, because she's awesome.
9. What’s your favorite food?
I LOVE coconut rice. Oh yeah, and any type of potatoes.
10. Who is your personal hero/heroine?
Also probably my sister.
11. What movie could you watch over and over?
Meet Joe Black
12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?
San Andrés y Providencia, Colombia
13. If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why?
Probably the 1940's (not because of the war or social inequality but because I think the style was impeccable)
14. What is your favorite word?
Risueña -> one who laughs easily and keeps cheerful.
15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is:
I have a cattle farm where I spent a lot of my time growing up.

September 19, 2016

Meet Demilade Adeboye, our Social Chair!

Hello everyone! My name is Demilade, and I am from Lagos, Nigeria. I'm a potential Math and Music double major, and I'm a sophomore.


Tell us a little bit about your officer position.
This year, I have the honour of being the choir's Social Chair! I am in charge of planning bonding events for the choir, and making sure every member feels comfortable and excited in our large family.


What is your favorite Choir memory?

Last year, the choir sang at St. Andrew's church in the town of Wellesley. On the way back to campus after the 10:00 service, a group of choirbees had the spur-of-the-moment idea to climb one of the large trees on East Campus. I thought it was so funny to see these women, clad in their elegant Sunday dresses, grabbing at branches and hoisting each other up this tree!


What is your favorite piece we've sung so far?

 Last year, we sang Holst's Ave Maria, and made people cry at one of our performances of the piece. It is such a gorgeous piece.


What are you looking forward to this year?

I can't wait for Vespers! It is such an incredible service, and a lot of effort is put into making it look and sound so incredible.


If you could meet one famous person, dead or alive, who would you choose?

(Apart from our lord and Saviour, Queen Beyoncé Knowles,) I would love to meet Johannes Brahms. I've sung and played (on piano) so many of his pieces that I feel like I would know him well if he were still alive.


Other than the choral stuff, what music do you like to listen to?

I listen to all sorts of music! Most recently, my favourite song is Past Lives by Børns. Last week, it was Right Hand by Drake. However, I've also been listening to Brahms' Intermezzo 117 no.2 for the past few weeks.​

September 18, 2016

Happy Flower Sunday from the Wellesley College Choir!




We had a wonderful time performing "We are" and "Come to my Garden" at this morning's ceremony and meeting our choir littles and choir bigs for the first time! It was a lovely service.  Cheers to one of Wellesley's oldest traditions!


September 17, 2016

Our Inaugural Choirbee of the Week: Jodi Wei!

This week's choirbee of the week (our first one of the year!) is Jodi Wei, one of the newest members of choir. Jodi did the Red Class proud by being super helpful and offering to join multiple choir committees! Let's get to know her a little bit better:

1. Hometown: Irvine, CA
2. Favorite musical artist: Paloma Faith
3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood: "Walking in Memphis" by Cher
4. Who would star in a film made about your life? Constance Wu
5. What’s the last book you read for fun? I Wrote This for You by Iain S. Thomas
6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head? Sia's "Cheap Thrills"
7. What is something you can’t live without? Music!!
8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? Gillian Anderson — she would be a great conversationalist
9. What’s your favorite food? Pad Thai/anything Mom makes
10. Who is your personal hero/heroine? The Notorious RBG
11. What movie could you watch over and over? Anything Disney, but especially Lilo & Stitch
12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? Argentina or Iceland
13. If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? Elizabethan England to see one of Shakespeare's play or the 1980s to see Cher live!
14. What is your favorite word? Petrichor
15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: I hate the city of Reno, Nevada with a burning passion :/

September 15, 2016

Meet Emma Thibault, our Rehearsal Manager!

Hi, my name is Emma and I’m this year’s Rehearsal Manager. I’m a sophomore from Western Mass and I intend to major in Neuroscience and minor in Chemistry. I’m also the oldest of three, as you can see from my picture!*


*Emma is pictured on the far left



Tell us a little bit about your officer position.
As Rehearsal Manager, it’s my job to set up for and reset after rehearsal, make sure that everyone has the music that they need, and keep track of attendance.

What is your favorite Choir memory?
After only a year in Choir, I have a surprising number of favorite memories but tour stands out among the rest. Over the course of the trip, we all got to know each other much better than we had before.The closer we got, The more cohesive our singing got and the more fun we had. It seemed like every time we performed we got better in some capacity - whether it was finally making it through a line without breathing or engaging with a piece that had been a little flat in the past. We came back from California a better choir, but more importantly we came back a family.  

What is your favorite piece we've sung so far?
I really enjoyed doing Let All Mortal Flesh for Vespers. I look forward to including our new Chiorbees in the candle lit drama! 

What are you looking forward to this year?
There’s a lot to look forward to this year, but I am particularly excited for President Johnson’s inauguration and to sing the Planets with the Plymouth Philharmonic!  

If you could meet one famous person, dead or alive, who would you choose?
I would love to meet Michelle Obama. As someone who is strong, intelligent, and independent in the traditionally restrictive role of First Lady, she is an amazing role model for women and girls. That, and I’m pretty sure that she’s a fun person to be around. (Her Carpool Karaoke is pretty great, just sayin’.)  

Other than the obvious choral stuff, what music do you like to listen to?
I am a big fan of musical theatre and listen to Broadway soundtracks frequently. Usually I have phases where I’m super into one musical for a week or so and then I switch it up.

Meet Rebecca Farkas, our Vice President and Business & Fundraising Manager!

Hi! My name is Rebecca Farkas, and this year I serve the roles of Business & Fundraising Manager and Vice President! I am a senior hailing all the way from sunny Los Angeles, CA, and I am majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Psychology.


Tell us a little bit about your officer position!
With all my various titles, I am mostly in charge of handling the choir's finances and backing up Else (our Pres) when she needs help!

What is your favorite Choir memory
My favorite choir memory is definitely running around with fellow choir members in Seoul when we went on our tour to South Korea! We sang at a bunch of great concerts, ate a lot of tasty food, and experienced the hubbub of busy Korean shopping areas. It was a ton of fun!

What is your favorite piece we've sung so far?
My favorite song that we have sung so far in choir is The Song of Perfect Propriety (affectionately known as the Pirate Song) by Carol Barnett. It was definitely one of our more rhythmically challenging pieces the year we sang it, and who doesn't love a song about badass female pirates?

What are you most looking forward to this year?
I'm really looking forward to getting to know our new choirbees and going on a fun tour through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York City!!!

If you could meet one famous person, dead or alive, who would you choose?
 If I could meet one famous person, dead or alive, I would like to meet Marilyn Monroe. She was such a misunderstood troubled person while she was alive, and even a bit mysterious, and I would like to learn about her life as told in her own words.


Other than the choral stuff, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
Apart from choral music, I generally listen to a wide variety of music, ranging from showtunes to swing/electro-swing to alternative rock. I am really excited that Bastille, one of my favorite bands, has finally come out with an album featuring new original music for the first time in forever a few days ago in early September!