April 25, 2016

Baum Concert: "Hope Is the Thing With Feathers"


Please join the Wellesley College Choir and Chamber Singers this Saturday, April 30, at 8 PM in the Houghton Memorial Chapel for our annual Baum Concert, "Hope Is the Thing With Feathers." We will share with you the musical works of Sally Lamb McCune, Carol Barnett, Zachary Wadsworth, and other composers that explore all of the implications and facets of hope as the vehicle by which people escape the nadirs of life to anticipate a new day. We cannot wait to see you there!

For those of you who may not be able to join us, Wellesley College's Media Services will livestream the concert at this link on April 30 at 8 PM EST: http://web.wellesley.edu/PublicAffairs/Live/

April 12, 2016

Choir Bee of the Week: Edie Sharon '17


Let's meet Edie Sharon, our Choir Bee of the Week! A cross-country runner, Edie held down the fort during our sectional rehearsal last week, when all four sections split up. Although the Alto II section is a rowdy one, Edie kept everyone in line and helped the rehearsal go efficiently. To get to know her better, we asked her the following fun questions.


1. HometownWinchester MA

2. Favorite musical artist: Belle and Sebastian

3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood: "Arms" by Seabear

4. Who would star in a film made about your life? Elle Fanning, but she'd have to dye her hair.

5. What’s the last book you read for fun? "Glass Sword" by Victoria Aveyard

6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head? "Satisfied" from Hamilton

7. What is something you can’t live without? Chocolate

8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? My grandmother Ede because there's so much I'd love to ask her.

9. What’s your favorite food? Burritos and peppermint stick ice cream but not together.

10. Who is your personal hero/heroine: My mom

11. What movie could you watch over and over? The Royal Tenenbaums

12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? St. Maarten

13. If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? The Elizabethan era to hang out at court.

14. What is your favorite word? Effulgent

15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you isI can touch my tongue to my nose.

16. Why is a raven like a writing desk? 16. Hell if I know

March 17, 2016

Choir Bee of the Week: Sophie Rowland '17

This week's Choir Bee of the Week is Sophie Rowland! As a strong musician and a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs, Sophie leads the Soprano 2 section; she also brings the choir together. Let's get to know her!

Sophie and the Choir Bee on spring break!
1. Hometown: Flemington, NJ
2. Favorite musical artist: The Staves
3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood: Demons by Fatboy Slim
4. Who would star in a film made about your life? Chloe Grace Moretz
5. What’s the last book you read for fun? All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head? I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts by Merv Griffin
7. What is something you can’t live without? I can't live without someone to talk to. 
8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? 
I would have fancy brunch with Misha Collins because he is one, a favorite actor of mine and two, an exceedingly interesting and odd individual. 
9. What’s your favorite food? Mac and cheese
10. Who is your personal hero/heroine: Emily Dickinson
11. What movie could you watch over and over? Pride and Prejudice
12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?
I would visit Italy because I am a Classics major, after all.
13. If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why?
I would travel to the Roman Republic because I could finally be apart of an immersive language program for Latin.
14. What is your favorite word? Palimpsest (n): a page where the original writing has been erased and written over but traces still remain
15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: I am straight, despite the short hair, flannels, and sensible sweaters. 

16. Why is a raven like a writing desk? Both have feathers. One uses them for flight, the other to write. 

March 10, 2016

Choir Bee of the Week: Lauren Heller '17

Lauren Heller is our Choir Bee of the Week! She is consistently the most participative and astute member of the choir, asking questions and paying attention to detail for each and every one of our pieces. Let's get to know this Choir Bee!

Lauren (center) holding the Queen Bee
1. HometownRhinebeck, New York
2. Favorite musical artist: The piccolo player from the West Point Band (I met him on a field trip!)
3. Favorite song to put you in a happy moodTake On Me by A-Ha 
4. Who would star in a film made about your life? Amanda Seyfried because someone told me I look like her once, even though I don't really think that's true
5. What’s the last book you read for fun? The French version of the first Harry Potter book
6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head? Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 because my sister is always playing it
7. What is something you can’t live without? My bicycle
8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? Emmy Noether because she was an awesome mathematician 
9. What’s your favorite food? Winter squash
10. Who is your personal hero/heroine: An old lady from my church
11. What movie could you watch over and over? Bringing Up Baby
12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? New Zealand
13. If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? When plants and animals first moved onto land, assuming that I wouldn't die from lack of food or something
14. What is your favorite word? Enamored
15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you isI love to go up high, ie. ropes courses, climbing trees.  (Some people in choir know this already.) 
16. Why is a raven like a writing desk? Because they can both have feathers on them?  I'm thinking of quills, but this seems unlikely.

March 3, 2016

Choir Bee of the Week: Maggie Calmer '18

Maggie Calmer, our Choir Bee of the Week, is easily the most enthusiastic and participatory member of the Choir, so let's get to know her!


Maggie with her beloved BFF, the Bee
1. Hometown: Queens, New York
2. Favorite musical artist: Avril Lavigne? Alicia Keys?
3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood: Currently, "Work" by Rihanna
4. Who would star in a film made about your life? ME, there's no one else who looks like me.
5. What’s the last book you read for fun? "My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor
6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head? "Skyfall" by Adele
7. What is something you can’t live without? Oranges
8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? Hillary Clinton because she's bomb.
9. What’s your favorite food? Probably steak.
10. Who is your personal hero/heroine: My dad
11. What movie could you watch over and over? Bridesmaids
12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? Ireland or Mexico.
13. If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? The 2000's again.
14. What is your favorite word? Muchedumbre - it means "crowd" in Spanish
15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: I'm allergic to latex.
16. Why is a raven like a writing desk? What?

February 25, 2016

Choir Bee of the Week: Alejandra Narvaez '19

Our Choir Bee this week is Alejandra Narvaez! On our belated Valentine's Day celebration, Alejandra pulled through with the most delicious gift for the alto sections: popcorn. For her generosity, we present her with the Choir Bee, so let's get to know her!
Alejandra smiling with the Choir Bee

1. Hometown: Cali, Colombia
2. Favorite musical artist: Dario Marianelli
3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood: The Luckiest by Ben Folds
4. Who would star in a film made about your life? 
Anne Hathaway
5. What’s the last book you read for fun? Persuasion by Jane Austen
6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head? Hero by Family of the Year
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? Morgan Freeman. I'd make him narrate everything I do. 
9. What’s your favorite food? Roasted potatoes
10. Who is your personal hero/heroine: Emma Watson
11. What movie could you watch over and over? Pride & Prejudice
12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? Austria
13. If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? I'd go back to where we didn't have cars and just show up to school on ma horse chariot. 
14. What is your favorite word? Mellifluous 
15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: I am a major introvert. 
16. Why is a raven like a writing desk? A raven is a bird. Birds rest on trees. Trees have bark. Bark makes wood. Wood makes writing desks. Thus, a raven is like a writing desk. 

February 18, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day from the Choir!

Every year, the sopranos and the altos exchange hand-made Valentine's Day gifts, because what more do you need in life than your fellow choir members and chocolates? As we all munched on sugary cookies, we shared notes, candy, and, as in one choir bee's case, origami roses.

Choir President, Cayla, getting stuck in the decorations
Sugar cookies galore
Valentine's Day fun!