April 5, 2018

Choirbee of the Week: Steve!

This week's Choirbee of the Week is the one—the only—Steve! Throughout the entire tour, Steve consistently supported each member of the Wellesley College Choir from takeoff to touchdown. Every single one of us can easily provide an account of his selflessness; he helped us through customs, navigating the Baltics, and he was such a joy to travel with.  We do not know what we would have done without him. Thank you so much, Steve! Let's get to know our Choirbee!

Queen Bey and Chloe bonding together!
1. Where are you originally from?
Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain...

2. What is your major?Biology/Chemistry/Medicine/Radiology

3. Who is your all-time favorite musical artist?Elvis Costello (the best singer to come from Liverpool - the other 4 guys were hacks)

4. What is a song that always gets stuck in your head?The 1-877-Kars4Kids radio jingle (AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!)

5. What is your favorite piece the Choir has performed this year? Why?Only in Sleep. It reminds me that my girls were once young, and that now they are grown.

6. Who is your personal hero/heroine?Thomas Jefferson

7. What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus?The KSC pool (shallow end)

8. What is something you can't live without?Sunshine (radiologists are let outside 5 minutes each day)

9. What's your favorite food?Udon with a side of Unagi sushi

10. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?F. Scott Fitzgerald (and Zelda if she's free). Or Russell Westbrook.

11. What movie could you watch over and over?Raising Arizona (first 30 minutes)

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

13. What is your favorite thing about the Wellesley College Choir?Dr. G.

14. What is your favorite word?Penultimate. Wait, no, that is every choral conductor's favorite word!

15. Something people wouldn't guess by looking at you is:I've had season tickets to the ballet for most of my adult life.

March 15, 2018

Choirbee of the Week: Eunbie Coe '20

Let's here it for Eunbie Coe '20! She is our Choirbee of the Week for leading the Soprano II's through sectionals. With her musical skills, she was able to smooth out wrinkles in the Soprano II section, keeping rehearsal fun and light the whole time. Let's get to know her better!


Eunbie and the Bee!
1. Where are you originally from?
Los Angeles, California.

2. What is your major?
Economics.

3. Who is your all-time favorite musical artist?
Claude Debussy.

4. What is a song that always gets stuck in your head?
"I Got Rhythm" by George Gershwin right now.

5. What is your favorite piece the Choir has performed this year? Why?
I love Illumina le tenebre because it highlights the most beautiful qualities of our female-range choir and sounded amazing in the church at Vilnies University.

6. Who is your personal hero/heroine?
Elon Musk. A successful entrepreneur, businessman, and environmentalist. The big three all in one.

7. What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus?
The Baroque Spanish art gallery at the Davis.

8. What is something you can't live without?
Google apps - Calendar specifically.

9. What's your favorite food?
Chocolate.

10. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?
This is a question I never learned how to answer so I am just hoping it doesn't end up being publicized. Legit I was asked this question in an interview once and I just kind of skipped over it.

11. What movie could you watch over and over?
Coraline.

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

13. What is your favorite thing about the Wellesley College Choir?
The family aspect.

14. What is your favorite word?
My high school roommate told me I said the word "issue" a lot.

15. Something people wouldn't guess by looking at you is:
I was picked up by a Lithuanian man once.

March 8, 2018

Choirbee of the Week: Clara Ferrari '21

And our Choirbee of the Week is... Clara Ferrari '21! We want to give her and her dedication to the choir a huge shoutout, so let's get to know a little bit more about her!

Clara smiling adorably along with Queen Bey!
1. Where are you originally from?
Bethesda, Maryland.

2. What is your major?
Undecided.

3. Who is your all-time favorite musical artist?
Taylor Swift or Pentatonix.

4. What is a song that always gets stuck in your head?
Too many to choose!

5. What is your favorite piece the Choir has performed this year? Why?
Only In Sleep. It’s just so beautiful!

6. Who is your personal hero/heroine?
Clara Barton.

7. What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus?
Mail Services.

8. What is something you can't live without?
Water.

9. What's your favorite food?
Grilled cheese or cookie dough.

10. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?
Clara Barton! She’s my hero.

11. What movie could you watch over and over?
Apollo 13 or High School Musical.

12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?
Italy or Australia.

13. What is your favorite thing about the Wellesley College Choir?
The people and the music :)

14. What is your favorite word?
Kerfuffle.

15. Something people wouldn't guess by looking at you is:
I still have one baby tooth.

March 1, 2018

Choirbee of the Week: Olivia Schultz-Patterson '21

This week we are celebrating Olivia Schultz-Patterson '21! Olivia is our Choirbee of the Week as she was tremendous help to the officer team over our weekend-long retreat. Without hesitation, Olivia volunteered to help the officers cook and clean for dozens of people. Let's get to know this incredible person!

Olivia posing for a selfie with our very own Choir Bee!

1. Where are you originally from?
Richmond, Virginia. I've lived in the same house my whole life!

2. What is your major?
I'm not sure yet. Maybe Japanese or Psychology?

3. Who is your all-time favorite musical artist?
Unfortunately, A lot of the artists I've liked have changed styles or disbanded over the years, but some of my favorites are The Summer Set, BTS, and Pentatonix.

4. What is a song that always gets stuck in your head?
Azalea and I actually were part of a group that learned the dance to a k-pop song called “Nayana” for a cultural show performance. It’s super repetitive but also carving, so it always gets stuck in my head.  

5. What is your favorite piece the Choir has performed this year? Why?
I really liked “Stars,” and also “Only in Sleep.” I love how there are more complex harmonies in these songs, and it’s really awesome when we split into six parts! I love being an A2 (out of three) on these songs because the parts are really interesting. 

6. Who is your personal hero/heroine?
I don’t have a specific person in mind, but I really admire anyone who can speak more than one language! I’m trying to learn, myself, and I know how much dedication and mental effort it takes. 

7. What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus?
I spend a lot of time at the library, and I also like all the little nooks and crannies in Lulu. 

8. What is something you can't live without?
My family and friends <3 and my phone so I can talk to them from Boston!

9. What's your favorite food?
Calamari, no contest. For dessert, red velvet cake!

10. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?
I’d love to be able to talk to Stanley Milgram and ask him about what types of backlash he experienced after his experiment (the one where an experimenter told participants to “shock” people). 

11. What movie could you watch over and over?
Recently I saw Lady Bird, and that was very good. And it’s not a movie, but I LOVE the Golden Girls. 

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

13. What is your favorite thing about the Wellesley College Choir?
I like how we’re all committed to the group and to making crisp music together. 

14. What is your favorite word?
I really like the Japanese character for flower - 花 “hana” because it’s simple but also elegant. 

15. Something people wouldn't guess by looking at you is:
I have ancestors from Poland!

February 22, 2018

Choirbee of the Week: Monica Groth '19

This week we are celebrating our very own Monica Groth '19! She was elected to be our Choirbee of the Week because she courageously puts forth her best effort during rehearsal, owning her mistakes and proudly singing out. We asked this confident musician a few, fun questions to get to know her better!

Monica snuggling with the Bee
1. Where are you originally from? 
Upstate, NY. A little town called Aurora in the Finger Lakes Region. Best home on Earth.

2. What is your major? 
American Studies with Chemistry Minor and (if possible) Marine Studies Concentration.

3. Who is your all-time favorite musical artist? 
ABBA!

4. What is a song that always gets stuck in your head? 
*Thank You for The Music* -ABBA

5. What is your favorite piece the Choir has performed this year? Why? 
I really love "Only in Sleep." It is beautiful and yet haunting, reminding me childhood is ephemeral. I tear up every time we sing it (and we do it so beautifully).

6. Who is your personal hero/heroine? 
Samwise Gamgee.

7. What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus? 
Hmm..likely the Art and Music Libraries.

8. What is something you can't live without? 
Earl Grey tea.

9. What's your favorite food? 
This has only just begun to change...I love Greek Moussaka and Kiwis and raspberries most but I have a real soft spot for couscous now.

10. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? 
I think I'd have to say Abraham Lincoln. I devoured DKG's book Team of Rivals and would want to better understand the inner workings and complexities of Civil War Era politics. 

11. What movie could you watch over and over? 
Lord of the Rings (any one of them).

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

13. What is your favorite thing about the Wellesley College Choir? 
The individual talent of each singer who makes it up.

14. What is your favorite word? 
Psychedelic. 

15. Something people wouldn't guess by looking at you is: 

I am a real old salt sailor--worked the rigging of an 1812 warship last fall.

February 15, 2018

Choir Valentine's ❤️

As an ensemble, we are mindful to be affectionate to each other year-round. Choir Valentine's, however, is a holiday we love to take advantage of to really express just how much we appreciate each other. The sopranos and altos exchange thoughtful notes and sweet candy. No matter what February 14th means to each of us, Choir Valentine's is a wonderful time for us choirbees to send each other some love. 

A wall full of Valentine's Day notes

February 12, 2018

Choirbee of the Week: Megan D'Alessandro '21

This week Megan D'Alessandro is taking home the Choirbee! She's an eager, hard-working member, who always brings her A-game to rehearsal. We chatted with Megan to learn a little more about our Choirbee of the Week.

Megan D'Alessandro '21 posing with the Bee

1. Where are you originally from?
I am originally from Lewiston, Maine.

2. What is your major?
I'm undeclared right now, but I'm thinking about majoring in either English or Sociology.

3. Who is your all-time favorite musical artist?
I love The Beatles! I've been listening to them since I was 11.

4. What is a song that always gets stuck in your head?
"A Day in the Life" by The Beatles always gets stuck in my head.

5. What is your favorite piece the Choir has performed this year? Why?
"Stars" is by far my favorite piece! I think the harmonies combined with the glasses are beautiful and create a unique sound.

6. Who is your personal hero/heroine?
Even though she's not technically a real person, I really look up to Wonder Woman.

7. What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus?
Probably the fourth floor of Clapp. I like to sit in the comfy chairs and look at the lake while studying.

8. What is something you can't live without?
I can't live without my yellow crocs.

9. What's your favorite food?
Tiramisu.

10. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?
I would have brunch with John Lennon because he was such an amazing musician; I'd love to learn more about his time as a Beatle and how he wrote his songs.

11. What movie could you watch over and over?
Wonder Woman.

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

13. What is your favorite thing about the Wellesley College Choir?
Making new friends!

14. What is your favorite word?
Dazzle

15. Something people wouldn't guess by looking at you is:
I'm really good at pogo-sticking!