September 25, 2015

The 2015 Friends and Family Weekend Concert

Please come support your musicians! The Choir will be selling flowers so that you may celebrate a performer, your best friend, or your child!

One flower = $4
Cash or credit accepted

See you there!

September 23, 2015

September's Buzz

The Choirbee newsletter for September is here! So many incredible things have happened in the past month. Not only do we have our Friends and Family Weekend Concert this Saturday at 3 PM, but in September, the choir had a wonderful retreat; performed at Convocation and Flower Sunday; celebrated quite a few birthdays; and made many massage trains in the interim. Now, we will recap all of it!


Dr. Graham and our 2015 choirbees
Although the mid-afternoon was sweltering and oppressively humid, veterans of the choir marched to the Hay Amphitheater in sundresses and sunblock to honor the Class of 2015. In her full academic regalia, Dr. Graham conducted the group through the Alma Mater and “America the Beautiful.” Admittedly, the choir has performed these pieces numerous times over the decades; however, because we do have a great deal of singers graduating from Wellesley College and the Choir this year, it was a moving experience to have our senior choirbees perform at their own Convocation.

Choir Retreat

At nine in the morning, more than seventy (count ‘em) groggy members of the choir made the treck to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church for our annual Choir Retreat. Even though it was early in the morning, everyone—from first years to seniors—cheerfully chatted and joked along the half-mile walk. Upon arrival, the Choir made use of every second, learning music and all of each other’s names. The only time the group ever stopped was to share a meal together and to pet Gabriel, the cat who rules the church. As he wound among the maze of chair legs, everyone reached down to stroke that lucky cat.

Flower Sunday

Our Seniors' last Flower Sunday
The choir has an affinity for setting meetings at 9:00 AM. More than a week after our retreat, on September 13, members of the choir convened in the Houghton Memorial Chapel to take part in a centuries-old, Wellesley tradition: Flower Sunday. For those who are unaware of this event, on Flower Sunday, a first-year Little is given a sophomore, junior, or senior as a Big in order to reinforce enduring community bonds; there are many flowers involved as well. Although members of the community have already been matched in Big-Little pairs, thanks to our MOOCA, Keertana, returning members of the choir were

Performance ready!
 given choir Littles in order to cement our musical community. The rush when Choir Bigs with flowers in hand find their Choir Littles at call time is so exciting! After a productive warm-up and run-through, the Flower Sunday ritual, organized by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, commenced. It seemed as if the entire student body were stuffed into every nook and cranny of the Chapel to observe this Wellesley ceremony; Yanvalou, student speakers, ascenDance, the religious and spiritual leaders on campus, and your favorite choir all had a part in the celebration.

Happy birthday, Marina!

So far in September, three of our choirbees have turned one year older and wiser! For the record, very happy birthdays to Marina Lopez, Lori Rash, and Kathleen Strahan! Check out our Instagram and Twitter to get a sneak peek into how we sing "Happy Birthday" the right way to Lori and Kathleen.

September 8, 2015

Meet the Officers: Cayla Fromm

Happy Tuesday from the Choir! We hope you have all had a restful Labor Day weekend. With the academic year rapidly picking up speed, Flower Sunday, a Wellesley tradition in which an upperclassman “big” connects with a first year or transfer student “little,” quickly approaches. Meanwhile, the Choir has been preparing pieces to sing at this incredibly special event. Leading us in the charge next to Dr. Graham, our President, Cayla Fromm ’16, has done an incredible job helping organize rehearsals and our recent retreat on Saturday. Over the summer (it seems so far away), she researched x-rays at Stanford.

Introduce yourself!
My name is Cayla Fromm, I'm a senior from Rochester, NY. I'm a physics major and music minor, and this is my second year as the president of the Wellesley College Choir! I am generally in charge of pulling things off well. 

What have you been up to this summer?
This summer I've been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory doing really cool work with high energy x-rays. Also working on my California tan and eating a lot of peaches.

When you’re not singing Ave Maria, what are you jamming out to?
Recently I've been jamming to anything with a good horn section. A lot of funky stuff. 

What are you looking forward to this year with the choir?
This year I'm looking forward to working closely with the Radcliffe Choral Society and getting to know all the new members!

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

If I could have any superpower I think I would want to be able to stop time. Think of all the physics problems I could do!

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!

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!