October 18, 2017

A Very Wellesley (College Choir) Weekend!

Talk about doing the most!

Wellesley is hosting its “”Very Wellesley Weekend,” which means that it is also a very Wellesley College Choir weekend for us.

Courtesy of Wellesley College
We were given the honor of singing at Alumnae Achievement Awards. This year, Elyse Cherry ’75, Kwan Kew Lai ’74, and Lorraine O’Grady ’55 were chosen to be the recipients this year for their trailblazing work in finance and social equity activism, infectious disease research and disaster relief work; and conceptual art.

We performed “Women Make the Earth Move,” “Malala,” and the Wellesley College Alma Mater to celebrate these incredible women and our entire alumnae community.

The next day we found ourselves center-stage yet again for our Family & Friends Weekend Concert, also featuring the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, Chamber Singers, and the Chamber Music Society.

The Family & Friends Weekend Concert Poster
This concert is always an enjoyable one because it is inspiring to hear what the entire music community is up to throughout the semester, and we heard some beautiful work performed on Saturday.

Thank you to all of the family and friends who came out to our concert to support us; we absolutely loved sharing our music with you!

Choirbee of the Week: May Xia '21



In preparation for our Family & Friends weekend concert, May Xia '21, our choirbee of the week, devoted herself to practicing the music we were performing outside of rehearsal. She is attentive, and she brings her sunny disposition wherever she goes. Let's get to know May!
 

1. Where are you originally from?
I am originally from Shanghai, China.

2. What is your major?
Maybe neuroscience.

3. Who is your all-time favorite musical artist?
It's hard to decide who is my favorite haha. I love The Piano Guys and Pentatonix (I am going to their Christmas concert with Azalea too!)

4. What is a song that always gets stuck in your head?
Take Me Home by Pentatonix.

5. What is your favorite piece the Choir has performed this year? Why?
Malala. Because I feel very empowered every time I sing it with the choir.

6.Who is your personal hero/heroine?
Oliver Sacks.

7. What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus?
Around the lake.

8. What is something you can’t live without? 
Family & music.

9. What’s your favorite food?
Coconut ice cream.

10. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?
Michael Ondaatje. Because I really enjoy reading his novels, particularly The English Patient and Anil's Ghost.

11. What movie could you watch over and over?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

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

13.What is your favorite thing about the Wellesley College Choir?
The strong sisterhood and the friendly community! I love my choir big and all the fun activities organized by the choir! I am also looking forward to the tour in spring!

14. What is your favorite word?
Serenity.

15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is:
I am almost 20.

October 7, 2017

Coming Up... The Family & Friends Weekend Concert!

Please join The Wellesley College Choir and Chamber Singers, directed by Lisa Graham; the Brandeis Wellesley Orchestra, directed by Neal Hampton; and the Chamber Music Society, directed by Jenny Tang & David Russell on October 14 at 3:00 PM for The Family & Friends Weekend Concert! We are bringing together the musicians on campus and their loved ones to celebrate and enjoy beautiful song as a community. The concert is FREE and open to the public. 
?? abueno // accommodations: contact Jim Wice, Director of Disability Services (781) 283-2434, disabilityservices@wellesley.edu


September 30, 2017

Choirbee of the Week: Azalea Sun '21

This week we are giving the title of "Choirbee of the Week" to Azalea Sun '21! Even though she has been puttering around campus on crutches, she comes to rehearsal with a smile, ready to sing. This past week, she proved herself to be a thoughtful friend as well, asking the choir to sing "Happy Birthday!" for a friend of hers.

1. Where are you originally from?
I am from Beijing, China.


2. What is your major?

I am thinking about environmental studies but still not sure yet. 

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

Pentatonix.

4. What is a song that always gets stuck in your head?

It changes over time...

5. What is your favorite piece the Choir has performed this year? Why?

Stars. It is delicate and beautiful. I am really looking forward to adding the glass sounds! Could I be one of them?

6.Who is your personal hero/heroine?

I don't think I have one. At least, not yet.

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

I haven't got the chance to really explore campus yet... but so far would be the Leaky Beaker area in the science center. 

8. What is something you can’t live without?
A shelf full of snacks in my room!


9. What’s your favorite food?

Meat and vegetable buns made by grandma! 

10. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?

My grandma and grandpa. I really wish I could have more time with them. They always rise early in the morning, probably never had a brunch before. 

11. What movie could you watch over and over?

The series of Sherlock from BBC. (I've already watched every single episode three times!)

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

Sahara Desert and Amazon rain forest. The two places that I can't really explore...

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

Everyone is so supportive and kind! The Choir really feels like family for me, where I have great friends who also sing so beautifully! 

14. What is your favorite word?

Enchanted.

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

I am afraid of heights and taking roller coasters...

September 21, 2017

Choirbee of the Week: Tara Kohli '21

We are kicking things off with our first Choirbee of the Week this year! Meet Tara Kohli '21! Tara is a first year, and in the short time that she has been a part of our musical family, she has proved to be one of the most enthusiastic members we have. Let's get to know her!


1. Where are you originally from?
I was born in Vietnam, and adopted when I was two months old. I have lived in Philadelphia since then!

2. What is your major?
Undecided, but I think more social sciences/humanities. Maybe Anthropology? Or Psychology? Political Science?

3. Who is your all-time favorite musical artist?
Oh, that's hard! I have an incredibly eclectic taste in music (half of the music I listen to in Hindi, Vietnamese, Spanish or Irish), but one of my longtime favorites is Dar Williams. 

4. What is a song that always gets stuck in your head?
Cold Little Heart - Michael Kiwanuka

5. What is your favorite piece the Choir has performed this year? Why?
Out of the ones we've done so far, Call of the Flowers. But out of our full year repertoire, I can't wait for Lauliku Lapsep├Áli and Adinu!

6.Who is your personal hero/heroine?
My parents. They're always there for me, through thick and thin.

7. What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus?
I love the lake! But, as an East Sider (East Side Beast Side!!!!) you'll probably find me most often in the Bates first floor kitchen, laughing with my floor mates :)

8. What is something you can’t live without? 
My friends and family. They're irreplaceable. 

9. What’s your favorite food?
I love Asian food! And cream of mushroom soup!

10. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?
My grandmother, who I was too little to remember. Or maybe Nicole Kidman. I'm a big fan.

11. What movie could you watch over and over?
There are so many wonderful classics! But every since I was little, the Chronicles of Narnia have always been my go-to comfort movies :)

12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?
Ah, so many places, but at the moment, Iceland!

13.What is your favorite thing about the Wellesley College Choir?
The people! It's such a wonderful community! But really everything :)

14. What is your favorite word?
Amaranthine.

15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is:
I mentioned earlier that I was adopted from Vietnam. This past fall (2016), after years of searching, I was able to track down my biological family, and went to meet them in Vietnam this past December! It was an incredible experience — I never imagined that I would them. If any of you have seen the movie "Lion", it was sort of like that.

September 10, 2017

I Guess We're Concert Ready?: The Shortest Retreat Ever & Flower Sunday

Since February, The Hive has been our cozy rehearsal space; we love it there. Every one in a while, however, some of us (especially the more senior members of the choir) become nostalgic for the Chapel, the place we used to call home.

This weekend we got to return to the Chapel for what may be the shortest retreat ever.

Choir Retreat is an annual occurrence during which we learn all of the music we must perform for Flower Sunday, which is somehow always the very next day. As you can imagine, it is an intense and fun few hours during which we rehearse new pieces and get to know each other through ice breakers, one being the Name Game.

"What is that?" you may ask.

It is a long, arduous ice breaker in which we go around our massive circle, introduce ourselves (name, year, pronouns, and--don't forget--fun fact!), and repeat all of our names in a Gregorian-esque chant in the hopes that we learn them... except for the diligent few who can recite each name in a lightning round for a prize consisting of choir swag, we never do. Luckily, we have the rest of the year to get to know each other.

The Wellesley College Choir at Flower Sunday
After learning music and names, we performed at Flower Sunday, which took place in the evening this year rather than in the morning to which Wellesley is usually accustomed. This ceremony makes Wellesley the special, inclusive community that it is, and this year, the speakers were especially insightful, offering spiritual wisdom and candid anecdotes to encourage the college to have a healthy, supportive, and enjoyable school year.

We performed "The Call of the Flowers," "Astonishing," and--of course--the Wellesley College Alma Mater. Judging by the applause (and the compliments from President Johnson), our very brief retreat paid off.

September 6, 2017

Convocation 2017

It's that time of year again.

With students and faculty returning to campus, Wellesley College is coming back to life, reinvigorated for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Seniors of the Wellesley College Choir and Dr. Graham
Our community always kicks things off with Convocation, which includes a special guest performance by us. At the beginning of the ceremony, after Yanvalou brings in the procession of faculty and seniors, we sing "America, the Beautiful." To cap the series of speeches made by President Johnson, Provost Shennan, the College Government President, and the Chief Justice, we then perform our perennial favorite Wellesley College's Alma Mater.

For those of us who have been a part of the Wellesley College Choir since we first stumbled on campus, our last Convocation is an emotional experience.

Or... at least it is for me.

As the Publicity Manager for this organization, I am going to take this moment to be self-indulgent. This short appearance made by us is the start to the end of a series of rehearsals, late-night meals, and tours that has defined my time at Wellesley. This group of people has supported me and helped me grow, not only as a musician, but as a human being as well. As we took this picture, I felt overwhelming gratitude to everyone posing here.

It's going to be an "astonishing" year for us.