December 5, 2016

Choirbee of the Week: Katie LaBarge!

This week's Choirbee of the Week is Katie LaBarge, a senior from the Alto 1 section. Katie has perfect attendance and is a great musician, and was nominated by a fellow choir member for being a super supportive friend and always knowing her music. Let's get to know her!

1. Hometown: Maynard, MA
2. Favorite musical artist: Adele, The Beatles, Mumford & Sons
3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood: "I Want You Back" - Jackson 5
4. Who would star in a film made about your life? Tina Fey
5. What’s the last book you read for fun? "American Jesus" by Stephen Prothero
6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head? "Take a Break" or "Dear Theodosia" from Hamilton
7. What is something you can’t live without? Atmospheric oxygen ;)
8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? Probably Hillary Clinton. I would just want to talk about her time at Wellesley and her career and get her advice on everything. And I'd want to give her a hug (more for my sake than for hers).
9. What’s your favorite food? I love all sugary breakfast foods! Pancakes, waffles, french toast - if I can eat it and pretend it's a nutritionally complete meal even though it's totally just a dessert, I'm in. :)
10. Who is your personal hero/heroine? I really admire Malala Yousafzai and her advocacy for children's education worldwide.
11. What movie could you watch over and over? High School Musical (embarrassing but true)
12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? This is so tough! There are so many places that I want to go. However, I'm ashamed to admit I've lived in the northeast my entire life and have never been to New York and I'm dying to go, so maybe I'd just start there.
13. If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? I'd go to the K/T extinction boundary, to find out what ~really~ killed the dinosaurs.
14. What is your favorite word? Synecdoche
15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: I have a deathly fear of moths.

December 2, 2016

This Sunday at 7:30 - Christmas Vespers!

Coming up this Sunday is Christmas Vespers! One of our favorite winter traditions at Wellesley, Vespers features a candlelit processional and recessional, holiday readings and remarks, a brass and percussion section, and, as always, your favorite choir. Come celebrate the season with us at 7:30 PM in the Houghton Memorial Chapel this Sunday–seats fill up pretty quickly, so you might want to arrive a little early. Season's greetings and best wishes from the Wellesley College Choir!


November 21, 2016

Choirbee of the Week: Maggie Calmer!

Today, the choirbee we're featuring is Maggie Calmer! Maggie is a junior Soprano 1 with the voice and personality of an angel. She was nominated by another choirbee for being exceptionally welcoming to our guests from the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club last weekend and always making everyone in choir feel at home, and we couldn't agree more. Here's to you, Maggie!

1. Hometown: Queens, NY
2. Favorite musical artist: Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Rihanna
3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood: currently Broccoli by Lil Yachty
4. Who would star in a film made about your life? ME :) nobody else looks like me, and I consider myself a talented actress.
5. What’s the last book you read for fun? Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head? Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics
7. What is something you can’t live without? SELTZER
8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? Gina Rodriguez because she is hilarious and smart!!!
9. What’s your favorite food? Wow... I literally eat everything. But probably sushi/raw fish!
10. Who is your personal hero/heroine? My maternal grandma :)
11. What movie could you watch over and over? BRIDESMAIDS
12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? The Yucatan Peninsula
13. If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? THE FUTURE.
14. What is your favorite word? "Alas" or "Truly"
15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: To my shock and surprise, most of my friends/acquaintances have told me that when they first encountered me, they perceived me as cold or intimidating :( So, I guess people can't tell that I am very friendly and love to meet new people when they look at me!

November 17, 2016

A #TBT to Choir Halloween!

After our rehearsal on Halloween, we traversed campus to celebrate with a choir Halloween party, complete with Halloween snacks and a choir-themed costume contest featuring elements from our repertoire. Pictured here are our winners: Stef Uhlenbruck (Alto 2) dressed up to represent a line from "Lift Every Voice and Sing," Julie Chase (Soprano 2) dressed as one of our very favorite parts of "Come to my Garden," Hadriane Hatfield (Alto 1) dressed to the nines to depict "We Are," and Katy Fowler (Alto 2), and Izzy Gelfand (Alto 2) featuring a costume from "Ubi Caritas." Happy belated Halloween from the Wellesley College Choir!

November 14, 2016

Choirbee of the Week: Ciara Cheli-Colando

This week's Choirbee of the Week is Ciara Cheli-Colando. Ciara is a first year member of choir this year.  She is a very talented musician who has a lot of enthusiasm for singing.  This enthusiasm shows both inside and outside of our rehearsals and performances and expresses a genuine passion for music–just last week she went and saw Dr. Graham's concert off campus. Let's get to know her!

1. Hometown: Arcata, CA

2. Favorite musical artist: It's so hard to choose! But, if I had to pick a vocalist, it would be Josh Groban or Sara Bareilles (shout out to my hometown girl!).

3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood: Take My Number, by Melissa Etheridge

4. Who would star in a film made about your life? Emma Watson or Kate McKinnon

5. What’s the last book you read for fun? Survival, by Julie Czerneda

6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head? Well, most recently I've had Rachmaninoff's Angel stuck in my head, but pretty much anything I'm singing in choir.

7. What is something you can’t live without? My mom <3

8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who
would it be and why? Carl Sagan, because his view of the cosmos is incredibly beautiful.

9. What’s your favorite food? A really good burrito

10. Who is your personal hero/heroine? Michelle Obama… I adore her so much!

11. What movie could you watch over and over? One Last Dance, with Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi

12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? 
Beirut, Lebanon, to see where my grandfather grew up.

13. If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would
you travel to and why? The third age of Middle Earth, mostly so I could meet Aragorn.

14. What is your favorite word? Uisce (Irish Gaeilge for water)

15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: I’m a synesthete!