March 23, 2017

#TBT to Choir Tour 2016

Throwing it back to last year's Choir Tour in California! As we gear up to gallivant all over the northeast, here's a fabulous video of all of our West Coast travels last winter made by our 2015-2016 Publicity Manager, Rachel Pak (who also happens to be this week's Choirbee of the Week!). Just two days until we depart! We can hardly wait. 




March 22, 2017

Choirbee of the Week: Rachel Pak!

This week's Choirbee of the Week is Rachel Pak.  Rachel is a Junior, a Soprano, and our former Publicity Manager.  Rachel is always a dedicated and conscientious member of choir, but this week she really shined by staying after rehearsal to get some extra practice on her music by singing with the Tour group, even though she isn't able to join us on our Spring Tour. We appreciate her enthusiasm for music and all her contributions to the group. Let's get to know Rachel!



1. Where are you originally from? I am from Los Angeles, CA, which is arguably the best coast west coast.
2. What is your major? I am double majoring in English and media arts and sciences.
3. Who is your all-time favorite musical artist? Hands down, she is Beyoncé.
4. What is a song that always gets stuck in your head? My earworm at the moment is Hold On, one of the pieces we’re rehearsing this semester.
5. What is your favorite piece the Choir has performed this year? Why? My favorite piece is easily Gustav Holst’s The Planets, which is such an epic work of art.
6.Who is your personal hero/heroine? My mom. She always has and always will support me to the best of her ability, and I love her so much.
7. What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus? I have to say that my favorite spot is my room. I value my personal time and space when I have a moment to relax, so I love to brew some tea and sit at my desk when I get the chance.
8. What is something you can’t live without? Oh my goodness, skincare products; specifically, I’m talking about a good moisturizer.
9. What’s your favorite food? Food. In general.
10. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? I would love to have fancy brunch with Secretary Hillary Clinton. I would love to chat about her experience during the 2016 election and sip champagne with her.
11. What movie could you watch over and over? Moonlight.
12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? I would visit Paris because I am craving museums, macarons, and bread right now.
13.What is your favorite thing about the Wellesley College Choir? I absolutely love the community I have through the Wellesley College Choir. I know that I have a group of fifty or so wonderful people who always have my back.
14. What is your favorite word? Zeitgeist.
15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: I love playing Pokémon Go. There. I said it.

March 15, 2017

Spring Tour!


Our Spring Tour is coming up in just ten days! This year, we'll be making our way around the Northeast, with performances in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.  Our repertoire for this tour includes a variety of pieces that celebrate the natural world, with music by Brahms, Szymko, Perera, and more. Along the way, we'll be collaborating with lots of amazing ensembles, like the Penn Sirens, the Watson Creek Choral Project, the Princeton Girlchoir, and the Princeton High School Women's Choir. We are practicing hard in preparation for this year's tour, and can't wait to hit the road.  Hope to see you there!


March 9, 2017

Choirbee of the Week: Catherine Puga!

This week's Choirbee of the Week is Catherine Puga! Catherine is a senior member of choir.  She was nominated Choirbee of the Week by a fellow Alto for taking the lead during the Altos' sectional rehearsal last week.  Here's to you, Catherine!




1. Where are you originally from?
Denver, Colorado
2. What is your major?
International Relations-Political Science
3. Who is your all-time favorite musical artist?
My brother
4. What is a song that always gets stuck in your head?
Bye Bye Bye
5. What is your favorite piece the Choir has performed this year? Why?
The Alma Mater. I'm a nostalgic senior
6.Who is your personal hero/heroine?
Leslie Knope
7. What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus?
My friends' rooms with the good snacks
8. What is something you can’t live without?
Books
9. What’s your favorite food?
Tamales
10. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?
Carrie Fisher. She would be an amazing brunch buddy
11. What movie could you watch over and over?
Any Harry Potter movie
12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?
Cambodia?
13.What is your favorite thing about the Wellesley College Choir
The people!
14. What is your favorite word?
Bubbles
15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is:

I played 4 instruments growing up

March 5, 2017

Choirbee of the Week: Grace Ballenger!


This week's Choirbee of the Week is the sweet and lovely Grace Ballenger! Grace was nominated as Choirbee of the Week by another member of choir. In the words of one of her fellow Choirbees, "Besides always being on top of rehearsal clean-up and helping out in any way she can, Grace shows so much care in everything she does.  She is a dedicated member of the group and such a kind and positive soul! <3 (Also her valentines were bee-autiful.)"
Let's get to know Grace!

1. Where are you originally from?
Holliston, Massachusetts.
2. What is your major?
English and Spanish (I loved them both too much to choose).
3. Who is your all-time favorite musical artist?
Josh Groban.
4. What is a song that always gets stuck in your head?
Clean Bandit's song, "Rather Be"
5. What is your favorite piece the Choir has performed this year? Why?
I really like "Nada Te Turbe," because I love to simultaneous simplicity and profoundness of the message, it has a great alto part, and I love being able to sing in Spanish. I am so glad it is coming back for tour this year, (though I may have to keep from getting emotional when we sing it).
6.Who is your personal hero/heroine?
Meryl Davis. She's amazing, dedicated, smart, classy and fashionable and has overcome a lot. Plus she's only two inches taller than I am! 
7. What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus?
I have a tree that hangs over the lake, and that's easy to climb into. It's a great spot to study, when the weather is nice, and you don't need a computer.
8. What is something you can’t live without?
Tea. I will drink it hot, or iced, summer or winter.
I'm a huge fan of fried rice.
My hair used to be much straighter as a child, and would turn blonde in the summer with all the sunlight.


9. What’s your favorite food?
10. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?
I've had an enormously significant personal correspondence with one of my favorite pre-Wellesley teachers, but haven't seen her in person for something like 8 years, so I would love to have brunch and see if we're still compatible in person. 
11. What movie could you watch over and over?
The 2004 version of The Phantom of the Opera.
12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?
I've always been enchanted by those photos of volcanoes that erupt right next to the sea, spilling molten lava into the water in a dramatic fashion. If I could figure out somewhere where that happens and I can safely watch it, I would say there. 
13.What is your favorite thing about the Wellesley College Choir?
It allows me to keep the musical side of myself that otherwise might not have an outlet alive. I also love all of the inside jokes we develop during our time together that really make choir feel like a community.
14. What is your favorite word?
English: Adoxography (beautiful writing on a subject of little or no importance.) Spanish: Ojalá (Hopefully, but literally was borrowed from the Arabic "Allah grant that").  
15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is:
My hair used to be much straighter as a child, and would turn blonde in the summer with all the sunlight.


February 27, 2017

Our New Home!

Tonight was our first rehearsal in our new rehearsal space! We'll miss the Chapel and all its stained glass beauty, but we're so excited to be in our new room in Pendleton West! The renovation was a two-year-long labor of love, and we are loving our new home.  Tonight we christened the space with everything from Brahms to Boulanger in preparation for our Spring Tour (coming up in just a few weeks!) Here are a few pictures from the evening! 

The Spring 2017 Wellesley College Choir in our brand new rehearsal hall!



Our first warmups in Pendleton West!



Choirbees hard at work in the new hive



February 9, 2017

Choirbee of the Week: Edie Sharon!



We are happy to announce that the semester's first Choirbee of the Week is Edie Sharon! Edie is a senior member of choir in her last semester at Wellesley (</3) and a member of the Alto 2 section. Edie came early to rehearsal last week and has been a star member of Rehearsal Committee, helping out our fabulous Rehearsal Manager Emma. Let's get to know Edie!


1. Where are you originally from? Winchester, MA
2. What is your major? Chemistry and English
3. Who is your all-time favorite musical artist? Wellesley Blue Jazz
4. What is a song that always gets stuck in your head? There is nothing in my head
5. What is your favorite piece the Choir has performed this year? Why? Personent Hodie because I've sun it for four years and I am attached
6.Who is your personal hero/heroine? Queen Elizabeth I
7. What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus? My bed
8. What is something you can’t live without? Chocolate
9. What’s your favorite food? Burritos
10. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? My grandmother because we have the same name
11. What movie could you watch over and over? Pride and Prejudice (2005)
12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? London
13.What is your favorite thing about the Wellesley College Choir? Lining up the chairs at the end of practice
14. What is your favorite word? Syzygy
15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is:
I love my mom