October 22, 2014

Meet the Choirbee of the Week: Ismet!


  1. Hometown: My city by the bay - San Francisco
  2. Favorite musical artist: STROMAE!!
  3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood: Beyoncé’s Love on Top!
  4. Who would star in a film made about your life? I don’t think I have a doppelganger so I’d probably have to do the job J
  5. What’s the last book you read for fun? Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese – literally so amazing.
  6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head? IIII’m gonna swiiiiing from the chandelieeeeeer
  7. What is something you can’t live without? Warm sunny weather
  8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? Stephen Sondheim – he’s just so incredibly talented.
  9.  What’s your favorite food? Döner kebab with Turkish shepherd’s salad… oh my gosh yum.
  10.  Who is your personal hero/heroine: Alexander Graham Bell  umm thank you for the telephone!!
  11.  What movie could you watch over and over? Hmmm probably Ted hahaha Seth MacFarlane is ridiculous
  12.  If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? Prague, wait no Capetown, no no Venice!!
  13.  If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? The roaring twenties because of all the fancy parties!
  14.  What is your favorite word?  Brouhaha
  15.  Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: Sometimes I pretend that life is like a musical and it’s socially acceptably to just burst into song.
  16.  Why is a raven like a writing desk? They’re both flat?

October 15, 2014

Meet the Choirbee of the Week: Mackenzie!



  1. Hometown:  Iowa City, IA
  2. Favorite musical artist:  Cara
  3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood:  “Building a Boat” by The Elders
  4. Who would star in a film made about your life?  I don’t want a film, I want an episode of Nova.
  5. What’s the last book you read for fun?  Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head?  “One Night in Bangkok” from Chess
  7. What is something you can’t live without?  Books.
  8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? Diana Wynne Jones, because she wrote absolutely magical books.
  9. What’s your favorite food?  Salted Licorice (it’s a thing, I’m not putting salt on normal licorice)
  10. Who is your personal hero/heroine: Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan.
  11. What movie could you watch over and over?  Fantasia.
  12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? I’d like to go to Rome again.
  13. If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? The height of the Byzantine Empire. I wouldn’t want to live there - too many plagues - but just to visit, definitely.
  14. What is your favorite word?  Amphisbaena
  15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is:  Sometimes chemistry classes using molecular modeling kits are weird for me, because I played with them starting as a toddler, and it’s really hard to break that mental association.
  16. Why is a raven like a writing desk?  You can’t ride either of them like a bicycle!

October 8, 2014

Meet the Choirbee of the Week: Nina!


1.   Hometown: Bethesda, MD.

2.     Favorite musical artist: Florence + The Machine.

3.     Favorite song to put you in a happy mood: “I Saw It On Your Keyboard” by Hellogoodbye.

4.     Who would star in a film made about your life? Me, obviously!

5.     What’s the last book you read for fun? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, by Tom Stoppard.

6.     What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head? The Pentatonix cover of “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore. Well, also every other cover Pentatonix has ever done.

7.     What is something you can’t live without? Coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

8.     If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? It’s hackneyed, but I would just love to hear what goes on in William Shakespeare’s head.

9.      What’s your favorite food? I like basically everything, but I’m a particular fan of Lebanese food.

10.  Who is your personal hero/heroine: Sherlock Holmes (no, of the original stories!).

11.  What movie could you watch over and over? Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I figure something new out every time I see it.

12.  If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? Probably Johannesburg, South Africa – it’s apparently one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and I’ve never been to the Southern Hemisphere!

13.  If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? Probably the Victorian era. Not only were fashion and architecture gorgeous, it was the time of a lot of major scientific discoveries.

14.  What is your favorite word? Zeugma.

15.  Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: I’m actually Jewish! (And Hindu, but people tend to guess that one.)

16.  Why is a raven like a writing desk? Because Poe wrote on both.

S'mores: A Love Story feat. The Wellesley College Choir

Last week the Wellesley College Choir bundled up to brave the great outdoors.  We trekked the twenty feet outside the Lulu in moderate weather, and made s'mores.  Sugar was consumed, many puns were made, and fun was had by all!


Some Choirbees flaunt their s'more-making skills around the fire. 


Smiles all around!


Some Choirbees were so excited, they couldn't stand still for a photo!


We were clearly roughin' it. 

October 5, 2014

Meet the Choirbee of the Week: Maggie Z!


Maggie Zarlengo '18 had the honor of being our Very First Choirbee of the Week, way back when rehearsals started for the semester!

1.  Hometown: Exeter, Rhode Island

2. Favorite musical artist: Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short

3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood: Stabat Mater Dolorosa composed by Pergolessi

4. Who would star in a film made about your life? Oh man that would mean I would have to know contemporary film.

5. What’s the last book you read for fun? Game of Thrones Book 5

6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head? Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Morricone

7. What is something you can’t live without? Spotify

8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be 
and why? Thomas Tallis, because I love his music

9. What’s your favorite food? Tofu shepherd’s pie

10. Who is your personal hero/heroine: Laverne Cox

11. What movie could you watch over and over? Return of the King (Lord of the Rings 3)

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

13. If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to 
and why? The height of the Roman Empire, because I feel that the history textbooks do not do it justice.

14. What is your favorite word? Kerfuffle

15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: I love making chain mail (as in what knights wore into battle).

16. Why is a raven like a writing desk? The raven is a misunderstood creature, just like many of the masterpieces that are created using writing desks.

September 28, 2014

Meet the Choirbee of the Week: Lori!

  1. Hometown: Willards, Maryland
  2. Favorite musical artist: One Direction
  3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood: "Love Don’t Live Here" by Lady Antebellum
  4. Who would star in a film made about your life? Hilary Swank with her hair dyed blond. (I have been told that I look like her. I think it’s the smile.)
  5. What’s the last book you read for fun? Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head? One of our choir songs from last year: "Dona Nobis Pacem" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
  7. What is something you can’t live without? Singing! J
  8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? Franz Kafka. I would want to tell him how much critical acclaim he got after his death, because his work was not well-known in his lifetime.
  9.  What’s your favorite food? Pasta
  10.  Who is your personal hero/heroine: My mother
  11.  What movie could you watch over and over? Steel Magnolias
  12.  If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? Alaska, because my mom has always wanted to go there. So I would bring her along.
  13.  If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? I would visit Britain in around the 1500s. That’s probably the farthest I could go back while still managing to understand what people are saying.
  14.  What is your favorite word? Inexplicable
  15.  Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: I really enjoy weight-lifting.
  16.  Why is a raven like a writing desk? Because Edgar Allan Poe wrote on it.


September 21, 2014

Baking and Boating and Bonding... Oh my!

This Sunday, the Wellesley College Choir set sail on Lake Waban for some canoeing and cookies.  It was a well-deserved study break for all!


These two Choirbees smile proudly after a successful canoe trip around Lake Waban.  No one fell in, and they made it back just before the rain!


Choirbees are always very studious, but they are especially focused when it comes to baking. 


Happy and full of chocolate!