Monthly Archives: December 2015

Fairies at the CarolFest

Last Thursday, we had our combined Fall Choral Concert with the Chamber Singers. I hope for those who went to the concert enjoyed the time being there because we definitely had a good time on stage making music. On Monday during rehearsal, we shared some good comments that we heard from our friends and families with each other. We always take some time in rehearsal after each performance to reflect on the good and bad things on the performance. It’s a way for us to know what people like about us and what we can do to make our next performance better.

“My job – is to push you as far as possible, but enough so that you don’t fall off from the cliff,” said Dr. Wyers.

This statement that she made about her responsibility in this group no doubt mirrors her actions since the beginning of the quarter. We acknowledge her hard work, and truly appreciate how far she has brought us within a short period of time.

IMAG0234Now, as we all know, one of the most well-known and most celebrated holidays is coming near the corner. You probably already noticed that from posters in stores, Christmas lights on the streets, or perhaps carolers who have knocked on your doors. These holiday fairies come around the town to bring blessings to people, and I was lucky enough to see them earlier on the day of the Thursday performance last week. Anya (middle) and Jacob (right) from Chorale were singing that day. There are other singers in the groups and some of them are also from the UW Chorale. I have not had the chance to meet all the fairies, but you might. As you’re walking to your classes, look around and you might see them. If you do, take a moment to listen, it might be just what you need on the dead week before the finals.

carolfestgraphicTomorrow in Meany Hall, we will be singing in the traditional CarolFest (buy tickets here) along with the Chamber Singers, University Singers, Women’s Choir, Gospel Choir, and UW Men’s Glee Club. Enjoy the Many Moods of Christmas (also the title of one of the songs that the UW Chorale will be singing) and wish you all the best.

Celebrate The Unbreakable Mirror

Wow. It’s been a while since I last made a post. I’m sure a lot of you are dying to know what we are up to. Before I update you on our current status, I’d like to share a couple of happiness with you my friends: We earned about $330,000 for the Seattle Children’s at the Firelight Benefit Concert AND our CD Refuge has made its way to the FINALS division of the American Prize for Choral Performance!! Yeah~~~but WAIT, it’s not the time for cakes and champagne yet, not until you’ve join us at our concert today or go to one of the Holiday POPS Concerts that will be hold in Beneroya next weekend.

Yes. We have big goals this year and we have been working very hard to achieve them. The amount of responsibility and challenge we take on is tremendous, considering that we are all college students and have other things going on. But, we all love singing and we’d like people to hear us. As a result, we have the Firelight Concert in November, the Fall Concert, the UW traditional CarolFest, and the Seattle Holiday POPS concerts all in December. That’s a lot of concerts and what comes with them, of course, are effort, time, and energy.

After our success in the Firelight Concert, we jumped right in into our music for the Fall Concert, which will be happening today at 7:30pm in Meany Hall (click here for tickets). The pieces chosen for this quarter are beautiful but challenging. As a matter of fact, when we rehearsed in Meany on the Monday of the Thanksgiving week, it was no doubt that we were not ready. Dr. Wyers was encouraging, but the fear was almost palpable. However, the situation completely changed after coming back from Thanksgiving. In our rehearsals this week, we have got ourselves ready and found our confidence on stage. Every voice took their responsibility, and it was a moment of pure happiness to know that we all care about singing in the same way.

Now, I’d like to invite you to our concert – The Unbreakable Mirror – to enjoy the songs and voices that we are about to give you, and to witness our growth and the path that we are about to take on.

— See you soon —