Five at Five

This weekend is going to be so awesome. This Sunday, the Concert Choir is performing at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Akron. Performing in churches is one thing. The size and shape of a church makes for a great environment to sing, and it sounds awesome. I’ve been in churches where you cut off the … Read more

This weekend is going to be so awesome.

This Sunday, the Concert Choir is performing at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Akron.

Performing in churches is one thing. The size and shape of a church makes for a great environment to sing, and it sounds awesome. I’ve been in churches where you cut off the song and the reverb lasts for up to four seconds. It’s rich, awesome and I love singing in churches.

And this Westminster Presbyterian Church is going to be one of the great churches to sing in.

We’re singing in this church as part of its concert series, called Five at Five. We’re the third of five groups performing at 5 p.m. for this church.

Okay, and here’s a tidbit of information. We’re doing this new song called Where Your Bare Foot Walks and I can’t wait. This is my favorite song and I’m THRILLED that the first time we perform it is going to be in such an awesome church. If you get to Akron this weekend for no other reason come for Where Your Bare Foot Walks.

This is our first time performing with this concert series, and I hope we get to sing at more things like this.

We’re seriously had so many awesome opportunities in the last two years. I can tell the choir program is growing and will continue to grow under Dr. Cook.

I’m a part of that

It’s never fun being sick. I’m one of those lucky people who is experiencing a cold and sore throat right now. And generally, that really sucks. EXCEPT when it comes to choir. You’re probably like, “What?” But let me explain. When you’re sick, you can’t sing with the choir. It’s not good for your voice, … Read more

It’s never fun being sick. I’m one of those lucky people who is experiencing a cold and sore throat right now.

And generally, that really sucks.

EXCEPT when it comes to choir.

You’re probably like, “What?”

But let me explain. When you’re sick, you can’t sing with the choir. It’s not good for your voice, and there’s the chance you’ll make other choir members sick.

So, you get to sit out when you’re sick. And listen to the choir thing.

It’s really a nice gift on the days you’re sick.

For once, you get to experience what the audience experiences. And let me tell you: It’s pretty awesome.

We’re learning some new songs this semester, and even in their learning stages, I can tell these songs are going to be beautiful.

I sat out Thursday from choir, and sometime between all the awesome music I got to thinking, “I’m a part of that sound.” I am a part of that fantastic group of music-making people.

No matter what I do after college, I know I was part of one of the best groups Mount Union has to offer. That’s pretty cool, and that’ll make anyone with a sore throat feel better.

Mahler, part 2

Exciting stuff! Mahler was amazing. Mahler Mahler Mahler. As I mentioned in a previous blog, the Mount Union Concert Choir had the opportunity to sing Mahler’s second symphony with the Canton Symphony Orchestra. First of all, the fact that we even had the opportunity to do that was freaking amazing. I can’t say enough good … Read more

Exciting stuff!

Mahler was amazing. Mahler Mahler Mahler.

As I mentioned in a previous blog, the Mount Union Concert Choir had the opportunity to sing Mahler’s second symphony with the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

First of all, the fact that we even had the opportunity to do that was freaking amazing. I can’t say enough good things about our choir program and the things that Dr. Cook has brought with him (this is only his second year as our director).

The Canton chorus really liked us. They could tell that Mount Union students brought a certain level of professionalism and preparedness, and they appreciated our hard work and effort. We were all mixed in with the Canton chorus as far as seating goes, and Dr. Cook heard a lot of comments after the performance about how awesome we were. Go us!

Then there was the performance.

It. Was. Beautiful. Like, I cried. On stage. I’m 99% singing, and 1% trying to figure out a good way to stop snotting up my face. The whole thing was so powerful because Mahler made beautiful music. And, there I was, singing one of the most coveted singing opportunities out there.

And, as if that isn’t awesome enough, Gerhardt Zimmermann blew us a kiss at the end. He’s the director of the Canton Symphony, and he is not an easy man to impress.

But wait, there’s more!

Our performance will be playing on the radio because they recorded it! Tune into 89.7 in January to hear our performance! More details to come on that later, or follow Canton Symphony on Facebook to find out!

This was an awesome opportunity, and it came to fantastic fruition.

Mahler!

Mahler

I’m just going to take a quick minute and tell you all about the upcoming Mahler performance. Last semester, the Mount Union Concert Choir got a chance to sing with the Canton Symphony Orchestra. We sang Haydn’s theresienmesse with the symphony during its February performance. It was awesome!! Six awesome movements, beautiful music … and … Read more

I’m just going to take a quick minute and tell you all about the upcoming Mahler performance.

Last semester, the Mount Union Concert Choir got a chance to sing with the Canton Symphony Orchestra. We sang Haydn’s theresienmesse with the symphony during its February performance. It was awesome!! Six awesome movements, beautiful music … and that was my first year ever on the first soprano part. Talk about improving my range!

We did a fantastic job and we got a lot of praise for how prepared we were. Not to mention, it was an incredible experience. Not many people can say they’ve sung with a symphony orchestra. And, Canton’s ranks third in Ohio.

Along those same lines, not many people can say they’ve sung with a symphony orchestra TWICE.

After last year’s performance, the Mount Union Concert Choir was invited back to sing with Canton Symphony Orchestra. Coming up on November 4, we’re going to be performing Mahler’s second symphony.

This is an amazing piece of work. Mahler, when he wrote this, was thinking a lot about life and death, and those themes are beautifully constructed into the music we’re singing. It’s such powerful music, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

It’s not too late to come see it if you have nothing to do at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 4. Ticket information can be found online at http://cantonsymphony.tix.com/ScheduleSubscriptions.asp?OrganizationNumber=1627.

The progress this choir has made in the last two years and the opportunities we’ve had have truly made the last couple of years at Mount Union pretty exceptional.

Ciao from Italy!!

Ciao from Italy!!

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Well was what the Mount Union Concert Choir was saying for a week in Italy on the 2011 Choir Tour. The choir spent five days in lovely Florence, Sienna, Rome, and Vatican City, the weather was beautiful, the food was amazing and of course of music sounds fantastic.

The trip began the day after Mother’s day in Cleveland-Hopkins airport,and may I just say an eight hour flight is a very long one. When we finally did land though, we took a three hour bus ride to Siena and had an entire day there full of walking and shopping and lots of eating. In my group, we had pizza at a small restaurant and it was really nice, but my favorite part of the day was going to The Duomo in Sienna. There was an amazing stairway on the side of this building and it was so fun to climb up. As we continued to walk around the city there were many small coves and stores that we found and had such a great first day.

Day one ended in Montecatini, which was were the choir spent two days. The city was very small and made it very easy for a some students to do some late night shopping. I will warn anyone who has never traveled over seas your bed may be a bit tiny and the temperature controls are in Celsius.

Be sure to keep checking for more stories of the trip to Italia and any stories from the choir