Winter 2016

Dear Emory Choir Alumni,

 

    As the holidays approach, we wanted to share this clip from rehearsal for the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with you. We loved seeing some of you in the audience during the performances, and hope that those of you who were not able to make it will enjoy a brief glimpse of the music we made. We are so grateful for the traditions you helped to establish and maintain, which have had a lasting impact on all members of the ensembles. Throughout the year, but particularly around Lessons and Carols, we feel incredibly thankful to be a part of your legacy.

 

Sending best wishes for a holiday season full of peace, joy, and light, from our choir family to yours!

 

Dr. Eric Nelson

Professor of Music, Director of Choral Studies

 

Samantha Frischling

Concert Choir President

 

Want to see more from this year’s Lessons and Carols? See photos from this year’s performance here: http://news.emory.edu/stories/2016/12/er_festival_of_nine_lessons/)

 

Upcoming Concerts

 

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, 11:15am

Spivey Hall Young People’s Concerts with Concert Choir

Spivey Hall at Clayton State University

 

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, 7pm

Three Choirs Festival with University of Georgia and Georgia State Choirs

Peachtree Road United Methodist Church

 

Thursday, March 30th, 2017, 7pm

Barenaked Voices with Concert Choir and Emory’s a cappella groups

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

 

Friday, April 14th, 2017, 8pm and Saturday, April 15th, 2017, 8pm

Handel “Messiah” with University Chorus, Concert Choir, and Emory Symphony Orchestra

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

 

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, 7pm

Concert Choir Spring Concert

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

 

Links

Listen https://soundcloud.com/emory-concert-choir

Like https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emory-University-Choirs/284451681579684?ref=bookmarks

 

Donate

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Didn’t receive this email but want to stay “in tune” with Emory choirs? Email Concert Choir President, Samantha Frischling, at sfrisc2@emory.edu!

 

September 2016

Choir Newsletter – September 2016

 

Dear Emory Choir alumni,

        

        My name is Samantha Frischling, and I am the current president of the Emory Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Eric Nelson. The year is off to an exciting start with an incredible influx of talent! Concert Choir grew to 47 singers with 22 wonderful new members, while University Chorus is 150 voices strong as we dive into the fall semester. The first few rehearsals are always filled with joy as returning members are reunited with old friends, and new members discover the magic of making music together. As returning members mentor the freshmen sitting next to them, they are reminded of the alumni that guided them through their first days of choir. We can feel you in the room with us as we work towards the goal of creating beauty that transcends the years between us.

        Thanks to the continued support of the Friends of Music, we are pleased to announce the return of the voice lessons scholarship for choir members! To hear about the impact that singing with the Emory Choirs has had on one of this year’s scholarship recipients, check out our Member Spotlight section:

 

Member Spotlight

“My name is Cana McGhee. I am a sophomore at Emory and one of this year’s recipients of the Friends of Music scholarship for voice lessons. I was fortunate enough to participate in both Concert Choir and Mastersingers during my freshman year. Looking back on my time in both groups, I noticed that during almost every rehearsal with Dr. Nelson, I simultaneously felt satisfied and enriched, yet also in want of improvement. The enrichment arose from the feeling of fifty human voices phonating sound from mere dots and lines on sheet music, and the challenge came from a desire to acquire every bit of knowledge and insight from my peers whose talents differed from mine. My first year in choir taught me that we as musicians all speak the language, but we also strive to speak it better: more clearly, more fluidly, more effortlessly.

I plan to double major in two languages, Music and French, during my time at Emory. Learning and working in one language often reveals variations in the expressive capabilities of another, and exploring that is why I love language. I am thankful for the opportunity to express myself with the eclectic, magical, special family that is Emory’s Concert Choir. Sharing your voice five hours a week with the same people is more intimate an act than we realize; but that is perhaps what makes the act so transformative and deeply meaningful.”

 

                 

We are hard at work preparing for his year’s Fall Concert, “Music of Shakespeare,” which will take place on October 15th at 8pm! The Concert Choir and University Chorus will perform a wide variety of settings of Shakespeare’s texts. Members of the Emory voice faculty will perform solo art songs, and will join the choirs, pianist William Ransom, and violinist Elizabeth Fayette for the Ralph Vaughan Williams “Serenade to Music.”  We hope you will join us for what is sure to be an incredible concert showcasing the best of the Emory Music Department.

Preparations began in July for the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which will be held on December 2nd and 3rd. Lessons and Carols continues to unite past and present members, and we would love to welcome you home with this timeless tradition of togetherness, love, and beautiful music.

One of my very first choir memories is of the 2013 Glee Club reunion. That year’s Concert Choir joined with the alumni to sing “Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light,” but as a freshman who had yet to experience Lessons and Carols, I didn’t know the piece. Still, looking out at a room full of people who were singing their hearts out and connected through time by the music, I could already tell that I was a part of something incredibly special. Recent alumni, your turn is almost here! Save your vacation days for Homecoming Weekend 2017, as we plan to celebrate Dr. Nelson’s 20th year at Emory. Laurie Ann Taylor, our Alumni Relations Liaison, and I will have more details for you in the next newsletter.

 

       

 

Planning is well underway for the Concert Choir tour to Spain and Portugal, and we are all incredibly excited! This tour will offer our members the chance to immerse themselves in the customs of another country, broaden their horizons, and experience firsthand the power of music to transcend cultural boundaries. For many of us, this will be a once in a lifetime musical experience.

It is important to us that all members are able to take part in this experience, regardless of financial circumstances. As we rehearse and grow together over the coming year, each member will bring his or her unique voice, musicality, and passion to every rehearsal and performance. If certain members are unable to participate, not only will they miss out on a wonderful experience and the culmination of a year of hard work, but the ensemble as a whole will lack each of their contributions. As alumni, you understand that part of what makes Concert Choir so special is the diversity of experiences, personalities, academic interests, and voices found amongst our ranks. Remove any of these individuals, and you have changed something integral to that year’s ensemble.

This is where we need your help. Incredible experiences like this come at a cost, and this year that cost is approximately $3,000 per student. With a choir of 47 beautiful voices, we are facing a steep fundraising battle. Every member who is capable will be paying his or her own way, and we will be fundraising throughout the year. However, many of our members still need financial assistance. If you are able, please consider making a donation to help ensure that all members of the ensemble will be able to share this experience. (https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1705/giving/index.aspx?sid=1705&gid=3&pgid=600&cid=1358&dids=1458&bledit=1&appealcode=E6CCE)

                                                                                                                                                

 

Below you will find our schedule for the year! We hope you will find time to join us for some of these performances. If you can’t come see us in person, please connect with us through social media and our website! We would love to hear what you are up to now and about your experiences with the Emory Choirs. You can share your stories with us here: (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScGB3KFcg31i5dIpbc7UR1eHKpwalIHsAC_Vn3OB4i2Ypr-1Q/viewform). If you have any questions or want to get more involved as an alumnus, do not hesitate to contact me at sfrisc2@emory.edu, or our Alumni Relations Liaison, Laurie Ann Taylor, at laurie.ann.taylor@alumni.emory.edu. As we embark on another year of music making, we cannot thank you enough for all that you have made possible for us. Your legacy makes the Emory Choirs what they are today.

 

With gratitude,

Samantha Frischling 17C

Emory Concert Choir President

 

Emory Choirs Concert Calendar 2016-2017

 

Saturday, October 15th, 2016, 8pm

Music of Shakespeare with Concert Choir, University Chorus, and Emory Artist Affiliates

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

 

Friday, December 2nd, 2016, 8pm and Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, 4pm and 8pm

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church

 

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, 11:15am

Spivey Hall Young People’s Concerts with Concert Choir

Spivey Hall at Clayton State University

 

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, 7pm

Three Choirs Festival with University of Georgia and Georgia State Choirs

Peachtree Road United Methodist Church

 

Thursday, March 30th, 2017, 7pm

Barenaked Voices with Concert Choir and Emory’s a cappella groups

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

 

Friday, April 14th, 2017, 8pm and Saturday, April 15th, 2017, 8pm

Handel “Messiah” with University Chorus, Concert Choir, and Emory Symphony Orchestra

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

 

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, 7pm

Concert Choir Spring Concert

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

 

Links

Listen https://soundcloud.com/emory-concert-choir

Like https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emory-University-Choirs/284451681579684?ref=bookmarks

Learn https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/concertchoir/

 

Donate

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Didn’t receive this email but want to stay “in tune” with Emory choirs? Email Concert Choir President, Samantha Frischling, at sfrisc2@emory.edu!

May 2016

Dear Emory Choir alumni,

 

    The Emory Choirs closed another wonderful season with a final performance at Emory’s Baccalaureate service. During this, my last concert as a current student and Choir President, I was moved by the poetry of Sara Teasdale, whose words were set to music in Susan Labarr’s piece, “Grace Before Sleep.” Teasdale writes, “how can our minds and bodies be grateful enough that we have spent, here in this generous room, this evening of content?” This sentiment rings true for all of the seniors graduating this year, and we will bring the wonderful memories of our time with Emory’s choirs with us as we go on to medical school, law school, Fulbright Teaching Fellowships, and jobs across the country. We are astounded by the joy and beauty that we have experienced during our time in the choral program and proud to join the family of Emory Choir alumni!

    In addition to acknowledging the accomplishments of our senior class at our Spring Concert, the Concert Choir performed a number of selections ranging from a cantata by Pachelbel to spirituals by Moses Hogan. Soprano Abigail Santos performed with choir, enchanting the audience with a solo in Mendelssohn’s “Hear My Prayer.” Thank you to those of you who joined us for this spectacular evening!

 

 

 

    Next year will bring with it a change in student leadership for the Emory Choirs, and I am pleased to announce that rising senior Samantha Frischling will take over the position as Choir President in the fall! Samantha spent the past year serving as Vice President and will lead the choir through another wonderful season of performances. You can read more about Samantha’s experience with the Emory Choirs in our Member Spotlight section!  

 

Member Spotlight

My name is Samantha Frischling, and I’m a junior double majoring in Music (Vocal Performance) and Psychology. I am a member of Concert Choir and Mastersingers, and was one of the 2015 recipients of the William Lemonds Scholarship for Study Abroad, which I used to study voice in Verona, Italy. I’ve been lucky enough to serve as Vice President of Concert Choir this past year, and I am incredibly excited to serve as President for the upcoming year.

There is something incredible about losing your voice in the voices of those around you. When I sing with the Concert Choir, I am lucky enough to be sharing my air with some of the most talented, brilliant, and accomplished students at Emory. Yet, in that moment, no one is out for individual success or recognition. Instead, we are all aiming to unify our voices to build something more beautiful than we could possibly create alone. We constantly challenge ourselves and each other to be more musical and to sing more in tune, and we relish in what we are able achieve as a group. In a way, I think there is no better metaphor for what we strive for as Emory students. To be able to come together with those around us and share our hearts, souls, and voices in order to bring more beauty to the world is the ultimate gift.

My time singing in Concert Choir has shaped me as a musician, leader, and person. I have experienced the joy that comes from perfecting musical details, and have come to realize the impact that each individual can have on the ensemble. I have found my choir family, and the kindness, support, and guidance I have received from every member has helped me navigate college and determine what I want out of life. I am eternally grateful for all that the Emory choirs have given me, and I cannot wait to continue to give back as President next year.

 

 

 

    With the semester coming to a close, we are looking forward to our upcoming performances next year. Our Fall Concert will be an all-Shakespeare program featuring both Concert Choir and University Chorus. These choirs will join together again in December for the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Below you will find dates for these and other upcoming performances. In addition to these exciting concerts, the Concert Choir will embark on an international tour to Portugal and Spain in May of 2017! We are very excited to restart the tradition of touring internationally. Not only will this provide the chance to share Emory’s tradition of choral excellence with an international audience, but it will enrich the experience of the current members as they serve as ambassadors of Emory. The alumni community has often shared fond memories of touring with the choir and we are glad to make these experiences possible for future generations of singers.

    If you would like to know more about the choirs and how you can get involved as an alumnus, please contact incoming president, Samantha Frischling, at samantha.frischling@emory.edu, or our Alumni Relations Liaison, Laurie Ann Taylor, at laurie.ann.taylor@alumni.emory.edu. The Emory Choir family provides a unique opportunity for students to engage in the arts at a high level and we are grateful for the legacy that our alumni have left for us. Each generation of singers grows this family and continues a tradition founded on the love and joy of singing together. Thank you for supporting the Emory Choirs through another wonderful year of making music together!

 

All the best,

Katie Boice 16C

Emory Concert Choir President

 

2016-2017 Performances

 

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 8 PM

Joint Fall Concert with University Chorus and Concert Choir

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

 

Friday and Saturday, December 2nd and 3rd, 2016; Friday: 8 PM, Saturday: 4 PM and 8 PM

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church

 

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, 7 PM

Three Choirs Festival with the University of Georgia and Georgia State choirs

Peachtree Road United Methodist Church

 

Thursday, March 30th, 2017, 7 PM

Barenaked Voices with Concert Choir and Emory’s a cappella groups

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

 

Friday and Saturday, April 14th and 15th, 2017, 8 PM

Handel’s “Messiah” with University Chorus, Concert Choir, and the Emory Symphony Orchestra

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

 

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, 7 PM

Concert Choir Spring Concert

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

 

Links

Listen https://soundcloud.com/emory-concert-choir

Like https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emory-University-Choirs/284451681579684?ref=bookmarks

Learn https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/concertchoir/

Donate https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1705/giving/index.aspx?sid=1705&gid=3&pgid=600&cid=1358&dids=1458&bledit=1&appealcode=E6CCE


 

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