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, or our Alumni Relations Liaison, Laurie Ann Taylor, at 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








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