February 29, 2012

New niches for Knox singers

Male students of Knox College who enjoy singing have the opportunity to join the Men’s Ensemble. No auditions are necessary and members do not have to have any previous singing experience.
“[Men’s Ensemble] is just a lot of fun,” the group’s manager junior Cole Atcheson said. “We don’t sing all serious music, we don’t sing all silly music, we don’t sing all easy music, we don’t sing all hard music.”
Membership of the group changes from term to term depending on group member availability, with the current roster being at about ten regular attendees. Only three current members are a part of the Knox College Choir, and only two are music majors.
“We’re working on getting club status, in which case I would be president. I also function as a secretary,” Atcheson, who is optimistic about expanding the group’s membership, said.
The group is directed by Associate in Applied Music Greg Lewis, who is new at Knox this year.
The Men’s Ensemble meets once a week on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in CFA 209 where they rehearse for about an hour. The group performs at least three times a year at the end of each term. This term, they are performing at the end of general student recitals on Friday, March 2 at 4 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall. A plan is also in the works to do a joint concert next term with the Women’s Chorale.
“If we do the joint concert, we would perform separately, and then we have some pieces we would do with the Women’s Chorale as well,” Atcheson said.

Women’s Chorale
The Women’s Chorale is open to any woman at Knox College who loves to sing. All one has to do to join is show up for practices at the beginning of each term, which are held on Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. There are no auditions, and members do not have to have any previous singing experience.
Lewis directs the group of about 20, and senior Alexandra LeFlore serves as the group manager.
The Women’s Chorale has one concert or performance each term. Last term’s performance occurred after the student general recitals, but this term’s performance is a full-on show. The title is “Broadway Revue,” and it is scheduled for this Friday at 7 p.m. in Kresge.
“We made a lot of progress pretty fast on the pieces for the show, so we’re pretty strong on all of them,” freshman Mary Kate Murray said.
As a freshman member, Murray enjoys being in the Women’s Chorale.
“I feel like I can sing and not have any pressure. I can just sing with a group and have fun,” Murray said of being in the group.
Membership in the Women’s Chorale conflicts with Knox College Choir rehearsal times, but many of its members sing with “Chordially Yours,” an a cappella group at Knox.

Camille Brown
Camille Brown is a junior majoring in English literature and double minoring in educational policy and journalism. Previously, she served as editor-in-chief of her high school paper and a reporter for TKS. She spent the summer of 2012 freelancing for The Peninsula Gateway and is currently pursuing an independent study concerning the media’s influence on education.

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