Choir receives outside inspiration

April 27, 2009 — by James Jiang

On March 24 and 25, the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir were visited by the Fresno Pacific University (FPU) Choir and a sextet group of a cappella singers from UC Berkeley called Noteworthy, respectively.

During the FPU visit, the Chamber Singers first listened to the college singers, then proceeded to sing a few of their own pieces, completing the exchange. From this, the Chamber Singers learned valuable lessons in how to improve as a choir.

“If you heard them, you’d see that they blended really well. They supported each other vocally,” said junior Bryant Bae.

FPU shared more formal choral pieces written for concerts, while Noteworthy sang more comical pieces, often arranged by members of the a cappella, including an a cappella version of the Pokémon theme song.

These visits also serve a different purpose than simply generating a few laughs and admiration at the great tonal quality. With exposure to college choirs, returning members can use the experiences to help them in college decisions.

“Not only do these schools show us that music can be continued in college,” said junior Christy Pak, “they also gives us a clear example of what college life might be like, and gives us some ideas on where to apply in our decision making process.”

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