RISE 2016

On Tuesday (March 8th, 6-9 PM) we’re singing at the Gender Equity Resource Center for their RISE event, which is about celebrating the work and contributions of women and women leaders. There is a formal dinner and an award ceremony for women in Berkeley, and we’ll be one of the performers and speakers throughout the event.

We’re pretty excited about this opportunity to sing for and meet women in the community. Pictures and (possibly) videos coming soon!

If you want to check out the event, go to their webpage and RSVP at the link on the page.


UPDATE
Our event was really fun! Below is a (poorly lit) video of our Sweet Dreams arrangement that Kriya took:

Superbowl Sunday (Sam)

On Sunday, a few Women’s Chorale members got to go to the Superbowl to stand in the crowd while Coldplay and the other halftime show performers were on stage, and I was one of those lucky few. Our job was to be the “engine room” – we enjoy ourselves and give the performers all our energy, and there are a few small cues we do – e. g. clapping along to part of “Adventure of a Lifetime,” singing “We gotta get, get together now / We gotta get, get together somehow” at the end of “Fix You,” making hearts with our hands at the end — but the rest of it was just “GO WILD HAVE FUN.”

We went to Santa Clara and checked in, then were bussed to the stadium. At the beginning of the concert we ran through tunnels onto the field; we were organized into “pods” so that on the field we’d end up roughly in the section we were supposed to be in.

Even more than the madness of being WITHIN FEET of Bruno Mars and Beyonce (not at the same time but still) and just seeing all these crazy people live, even more than running through the tunnel feeling all the excitement and rush, I really liked just being with the members of Chorale. There was a lot of downtime, both on the day and during the rehearsals, because they’re moving around thousands of people and hundreds of parts. And we couldn’t have our phones, for confidentiality reasons. So it was just being with people, playing games like ninja and napping on each other and obviously breaking into song (Mark rolled his eyes SO HARD when we started Belshazzar)… I thought the bus ride was super perfect, and the half dozen people who weren’t from Chorale in our bus said they didn’t mind our impromptu harmonies & whatnots, so I have no guilt about how much fun that part was. It felt kinda like a social lol, but a lot longer and more focused than anyone would willingly sign up for (because in real life we have homework and commitments and blah).

The cameras that record the performance mostly show the performers but sometimes pan to the audience to show that we’re having fun and it’s a concert. Mark got on screen because he happened to be near Mark Ronson at the beginning of “Uptown Funk”, and he became a meme because Mark was being himself, and Mark is a glorious human being whose every movement is magic. Obviously his seven seconds on camera would be the best seven seconds of the super bowl — anyone in Chorale or who has sung with him would understand that. ■

– Samantha Wathugala

Spring Auditions

Hey people-types!

So auditions are happening RIGHT NOW and they’ll go on until February 5th. If you want to audition, click HERE. Fill out the form and make sure you remember what time your audition is! Both men and women can audition at that link for Men’s and Women’s Chorales.

Auditions happen in Room 43 in the basement of Cesar Chavez Hall, next to where the Cal1Card office is. They’ll be 15 minutes long and consist of basic warm-ups as well as tests of vocal range, tonal memory, and sight reading. You will be expected to prepare a very short solo piece of your choice.

Women’s Chorale is a big group of about 50 members. We meet every Wednesday and Friday from 4:15 to 6:00 PM, and we also have Sproul shows (at Sather Gate) on Fridays at 3:00 PM. We’d love to have you audition.

See you there!

For more information, go to the auditions page or the Facebook event.

BIG GAME WEEK

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Up with the blue and gold, down with the red! This week is Big Game week, and we are fired up and ready to go!

Big Sing is this Wednesday, November 18th 2015 at 7 PM. Women’s Chorale will be there, taking down Stanfurd’s “singing” groups with the help of our fellow Berkeley acapella groups. We’ll be singing some Cal songs along with a spirited little number with lyrics written by Alana Tran. Don’t miss it!

GO BEARS! Cal_bearlogo

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Halloween Show!!!

We performed at Noteworthy’s Halloween Show this year! Watch the chorales’ part below. Our first song, “The Music of the Night” from The Phantom of the Opera, begins at 2:16. Then “Agony” from Into The Woods begins at 7:03. Finally we sing “Pretty Woman” from Sweeny Todd, and that starts at 9:52.

If you’re interested in more from this year’s Halloween Show, Women’s Chorale member Lisa has uploaded more clips from all the groups that performed that night!

Enjoy :]

AUDITIONS!!!

Hey ladies! Like to sing? Want a low-key fun experience with other people who love music? Come sign up to audition for the UC Women’s Chorale!

We meet twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:15 to 6 PM. Our setlist has included songs as varied as stuff from Carmina Burana, 60s music, and modern-day Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine. This semester we’re going to expand our repertoire even more and do gigs and Sprouls! It’s sure to be an exciting semester, and we’d love to have you.

To audition, sign up for a slot at ucceauditions and prepare a small solo to audition with. We’ll also ask you to do some sight reading of both music and rhythm, but it’s okay if you don’t know how to do that stuff – we can teach you as the semester progresses.

Women’s Chorale is where I go to de-stress and feel good about myself again. I encourage you to apply.

Hope to see you there! GO BEARS!!!

WE’RE BACK!!!

We haven’t uploaded pictures in a LONG time, and so here are the pictures from the past academic year! We performed at Welcome Back and our fall and spring shows. The faces have changed completely from when the last post was made, but we’re just as excited to perform this year!

Let us know if you want us to perform for you. This semester we’re focusing on more gigs to really hone our singing abilities. Thank you for visiting! Hope to see you in our audience. (Or up on stage with us!)

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