Leaves are falling off trees, the Berkeley fog is creeping in, flyer season is upon us – it’s Fall 2016 and time for the next round of UC Women’s Chorale auditions! UC Women’s Chorale features 50 enthusiastic singers of varying experiences and strengths, and we are always happy to accept new singers.
To sign up for auditions make an appointment on this site:
Keep in mind that auditions run from August 27th to September 7th, although late auditions may be taken on a case by case basis by emailing Erina Szeto and Anne Robertson.
Each audition will be around 15 minutes long and will consist of basic warm-ups as well as tests of vocal range, tonal memory, and sight reading. You will also be expected to prepare a very short solo piece of your choice. This piece may be accompanied if you wish if you bring sheet music. All auditions will be held in room 43 in the basement of Cesar Chavez.
Our rehearsals run from 4:15 to 6:00 PM every Wednesday and Friday, as well as occasional sectionals on Mondays from 4:15 to 5:30 PM. If you become a member of UC Women’s Chorale, we will expect good attendance, though exceptions can be made for recurring class conflicts.
We hope to see you there!
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
We’re almost there! Our first performance of Belshazzar is in two weeks, and we’re ramping up to it!
Check out where we’ll be on stage below:
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!
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!
The UCWC and UCMC are revving up for this performance! If you’ve never heard of Belshazzar’s Feast, here’s a 2012 BBC performance of it:
Details coming soon – right now we have to go back and practice some more.
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!)