It’s hard to believe the spring semester is finally coming to a close. At the beginning of the semester, the Chorus schedule on paper looked daunting, overwhelming even. But with John Rowehl taking the lead, we made it through: a Treble Festival at Harvard, an unconventional choral piece about a cosmic spider, a fantastic tour of the Northeast, and two joint major work performances with the Glee Club, not to mention the kickoff of our endowment drive! With a schedule like that, it’s so easy to get caught up in the here and now of the CU Chorus, but stepping into the role as VP has really allowed me to take a step back and appreciate our storied past.
I know April and Jen, my two VP predecessors, have taken great strides to build a stronger bridge between that storied past and our exciting present (hence the Facebook group Cornell University Chorus – Past and Present!) I look forward to continuing that trend by bringing you not only semesterly concert updates, but sneak peaks inside the daily activities of our members, scenes in Sage and Lincoln with which I’m sure you all are all too familiar.
What was so great about this year’s tour was our plethora of alumnae connections in the Northeast area. Sure, it’s nice to have alumnae help with venues and homestays and whatnot, but what is really special is seeing all our alumnae arise from the audience at the end of the concert and join us on stage for The Hill and other Cornell songs, the Evening Song, and Alma Mater. That’s when you remember that we are all a part of something special.
And I want our new women to realize just how special this group of women is as soon as they join which is why I am excited to expand upon the newly instated New Women/Alumnae Mentorship Program next year. New women will be matched with an alumna, e-mail addresses will be exchanged, and hopefully the alumna can offer some insight, guidance, and words of wisdom while the new woman can offer a glimpse into Chorus life today.
Also, keep a lookout for information regarding Homecoming weekend this coming fall. We will have our own table at the tailgate for the third year in a row! It has been a success the past two years, serving as a home base for all our chorus members and alumnae, complete with food, merchandise, scrapbooks and, of course, singing! I hope to see you there!
I am very excited to serve as your VP! If you ever have any questions, suggestions, or a Chorus memory that you just can’t help but share, do not hesitate to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With lots of Chorus lovin’,