What are these Choirs singing about?
By Alex Crozier
On October 6 the QU choirs will present the “Moments” choral concert at the Connie Niemann Center for Music. From 3-5 p.m. Conductor Amy Stollberg will show what she and the three choirs have been working on since the beginning of the semester.
During a recent rehearsal for the show in the Connie Niemann Center, observers took in the sights and sounds of practice. Light was beaming through stained glass windows, and the room was filled with the singing of an eager group preparing for a show in just a few days.
“We all have moments, they could be small moments, they could be large moments throughout our lives. The first song is “Seasons of Love,” you have 525,600 minutes in a year. What do you do with that time? We don’t have a lot of time on this earth, so make the most of it. You’ll have these little moments where you’re waking up, or you’ll have a little moment where there’s a beautiful sunset, or you’ll have a moment where you fall in love. So this concert is all about moments,” Stollberg said.
Along with the moments the choir is singing about, the group itself is having a moment. Coming into this semester the music department had more success in recruitment than usual.
“We had a great recruiting year. I have 18 new singers in the choir, and I am thrilled about that. The concert choir people will notice that it is a female only choir, and I did that on purpose. Because there are just so many wonderful pieces of music, there just is not enough time in the day to rehearse all of it,” Stollberg said.
The Concert Choir, 21 voice Chamber Choir, and eight voice Vocalocity will all perform a selection of songs and be accompanied by a variety of musicians across the concert. Laura Kammerer is the principle accompaniment on piano, but she also plays a role similar to producer behind the scenes according to Stollberg.
“I really appreciate having Laura Kammerer as our accompanist. She always knows what needs to be rehearsed. She is playing the piano parts, she is listening to the choirs, and she will catch stuff sometimes that I will not catch,” Stollberg said.