More pictures for your viewing pleasure. Times square, carnegie, and boat cruise.
Oh! And guess who came to the concert? Our lovely president Dr. Teresa Amott! She came by to wish us good luck before and to congratulate us after the performance. It meant a lot to us that she flew all the way out to New York City to hear us sing!
We did it! Performing at Carnegie Hall was life-changing! Thank you, Laura, for the incredible experience!
The day is finally here! We are singing in Carnegie Hall tonight! We have had two excellent days of rehearsals with just the chorus. Later today we get to put the whole thing together with the soloists and orchestra during our sound check in the hall.
It was really incredible bringing all the groups together for the first time. 122 singers all together at once: that’s a lot of potential for sound. There are groups from Monmouth College, St. Ambrose University, the Galesburg Community Chorus, and Wicker Park Choral Singers…and of course the KCC. We are all intermixed with each other. It is really cool to get to sing with such a large group, with so many new people in it.
The rehearsals have had a lot of detail work in them. We have an incredible sound as a whole choir, and the different sections are really talented. We have been able to get down to the picky details of the piece, such as cut offs, creating line, dynamics, intensity of rhythm, etc. It is really exciting! The daily four hour rehearsals have flown by. We have moved really efficiently through rehearsal. It’s really great that we haven’t wasted any time and really used our limited rehearsal time to our full advantage.
All the hard work will be put to the test tonight on the stage that most musicians dream of standing on…and most never get the chance. We are nervous and anxious, but mostly excited to show off this incredible chorus and this awesome piece. Looking forward to tonight!!!
After four hours of rehearsing, KCC members unwind with the traditional telling of “Golden Screw” stories. These stories celebrate our less graceful moments on tour. “Slightly” exaggerated tales of epic falls and general shenaniganry are shared and voted on. The winner gets to wear the Golden Screw for 24 hours, including during concerts. When asked, the wearer of The Screw must tell “word for word” the story that won them the screw.
Remarkably, the winners on this tour have ALL been first-years! It’s really exciting to see how quickly the new members of the choir become a part of the KCC family.
A group of KCC members singing the Knox Hymn on the subway—more for the fun of it than anything else!
These are photos from our first day of rehearsal as a combined chorus. Joining the Knox College Choir are the Monmouth Chorale, the Galesburg Community Chorus, members of The Wicker Park Choral Singers, and a few Knox Alumni. Laura worked us hard, but after about 2 hours as a choral collage we stopped sounding like a group of individual singers and started sounding like a chorus worthy of Carnegie Hall! The big day is coming up!
Yesterday, after a free morning full of rest and adventures, the choir filed onto the bus and drove off to perform at Irvington Presbyterian Church. We were kindly hosted at the church by Betsy, a Knox College Choir alumnus, who gave us the opportunity to perform in her church. She also provided us with an delicious, home cooked dinner.
The concert went wonderfully. It was full of excitement and emotions from the choir because it was the last concert where we performed our own tour program in New York. The church’s warm acoustics gave the sound of the choir a very welcoming feeling.
Today, we had our first rehearsal with all the vocal groups that will comprise the vocal ensemble that will perform Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. The four-hour rehearsal was constructive and fast-paced. Many singers found it to go by very quickly because of the high level of concentration and excitement from singing together.
It will be very exciting to see how much the Mass will improve and to bring the ensemble to its full potential in the next few days. Everyone is looking forward to singing in Carnegie Hall on Monday!
What a great concert! The sound was amazing and we are so grateful to have been able to sing in such a beautiful church and for such a welcoming crowd! - Friday