Chorale connects through music

By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter

Highline's Chorale is set to perform next Thursday on campus.

Their concerts will be on March 15, in Building 7, at 12:15 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

 "We will perform the traditional Dona Nobis Pacem round, the Renaissance madrigal El Grillo by Josquin de Prez, a South African song called Siyahamba arranged by Donald Moore, and an arrangement of the Irish folk song The Irish Blessing arranged by Ruth Eilers Bacak.

I chose these pieces because I wanted to explore a nature theme that ties together with songs from different cultures and historical periods," said Dr. Janene Nelson, the Chorale's director.

The songs are meant to show how throughout time, humans have used  the environment to define their world, she said.

Nelson took over teaching the course in October 2017.

Chorale is made up of students focusing on music or theater work, she said.

"There are no official solos in this repertoire, but you will hear a little solo and duet singing in the Dona Nobis Pacem round, Dr. Nelson said.

The concert will be 20-30 minutes long, including brief song descriptions.

"The performance will be an intimate concert of music that is ultimately very peaceful. The singers have worked very hard to create an ensemble sound that is emotionally moving and exciting," Dr. Nelson said.

Chorale has five singers enrolled, and is looking to expand their class this Spring.

"There will be two or three performances near the end of the term," said Dr. Nelson.

There are no prerequisites to join the group.

"Students can expect to learn more about their voices: how to strengthen them, how to care for them, and how to use them to make the kinds of sounds they want to make," Dr. Nelson said.

There will be at least two performances near the end of Spring quarter.

"Students will also learn how to tell stories and express emotions with the voice. There is limited preparation expected outside of class because  active participation during rehearsals is the primary focus," Dr. Nelson said.

The Chorale may eventually  feature additional instrumental positions, but "next term will feature a pianist," she said.

"Any students who are working toward careers where there is a high level of vocal use, such as teaching, sales, or medicine, can really benefit from the voice strengthening and care in Chorale and Class Voice (Music 181)," Dr. Nelson said.

"Vocal injuries are common in these fields, and so there is a huge long term benefit to these courses beyond the fun of taking them in the moment," shesaidThe concert is free to attend.

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