October has been a fairly packed month in the Music LLC. In addition to battling midterms, October has been jam-packed with various performances, conventions, contests, and of course Halloween! The Lounge is still buzzing with activity; in fact the Residents of the LLC took it upon themselves to decorate the lounge for the holidays. We had a great arts and crafts night, complete with spooky cookie decorating.
While the instrumentalists enjoyed some of their first performance experiences last month, the choirs had to wait until mid-October before their first performance. It was a very memorable concert, in more ways than one. Near the end of the concert, we experienced a power outage; the entire cathedral went black. Surprisingly, nobody panicked! Everyone whipped out their cell phones and helped to light up the cathedral. When it became evident that the power would not be returning anytime soon, we decided to continue the performance by cell-phone light. We closed the program with Leonard Bernstein's "Make Our Garden Grow," sung by all of the combined choirs. Somehow the lack of light turned into a very moving experience.
|The choir, lit by cell phones|
In addition, several of our students attended the Wisconsin Music Educator's Association (WMEA) Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. Each year, every music teacher takes off two days of classes to go be a student again in Madison. They learn valuable tips and tricks from their peers, connect with other instructors and revitalize their passion in teaching. The conference offers very reasonable prices for collegiate students, and many of our future educators got to attend and pick up some cool tricks.
|WMEA Conference Logo|
|NATS Auditions Logo|