day 3: Springfield
by Kara Procell '13
Day 3 - March 5th, 2011
Almost all of us know Springfield as the home of The Simpsons, but to Professor Oakley it has special significance. Right out of college, he worked for five years as the Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Springfield. We stopped by for a moment to see the place where our director got his start, and to see the pew where Abraham Lincoln sat when he attended church there!
Just down the road was the church where we sang that evening, Westminster Presbyterian. The meals just keep getting better and better! We arrived with enough time to rehearse Durufle's Requiem with the organ, and later used it in the performance that night. The Riser Committee put up the shell around the back of the risers, which made it easier to hear each other and gave us a strong feeling of ensemble. The Chamber Singers were particularly proud of their performance of Lobet den Herrn, Alle Heiden tonight, one of Bach's most difficult motets. Our closing number, Bile them Cabbage Down was successful as always, getting Midwestern audiences excited to hear Southern music. In addition to our choral numbers, sophomores Michael Stone and Jessica Hannah performed beautiful solo pieces during the offering.
After another night of wonderful homestays, we will reconvene tomorrow morning and hit the road for Chicago! Eric Whitacre, here we come!
Honest to Blog,
P.S. Congratulations to senior Felicia Youngblood for getting accepted to Florida State University's grad program to study Ethnomusicology!