From everyday classes to on-stage performances, the Wesleyan Chorus has been working to perfect their talents. They sing all types of music from today’s top hits, sacred music and even some old classics. In the past two years, chorus has doubled in size which gives them “a very different and more solid sound” according to choral director Brock Derringer.
Chorus is open to the whole high school from freshmen to seniors. Derringer said that his favorite thing about chorus is “the sense of community that the students have built in the class. It is such a safe environment to have fun singing in. There is no judgement everyone can just express themselves.” Chorus also does all sort of exciting things and performances throughout the school year.
Students Jana Smith, Lauren Bell and Amanda Doane agreed that their favorite part about chorus was their trip to Washington DC. Junior Lauren Bell said, “it was a great bonding time for everyone on the trip. We performed at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy and it was very cold. My favorite parts were when we went to the Hard Rock Cafe, the Air and Space Museum, and the Holocaust Museum. I will never forget sightseeing on the night trolley with my sweet friends. I actually made memories that will last a life time.”
The numbers in chorus are not the only thing that is different this year. According to senior Alexis Wildermuth, “Chorus is different this year, because there are so many underclassmen. With so many freshmen and sophomores, there are always great opportunities to pour into the students who will be leading this program in just a few years.”
Sophomore Jana Smith said, “The main difference about chorus this year is that there are a lot of new people, so it’s fun to see them experience it for the first time.” Along with making relationships, they are also focusing on learning how to read music and are attending many different and exciting performances this year.
The chorus performs multiple pieces throughout the year. Sounds like the chorus is working together to harmonize their sound and their community.