Clarabel Smith ‘20
On Monday, February 17, at 11:00 a.m., a booth was set up in Hogan 1 with brownies and cookies available for students with a sweet tooth. Staffed by members of the Holy Cross College Choir and Chamber Singers, the booth was the first fundraising event for the choirs this year. The money raised will go toward an exciting long-term goal for the group: the Choir and Chamber Singers plan on touring in Italy during next year’s spring break! Planning for this tour began last semester, and this bake sale is only the first of many fundraising events slated for the remainder of this year as well as next semester as the group prepares for this daring step.
Choir members were especially committed to setting up this bake sale. One choir member, a Head RA in Brooks-Mulledy, provided supplies and assistance in reserving the Brooks-Mulledy social space and kitchen. Here many members donated their time and cooking skills to the brownies, peanut butter brownies, and various cookies that were for sale. Staff at the bake sale table described the preparations as a bonding experience for both the College Choir and Chamber Singers, as well as a fantastic opportunity for the groups to connect with the campus community. As I visited the table, there were already many students loitering near the table, whether they were buying baked goods or just chatting with the choir members, so hopefully this energy means that the choir has a promising start to their tour fund!
The next events planned are a few call hours, and although the dates for these are not yet determined, they will take place near the end of the semester and should be a great way to reach alumni as the bake sale has reached students. Further support for the choir can be given at these call hours, and in further events that should continue to be announced. Students can also show support for choir members by promoting and attending their upcoming performances. The next concert including the College Choir will be the Composer Tania León Tribute Concert on Tuesday, March 10, taking place at Brooks Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m., and the next official Holy Cross Choirs concert will be their performance of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Te Deum. The latter will also be performed with the WPI Combined Choirs on Saturday, March 28 in St. Joseph’s Chapel from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public, and since the Choirs provide so many of these performances for the campus community, the Bake Sale and upcoming fundraisers seem to be a good opportunity for students to give back to their college choirs and ensure their next tour will be a great one!
Photo by Clarabel Smith ‘20