By: Rebecca Carvell and Stacey Kaslon
As students register for spring classes, Bemidji State University’s Varsity Singers opens up to new members and their voices.
Under the direction of Patricia Mason, adjunct faculty, Varsity Singers is a non-audition choral ensemble open to students of all majors.
“Singing gives you a way to meet new people and use teamwork to make something
beautiful and larger than yourself,” tenor David Philips said.
The ensemble meets the requirements for goal area 11 of the liberal arts education and is worth 1-2 credits. However, the group can also be taken as a club for personal enjoyment.
“Varsity Singers provides all students the opportunity to make music at BSU,” tenor Andrew McCormick said. “It’s a fun way to continue making music and it allows for an escape from stressful university life.”
The singers meet from noon to one every Tuesday through Thursday in room 110, Bangsberg Hall. Featuring two concerts a semester, the ensemble performs a variety of pieces ranging in genres, languages, and levels of difficulty.
“Varsity Singers is a great group if you enjoy singing but don’t have the schedule for a
huge time commitment,” baritone Michael Juneau said. “We have all kinds of singers at all different skill levels, so you really feel accepted.”
The Varsity Singers, with a few dancers from the Suzy and Hondo School of Dance, will present their winter concert on December 10th at 7:30 p.m. They will be charging non-perishables for the local food shelf as admission.