Thanks to the generosity of BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, we were able to host students from CPS high schools in our audience at our December 5th & 6th concerts. For many of them, this was their first time hearing a choir of our caliber live in concert. Here is what they had to say....
The following reflections were written by students who take part in the music program at UIC College Prep.
“The performance was really uplifting. I think that my favorite performance was the one with all women. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen or heard before. The use of dynamics was really captivating and brought the performance to life. It was unexpected how in some parts of each song there were moments where the dynamics woke me up a bit. The sound, compared to our school’s choir, is really impressive. There was so much feeling in the performance.”
“I really enjoyed the performance. WPCS is a really good group. I especially liked hearing the all men’s piece, Ave Maria. That is one of my favorite songs. I also really liked the procession. I’ve never seen anything like that before. Whoever thought of walking in and out while singing—props to them!”
“There were two main things that I took with me from the performance. One was how much the singers were moving while they sang. It seemed to help them be in more of a performance mindset and they looked really engaged. The other thing is that the soloists were amazing. It was really awesome to hear their voices.”
“One thing that was really impressive to me was the range of the soprano soloists. They could sing really high notes and still sound so good! I was also really impressed that they were standing in mixed parts. It’s REALLY impressive that they know their music so well that they can do that. I was also impressed by all of the dynamics and how well each singer followed the conductor. It is interesting to compare WPCS to our school’s choir. I went in thinking we were really good, and now after seeing my first professional group, I see that we still need A LOT of work.”
“As a soprano, one of the best things I got from watching the Wicker Park Choral Singers perform was more models of how soprano singing should be. Sometimes I struggle to know how I should sound on really high notes, and especially hearing the soprano soloists I felt inspired watching this performance.”