- “Take a Walk”
- The Residence Hall Experience: Why Dorm Living is Good Living
- Singing in the Holidays
- I Wanna Dance (and sing) With Somebody
- Use Your Imagination
- “Welcome to W&J, I’m your tour guide, Georgia.”
- My New Best Friend…The Teacher?
- The Few, The Proud, The W&J Rugby Team
- W&J: A Commuter’s Perspective
- W&J Presidents go to Pittsburgh and Beyond...
- My Journey with Michelangelo
- Magellan Awards: Just Because Magellan Sailed Around Africa Didn’t Mean I Had To
- The Magellan Project: Ashleigh Kazmeraski
- The Magellan Project: Marissa Stevens
- Red&Black Behavior
- W&J: Serving the Community since 1781
- Washington: Not Your Average Small Town
- Grab a Cup of Coffee with Your Microscope
- January – the New Green-Eyed Monster
- A Family of Athletes
- Liberal Arts Academia: Why Being Well Rounded Matters
- Q&A with Dr. Tori Haring-Smith
Singing in the Holidays
Long before the Thanksgiving turkey is stuffed, the Washington & Jefferson College Music Department begins preparation for a holiday concert coinciding with the Student Activity Board’s Light-up Night.
Students decorate the ski lodge—the study room by the coffee shop—and on this night the tree and decorations are lit. Gifts are also given to the less fortunate. After this celebration, the music department provides entertainment.
This is my favorite all year long. In the W&J Choir and Camerata Singers, we began singing Christmas songs two days after Halloween and one week later, the W&J Wind Ensemble begins. The Wind Ensemble is also performing music from Hanukah. Just hearing the music lightens the mood in our Olin Fine Arts Center.
One big difference about this concert than previous years is that this concert will include the premiere of my group—W&J Women’s Show Choir. We formed as an audition group and began rehearsing two songs. The first is an upbeat medley of Christmas music including “Mr. Santa,” “Hey Santa!” and closing with the Beach Boys hit, “Little Saint Nick.”
We are also performing a piece from The Grinch called “Where Are You Christmas?,” which was arranged by an alumnus. Every time we sing it, we all get a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. We are so excited to make our debut.
This kind of collaboration only happens when W&J students and the spirit of the holidays come together.
W&J Class of 2010