In a few short days, audiences in towns across the United States will hear the harmonies of Mendelssohn's "Elijah," Rachmaninoff's "Vespers" and several English church music selections stream from the voices of members of the Northwestern A Cappella Choir.
Alta natives Sara Grieme and Andrea Weinert will be right in the middle of those musical melodies.
Grieme, a junior, and Weinert, a senior, are both members of the 74-year old choir, which has been performing for regional and national audiences since 1928.
This year's 65-member ensemble will depart on their annual spring break trip on Saturday, and the choir will visit three states and at least eight cities on the tour.
The choir, which practices for an hour every Monday through Thursday, will travel through Indiana, Kentucky and Florida on the 2002 edition of its annual spring break trip, and will perform at a variety of locations, including Reformed Church of America churches, high school students and senior care homes.
Destination cities for the trip include Indianapolis, Ind., Annville, Ky. and the Florida cities of Palm Springs, Lake Worth, Sarasota, Clearwater, Tampa and Zellwood.
Dr. Thomas Holm, the choir's director, said Grieme, an alto and an accompanist, and Weinert, an alto, have both played vital leadership roles in the choir this year, and have been integral parts of the success of the group.
"As role models, Sara and Andrea provide strong leadership to the choir," Holm said. "In addition, they're both outstanding contributors to Northwestern in general. Andrea holds a leadership role in the weekly Sunday evening Praise and Worship time, and Sara is a student Ambassador, responsible for leading campus tours and welcoming guests to campus. They're just both strong leaders."
Grieme, an elementary education major, participate in band, choir, speech and basketball during her time at Alta High, accompanies both the A Cappella Choir and the chamber choir, the Heritage Singers, and said she enjoyed being a member of the choir because her musical abilities have been nurtured by the three years of experience at NWC.
"There have been many times when I thought I could never learn a certain piano part or a piece was going to be too difficult, but our choir always pulled together and learned the music," Grieme said. "Even though it is a lot of hard work, it is quite an accomplishment to be able to perform the piece for others."
Read the rest of this article in the 2/28/02 Pilot Tribune.