“But ere we this perform…

…we’ll conjure for a storm”…of singing! Winter term is often a time of relaxing and low stress – with only one class, you can take it easy. Alas, this was not to be for me this winter term. I am taking 4 classes, with a total of 5 credits. Two of those classes are Chamber Singers and Chorale (the two choirs I’m in), which both rehearse for two hours every day. Then, in the fall, I auditioned for C of I’s opera this year – Dido and Aeneas. I was thrilled to get the part of Second Witch. But pretty much all our rehearsal time is in over winter term, so after choir, I have a short break for dinner, and then I go to opera rehearsal for two hours. Singing for four hours a day is much harder than it sounds. I don’t think I’ve ever sang so much in my life. But it's so much fun, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Everyone who is in the cast of the opera is also in choir, so we are all in the same situation having to rush for a quick dinner in between rehearsals. The story of Dido and Aeneas is a great one, and though I don’t want to tell too much of the story (because everyone is going to come see it, obviously), I will say that the witches are the evil ones in this story. And it’s awesome. All of us witches have bonded over our plotting and destruction.

Aside from all that, the Chamber Singers put together a concert for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in about a week, and it went really well! It felt great to work hard on something and see it come together. I have also been working with a few other girls to try to start a barbershop quartet, which has been really fun.

We’ve mostly been practicing our singing for Dido and Aeneas, but we are just starting to work on sets, staging, and costumes. I am so excited for the middle of February, when we will finally get to perform!

(Note: “But ere we this perform, we’ll conjure for a storm” is a line the witches sing in Dido and Aeneas…because we’re awesome like that)

Caitlin Fellows is a senior International Political Economy major from Salt Lake City.