Friday, October 8, 2010

Choir Retreat Fall 2010

It's been a while since I last blogged and what do you know - last time is was also about choir!

Every fall, the members of Macalester's Concert Choir travel up to Deerwood, Minnesota for a weekend of bonding, time outdoors and (of course) rehearsals at the Presbyterian Clearwater Forest. It is a beautiful wooded area with a lodge and cabins near a lake. Even though the weather was a bit chilly - since it was autumn in northern Minnesota - we were able to make the best and enjoy some outdoor activities nonetheless.
It was great the have the opportunity to travel with a musical ensemble in order to get to know the new members, and fostering a community of people who are passionate about music and singing.

Here are some pictures taken by a choir member Honza ńĆervenka (bass) of the lodge and the lake. The leaves were just starting to change and it is always amazing to see how the Fall comes so much earlier in northern Minnesota.

Here is a picture of the lake in the forest! I was even able to go for a chilly polar dip one morning with some fellow choir members (as you can see in the picture below.) A good substitute for a shower, right? Right..?

Anyway, choir retreat is a great (but way to brief) off campus outing tradition that consistently proves to be one of the collective highlights of the academic year! The bus ride up, the nightly bonfires, the talent show and the tradition of upperclassmen braving multiple nights in freezing cabins in the forest are only a few quintessential parts of the Macalester College Concert Choir Fall Retreat. All in all, retreat is a productive synthesis of nitty-gritty rehearsal time and finding the blend and voice of the choir while also enjoying the great Minnesotan wilderness and getting to hang out with and meet some of the best people I know at Macalester!