The Saint Mary’s Women’s Choir and the Saint Mary’s Collegiate Choirs will perform their fall concert with Bellacapella on Wednesday in O’Laughlin Auditorium.Conductor Nancy Menk said the Women’s Choir will be singing the same songs they plan to take to the American Choral Directors Association Conference in Chicago this coming February.“One of our pieces, a setting of Psalm 150, is composed by Carolyn Pirtle, assistant director for the Center for Liturgy at Notre Dame, so we have a local composer represented,” Menk said. “Another piece I’m proud of is ‘Heaven Full of Stars’ by Eric William Barnum. It’s a very challenging piece for advanced women’s choirs, and I feel we’re singing it very well.”Sophomore Alyssa Rogers said the challenging music has been exciting to learn.“The music we have been working on is very diverse,” she said. “Some pieces are slow and traditional, but we also have a few that are new and upbeat. Several of the pieces are sung a cappella, and others have very complex piano accompaniment. We are also singing a few pieces in different languages.”Rogers said the concert will showcase the progress and hard work of both choirs.Junior Jackie Schramm said the fall concert is particularly exciting because it is the first time the campus can hear both choirs together. Schramm said she enjoys being in a choir because she can express herself with like-minded people.“Choral music, in my opinion, is a rare opportunity to hear a larger group of people work together to make a uniform sound with just their voices. This skill is not as easy as it seems” Schramm said.Rogers said she has always enjoyed performing arts.“I really enjoy being able to go to choir after all my classes and do something totally different. It’s very relaxing and rewarding for me,” she said. “Most forms of entertainment today are experienced through various forms of media. I think that it is important to appreciate choral music in live performances as well because it is a totally different experience. It’s not always perfect, but it’s real, and that’s what makes it so enjoyable for me.”Menk said participation in choirs has positive effects on students.“There is study after study about how participating in choirs boosts students’ academic abilities and social interactions. It’s a great way to de-stress from homework and exams as well,” Menk said.Tags: bellacappella, chorale, collegiate choir, fall concert, SMC women’s choir, Women’s Choir
Press Association Here Press Association Sport’s Olawale Kuponipe takes a look at the list of departures in recent seasons. TOBY ALDERWEIRELD Now 26, the Belgian centre-back joined the Saints on loan from Atletico Madrid having formed a formidable partnership with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen at Ajax. Alderweireld was a centrepiece in a Ronald Koeman defence which conceded 33 goals in the Premier League last season, second only to champions Chelsea. With fellow Belgian international team-mates Nacer Chadli, Moussa Dembele and Vertonghen, Alderweireld will now ply his trade in north London after joining Tottenham for an undisclosed fee from Atletico, despite Southampton believing they had an option to buy the centre-back for £6.8million. NATHANIEL CLYNE Clyne developed into a consistent performer in Southampton’s defence since joining the club in 2012. An impressive 2014-15 campaign helped him earn his first England cap in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia. Liverpool signed the 24-year-old defender for a reported £12.5million fee on a five-year deal this summer, joining former team mates Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren at the Merseyside club. RICKIE LAMBERT Having spent the majority of his career in the lower leagues, Lambert joined Southampton in 2009. The striker became the driving force in Southampton’s back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League, winning Championship Player of the Year award with 27 goals. The forward went on to score 28 goals in 75 games in his two seasons in the Premier League before “fulfilling a dream” and joining boyhood idols Liverpool for £4million. Now 33, he has failed to make an impact at the Merseyside club thus far, scoring twice in 25 games. DEJAN LOVREN After spending three-and-a-half years at Lyon, winning the 2012 Coupe de France, Southampton beat off stiff competition from Inter Milan and Tottenham to land the Croatian centre-back. Lovren spent one season at St Mary’s, helping Saints to an impressive eighth-placed Premier League finish. Liverpool continued their Southampton summer spree by making Lovren, now 26, their third signing from the south-coast club – moving to Anfield for £20million. Lovren’s Liverpool career has been marred with a number of inconsistent performances including the penalty shoot-out defeat to Beşiktaş where his skied penalty attempt lead to elimination in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League. ADAM LALLANA Southampton have had great success in bringing talent through their own academy and signing players who prove to have good sell-on value. Lallana joined Southampton at the age of 12 and became a prominent figure at the club, playing a huge role in back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League. The midfielder made his England debut in a 2-0 friendly defeat to Chile at Wembley and has gone on to earn 15 caps for his country. An impressive 2013-14 season saw Lallana score nine goals and provide five assists in 37 games, ensuring him a place alongside fellow team-mate Luke Shaw in the 2014 PFA Team of the Year. Following England’s World Cup exit, Brendan Rodgers made Lallana his second summer signing, securing a £25million deal for the former Saints skipper. LUKE SHAW Shaw emerged into one of the most promising prospects to emerge from the Saints academy. His Premier League performances saw him rewarded with a place in the 2013-14 PFA Team of the Year. The full-back made his England debut against Denmark in a 1-0 friendly win, replacing Ashley Cole at half-time . A host of clubs were queueing up to sign the teenager, but Manchester United eventually signed him for £31million last summer, although injury marred the 19-year-old’s first Old Trafford campaign.
What coronavirus?Despite urgings from the NFLPA, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are practicing even though two Tampa Bay players and a member of the coaching staff tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, per the Tampa Bay Times. While NFL organizations have reopened facilities, players have not yet been cleared to practice at team facilities, further complicating the situation. Brady led fellow teammates in a workout at Berkeley Preparatory School. This seems ill advised for a multitude of reasons, including Florida’s surging cases of coronavirus and the NFLPA’s warning against private workouts together.”Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts,” NFLPA Dr. Thom Mayer said, via ESPN. “Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months.”MORE: Why “Hard Knocks” is a bad idea in 2020According to the Tampa Bay Times, Brady was flanked by Rob Gronkowski, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller, Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Mike Edwards, Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Griffin and Ryan Jensen. This upcoming season, Brady’s first in Tampa Bay, could be the twilight of Brady’s career, meaning wanting to acclimate to new teammates in a new system is paramount to success. So, it’s unsurprising that Brady and Co. want to get on the same page and quick. Still, for an organization dealing with coronavirus issues of its own, Bucs players practicing together seems to be a case of willful ignorance.All in all, it’s been an eventful tenure so far in Tampa for Brady, from breaking and entering to being told he can’t be in a public park. Let’s hope he doesn’t come down with the coronavirus, too.Well, maybe Brady has the utmost trust in the TB12 method to ward off COVID-19.