By: Juliet Giangregorio '20
As some of you may know and some of you may not know, our chorus has its very own executive committee (CEC). Each year, two members from each chorus class are elected by the students in their class, and specific members from the A Cappella groups, such as the presidents and music directors, are appointed by Mr. Grover. Congratulations to the new members of this year’s Chorus Executive Committee!
Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting in on the committee’s first meeting. And let me tell you, it was a lot different than I expected. When I walked into the chorus room, the first thing I noticed was a table set up with a chair for each member - professional, right? Each member also had two pieces of paper in front of them- one discussing the agenda for the night, and another relaying the rules of the committee.
The goal of the Chorus Executive Committee, from what I witnessed, was to make sure that the chorus stays interesting and united every year. Being in the chorus for three years, I’ve noticed that at times, there can be a lot of separation between the different choral groups and classes because we don’t spend much time all together. However, the committee represents every class, and gives everyone a say in what goes on. The CEC works on planning events to bring every student together. In reality, the only time that all the chorus classes are all together are the two hours before our concerts, A Cappella Night, and the Chorus Awards, which I was supposed to write about but completely forgot over the summer (sorry), but the committee has ideas to change that. In order to sing cohesively, a chorus has to be comfortable with one another. The CEC works to create opportunities for the chorus to be The Chorus, to bond with one another and get to know the people we don’t get to see in our chorus class every day.
The committee keeps the chorus interesting. It makes chorus a hobby, and not a burden. Since new members are elected each year, the chorus stays fresh and exciting. New members allow the chorus to grow and change as new students join and older students graduate. The Chorus Executive Committee changes as the students change. It shifts to fit the needs of the students. It keeps the students involved in the chorus. Since the chorus is for the students, it’s the students who help to make it run smoothly.
After every meeting, the CEC puts together a newsletter that is read in class the next day in order to keep every students informed about changes and events. I had never realized it before, but without the Chorus Executive Committee, chorus wouldn’t be as fun and exciting as it is now. So, thank you to the members of the Chorus Executive Committee. We’re looking forward to see what you have in store for us this year!
Katie Miraglia, class of 2022, is a member of Falconize and Deception at DHS and can be frequently seen in the school's theater productions. She is also Drum Major of the Marching Band and plays bass clarinet. She took over the Danvers High Chorus Blog for the 2021-22 school year.