WPI’s Got What? ... Alden Voices
Walking around campus with headphones on is almost second nature to most of us—and even though we totally understand the just one more chapter mentality of audiobooks, the completionist mindset that comes along with listening to podcasts, or just the need to blast your favorite playlist on the way to a final—they might be causing you to miss out on one of the most harmonious parts of WPI: Alden Voices.
Thanks to them, the (Boynton) hills are alive with the sound of music year-round.
There are quite a few choir and a cappella groups on campus, but Alden Voices is one of the originals, with an establishment date of 1978. Self-described as “a choir of sisters in song,” Alden Voices is open to students who most closely identify as female, and provides an opportunity for members to sing together, learn about music, and offer joint performances with choir groups from other local colleges.
Choir president Anna Correia ’21 grew up in a music-filled home, singing and playing piano (she cites her parents and her piano teacher as her best musical influences). She was active in her high school choir, so it’s no surprise that she became involved in Alden Voices shortly after arriving on campus in 2017.
“I feel like I can be most myself when I’m in rehearsal and having fun with my friends … Alden Voices has given me so much throughout my time here, and I’m very thankful for that.” -Anna Correia '21
While being part of the group has been a great way for her to tap into WPI’s music scene, it’s also given her the chance to learn new music (“…the best part about continuing my passion in music is discovering new favorite composers and selections all the time”), challenge herself, balance her academics, and create lifelong friends.
“It’s provided another home for me at WPI,” she says. “I feel like I can be most myself when I’m in rehearsal and having fun with my friends … Alden Voices has given me so much throughout my time here, and I’m very thankful for that.”
Music to Our Ears
It's one thing to read about the talent in Alden Voices; it's another entirely to hear it. Soundtrack your day with an audio recording of one of their rehearsals.
From a collaboration with the College of the Holy Cross annual Alumni Weekend concert to an event at the Worcester Art Museum celebrating music composed by women and performed by women, the group had a busy 2019, and its members are more than ready to continue sharing their talents in 2020.
Interested students may email the Alden Voices officers for more information on rehearsal times and other upcoming events as they and their fellow choral groups continue to make the WPI community a little more musical.
And really, who doesn’t want that?
-By Allison Racicot
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