Some of the rounds were very harmonically focused. One round that was written by Ms. Hammil, titled “Move Like Jazz,” lives up to its name and was composed in a jazz style with some difficult and unique chords that pose a challenge to students to use their ears and to sing in tune with the rest of the choir members. Others focused more on a canonic style of polyphony, in which the singer would be tested on their ability to hold their own melody against others in the choir. One of my favorites of the day was “Elves,” also composed by Ms. Hammil. This style of round is called a “catch,” meaning when all parts are singing together, some sort of secret message can be heard. The group had a blast singing together, and even in the short 50-minute session, we improved our musicality. All in all, this session was extremely informative and lots of fun, too! As a music education major, I look forward to using these rounds with my future choir.
-Christine DeNobile, '18