Minnesingers enchant audiences through time

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The Minnesingers perform the choral part of their show, "Kaleidoscope," on Saturday, May 7, in the Performing Arts Center. Minnesinger director Janis Wightman conducts the students in the piece "How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place." -Photo by Ali Barlett

By Sophia McCarron

The Minnesingers sang a selection of traditional choral music as well as pieces ranging from folk to movie scores during their spring show last weekend.

For the seniors, this was their last major show in the group. “It’s bittersweet. Being a Minnesinger is an experience I will never forget. It’s been a major highlight of my high school experience. It has really shown me how special it is to share music with different communities and how music can allow people to escape their lives for just a little, and just relax and listen,” said senior Lucie Dougherty-Soares. “Minnesingers has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and put myself out into my community in a different way — something I am incredibly grateful for. It’s sad that it’s over, but I am ready to move on — never forgetting my experiences with this lovely group of people. It has truly shaped the person I am today.”

Minnesingers gives students the opportunity to develop their music and dance skills. They work hard, but it pays off in the end. “My favorite part of the show was definitely having that full, rich sound from people that have become like a family to me,” said junior Ben Nadelstein. “Minnesingers is where I made some of my best friends, and of course it really made me appreciate music and all the different skill levels and abilities that people bring to the group.”

In the week leading up to the show, nicknamed hell week, the group is at the school rehearsing from 6 through 9 every night. “The group dynamic is super cooperative, and everyone is there to make sure everyone has a good time and makes the best music we can. And hell week isn’t as bad as it sounds. It definitely is the best way to get the group focused and on the same level,” said Ben. HSV