WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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with one another have grown, allowing us to reach new levels of performance." Adds McCullough: "There has been a lot of hype about college a cap- pella as of late, especially with movies like Pitch Perfect, and we love to share our lively, red-hot a cappella with the community." To book the Tupelos for an event, visit https://www.wellesleytupelos.com/. The Wellesley Choral Society Established just shortly after the end of WWII, the Wellesley Choral Society (WCS) celebrates its 70th season of making music this year. To culminate its milestone anniversary, the WCS will perform a gala con- cert in May featuring Schubert's Mass No. 5, a major choral work that calls for a large orchestra and professional soloists. The group is co-ed and open to new singers. Wellesley College Tupelos For more than 65 years, the Tupelos a cappella group at Wellesley College, has been singing for audiences up and down the East Coast. Named for Lake Waban's scenic Tupelo Point, the college's oldest pre- mier a cappella group holds two on-campus free public performances each semester. The group also sings periodically for the Wellesley com- munity. The Tupelos' business manager, sophomore and alto Claire McCullough, has been singing practically her entire life and joined the group as a freshman. "Our performance venues vary, but we have a wide range of music in our repertoire to match the atmosphere of vari- ous different settings and occasions," she says. In the past, the group has caroled at Wellesley's town-wide holiday celebration (Luminary Night) and recently performed at Truly Yogurt's 25th anniversary celebration. McCullough adds, "a cappella music comes completely from the self. The ability to share something that is so intrinsically personal can make you feel vulnerable at first, but is ultimately incredibly fulfilling. Each member has a specific role that is integral to the sound of the group, which creates a dynamic unlike any other I've experienced." The group practices three times a week for six hours total, and, as a result has created a tight bond among the women. "Singing and arranging music is a common interest that we all share," says McCullough. "Our relationships left: The 2017 Wellesley College Tupelos; right: The Tupelos prepare for a concert P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F W E L L E S L E Y C O L L E G E T U P E L O S left: The Wellesley Choral Society R O B E R T S M I T H 104 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8 Sing!

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