Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Welcome to Spring 2017 new members and some updates

The Mixolydians are happy to welcome two new members: Naomi Glascock '20 and Dylan Shumway '20. They were just initiated Monday (2/6) night, and we're very excited to start off the semester with them!

Some other updates:

  • Paula Tartell '18 and Lizzie Whitney '19 are currently studying abroad in Denmark and Germany, respectively. We will miss them this semester and look forward to seeing them again in the fall.
  • We plan on trying to host a short mid-semester concert this year, as that's not something we've done in quite some time. 
  • More non-Western music this semester!!! The Mixolydians try to sing a diverse repertoire of music, and we're hoping to include both more music from non-European or non-Western European countries and from female identifying or non-male identifying composers. 

Belated welcome to Fall 2016 new members!

The Mixolydians are pleased to have welcomed Joshua Hicks '20 and Lizzie Whitney '19 as new members during the Fall semester 2016. We're thrilled that they're a part of our group. We look forward to seeing what they will do over the rest of their time at Wesleyan!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Fall 2016 Auditions

The Mixolydians are pleased to announce our auditions for Fall 2016. We are in particular looking for traditionally male voices (tenor or bass), but we will gladly accept any and all auditionees!

We are holding auditions on Tuesday, September 6, from 7-9 PM in the Music Studios basement practice rooms (be on the lookout for signs), and again on Friday, September 9, from 4-6 PM in Boger Hall (AKA 41 Wyllys) Room 114. Keep an eye out for our Facebook event (which can be found: and a forthcoming Wesleying post. We hope to see you there!

Belated welcome to new members

The Mixes are thrilled to belatedly welcome Andrea Weires '19 and Anna Apostolidis '19! We are so glad to have them in the group and their contributions have already been substantial. Anna and Andrea joined us last spring as freshman, and we look forward to seeing what they do over their next three years at Wesleyan!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Reunion and Commencement Reunion!

We had a fabulous time hosting a Mixolydians reunion last year during Reunion and Commencement week here on campus, so we thought we'd do the same thing again! Any alumni who is going to be here should totally come by to sing with us, meet new people, greet old friends, and listen to a few songs sung by the current Mixolydians. We will be meeting on Saturday, May 22 at 2PM, location TBD. Look out for an event on Facebook! Hope to see you all there! 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Spring Concert!

The Mixes will be having our spring concert on Saturday May 7th at 1pm in Memorial Chapel. We're excited to have our first full concert with our new frosh, Anna Apostolidis, and Andrea Weires. There will be many songs about sex in different languages, as per usual. If you're unable to make this concert but really want to hear us sing, be on the lookout for an alumni reunion and mini-concert during R&C weekend!

Monday, January 4, 2016

The Mixes had their final winter concert on December 13th in Memorial Chapel. Videos of the performance should be up soon on the youtube channel (courtesy of PTMD's dad). The set included:

VéñikiFeodosy Rubtsov
The Blue BirdCharles Villiers Stanford
Locus Iste - Anton Bruckner
A Song To Fill Up Space - Scott Warrender
Bogoroditse Devo - Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff
Il est bel et Bon - Pierre Passereau
Salvation Is Created - Pavel Chesnokov
Ithemba Lami - a South African church song

Be on the lookout for audition times at the beginning of the spring semester!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Mixes are so excited to welcome Hugo Kessler '19 and Jackie Buskop '19 to the group! To lure them in, we sang a short set at the Orientation Concert on September 6th.  Be on the lookout for our concerts this semester!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Mixes Reunion!

To celebrate the 5-year reunion of the founding members of the Mixes, members past and present gathered in the CFA on May 23rd during R&C weekend. There was a great turnout, with over 8 class years represented. The get-together finished strong with a concert featuring some of the Mixes new music, as well as songs from years past, such as Ithemba Lami and Ubi Caritas. We even made it into a short video made by Wesleyan. 

Photo courtesy of Holing Yip '10

Spring 2015 Concert

The Mixolydians had their final Spring Concert for 2015 on May 10th in Memorial Chapel. Videos have been uploaded to the Youtube channel

The set included:
Afternoon on a Hill - Colin Britt
Gloria - G.P. da Palestrina
An Oiche - Michael McGlynn
Ecco quel fiero istante (Nocturno KV 436) - W. A. Mozart
Von alten LiebesliedernJohannes Brahms
The Parting Glass - Arranged by Ben Zucker
Muié RendêraArr: C.A. Pinto Fonseca
Ubi CaritasOla Gjeilo
Death on the HillsEdward Elgar
En etsi valtaa, loistoa Text: Zacharias Topelius, Music: Jean Sibelius
Hymn of AxciomVienna Teng, Arr: A. Wampler

The Mixes also said farewell to our fabulous members of the Class of 2015:

Jacob Feder
Ben Hudson
Paulina Jones-Torregrosa
Ben Zucker

Congratulations on graduating, you will all be greatly missed!

Not pictured - Julia Zachary '17
Photo courtesy of Monica Torregrosa

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Monday, March 1, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Exciting Stuff

First performance of the semester!
We'll be singing at the Chester Winter Carnivale this Sunday (Feb 21) from about 10am to 12noon; it's gonna be fun so come!
More information:

It's an exciting semester also because we have grown to a group of 18 people - largest we have had since the Mixolydians was born in 2006!!
Welcome Aaron, Abraham, Brian, Dylan and Leah; and also welcome Becca, Emma and Max back from Europe!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sneaks and Peaks from the Fall

What's exciting to watch our old videos and track our progress with the new videos is that we track how the colour of the ensemble changes from year to year with new members, maturing in musicianship and subtlety in the older members. We're proud to present this small selection of our vocal favorites from our Fall 2009 concert, and here's to more serenading in the hallowed halls of our dear old Wesleyan!

Kungala, Stephen Leek

Matona, Mia Cara, Orlando de Lassus

My personal favorite:
Ave Verum Corpus, Francis Poulenc

Ho-ja-ja, Ho-ja-ja, Otmar Macha

Echo, Robert Young

Shenandoah, arr. Darmon Meader

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Notes after the Fall (semester)

This is your resident singer Hansel speaking; *tests mic*: time to wipe the sweat off the brow and send those vocal cords into rehab! The Mixolydians are more-or-less done with their Fall semester, and it's simply amazing to see how much we've grown in musicianship, strength and musical vigor. Sure, we're a little bite-size at 10, but the music we've made continues to push our boundaries, challenge expectations, challenge listening codes. So here's a little round-up of our Fall Semester so far:

1. Freshmen Orientation Concert
Poised outside Usdan, the collective a cappella groups make their first show to potential freshmen. Reuniting with some past members, we struck out Holloran's "Witness" once more, and a few other happy tunes

2. Family Weekend A cappella Concert
The new frosh make their first-ever appearance in Crowell Concert Hall, milking notes for their worth with Carillo's heart-melting O Magnum Mysterium, and the rollicking crowd-favorite "Wade in the Water". Yes, even with key change.

3. The Mixolydians Fall Concert
Our annual concert, celebrating our 4th year in existence. Technically, the mixes are sizzling seniors in collegiate age, rolling out some old favorites of ours such as an aleatoric rendition of "Viva La Musica", Stephen Leek's hand-clapping/foot-stomping "Kungala" and some feisty loving with Orlando de Lassus' "Matona Mia Cara". A special section this year went to the celebration of the female voice, with performances of "Hojaja!" and - my personal favorite - Francis Poulenc's "Ave Verum Corpus", a piece written in 1952 during his postsecular religious turn after numerous gruesome deaths of his friends. The blood-curdling "Corpus Christi" gives me shivers all the time. Also, we return a word of thanks to our American sponsors with "Shenandoah" and "Wade in the Water".

4. Caroling in New Haven
One word: COLD.

5. Performance for the Middletown Commerce Meeting

So, with these and others under our belt, we look forward to a new semester of singing, of challenging repertoire, of no-holds-barred blissful music-making.

And the youtube videos are a'coming in. Keep listening.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Want to get your recommended daily intake of arts? Want a cool and fluffy white beard like this kid has… just in time for Santa season?* Just want to hear some beautiful choral tunes?

Come hear the Mixolydians perform and experience the power of the arts! With music by Rautavaara, Poulenc, Orlando de Lasus, and more!

- December 4th (Friday)
- 8:30pm
- Memorial Chapel

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sing! Audition for the Mixolydians

The Mixolydians is looking for singers! We sing an eclectic selection of music: classic and contemporary choral work, madrigals, pieces from all over the world... anything we can lay our hands on!

Wednesday 9/9 and Thursday 9/10
@ basement of the Memorial Chapel

Come with a 1-2 minute short piece! All voice parts welcome :)

Also check us out at on youtube! Search "themixolydians" for all our past concert :)

Spring Concert 2009

Finally... updates on Spring 2009 Concert

This Marriage - Eric Whitacre

Tambur - Hungarian Dancing Song

Ubi Caritas - Ola Gjeilo

I love my love - folk

Aww.... that was our last concert with Brittany, Keith and Owen... hey you're already missed!

See our whole concert here :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Spring 2009 Final Concert!!

Hello to all of our fans!

This Saturday, May 9th, 7pm, Memorial Chapel, Wesleyan University. We will be holding our Spring 2009 Final Concert!

Come for a break from your studies, for great music, to hear something different from the other a capella concerts, or just to see some beautiful people!
Also, this will be the final concert for Owen Bennion, Brittany Fowler, and Keith Lee, class of 2009.

The picture is a dulaman, a seaweed from the yellow cliffs. It is also one of our songs.

The Mixolydians

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sneaks of Spring

Thank you Holing for posting these videos online!

Here's a snapshot (one that moves and sings) of our Spring Concert 2008 ... enjoy!

"Ithema Lami"

"PokPok Alimpako"

"O Magnum Mysterium"

"Tosaka Mimasaka"

Thanks for all the support, and keep listening!

Friday, May 9, 2008

What a Concert!

Despite the minor downpour we experienced this afternoon, we'd like to thank each and every one of you for coming to the Mixolydians Spring Concert! It was an eventful performance that was extremely well received by the Wesleyan community.

Thank you all for making it a success!

Today's Concert

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Pok Pok Alimpako!

The Mixolydians are back for their Fourth ever music-infusion!

"Pokpok Alimpako Pok!" (Pound your hands) and get ready for a different sonic palette, as the Mixolydians present their fourth offering of choral music! For once, deny Bach, Beethoven and Brahms their stage-time, and enjoy startling new choral music from Europe and Southeast Asia.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to sample works by composers such as Francisco Feliciano (Philippines), Gyorgy Orban (Hungary), Zachariah Goh (Singapore), Ko Matsushita (Japan) and Victor Paranjoti (India). From muslim chants, sacred motets to plain zany children's game-songs, we dare you to engage your ears.

TIME: 3pm

Don't miss it!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Notes from a singer

Where are our manners!

We would like to congratulate and welcome three fabulous new additions to our ensemble this semester:

* Becca Cimino '11
* Brenna Wagner '11
* Mike Gaines '11

In addition, of course, to our already fantastic members of this crooning chorale. Currently, we're on the verge of reeling from mid-terms, and on the cusp of rejoicing on behalf of Spring Break! Lots of interesting things to watch out for this semester to usher in the garlands of Spring. Our Spring concert is currently in the planning, boasting well-known favourites by Sonic artists Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen, as well as other nasty choral swash-buckling works by more obscure scrawlers. Who are nonetheless mind-blowing. Also, as in tradition, we will be presenting a fine offering of Asian Choral Music, some of which have already become firmly cemented in the cannon of new Asian works overseas. Furthermore, and mark my word of excitement, we have students from Wesleyan University's Music Department penning original never-before-heard works for us - all the more reason to WATCH THIS SPACE.

Till then, have a pain-free shot of mid-terms, followed by an awesome Spring Break: nothing less is expected.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

18th Annual Chester Winter Carnivale

On the 17th of February, The Mixolydians trooped down to the charming town of Chester for the 18th Annual Chester Winter Carnivale - a half-day celebration involving members of the local community. Besides crooning along the streets, we made multiple pilgrimages to the local Art Gallery to sing - in exchange, of course, for hot chocolate and home-made whipped cream!

Some photographs from our recent exploits...

Monday, December 24, 2007

In loving memory of Chase Parr '10

On Saturday, the 21st of December, Chase Parr '10 (Soprano 1) and her family were involved in a car accident and were killed, while her sister Katy Parr is stil currently in critical condition.

Chase Parr was a member of the Mixolydians from Spring 2007 to Fall 2007. She participated enthusiastically in all our music-making activities and sang her first concert with us this Fall Semester. It was also the last concert she gave. Chase Parr was alway positive, encouraging, and a blessing to everyone that had the privilege of her acquaintance. She was a gifted musician and singer; her immense talent was only surpassed by her dedication to her family, friends and to the music we made together. Chase's wonderful character always lit up rehearsals; her contribution to the success of our previous concert and to the bright energy of the group is immeasurable.

We are extremely shocked and deeply saddened by her passing, and we send condolences to Katy Parr and the relatives of the Parr family. She will be dearly missed by all of us, and she will be fondly remembered.

Rest well, Chase, we love you.

Chase Parr, 7th from the right

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Successful Winter Concert!

Dear all, thank you for gracing our Winter Concert! I'm sure you will all agree that it was wonderful, and we would like to thank everyone for making this concert a great success. Attached below are some youtube videos you can view of our concert and of some of our songs. We received many trememdously encouraging comments from you, ranging from "incredible" to "phenomenal", testifying to all the hard work we put in to bring this challenging (And somewhat eccentric) repertoire to audiences in Wesleyan University.

Look out for us next year! Keep your eyes (and ears) pealed...

"Suite" de Lorca: El Grito (Rautavaara)

"Suite" de Lorca: La Luna Asoma

"Suite" de Lorca: Malaguena

Ave Maria (Javier Busto)

Magic Songs: Chant for the Spirit of Hunted Animals (R. Murray Schaefer)

Zefiro (Claudio Monteverdi)

A Boy and a Girl (Whitacre)

Witness (Jack Holloran)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Concert at 8pm

Please not that the concert will commence at 8pm (not 7pm).
Thank you for your attention.

See you there, in the Chapel at 8pm tonight!!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Program for "Of Cycles & Seasons"

Here's the program, folks! See you on Tuesday, 8pm @ the Memorial Chapel.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Of Cycles & Seasons

It's been a while since we have updated this blog, and we proudly present:

- Of Cycles & Seasons -
A Choral Concert of Change

"Come chill with the sounds of solstice on the first day of reading week. Presenting the sonic landscapes of Veljo Tormis, the howling terror of Lorca's poetry, the whispers of Zephir and the unutterable tales of love and loss. The alcohol can wait till after!"

The Mixolydians winter concert. It is also our first formal concert after we expanded into a group of 15, so we are excited!

- Dec 11 (Tue) -
First day of reading week
8pm @ Memorial Chapel
Admission is free

Memorial Chapel: 221 High Street, Middletown, CT

Monday, September 3, 2007

Fall 07 Auditions

The Mixolydians:

MUSC 419 (01) FALL 2007
Credits: 1.00

The Mixolydians are auditioning classical singers for their 07/08 season. Challenging and exciting repertoire includes (but not limited to) works by RAUTAVAARA, WHITACRE, LAURIDSEN, TORMIS and more.

Open (walk in Auditions) will be held as follows:

Wed 5 Sept
Mon 10 Sept

Time: 4.30 - 6.30pm

Venue: Music Studios (Basement of the Music Department)

Callbacks and/or further walk-in auditions will be held on Wed 12 Sept during the same time slot.

Currently, The Mixolydians rehearse Mondays and Wednesdays, 4.30-6.30pm. Rehearsals are rigorous, intensive and require singers to be committed to the repertoire and to the ensemble. We learn difficult music at a relatively high pace, so singers should preferably be adept at sight-singing. There will be several performance events during the course of the semester which wil be confirmed upon admission, culminating in a final end-of-semester concert to be held in the Memorial Chapel during reading week. For additional information, please contact or