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

Photos from Basant!

BASANT! was extremely well - a big thank-you to all for making this concert possible.

Saturday, May 5, 2007


"Basant!" - Spring Concert 2007

featuring works by:
Busto, Chen-Yi, Feliciano, Grau, Holst, Leek and many more!

Come support the Mixes!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

New Members!

The Mixolydians would like to warmly welcome our new members to the group!

EunHye Lee '07
Chase Parr '10
Justin Bours '10
Liza Yeva Litvina '10

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Mixolydians Spring Auditions

Audition for us!
email either myself ( or the official mix email ( to set up a slot.
Auditions will be held March 3 & 7th

See you there!

Friday, February 23, 2007

The Mixolydians in print

The Wesleyan Argus
Features - February 23, 2007

Alum transforms local carnivale

By Keren Daskin
Contributing Writer

This past Sunday, the small town of Chester, CT was overflowing with magicians, musicians, minstrels, jugglers, and jesters. The entertainment was all part of the 17th Annual Chester Winter Carnivale, organized by Brianna Williams '97.

"The Chester Winter Carnivale was a typical small town New England Celebration," Williams said. "It was originally started…as a way to bring people to town in the middle of February, a month when business is usually slow and not much is going on."

The Carnivale used to consist of a chili cook-off, a tractor parade, and an ice carving competition. But this year, under the guidance of Williams and her husband Ron, the direction of the Carnivale was dramatically altered.

"We wanted to create an exotic, fantastical atmosphere, sort of like a cross between a gypsy carnival and a circus. Think Cirque du Soleil," Williams said.

With this goal in mind, Williams chose to add an "e" at the end of the word carnival.

"It gave shops a chance to represent their typical Carnivale celebrations—whether New Orleans Mardi Gras or Italian Carnivale—and allowed us to bring in a costumed aspect with masks," Williams said.

The bulk of the organizating took place in just under seven weeks. Through extensive research and interviews, Williams was able to bring in a plethora of performers and artists. Performances at the Carnivale included Phoenix Swords Fire Acts, world champion juggler Tony Duncan, the Chester Fife and Drum Corps, and the Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Group.
Williams also knew that she could count on her alma mater for talented individuals who would understand the objectives of the Carnivale.

"I never considered approaching any other universities besides Wes," Williams said. "My husband contacted every group in the WSA who might be a good fit, and let me say, they were wonderful!"

Student performers included "Slipper and the Bean," also known as Nick Nauman '07 and Nick Earhart '07, two strolling jesters who mingled with the crowd, singing songs and playing benign jokes.

"The Carnivale was a great time," Nauman said. "We mostly enjoyed tweaking the moods of Chester's denizens to smiles and joy."

Even the snow could not put a damper on the audience's mood.
"It snowed so hard that we had to blow on our scores mid-pitch in order to clear the flakes that had accumulated on our folders," said Hansel Tan '10, who performed at the Carnivale with the Mixolydian singing group. "But our audiences didn't seem to mind, everyone was in a state of good cheer."

Other University performers included fire-spinning duo Albert Hill '07 and Arthur Sugden '08 of The Flaming Eagles.
"Unfortunately, due to insurance coverage issues we could not let them play with fire, but they also did a great job strolling through the crowd and teaching people how to do fire spinning, minus the fire," Williams said.

The Balkan Situations performed classic Eastern European gypsy music.

"One woman said that [the group] made her want to jump on a table and start belly dancing and it was all she could do to hold back, to which her husband replied, 'Damn, woman! Let's get back there and listen some more!'" said Ron Williams.
This year, a much bigger crowd turned out at the festival then ever before, and everyone who attended seemed to enjoy it.

"The 18th of February couldn't have been a better date for the Carnivale," Tan said. "The weather was perfect, families were out and having fun, it was also the Chinese New Year. There was an infectious air of festivity all around. None of us had been to Chester before, and I remember when we drove into the town we suddenly perked up at the sight of its quaint historical houses and wonderfully eccentric mix of shops and galleries."
"The Chester Winter Carnivale was the best day of our lives," Nauman said.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The 17th Annual Chester Winter Carnivale, 18 Feb 2007

On 18 Feb 2007, The Mixolydians were invited to sing at the 17th Annual Chester Winter Carnivale as part of the ongoing festivities. The Mixolydians presented a repertoire of madrigals, rounds and partsongs, as well as a Chinese folk melody to celebrate Chinese New Year, which fell on the same day.

Picture: Performing at the historical Chester Meeting House

Spring 2007 Chinese New Year Extravaganza, 17 Feb 2007

Hi Everyone, here are some pictures from Wesleyan University's Chinese New Year extravaganza 2007 held on Saturday the 17th of February. To usher in the year of the boar, the Mixolydians did a two-song set of Chen Yi's robust setting of "Riding on a mule" and Orlando de Lassus' light hearted "Matona Mia Cara".

Pictures from the 17th Annual Chester Winter Carnivale to come!

Monday, February 19, 2007

The Mixolydians Debut Christmas Concert, Fall 2006

On Thursday 14 December 2006, The Mixolydians performed in their debut concert, featuring an evening of madrigals, motets and Christmas carols. Thank you to everyone who came down to support us!

Also check out the snippets from our concert below:

Ave Maria (Composer: Javier Busto)

Cest Moi de May

Hi everyone and welcome to the Mixolydians Website: updates, photos and upcoming concerts will be posted shortly!