Lee University students come to school with several genres in their repertoire. Four Lee students have come together this semester to create their own barbershop quartet. These students are freshmen music majors with a passion for barbershop and quartet harmonies.
View some videos of them on our Instagram here!
We had a chance to talk to the lead Andrew Easterling about his experience.
“So starting off with how long we have been doing this, we actually just started doing barbershop with us four together this year. We all met through our residence hall and discovered each others love for barbershop. Jordan was the only one who had never sung barbershop before, but once we introduced it to him, he was hooked. Wyatt, Hayden and myself have sung with different barbershop choruses before, including Crimson Pride Chorus based out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Sound of Tennessee based here in Cleveland, Tennessee. All three of us have been involved in barbershop for a number of years now and our love and passion for barbershop continues to grow everyday. Jordan is actually standing in right now as a fourth member while we continue to search for a fourth person to sing bass because of his busy schedule. Our current formation is myself on Lead, Wyatt McCarter on Bass, Hayden Rupert on Baritone, and Jordan Narkates on Tenor. We absolutely love singing with each other and it’s a privilege to be best friends with these guys. Our favorite part about barbershop is the intricate, tight harmony that allows us to produce such a rich and full quartet sound. It is something that everyone can be apart of, which we love to include others in our singing. We are planning on attempting to qualify for the 2020 International Varsity Quartet Contest in Los Angeles, California. We are so excited for this new journey with each other and we can’t wait to keep the whole world singing!”
We are so proud of these young men and their love of music. We wish them the very best!
Come to Squires Recital hall tomorrow night at 7:30 to see Chamber Music perform their Fall 2019 concert!
Chamber Music is an ensemble including multiple musicians from different backgrounds and experiences coming together to perform unique and captivating music. Students are given a piece of music to learn with at least one other student, and are given a professor as a coach to track their progress.
Chamber Music is directed by Dr. Gloria Chien, and her assistant director Dr. ChoEun Lee.
Not your typical piano trio, the Warp Trio (Mikael Darmanie- piano, Ju Young Lee- cello, and Josh Henderson- violin) is an internationally touring cross-genre chamber music experience. Warp Trio combines original material, dynamic interpretations of popular music, improvisation and unique takes on classical favorites. Reflecting the combination of Juilliard trained members, juxtaposed with members steeped in rock and jazz styles, the one of a kind trio is known for their electrifying public performances.
The Warp Trio will perform Monday, November 11th at 7:30 in Lee University’s Pangle Hall.
Tickets are available by calling the Dixon Center Box Office at 423-614-8343, or picking up tickets at the box office during weekday operating hours of 3-6 p.m.
The Music Business faculty are taking interested students on a Nashville excursion on Thursday, November 21st. Students will have the opportunity to tour Provident Music Group, William Morris Endeavor, and a Singer/Songwriter Forum at the Franklin Theater. See the poster below for more info.
Space is limited, so email Alan Wyatt at email@example.com ASAP!
Our student spotlight for October is actually twins Lydia and Julia Bobell! Both Julia and Lydia are juniors at Lee with a passion for learning and collaboration. As Julia is an oboe performance major and Lydia is a flute performance major, they have the opportunity to perform together on several occasions. We had the chance to ask both of them some questions about their lives, and the impact Lee has made on them.
Q: What are your future goals?
Julia: I want to perform in the pit orchestra for musicals/ join a military band so they can pay for my future education (masters, doctorate).
Lydia: I would like to get my master (get an assistantship) and doctorate in performance or possibly conducting. Then I would like to teach for a college or university (possibly Lee one day) and play for a major symphony. Maybe go into military to help pay for my doctorate and play for a fife band.
Q: What’s your favorite part about having your twin at Lee?
Julia: I always have a study partner and an emotional support person at all times. I can cry in front of her whenever I need to and same goes for her. Plus I don’t feel so lonely. I always have a best friend with me.
Lydia: I like being able to look at someone and have them understand my happiness/frustration/annoyance without words. We are basically the perfect married couple.
Q: How has Lee helped your career?
Julia: Lee has helped my career by preparing me for rejection. That sounds terrible, but hearing the stories of my professors who didn’t get the job or wasn’t picked for a certain position in an ensemble actually encourages me. It’s not because I suck. It’s just because music is such a hard career to peruse that I can’t let a rejection get in the way of pushing on for my dream. Also Lee has helped me to become more focused on my relationship with God. People always say that Lee is a “bubble”. They say it in a derogatory way, but I see it as a good thing. Here, I can focus on my relationship with God, focus on my studies, and focus on my career as a performer without the influence of the world really getting in my way.
Lydia: Lee has helped me stretch my limits. I was an A student in high school, got along with everyone, state ranked musician, all that jazz. At Lee, i learned how to accept my first A- and B. I learned how to prioritize my time and accept that i could not physically do everything. I had to make sacrifices. I had to decide what was more important; studying that extra hour, practicing that extra hour, or hanging with my friends for an hour. On different days the answer was different and i am still learning that that is ok. Lee has taught me that God wants me to succeed and reach for my dream and He will help me, but I need to do my part and work for it. This wasn’t a question but I am thankful for faculty like Dr. Warner, Dr. Wykoff, Dr. Lee, Ms. Karla Hyder, Mr. Vaught and just everyone in the SOM who truly make an effort to know how much they care about me. The teachers here are truly my favorite part about my LeeU experience.
Q: What would you recommend to an incoming freshman?
Julia: I would recommend being prepared for struggle. Everyone struggles at some point in college (not just music majors). That’s just life. It’s important to find someone to confide in and BE THAT PERSON for someone else. Do not suppress feelings. Let someone know how you feel for real everyday. Also, it’s ok to have a meltdown in the practice rooms. I’ve done that soooo many times. On a happy note, remember to have fun. If you aren’t having fun and are stressing about your major so much that you are causing emotional or physical harm to yourself then take a step back and figure out what the issue is. You need to look out for yourself now that you are away from home.
Lydia: I would recommend the freshmen to take advantage of the one on one classroom experience and really get to know their professors. The teachers here are the best at what they do in the world but know one would guess because they are so humble and give all the credit to God. I love being able to go to literally any of my teachers and they will sit down with me and just talk. Each teacher looks out for their students and so often I meet people who have never stepped foot in a professors office because they dont feel like they can. The thing is, at this academic level, our teachers will eventually be our colleagues and networking is soooooo important in any field. I could seriously talk about the faculty here for hours. Some have fed me, some i have cried in front of, and one kidnapped me and took me to smoothie king. I love the people here and i just want the freshmen to love them too!
Congrats to both Lydia and Julia on their hard work! We are so proud of you both and wish you success in everything you accomplish.