The UNC Charlotte women’s chorus, The Charlotteans, will sing the National Anthem this Thursday, April 25, at the Knights baseball game. One of the many music ensembles and clubs at UNC Charlotte, the women’s choir is open to any female student with an interest in singing. We took this opportunity to talk to three graduating seniors who are members of The Charlotteans.
Charlotteans Vice President and Manager Rachel Bare is a senior biology major. She believes the women's chorus has benefited her both socially and personally.
“Being in choir has impacted me in so many ways! I have made some amazing friends, learned leadership skills, and been able to sing. I also love that our members are made up of so many different majors and backgrounds. It makes me feel like I am a part of a community because I can connect with people from all different aspects of our campus.”
According to Jamie Colleen McGregor, a chorus section leader, it is an opportunity to develop new friendships while doing something you love.
“One of my favorite things about choir is that it is a good break from life and it is where I can be myself. Singing has always been a coping mechanism, and the people I sing with make it an amazing and fun experience. Choir is a family, and that is what I love about it. “
Graduating in May with a criminal justice major and a psychology minor, Jamie will attend Army Basic Combat Training (BCT) this summer at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC.
Devin Sweeney, graduating with a major in psychology and minor in sociology, is the president of The Charlotteans and has sung every semester she has been in college. Because of this, she has developed a close relationship with director Ginger Wyrick.
“Professor Wyrick has literally been the only person at UNCC that has been there to support me every step of my college career. She always wants to celebrate our successes and be with us through our sadness, and it’s really hard to find anyone else like that on campus. I think the main thing that I will be taking away from the choir when I graduate is that supportive energy she always provided. I hope to be able to provide that for other students in the future.”
The Charlotteans will perform an end-of-year concert on April 30 in Belk Theater at Robinson Hall. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased here.
By Mayra Trujillo-Camacho