Thursday, April 5, 2012

Model U.N. and Carnegie Hall: Two groups of students in New York this week (with video)

From global policies to Mozart music, two groups of Randolph College students are making their mark in New York this week.

Randolph’s Model United Nations team is representing the Republic of Yemen in the National Model United Nations Conference. Meanwhile, Chorale, a student singing group,will perform in Carnegie Hall on Sunday.

Watch this video to hear Jennifer Dugan, a political science professor, explain what it is like to prepare to represent a volatile foreign government.
Model U.N. is a tradition at the College. Each year, students delve into the culture, history, and politics of the country they are assigned to represent. They attend the national conference to discuss policies and make proposals based on the needs and views of the country they represent. Randolph students often bring awards home with them recognizing them for their outstanding preparation.

Kira Chhatwal ’12 is serving as the head delegate from the Randolph team this year. You can track updates from the team by reading their Model U.N. blog.

On Friday, an alumna in New York is hosting a reception for the Model U.N. students.

Although the Randolph College Chorale has toured frequently, performing in Carnegie Hall is a new experience. Randall Speer, a music professor and conductor of Chorale, caught the attention of MidAmerica Productions more than a year ago, and the company invited him to conduct a choir in a festival concert in Carnegie Hall.
Randolph students are excited about their Carnegie Hall debut. Watch this video to listen to them practice.

Speer invited the Chorale students to come with him so they could experience the thrill of performing in such an impressive venue.

Over the next few days, they will hold rehearsals with an orchestra, professional soloists, and another choir that is joining them for the concert. On Sunday, they will take the stage to perform Mozart’s Solemn Vespers.

Then they will bring that music back to Lynchburg, performing the Mozart piece and Randall Thompson’s The Place of the Blest in a concert with the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on April 15 in Houston Memorial Chapel.