Busy times at Erskine! The past week has been one activity after another, from a ghost walk through Due West to the traditional Big Man on Campus competition, tests to rehearsals, concerts to Homecoming activities.
Last Friday was the Fall Choraleers Concert, the first under our new director, Mark Nabholz, and what an evening it was! We had a great turn out of family, friends, alumni, and students in the audience, and all the music sounded wonderful. The in addition to the Choraleers, our main choral ensemble, the Chamber Singers, a small mixed ensemble, and the Fleetones, our men’s ensemble, sang a few selections. One of the great things about being in the music department at Erskine is being able to use our talents to create beautiful music. We make a point in Choraleers to sing for God, and we always pray that we will be able to touch our audience with our music.
On Saturday, after a day of homecoming activities, in the evening we enjoyed a concert of a different sort – Fall Fest. On the steps of Bowie Arts Center, in the middle of the mall in the center of campus, students, alumni, and other members of the Erskine community enjoyed the music of bands Prettier than Matt and Sequoyah Prep School. There was also hot chocolate and cider, as well as pumpkin carving for everyone to enjoy while listening to the music. One of the highlights of the evening for me was seeing a former Erskine student, Jessica Skinner, singing and playing in the opening band, Prettier than Matt. I only knew her for one year while in school, as she was a senior my freshman year, but it was fun to see what a former music major has been doing in the few years after graduation, and I even got to talk to her for a little while.
There is hardly ever a shortage of excitement here! Stay tuned for this week’s big event for me – the opening week of our fall play, Shakespeare’s The Tempest.