Wellesley Widows Album

Happy holidays!

Last spring, the Wellesley Widows began work on our newest 12-track album with The Vocal Company, an out of this world a cappella production company with a recording team with whom we’ve been so honored to collaborate.  This November, we recorded four more songs and couldn’t be happier with the results. But, to continue our project, we need YOUR help! We need to fundraise $6,000, which will cover the remaining cost of recording and mixing the full CD with the studio.  This will also cover licensing fees that will allow us to put our new music on iTunes and GooglePlay and ensure that all our fans will be able to access our music easier than ever before.  All the money we raise through this fundraiser will go directly towards the production of this album.

To raise this money, we recently launched a kickoff Indiegogo fundraiser campaign, which is an easy-to-use, online global fundraising site. If you would like to support our efforts in recording our new album, please consider donating or spreading the word in the next 25 days before the campaign closes. Donations of all amounts are greatly appreciated. Every dollar counts, and we thank you for contributing to what we think will be a very successful project.

Thank you so much!

In song,

The Wellesley Widows

Welcome to our Newest Members!

We are so  excited to welcome five wonderful beings to the group this semester!

Ann Ritchie ’18 12039116_10153623260290692_9153494095707123618_o

Hello! I’m Ann, a sophomore, and very excited to be a Widow this year! I’m from upstate New York and have spent lots of time traveling around and going to coffee shops with my friends. I like laughing, dogs, being outside, watching too many TV shows, reading, traveling, owning purple things, playing ukulele, biking, and singing! I’d consider myself a pretty outgoing person with a wide range of tastes, from science fiction comics to classic literature, or from show tunes to punk rock music. You might often see me playing Ultimate Frisbee or trying to do parkour. I am a self-proclaimed selfie advocate, and love taking pictures of pretty things. I’m also very prone to spontaneous trips to museums and bakeries. My favorite quote comes from Calvin and Hobbes: “It’s a magical world, let’s go exploring!”

Caroline Koskay Hsu ’18

I really love soft clothing. And Birkenstocks.  I am a Whiptail (whiptail crush is Jess12170638_10208110382668312_853368522_nCherayil). My favorite band is panic at the disco. My theme song is “It wasn’t me” by Shaggy. I love Netflix

Christina Klein ’19Photo Sep 01, 7 49 39 AM

Christina is a first year who has no clue what she wants to do with her life, but (supposedly) that’s okay! Her interests include dessert, singing, Ultimate Frisbee (go Whiptails!), bike riding, TV, making bracelets, and most of all, dessert. Christina is beyond excited to be a member of the Widows and hopes everyone will come to final concert!

Hailey Den Elzen ’19 hailey11!

Hailey is a first year from Canada and is so excited to be joining the Widows!   She is also a member of BlueJazz where she enjoys playing her bari sax, particularly those low notes! She loves spending time with family and friends, sewing, reading mysteries, and playing bananagrams.

Liah Watt ’19image (1)

I’m Liah and I’m a first year at Wellesley. I love the Beatles way more than is normal, and have listened to and loved their entire catalog more times than I can count. I also love most classic rock, and almost every other genre of music other than country, rap, and heavy metal. I’ve spent the last 12 years of my life playing way more clarinet than I had time for, and I still play in the Chamber Music Society here. I’m looking into majoring in neuroscience with a minor in music, and I also work at the Music Library. When I’m not doing musical things, I love baking, reading, listening to music, relaxing, and playing with any animals that are around. I’m so excited to be a Widow!

Fundraiser for our newest CD!

Help the Widows create a new CD and share our passion for a cappella with YOU! Starting today, Widows have created a new campaign on indiegogo and we need all the help we can get. But first, let us explain our new project a bit. 

Who We Are

We are the Wellesley Widows, an a cappella group from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Founded in 1949, the Widows are the one of the oldest continuously running female a cappella groups in the nation, and have performed for distinguished individuals such as former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Our repertoire spans several decades of popular music, from classics like Paul Simon’s “American Tune” and Sam Cooke’s “Nothing Can Change This Love” to the fresh beats of One Direction and Ellie Goulding. This variety in musical selection makes our group both unique in style and remarkably accessible to audiences of all kinds. For a peek at our work, check out track samples from our latest CD, Pitch Black, available on our website (check out the sidebar)! 

What We’re Doing

This spring, we hope to record a new CD featuring some of our freshest arrangements, and we need your support to do so! The money we raise through this fundraiser will go directly towards the production of our new CD in collaboration with The Vocal Company, an excellent a cappella production company with a Boston-based recording team that we’re so excited to collaborate with.  Our total fundraising goal is $10,000, which will cover the cost of recording and mixing the full CD with the studio ($9,500) as well as the licensing fees that will allow us to put our new music on iTunes and GooglePlay, ensuring that our work is as widely accessible as possible. In this kickoff fundraiser, we’re looking to raise $1,500, which will finance our first round of recording and mixing this spring. Fundraising deadline is February 14th. 

What You Receive

Here are some of the exciting rewards we’re offering our supporters in this fundraiser!

$25
Receive a free mp3 track from our most recent album, Pitch Black!

$50
Receive a free, signed copy of our most recent album, Pitch Black!

$100
Receive free, signed copies of our most recent album, Pitch Black, and our upcoming (as yet untitled!) album when it is released!

$250
Receive a free performance from the Widows of a song from our current repertoire of your choosing, either live or recorded! Also receive an official Widows SuperFan tshirt and free, signed copies of our most recent album, Pitch Black, and our upcoming (as yet untitled!) album when it is released!

$500
Receive a free performance from the Widows of three songs from our current repertoire of your choosing, either live or recorded! Also receive an official Widows SuperFan tshirt and free, signed copies of our most recent album, Pitch Black, and our upcoming (as yet untitled!) album when it is released!

$1000
Receive a free performance from the Widows of five songs from our current repertoire of your choosing, either live or recorded! Also receive an official Widows SuperFan tshirt and free, signed copies of our most recent album, Pitch Black, and our upcoming (as yet untitled!) album when it is released!

Thank You for your Support!

Raising the full 10,000 dollars will be a challenge but we are working hard to ensure that our new CD is our best one yet! This first fundraiser of $1500 will hopefully set the tone for the rest of our campaign. Donations of all amounts are greatly appreciated. Every dollar counts, and we thank you for contributing to what we think will be a very successful project. And if you are unable to contribute monetarily at this time, please remember to use Indiegogo’s share tools and spread the word about our campaign!

Thank you so much!

The Wellesley Widows

❅ Season’s Greetings from the Wellesley Widows! ❅

The Wellesley Widows ended on a very high note last semester, with 12 performances in total. In addition, we had successfully fundraised $3,000 to off-set the costs from our latest CD Pitch Black (found in our music tab) with the help of a Widows’ alum Susan Harmon! We would like to thank all of those who have supported us this year with a special free song, Breathless by the Coors, sung by Seraphina Oney ’17. You can watch the performance on Youtube (video attached below) and download the song on our soundcloud profile (link on the sidebar).

The new year will be an exciting one for the Widows. In addition to another packed performance schedule, we look forward to fundraising for and recording a new CD in 2015. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course our website for the latest on Widows happenings!

In song,

Alice Sun (‘15) ❅ President

Brianna Krong (‘15) ❅ Business Manager

 

 

Members

Lauren Westendorf ’15IMG_2671

Lauren is senior psychology major hailing from the majestic and corn-filled state of Ohio, from which she maintains a healthy appreciation of folk music and flannel. Outside of her required studies, Lauren is also fluent in sarcasm and has recently mastered the air violin.

 

 

 

 

Brianna Krong ’15 (Business Manager, Fundraiser)seniorpotraitbkrong

Brianna is a senior (!) political science and peace and justice studies double major hailing from the Bay Area. And she could not be happier to be spending her waning youth serving as the Widows’ business manager! When not singing with the Widows or contemplating senescence, Brianna enjoys making tea and jamming to UK pop phenom One Direction. (She is two degrees of separation away from Harry Styles. #hercrowningglory).

 

 

Julia Chille ’15

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Julia is a senior Widows from the island part of Rhode Island; as a result, she believes that crossing a bridge and driving for more than an hour constitutes a day trip. She is a Religion major who can’t seem to quit the classics department and can be usually  e found working at cafe Hoop, holed up in a practice room in Jewett, or sitting on the steps overlooking Lake Waban in Tower Court. The Widows are her family and she is so excited for another year of beautiful music with them!

 

 

 

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A senior from Palisades Ny, Alice is an Art History and Biology double major with a passion for health, food, and music. Besides spending time in chemistry research lab and having heated conversation about bioethics, she is training for marathons, browsing art galleries, and enjoying people’s company. As this year’s President, she’s looking forward to leading the Widows through another great semester!

 

 

 

Sarah Carlson ’17 IMG_2684

Sarah is a sophomore from just down the road in Littleton, Mass. SHe loves performing, going out to Boston, having meaningful conversations with friends, and enjoying life. Although unsure of what her major will be, she’s always been interested in Italy, theater, the government, and history-specifically American.

 

 

 

 

Caterina Castellano ’17 (Treasurer)IMG_2685

Caterina is a sophomore hailing from Medford, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the classic holiday song “Jingle Bells.” She is an Economics and Italian double major. In her spare time, Caterina likes to hang out with friends, catch up on the latest episode of Castle, and snuggle up with a good mystery novel in particular those written by Agatha Christie. She is super excited to be a part of the Widows!

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Selch ’17 (Musical Director)IMG_2693

Rebecca is a sophomore Chicago native whose billing address is currently located in NYC. She loves making music with her mouth and being surrounded by her fellow aca-people. When not running horizontally and worrying about her nodes (and obnoxiously referencing everything), she can be found writing, cooking, or making fun of her roommate. She is so excited to be a part of the Widows, but promises not to bite!

 

 

Vivien Chen ’18vivien biopic

Vivien is a first year from Lexington, MA.  While she loves learning anything and everything, she is particularly interested in computer science and psychology. When not pursuing her academic passions and getting lost in the city, she enjoys long walks, positivity, quality time with friends and family, and probably you.  She is very excited to be part of the Widows family!

 

 

 

Anjali Sundaram ’18 (Assistant Musical Director)

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First-Year. Bass. Bad at Bios.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lydia Guterman ’18

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Lydia is a first year from Brookline, Massachusetts. She is currently thinking about majoring in American Studies, but this will probably change by the time she updates her bio next semester. In her spare time, Lydia likes to hang out with friends, read, catch up on Scandal and Orange is the New Black, and walk around Lake Waban. She is so, so excited to sing with the Widows!

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Lyon ’18 (Fundraiser)10458840_775092915858946_9023921448075211102_n

Jennifer is a first year Widow from the magical land of Hawai’i. She can’t surf but loves swimming with dolphins and eating pineapple. In addition to annoying her roommate by constantly humming show tunes, Jen enjoys watching an unhealthy amount of Star Trek and taking nature walks. She can usually be found in the science center agonizing over calculus or walking around the lake. Jen is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Widows family!

 

 

 

 

Bozena Scheidel ’18 (Secretary)IMG_1862

Bozena is a freshman this year and is very excited about joining the web. She loves exploring new music, telling awful jokes, and eating apples. She is unsure of her major, but imagines herself working in libraries in the future. When she’s not singing, Bozena likes exploring the outdoors, reading, and learning from the people around her.


Members on leave for Spring Semester ’15

Cathleen McGovern ’16 IMG_2683

Cathleen feels incredibly honored to be able to call herself a Widow for the past 5 semesters. A music major and WGST minor, Cathleen is also a delighted nacho maker at Cafe Hoop and a whimsical singer for the Wellesley College Choir and Chamber Singers in addition to her role as an FYM. She has been musical director of the Widows for three semesters and even though she is studying abroad in Scotland this semester, she cannot wait to return and sing with the Widows again her senior year!

 

 

Seraphina Oney ’16 Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 5.48.48 PM

Seraphina is a junior history major from Claremont, CA, concentrating in medieval history. After a wonderful semester abroad in Oxford (where she became a member of the Oxford a cappella group, In the Pink), she is ready to return to Wellesley. Seraphina is an active member of Wellesley’s Music and Arts Society, Tau Zeta Epsilon, where she will be the VP of Music for a third semester. In addition to singing, she enjoys cooking, reading, drinking a pot of tea, and spending time with friends.

 

 

Mika Morikawa ’17Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 5.52.32 PM

Mika Morikawa is a second-year from San Diego, California. She comes from a family of musicians, and has played piano and clarinet in her youth– she has always had an innate love for music. A ballet, jazz, and modern dancer for thirteen years, she decided to spontaneously join choir during her senior year of high school… and loved it. She has been singing ever since. She is Japanese/Cinema and Media Studies Double Major.