Harvest Concert Showcases SF State Choruses' Semester-long Training

Monday, November 17, 2014
Photo of SF State Chamber Singers

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Amid winter colds and midterms, four SF State vocal groups have trained all semester for a harvest concert, where they performed their skills for charity. The concert at Lakeside Presbyterian Church last Thursday featured four vocal groups: the Women’s Chorus, Chamber Singers, the University Chorus and an independent SF State-based student group called Vocal Point.

David Xiques has directed the SF State University Chorus for several years and assists with the Harvest Concert every year.

“This semester, the University Chorus is presenting some patriotic pieces, as well as other American pieces,” Xiques said. “We begin preparing for it in the beginning of the semester. After the first three days, we start our rehearsals right away .... “I can tell that they’re very into the spirit of the music, and they’re really performing it well. I’m very excited for them.”

Megan Maurer, a Music composition major in the University Chorus, has been singing for 10 years and participated in the Harvest Concert for the third time.

“I’ve been doing this harvest concert since 2012 and we’ve raised a lot of money for the San Francisco Food Bank,” Maurer said.

Although Maurer has kept busy in school, she’s still enthusiastic about performing.

“It’s really amazing to perform with a group of your peers who are also passionate about making beautiful music, not to mention raising money for a good cause,” Maurer said. ”

Photo: Lawrence Li Kai So