News From Masters
Dohters, our all-female, student-run a cappella ensemble, performed beautifully before an enthusiastic audience on December 10 in the Estherwood Mansion Library. The next day, more than 400 people attended the Winterlight Concert in the Claudia Boettcher Theatre.
The Dohters' program included group “traditionals” – songs that have been passed down orally by Dohters members – and newer folk and alternative tunes arranged by the ensemble, which was founded in the 1960s. The students rehearse four hours weekly and are entirely self-directed, led by seniors Isa Alexander and Haley Goodman.
The annual Dohters concert pays homage to a long and rich tradition of music in the Estherwood Library. When Masters was a girls’ school and Estherwood served as a dormitory, students would gather in the library to sing vespers on Sunday evenings.
The Winterlight Concert featured performances by all nine Upper School academic music ensembles, with 88 students in grades 9-12 playing and singing an array of works. From jazz to classical to contemporary, the music was diverse and featured student soloists throughout the program.
The Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Modern group and Jazz Band led the program, playing pieces ranging from standards to an Amy Winehouse song. Next came the Symphonic Winds, String Ensemble and the four ensembles from the Chamber Music class, performing works by composers as varied as Beethoven and Warlock. The three choral ensembles – Concert Choir, Tower Singers and Dobbs 16 – concluded the event with arrangements of spirituals, medieval organum, contemporary classical and contemporary pop and alternative tunes.
Click here to check out video clips from the concert.