(May 2, 2011) About 10 minutes into the first practice of 2011, a new soprano holding the score to Mozart’s "Coronation Mass" turns to Christina Bishop and asks: "Is this the point in time to admit that I can’t read music?"
Bishop, choir director of the Anschutz Medical Campus choral group the Arrhythmias, responds with the reassuring smile and equanimity of a four-semester veteran deeply familiar with the challenges of turning a group of overloaded health sciences students into a working choir.
Compared to some issues she’s faced, lack of formal musical experience barely registers as a problem. For example, during her first semester leading the choir, weekly practices started two months late, and only two singers regularly attended leading up to the Christmas concert. "I was doubtful we could even get a core," she says.
The next year, she was suddenly short of tenors. "So Christina had a couple of altos switch over," says her husband, Nick Bishop, a third-year MD/
Nursing and pharmacy students are often scheduled for clinical rotations at the last minute and suddenly can’t participate. "One girl who was practicing with us last fall and who was helping us with publicity for the Christmas concert—she did so much work—was scheduled for
As challenging as all
The Bishops got involved in 2009 after Nick Bishop learned about the Arrhythmias while touring
"I can’t tell you enough how glad I am that you are here," alto Jenn Symonds said to Christina Bishop one night after practice. Symonds, a fourth-year
Christina Bishop’s latest initiative is performing with Melomania, the campus orchestral group.
And after that?
"I’d like to perform a benefit concert for a hospital featuring a multi-movement work. And maybe someday we could have scholarships for members," she says. "I do like a challenge."
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