This year’s early arrival of Family Weekend has brought a capella stress levels to a crescendo.
This year’s Family Weekend — Friday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 14 — comes two weeks earlier than the weekend has fallen in the past, giving student performance groups little time to arrange pieces and prepare new members for one of the groups’ three major on-campus concerts each year. Many a cappella inductees, whose rigorous rush period ended on tap night Sept. 19, said they have undergone a fast-paced training regimen to learn their groups’ pieces in time for this weekend’s performances. Adding to the groups’ concerns, Family Weekend falls during this year’s midterm season, putting additional stress on members to find time to keep up with their musical and academic commitments.
“Not only have we had less time to rehearse than we have in the past, but the past two weeks have been extra stressful for our all members,” said Emefa Agawu ’15, the pitch of Redhot & Blue. “It’s incredibly difficult to put in all the studying we need to do to ace our midterms on top of preparing for such a big concert.”
In past Family Weekends, Agawu said, Redhot & Blue has had “intense tech-week rehearsal schedule with rehearsals every night late into the evening,” but due to midterms and prior commitments, such a rigorous schedule has not been possible. She added that fitting in studying and rehearsing has been especially difficult for freshmen who are experiencing the pressures of their first midterm season.