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One afternoon in April, 89 students in Princeton's Glee Club gathered to rehearse a Bulgarian folk song that tells the story of a girl trying to get the attention of a shy boy. Read more.


Video Closed Captions

[crowd noise]

[singing: "Sednalo e Djore Dos"]

SUZIE SHOFFNER:
There are 89 students.

ALEXANDRA GREEN:
And 12 students pursuing a

certificate in musical performance.

NATHANIEL FLEMING:
We're from 23 states.

ALEXANDRA CERF:
And 18 countries.

DAVID SIMINS:
19 tenors.

JOHN WHELCHEL:
24 basses.

DAVID HWANG:
24 sopranos.

KATIE WELSH:
22 altos.

KRISTAN SCOTT:
23 majors.

EMI NAKAMURA:
And pursuing 32 different certificates.

ALL:
88 new friends.

[singing]

GABRIEL CROUCH:
Do I sing, as well?

I sing during rehearsal all the time.

I try to join in every part,
as well, if I possibly can.

You know, obviously, bass and
tenor are sort of easy, but the

sopranos will tell you that I have this

squealy falsetto voice.

[singing, laughter]

I do still sing in my spare time, as well.

Before I came here, I was actually a

professional singer.

You know, I came here because
I wanted to do this instead.

ARYEH NUSSBAUM COHEN:
To have the opportunity to sing under

a conductor who cares so deeply
about each and every

individual in the choir, and
every moment of music that we

make, is really, really inspiring.

EMILY SUNG:
I always learn something new from rehearsal.

Not just one new thing, but many, many new things.

He manages to be interesting
for two hours at a time,

without a break.

And so people watch him and
they really pay attention.

NATHANIEL FLEMING:
For those two hours, you're able to

immerse yourself in something
else, and something that you

all have in common.

That experience makes it much more fun.

[singing]

GABRIEL CROUCH:
The only thing that you really need to do to

be in Glee Club is to have some

experience of reading music.

EMILY SUNG:
We only have seven music majors,

which I think is a testament
to how possible it is to

participate in music here, even
if you don't want to turn

it into the focus of your life.

[singing]

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