December 2, 2013

Singing Hoosiers: Local group members return to hometown

Local group members return to hometown

By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune

---- — The Singing Hoosiers will soon be taking over the stage at McHale Auditorium. The 90-person choral group from Indiana University will be singing everything from modern tunes to classics to Christmas music.

For three singers in the group, the performance will be a homecoming.

Olivia Sears, a junior at Indiana University, graduated from Logansport High School. Sears auditioned her first semester in Bloomington and has been in the group since.

Sears described the choral group as a close-knit family.

“It’s really made the university seem a lot smaller,” Sears said. “I really have a family in the Singing Hoosiers.”

The group performed in Logansport when Sears was a junior in high school. Seeing the group was a determining factor in the college she wanted to attend.

Sears, who performed in McHale for the first time when she was in second grade, is excited to share that stage with people she has grown up with and the people she performs with now.

The Logansport High School show choir will be performing two numbers with the Singing Hoosiers. Prior to the performance, the college performers will also put on a workshop with the Logansport show choir.

“Our director always says, ‘If you don’t like a song, stick around,’” Sears said. “There is something for everyone. I have to commend him for the variety our shows have.”

The Singing Hoosiers are being brought to McHale Performing Arts Center by the Logansport Performing Arts Council.

“We’re looking forward to the show and we’ve sold quite a few tickets,” Suanne Schwering said.

Another Logansport member with the Singing Hoosiers is Laura Cahalan.

Cahalan, a freshman at Indiana University, auditioned in August and joined the group. Cahalan says she hopes a lot of people come out and enjoy the show.

“It has been a really good experience,” Cahalan said. “The whole group is like one big family. They make sure the freshmen are involved.”

She said it helps make the campus feel like a home.

Those who attend the show can expect a lot of fun, Cahalan said. The first act will include songs from the fall preview and show choir, and the second act will include Christmas songs.

Cahalan’s favorite part of the performance is being able to perform with the Logansport show choir.

“I think it will be a really good moment for me,” Cahalan said. “I’m very excited to come together with my new music family and my younger music family here, expecially since my parents have the choir here.”

Her favorite part has been the friends she has met and the music.

“It’s fun to be able to continue my music and be in a group I’ve dreamed of,” Cahalan said.

Another Hoosier Singer returning close to her hometown is Emily Paulsen. Paulsen, a Winamac native, is in her junior year of the group.

All three girls plan to continue the group through their senior year.

Paulsen’s favorite part of the group is the fact it is one of the few choral groups where members aren’t required to be music majors.

“Since we got a new director, we have a mission to attract a wide variety of audiences,” Paulsen said. “We work hard to have repertoire that represents different songs and genres.”

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or Follow her: @PharosAES.

If you go: • WHAT: Indiana University Singing Hoosiers Christmas Show • WHERE: McHale Performing Arts Center, 1 Berry Lane, Logansport • WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 • INFO: Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.