A few years ago, in a little mountain village in Italy, the A Cappella Choir moved to tears a crowd who didn’t even speak English. The concert was standing room only, and the applause was thunderous. It was an experience no one in the choir would ever forget – a performance more meaningful than the ones in huge Roman cathedrals.
Moments like this demonstrate the power of music for director Mark Babcock, associate professor of music. “I witness on a daily basis that music transforms students,” he says. “It helps them to connect to each other. It helps them connect to bigger ideas than themselves. And it helps them step out of mundane existence into things that are more grand, more beautiful and more life-giving.”