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Wed, 10/10/2018 - 11:03am

New Space Suits Music Department

New Space Suits Music Department

When it comes time to belt out a song, Weston McGrath '21 has what it takes to perform in front of crowds.

Still, the sophomore is partial to private rehearsals.

Weston is a returning member of the Christ School choir. And like a lot of boys, he has enjoyed the Music Department's move to the BBW (Building Behind Wetmore) facility for the 2018-19 school year.

"I prefer it here over the old music room. Here, you can sing more freely and sing how you want," Weston said. "In the past, the door might have been open and people walking by could hear."

For decades, the Music Department had operated out of Christ School's Science Wing. In order to consolidate all the Science classrooms into one area, the Music Department was relocated over the summer.

The new space is cozier, but the acoustics are great, Choirmaster Patrick McMurry said. Now in his 19th year, McMurry also teaches Music Appreciation and Music Technology in his classroom and an adjoining computer lab.

"It's more intimate and that amplifies everything. It's really worked out nicely," McMurry said. "I can hear everyone well and they can hear each other. Like any move, it's just a matter of getting everything set up and then getting to operate."

Along with Weston, Drake Oliver '19 is also back from last year's choir. McMurry hopes to have a group of 15-20 boys for the Lessons & Carols candlelight service on December 9. This will be the 85th year for the Christmas-time tradition at Christ School.