Get to know Abby
What are you doing in school?
"I am pursuing a double major in Behavioral and Community Health, and French at University of Maryland College Park."
How long have you been singing in choirs?
"For about twelve years."
What is your favorite musical memory?
"My favorite musical memory is going on tour to Hungary with the Children's Chorus of Maryland."
Do you have any special talents or interests outside of music?
“I love foreign language, and I've been taking French for several years. I'm studying abroad in Nice during the Spring of 2019!"
Who is your favorite composer? Why?
“That's tricky but I really enjoy Chopin's music for piano and love Zoltán Kodály's choral music. I love the emotion that can be brought across in Chopin's music and have always loved the harmonies that Kodály used in his music. I also really like Scott Joplin because once again the harmonies are amazing and his music is so much fun to play. I know that's three, not one, but I can't leave out Joplin."
Who's your favorite non-classical musical artist?
“I really enjoy Ed Sheeran, Big Theif, Ari Lennox, and Vampire Weekend. It's too hard to pick one."
What song have you not been able to stop listening to (classical or not)?
"First Love/Late Spring by Mitski"
What were you doing in the summer when you were in middle school?
"Swim, dive, and tennis team!!"
If you could turn anything purple, what would it be?
"Hmmm I think I'd turn salt purple. That would be pretty dope."
What’s your favorite sports team?
"Not gonna lie I don't really watch sports so I don't have a favorite team."
What's your favorite thing about singing in Lux?
“My favorite thing about Lux is how well the group works together. Everyone is a hard worker which results in everything coming so much more easily so we can dig deeper into all of the music. Not only that, but I love what a powerful sound we can get out of such a small group."
What’s your favorite song you've sung with Lux?
“Another toughie. I'd say my favorite is Let my Love be Heard [by Jake Runestad]. It's a very moving song with gorgeous harmonies and movement."
Who’s cooler: John Lennon or Mick Jagger?
"John Lennon because the Beatles are pretty freakin' cool."
What's the most interesting fact about you?
“Oh Lord, this question is too hard… I'm gonna go with: I had pet rats as a kid."
Abby Hines is a junior at the University of Maryland where she studies Behavioral and Community Health. In the summer of 2017, she started the incredible experience of singing with Lux. She currently sings with the University of Maryland Chorale and is a proud member of PandemoniUM, a student run A Capella group. Prior to her transfer to the University of Maryland, she also sang in Gettysburg College’s Concert Choir - a mixed voice choir - and Audeamus - a treble voices ensemble. Prior to college, she sang with the Children's Chorus of Maryland for 7 years under Betty Berteaux, and toured Hungary with them in 2013. She was also a part of the American Kodály Children's Chorus for 3 years under the direction of Dr. Alyson Shirk.
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