Student Government Association Votes to Create a New Westminster A Cappella Group
Cindy Lamkin (middle), pictured here with President Fletch Lamkin and Lucy Kirby, will be the director of Westminster’s new a cappella group. PHOTO COURTESY OF PAT KIRBY.
BY ALLIE KENNEBECK
Westminster’s Student Government Association voted at its January meeting to approve an a cappella group to form within the next year.
Due to the policy that all new clubs and organizations have to be approved by the majority of SGA for funding purposes, the association discussed whether or not the addition of this new musical group would be a beneficial addition to Westminster.
The new a cappella group is intended to be separate from Westminster’s official choir and would serve as a recreational pastime rather than an organization that would offer scholarship money for students. Isaac Coronel, ’18, brought to attention that the college has had an all-student a cappella group in years past, but it was disbanded due to lack of success and interest.
Coronel stated that this time would be different as “there will be an official, permanent instructor for the group.”
Coronel reported that between seven and eight students have shown interest in forming the new group, which is enough to create it.
“It is a surprise to learn of the development of a new a cappella group, but I certainly wish them every success.”
The group’s director will be Cindy Lamkin, President Lamkin’s wife and a previous music director of the college. Mrs. Lamkin was succeeded by Dr. Natasia Sexton, associate professor of music and chair of the Communication and Fine Arts department.
When asked about her thoughts on the commencement of a new a cappella group, Dr. Sexton said she was unaware of the development. She stated in an email, “It is a surprise to learn of the development of a new a cappella group, but I certainly wish them every success.”