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"Being a part of the Bluestockings was like having a big group of sisters. Sometimes we loved each other, sometimes we fought, but we always stuck together in the end and sang our hearts out. We had no fear of singing too low or too loud. We sang songs that communicated to our audience--made mothers cry, friends laugh, strangers marvel. Perhaps my favorite memory was our performance at Smith in spring 2000 after we had advanced to the regional level of whatever competition. We sang for thousands of people; afterwards, many women approached us and said how much we moved them with 'On Children'. That is why I sing--to touch the audience. And we did that every single time." -Catherine "Pfaff" Pfaffenroth '01

"Like many other Bluesox (and I think this is important), I was encouraged to try out by current sox who were friends of mine. I'd never sung before in a group, and I'm not sure why I went after this. But once I was involved, what distinguished it for me was that I felt like I was really part of a true relationship with something. I was involved in other things, and I knew those people and I knew what we were about together, but it wasn't quite as important to me; this felt like a family or an old, solid friend--you grow to understand their ins and outs." -Jenn Salcido

"Those early days were fun and challenging, full of hard work, though we were lucky to have great arranging and conducting talent within the group. In particular I remember our first performance--a sort of trial hit-and-run where we sang 'Lollipop' in Valentine during dinner. Despite a somewhat shaky first performance, we had a hugely enthusiastic response from the audience, and that's when I felt that Amherst was definitely ready for another women's a cappella group. After that, you might say we were women with a mission." -Kate Brick '91

 
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