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CU spring concert unites music, medicine

​Med students, staff and faculty showcase their artistic talent in send-off to choir director
The Spring Concert for the Melomania Orchestra, Arrhythmias Choir and Soundscape Accordion Trio was a beautiful but bittersweet event.
The event, held in the auditorium of the Education II South Building on the Anschutz Medical Campus on April 19, was the last concert for Christina Bishop, conductor for the Arrhythmias, the choir group she built from the ground up and has led for the past seven years.
Arrhythmias Choir conductor Christina Bishop poses with her husband, Nick Bishop, at her final campus concert as conductor.
“It’s super sad,” said Nina Esch, who conducts the Melomania Orchestra. “She’s a pleasure to work with – always enthusiastic and kind. It will be a loss not to have her there.” For her part, Bishop said she’d still like to be involved with the group in some capacity.
During her time as director, Bishop not only gave the choir the stability it needed, she also gave birth to three boys. The demands of child-raising – shared with husband Nick, who is starting his third-year rotation as a doctoral student with the University of Colorado School of Medicine – and her commitments to a thriving private studio practice and service to two other community groups, meant that “something had to give,” she said.