Posted on October 25, 2012
It has been such a wonderful pleasure to step foot on campus at the University of Michigan and into the position of Assistant Conductor of the Men’s Glee Club. Coming from Baylor University, which itself has a rich tradition of choral music making, I thought I understood the power of tradition. After my first month on campus, I now can see the depth and breadth of the roots of this fraternity. Tradition, Camaraderie, Musical Excellence: These things are all alive and well. While this organization represents itself and the University at the highest level nationally and internationally, I am more pleased with the community impact of the Men’s Glee Club through programs like Brothers in Song.
I have said many times that every college in the nation wants a Men’s Glee Club like the one here at Michigan, and in the same way, the Men’s Glee Club is looked to as a model for repertoire and programming ideas. That tradition of paving the way continues to be upheld by Dr. Eugene Rogers as he leads this next era in the UMMGC’s history. The Men’s Glee Club will be premiering several new arrangements and commissions each semester, as we focus on music of the Americas. Although there is no international tour this year, the tour will include concerts in some amazing venues along the East Coast and a very special concert combining with the other two oldest Glee Clubs in the United States for a concert in Boston. It is my hope that you will remember with pride the tradition that you have built, and more importantly take pride in the men that are being shaped by this organization. It is also my hope that you will find your way back for one of our concerts this year. Come by, take pride, introduce yourself. Let us thank you for the tradition you have helped to build.
Inspire our songs of loyalty, and may thy blessing be on Michigan,
Dear Michigan, Our University.
Assistant Conductor, UMMGC