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November 2009

In This Issue

  • Director's Note: "Adopt-a-Choir" Launched
  • Fall Hill Concert November 21!
  • White Tie and Tailgate
  • Register for the 150th!
  • Seeking Sponsors for the 150th Year

From the Director

Director Paul Rardin

Addressing the twin goals of musical excellence and racial diversity, the Men’s Glee Club officially launched its new Adopt-a-Choir program last month. Twelve Clubbers traveled to Southfield-Lathrup High School in suburban Detroit to rehearse three selections with the twelve young men of the SLHS choirs. With the enthusiastic cooperation of SLHS choral director Jeffrey Martin and the generous financial support of UM Senior Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs Lester Monts, the program had a very auspicious beginning on September 29 in a rehearsal marked by musical energy, curiosity, camaraderie, and laughter.

The program includes two additional rehearsals in the weeks ahead, and will culminate at the November 21 concert, when the SLHS men will join Club on stage to perform the three selected pieces as well as a piece on their own. Following the September 29 model, each rehearsal will include joint rehearsing, sectional rehearsals led by Clubbers, a pizza dinner, and interactive discussions on topics such as college life, traditions in the two choirs, favorite classes and majors, and admission to UM.

We look forward to this collaboration with our new SLHS “dudes,” and would be thrilled to welcome them as full-fledged Clubbers should they enroll at UM. It is our sincere hope that, after singing with Club in front of a packed house in the magnificent Hill Auditorium, they would have no reason to consider any other university.

-Paul Rardin

150th Annual Fall Hill Concert

The Men's Glee Club is proud to be presenting the 150th Fall Hill Concert in Hill Audtorium on November 21 at 8 pm. Join us as we celebrate 150 years of Fall concerts with an all-American program of new and diverse music. The Club continues to take pride in performing music of diverse styles, traditions, and time periods, and has championed the works of living composers. This concert includes contemporary music in the classical, folk, popular, and gospel styles.

The concert features the world premiere performance of a work by Pulitzer- and Grammy-award winning composer William Bolcom, a five-movement set highlighting the poetry of University of Michigan students.

To order tickets ($15 main floor and mezzanine, $5 students) please e-mail mgc.tickets@umich.edu or call (734) 764-1448.

White Tie and Tailgate!

Coming to the Fall Hill Concert? The big game before that? As in previous years, “White Tie and Tailgate,” hosted by Brent O’Banion '85 and Mike Sikora, '93, will be taking place before the Ohio State game on November 21, 2009. It is still at Kenville Dance Studio at 323 E Hoover. For more information, check our website at ummgc.org. We hope to see you there!

150th Anniversary Registration Online

Up to now, it’s been mostly talk! “Watch for more information on the 150th!” “Save the date--April 8-10, 2010.” “Registration site coming soon!”

Well, now you can take action! The Glee Club’s 150th Registration Site is open, and it’s waiting for YOU!

If you’re still debating whether to attend the 150th, well...don’t wait too long! Banquet seating is limited due to space. Besides, you won’t want to miss the only Glee Club 150th in your lifetime! Don’t find yourself in a position of looking back and wishing you’d been there! It won’t be a good place to be!

Take the plunge and sign up now!

Look for the “150th Reunion Registration” link on the Glee Club Web site at ummgc.org

Sponsorships Sought

On the eve of its sesquicentennial, our University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club is again welcoming sectional and concert sponsorships. The academic year 2009-2010 is the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club’s 150th year of operation, marking a unique milestone that only one other glee club in the United States so far can claim. Last year, Harvard celebrated its 150th anniversary, and Yale joins the group next year with several other U.S. clubs rounding the mark soon thereafter.

The goal for sponsorships in this historic anniversary year is to build upon last year’s successful launch of the Sponsorship Program when supportive alumni and parents claimed six voice section sponsorships, four to back the Club in its annual fall concert and two for the spring event. So far, two sponsorships are in place for the 150th year, both backing the first tenor section, one for fall and one for spring.

These new gift-giving arrangements make it possible for interested donors to help boost the Club’s financial resources by sponsoring Club voice sections at $2,500 per gift, tour concerts at $5,000, and Hill concerts at $10,000. Sponsorships are available to any alumnus, parent, or friend. Proceeds allow the Club to help students offset part of their cost for tails, tours, and tuition.

Our sincere appreciation and heartfelt thanks go out to our current group of five inaugural sponsors:

  • Terry Bangs ’66; Libertyville, IL; Baritone Section
  • Richard J. Bowman ’60; Glenview, IL; 2nd Tenor Section
  • Christopher Nordhoff ’91; Chicago, IL; 1st Tenor Section (4)
  • Nancy and Phil Polakoff; Berkeley, CA; Bass Section
  • ‘Cille and Steve Ramsey ’67; Lake Forest, IL; Bass Section

By virtue of their early support through sponsorships last year, these generous alumni and parents became founding members of the Club’s new Sponsor Circle. The same will hold true for any donor funding a sponsorship during the 150th year (fall 2009 and spring 2010).

You can pledge your support and become a sponsor by contacting Erika Bigelow, Development Office; School of Music, Theatre & Dance; University of Michigan ebigelow@umich.edu (734) 763-0632.