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December 2009

In This Issue

  • Director's Note: Of ACDA and NCAA: On Striving, Competing, and an American Llangollen
  • Register for the 150th!
  • online.ummgc.org to be Phased Out
  • Support the Club Before 2009 Ends

From the Director

Director Paul Rardin

Assessing quality in the arts is always subjective. Unlike sports, the arts usually rely on subjective rather than qualitative criteria to determine quality. As a conductor, I don’t usually get the chance to return home from a concert saying “Guess what, honey? We won!”

This past June I got an opportunity to do just that. The Men’s Glee Club was one of only two auditioned male choruses invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association Central Division conference in Cincinnati this coming February. This marks MGC’s fifth invited performance for ACDA (1992, 1996, 1997, 2000, and 2010), the most visible and prestigious professional organization for American choral directors. I had long been envious of the accomplishments of our Llangollen Eisteddfod-winning brethren, so it was a thrill to be able to share this great news with the current generation of Glee Clubbers who have never enjoyed that honor.

What makes ACDA concert sessions special for performing choirs is that the audiences are comprised solely of choral professionals and students. Just as a basketball team strives to elevate its game when facing a higher-ranked opponent, choirs strive to sing their absolute best when singing for choral experts and peer choirs. I’ve heard how well our guys sing when a peer choir is in the room (pride and competition are wonderful things in choral music, I’ve decided); I’m trusting they will bring their absolute best game on February 25 in Cincinnati.

And we may have the chance to “win” again while we’re there. The other male chorus selected to perform is the OSU Men’s Glee Club, and the organizers have scheduled an informal fight-song sing-off between the two groups. I’m quite sure the guys and I will need no external motivation to be our best for that. As Albert Stanley put it in the song we all know:

    At hostes, Pol, perniciter
    Eant eis Korakas!

May our foes, indeed, go to the crows!

-Paul Rardin

Register for the 150th

Do you miss the thrill of singing great music with close friends on the stage of historic Hill Auditorium?

If so, here is your chance to relive the thrills of your “College Days.”

As part of the UMMGC’s 150th Reunion weekend, a special group is being formed…the 150th Alumni Glee Club. And we want you to be a part of it!

By joining, you will be able to sing under one of our distinguished former directors. Brad Bloom. Willis Patterson. Leonard Johnson. Patrick Gardner. Jerry Blackstone. Stephen Lusmann. Paul Rardin. All will be there, leading us as we “sing to the colors.”

And on this historic occasion, you’ll get to perform more than the Alma Mater. You’ll sing with the guys you sang with in the past, with each group doing several numbers on their own, then one number plus Michigan songs all together.

Suggestions from alumni are being considered and we may be singing one or more of your personal favorites such as “Ain’t Got Time to Die,” “Betelehemu,” Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria,” or Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia,” along with a number of pieces from our University of Michigan Songbook.

Mark it down. Saturday, April 10, 2010, at 3 pm is the 150th Alumni Glee Club Concert.

Of 180 Glee Club alums who’ve registered online so far, 95% have said they want to sing. If you, too, want to join the 150th Alumni Glee Club, you need to register no later than January 15. The Fellowship & Song Team needs to order the right quantity of music, as well as practice and rehearsal tools in time for all to get ready, so that date is key to identifying the exact number of singers.

All you have to do is register for the 150th and indicate that you want to join us once more in Tradition, Camaraderie, and Musical Excellence on the historic stage of Hill Auditorium.

Don’t miss out. Go to www.ummgc.org and click on the 150th Reunion Registration link.

See you on the stage of Hill Auditorium!

UMMGC to Shut Down online.ummgc.org

Due to underwhelming use and the rise of cost-effective alternatives, such as UMMGC groups at popular social networking sites LinkedIn and Facebook, UMMGC is terminating our agreement with YourMembership to provide the social networking features of online.ummgc.org.

We are currently developing an exciting alternative that we plan to roll out in the next few months. I hope you’ll look forward to exploring our new alumni website, and we regret any inconvenience the shutdown of online.ummgc.org will cause.

-Joe Wieciek
Alumni Relations Manager

2010 Is Fast Approaching!

There is still time to make a tax deductible contribution for 2009! Simply follow the secure link to Michigan Online Giving to make a gift by credit card by 11:59 on December 31st. You may also complete and print the Donor Form (pdf) and submit a check postmarked by December 31st. To learn more about how your gifts support the Club visit www.ummgc.org/giving.html.