Fellow Glee Clubbers, Alumni, and Friends,
It is with pleasure that I introduce myself as this year’s Tour Manager. Over the past couple of months, I have been working closely with our Executive Committee as well as our contacts and Alumni Associations across the country in working out the logistics of our upcoming East Coast Tour in May of 2013.
As we finalize our tour destinations, I am delighted to highlight some of our stops, including Washington D.C. and New York City. I am also proud to announce that we will be concluding our Spring Tour with a joint concert in Boston with two of the oldest Glee Clubs in the nation, Harvard Glee Club and Yale Glee Club.
Gifts to the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club are greatly appreciated. With the ever-increasing costs of performing and touring, any gift no matter the size makes a difference to the Club. Not only do your contributions help defray costs that enable Clubbers to ... Continue Reading
On top of the Great Wall of China, exhausted from annihilating altitude and steep stairways, a small group of clubbers gathered together to sing "The Yellow and Blue." Sunshine beaming and a light breeze blowing, the chords echoed throughout the surrounding mountainside as twenty-or-so young men sang the alma mater.
Tour was a smashing success again this year. From concerts to Tiananmen Square, everybody had a fantastic time in the Orient. Auditoriums were abuzz, brimming with excitement at the sounds of Gao Shan Qing and the Motown Medley. Photos were snapped of everything from the Imperial Palace to the Terracotta Warriors.
Thank you again to everyone who made this memorable experience possible. Big snaps go out to Dr. Rogers, Arian Khaefi, and David Gilliland for fearlessly guiding us on stage, as well as Zhongjie Shi and Bibo Wang for fearlessly guiding us on the streets of China. Most importantly, thank you to ... Continue Reading
Here is a long overdue “thank you” to the 59 alumni who answered the call and signed up as original members of the UMMGC Alumni Network in 2011-2012. We appreciate your confidence and commitment. Your support is highly valued by your A-Net Board of Directors and by UMMGC’s Executive Committee. The dues you contributed has created liquidity for our new organization and given us flexibility to provide support for alumni and Club gatherings and events.
We can proudly say that because of your dedication to the Alumni Network, our A-Net checking account at PNC Bank in A2 currently boasts a balance of $2,400. You can be sure that we will allocate it wisely to benefit UMMGC alumni and the Club!
More information, including a full roster of A-Net 2011-2012 can be found here.
When I applied to be a big brother for this year’s Brothers in Song-Chicago program, I was initially hesitant to sacrifice three entire weekends away from the surreal bubble of Ann Arbor. As a naive Californian barely acclimated to the watered-down Midwestern atmosphere of AA, I had never experienced Chicago, much less any of the area five miles beyond Central Campus. Regardless, I decided to take the plunge, and have had a tremendously eye-opening experience in the process.
Arriving in Chicago late the first Friday night, my first impression of the city was positive to say the least, as the other clubbers and I were greeted by an all-you-can-eat dinner at Pizzeria Due’s provided by our incredibly gracious alumni hosts. The next morning after a food recovery at Steve Ramsey’s house, the Chicago Children’s Choir welcomed clubbers to the Chicago Cultural Center with a mind-blowing performance. They sang a clubber favorite, ... Continue Reading
On March 11, we elected next year’s President, Vice President, and Parliamentarian. The elections were difficult for all because of the strength of character, commitment, contribution, and leadership displayed by all the candidates – we should be quite proud of all the men who ran for office as they displayed their passion for this organization.
You may recall a brief mention of this program in last fall’s alumni communication. The Alumni Network is pleased to announce that we are ready to launch our pilot mentoring program. Over 25 alumni indicated an interest when they signed up to join the Alumni Network. So they will automatically be given the opportunity to confirm their participation but we wanted to make it known more broadly in case a few more of you would like to help out.
In a nutshell, we’re asking alumni to provide some contact information that includes their work experience and current job by industry. Clubbers will be given a list of participating alumni and invited to contact anyone on the list who has a background that looks interesting to the student. The two people will connect, share experiences, and the student will get valuable answers to such questions as “what is a typical day in your job like?” to “what prepared you the best for this ... Continue Reading
The Glee Club has been working diligently in preparation for Dr. Eugene Rogers’ inaugural spring concert. Details are located below along with ticket information:
When: March 31st, 8PM
Where: Hill Auditorium
Repertoire: Kuster, popular Chinese folk songs, Motown Medley, Michigan songs, and much more!
With the 152nd Annual Spring Hill Concert rapidly approaching, there have been numerous questions regarding how tickets can be purchased. Thankfully, there are ample options available to do so. The most convenient way to procure tickets is through our online shop. All tickets orders will be held at will call.
During the week of the Spring Hill Concert, patrons also have the option of buying tickets over the phone. The Box Office will be open (March 27th-31st) and can be purchased by calling (734) 764-1448. Please have credit card information available when you call. Again, please note that all tickets will be held at will call.
January 7th, 2012 was a day of great collaboration between the UMMGC and our high school brothers in choirs across the state. Long acknowledged as one of our largest recruiting efforts, Male Vocal Arts Day (MVAD) has been a staple of the UMMGC calendar since 1991. In the 22nd annual event I am proud to relay that club was able to coordinate one of the most successful MVAD’s in recent memory. 375 young men from 45 schools in Michigan were in attendance this year. Hailing from as far as Elk Rapids, and as close as Ann Arbor, high school singers participated in a day long workshop facilitated by Dr. Eugene Rogers.
Ringing with notes skillfully played by UMMGC pianist David Gilliland, the Rogel Ballroom came alive as Dr. Rogers and the students came together to learn three pieces of music. With club’s arrival in the early afternoon, college and high school students combined for a joint rehearsal culminating in a free concert ... Continue Reading
Thursday Night post-rehearsal revelry, hearty laughs shared among friends, Hill Auditorium filled with excited concertgoers. All three are memories common to a member of UMMGC, and for that reason constitute the pillars of this organization: Tradition, Camaraderie, and Musical Excellence. In my October 2011 eLaudes article, I described how we, as clubbers, have a common responsibility to ensure the growth of Club so that future generations of Michigan Men may too enjoy the title of “Clubber,” and wear it proudly.
As students and stewards of the Club’s resources, we also bear the responsibility of using the club’s energies for the good of local and global communities. Our “Brothers in Song,” program is a fantastic example of Club’s current efforts to carry out its firm commitment to community outreach and engagement initiatives. BIS has allowed the Glee Club to share its love for music, inspire the pursuit of higher ... Continue Reading
The Friars will be performing February 11th at Rockford High School. The 7:00 pm concert will benefit the opening act, the Rockford Aces, who are traveling to the World Choir Games this summer. The concert is sure to be enjoyable for all ages as the Friars share "Everything I Learned in College" through song and of course, dance. If you are around the Grand Rapids area please come out for an entertaining evening for a great cause. For more information, or to order tickets, visit www.ummgc.org/friars/.