Glee Club represents Miami at national seminar
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Updated: Monday, April 16, 2012 20:04
The Miami University Men’s Glee Club performed at the National Seminar of Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses (IMC) Thursday in Atlanta at Morehouse College.
IMC is a biennial event, founded in 1915, for men’s choruses from across the country to assimilate for the cause of music.
“It’s not a competition, but it really is,” Corbin Mathias, Glee Club president said. “There aren’t any official results, but when the best glee clubs around the nation are coming to perform, naturally you are going to compare.”
The Glee Club performed a set of six pieces at the seminar, including the premiere of the song, Night, Veiled Night, which was commissioned specifically for Glee Club and is based off a poem by an Indian poet and composer. Pansy Chang, Miami cello professor, made the nine-hour trip to accompany the Glee Club with the premiere.
“The repertoire we performed was more difficult than the music we normally do,” Mathias said. “We set out to put on an incredible experience and that’s what we did. I can say that it was one of the most magical performances and concerts that I’ve ever been in.”
Participation in IMC requires invitation and Miami stands as the only university to have attended the seminar five consecutive times.
“For us, being invited again was really an honor and time for us to show what we can do; it speaks to the lasting quality and excellence of the Glee Club,” Mathias said.
This year’s performance was unique for Miami in that it was the club’s first time at IMC under the direction of Jeremy Jones.
“Dr. Jones really pushed us; we wouldn’t have performed the way we did without him,” senior Adam Saxe said.
IMC had 14 choruses this year.
“One of the things that sets us apart is that the majority of us aren’t music majors, so that adds a different level to our performance. We really want to be there and are really putting our hearts into it,” Mathias said. “The other groups can put on a good show, but I feel that we put on a better performance because of our passion.”
Mathias said IMC provided a platform for more than just musical development.
“It’s about the friendships that are formed, learning together, working together and seeing things from a different perspective,” Mathias said. “It connects you with the other guys in a way that a fraternity can and also in a way that a fraternity can’t.”
The Glee Club will perform the repertoire from IMC this Thursday and Friday at their “Home Concert.” They will also be doing a set dedicated to John “Doc” Wabrick. Doc Wabrick, who passed away in January, was the director of the Glee Club from 1967 to 1988.
The “Home Concert” begins 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday in Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults, and are available online and at the Shriver Center Box Office.