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Greetings from the Conductor When I think about the journey the Glee Club has been on this past year, with the performances and the making of the documentary of the Seven Last Words of the Unarmed and Glory, I immediately think “how brave, how beautiful and how blue!” The clubbers’ commitment to the journey and to the performances both in the US and abroad was nothing short of the passion and beauty which strong Michigan men are capable of achieving. As we approach our current season, our theme takes on deeper meaning. The repertoire chosen this year specifically deals with the disparate struggles and triumphs of the human experience and a celebration of the world’s beauty. Let Us Plant Our Gardens Now, a new work by composer Dominick DiOrio with lyrics by poet Megan Levad, was inspired by the Flint-water crisis. Further, movements from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, the sublime setting of Lauridsen’s Sure On This Shining Night, the poignant and menacing text of Edwin Brock about the futility of war in Chilcott’s Five Ways to Kill a Man, and the Don’t Be Afraid Campaign theme song , all celebrate the beauty of every human being. This ensemble of songs all uniquely highlight our theme. We are especially excited to share the stage with the young men from Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti (Toni Micik, conductor) as we continue with our eleventh Brothers in Song program. This year is turning out to be full of rich musical experiences for our Club, and we hope that you will join us as we begin to celebrate our University’s Bicentennial this Spring with a new Michigan Song (lyrics contest ongoing), a Michigan and East Coast Bicentennial Tour, and next Fall for our main celebration-- Ambassadors In Song International Male Chorus Symposium featuring Chanticleer and many others ( for more information). Welcome and enjoy our concert! Eugene Rogers


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Reprinted from programs in London’s Royal Festival Hall: “During a recent test in the hall, a note played mezzo forte on the horn measured approximately 65 decibels of sound. A single ‘uncovered’ cough gave the same reading. A handkerchief placed over the mouth when coughing assists in obtaining a pianissimo.”

Please refrain from coughing until each piece is finished and be sure personal electronics are in silent mode or switched off during the concert.


2016-17 Glee Club Management The University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club 1100 Baits Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48109


President������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Patrick Kiessling Vice-President ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Alex Cherry Parliamentarian������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Joseph Kiessling Alumni Relations Manager ����������������������������������������������������������������������Clement Turner Assistant Alumni Relations Manager����������������������������������������������������������������� Alex Wilf Business Manager���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Danny Luan Assistant Business Manager����������������������������������������������������������������������������� Kyle Butler Operations Manager���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Stephen Amori Assistant Operations Manager���������������������������������������������������������������������� Adam Heins Public Relations Manager �������������������������������������������������������������������Teddy Gotfredson Faculty Advisor Emeritus������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Carl Smith Director ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Eugene Rogers


Archivist����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Sounak Raj Das Campus Publicity Manager�����������������������������������������������������������������������Sutton Bradley Community Outreach Manager��������������������������������������������������������������������������Zach Cox Librarian���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Palmer Corbett New Technologies Manager�������������������������������������������������������������������������� Adam Heins Major Media Manager�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Bryce Bizer Media Production Team Manager��������������������������������������������������������������Jonathan Jan Merchandise Managers ������������������������������������������������������ Adam Horn & Ricky Lomas MVAD Coordinator������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Sebastian Capp Programs Manager��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Sounak Raj Das Small Groups Managers���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Jake Meyers Social Chairs��������������������������������������������������� Alex Cherry, Wesley Fields & Tyler Read Spring Tour Manager���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Adam Heins Stage Manager��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������William Yang Tickets Manager ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Marshall Cherry Woman’s Glee Club Liason��������������������������������������������������������������������George Davidson


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University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club History

The scope of the Men’s Glee Club reaches far beyond rehearsals and performances; the Club is a vibrant social organization with a national outreach program to diverse communities called “Brothers in Song.” Partnering with such organizations as Detroit School of Arts, Chicago Children’s Choir, Duke Ellington School of the Arts and others. In addition, the group frequently collaborates with Glee Clubs around the nation such as Michigan State, Cornell, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Miami of Ohio, Harvard, and Yale Glee Clubs. The graduate and undergraduate members of the Glee Club represent many diverse fields of study in the majority of the University’s 19 schools and colleges, and its student officers are responsible for the management of all non-musical Glee Club operations. The Friars, an eightmember a cappella subset of the Glee Club, are in their 61st year and serve as an extension of Club as they maintain an ambitious performing schedule.


In 2016, the Michigan Men’s Glee Club recorded and premiered their documentary film, “Love, Life & Loss.” This film documents the Club’s performance of “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” a multi-movement work by Joel Thompson commemorating the lives of African American men lost at the hands of authority figures, and John Legend’s “Glory” from the motion picture, Selma. The film was featured in a broadcast on Detroit Public Television, and has been submitted to film festivals worldwide for screenings in the coming months.


In 1959, Michigan Men’s Glee Club was the first American male chorus to win the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales, (and has since won three more first prizes at the same competition), and in 1967, circled the globe in celebration of the University’s sesquicentennial year. Recent international tours have included Southeast Asia (1989), Eastern and Central Europe (1992), South America (1996), Australia (2000), the British Isles (2004), Spain (2008), Cuba (2011), China (2012), and South Africa (2016). The Club has made appearances at Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls at Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the pre-game festivities for the 1984 World Series. Other notable appearances include the 1986 and the 2004 IMC National Seminar at Harvard University, the American Choral Directors Association Central Division Conventions in 1992, 2000, 2010, and the ACDA National Convention in San Diego in 1997. The Club was also honored to be featured on Mannheim Steamroller’s double platinum CD Christmas Extraordinaire in 2001. Recently, they gave two performances at the esteemed National American Choral Directors Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah (2015) and appeared at the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar at the University of Illinois (2016).


Founded in 1859, The University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club is one of the oldest collegiate choruses in the United States and long acclaimed as one of the finest male choruses in the world. The Glee Club is known for its wide repertoire of music that incorporates selections from different musical styles and periods including Renaissance motets, Romantic anthems, opera choruses, folksongs, spirituals, contemporary works, and, of course, Michigan songs. Since the beginning of Dr. Rogers’ tenure in 2011, the club has premiered over twenty new arrangements and compositions.


University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club Eugene Rogers, director John Boonenberg, pianist Jabarie Glass, assistant conductor Andre Dowell, Percussionist

How Brave. How Beautiful. How Blue. I

Laudes atque carmina����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Albert Stanley The singing of “Laudes” is sponsored by the UMMGC Alumni Network May songs and praises to you, O University, be sweetest, not just today nor tomorrow, but for all time, so long as you have the place. But may our foes, indeed, go swiftly to the crows! O glory, victory, and virtue of everything; prosper, O University of Michigan.

II Ring Out, Wild Bells ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Ron Nelson (b. 1929) John Boonenberg & Paul Geissner, Piano

III Priidite, poklonimsia (from Vespers)������������������������������ Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Arranged by Vladimir Morosan

Slava v vishnikh (from Vespers)���������������������������������������� Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Arranged by A. Gretchaninoff


Dixit Maria������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612) Jabarie Glass, conductor

V Five Ways to Kill a Man���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Bob Chilcott (b 1955) Sure on this Shining Night��������������������������������������������������������������� Morten Lauridsen (b 1943)


Men of the Lincoln High School Chorus She Walks in Beauty ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Laura Farnell No 3: Fire Down Below (from Sea Shanties)�������������������������������������������������Trad. Sea Shanty


Ken Berg

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Combined Men of the Lincoln High School Chorus and Michigan Men’s Glee Club Let Us Plant Our Gardens Now*������������������������������������������������������� Dominick DiOrio (b 1984) Alec Josaitis, Jacob Emery, Sounak Raj Das , soloists INTERMISSION


Selections by The Friars

IX Come and go to that land����������������������������������������������������������������� Traditional Negro Spiritual Arranged by Brandon Waddles

X Frè O����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Trad Haitian Arranged by Sten Källman Zion Jackson, Walter Stevenson, & Adam Kahana, soloists Don’t Be Afraid �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Allyson Reigh David Schuberth, soloist Everyone: And I see your true colors shining through I see you true colors and that’s why I love you So don’t be afraid to let them show your true colors, True colors are beautiful, like a rainbow. Kwangena thina bo���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Trad. Xhosa Harge Dance Stories

IX Michigan Songs Michigan Remember��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Paul Rarden The Friar’s Song��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� William K. Diekema Patrick Kiessling, soloist The Hymn������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ J. Fred Lawton & Earl V. Moore In loving memory of Shiela Niedbala Varsity and the Victors����������������������������������������� J. Fred Lawton, Earl V. Moore & Louis Elbel

*new work commissioned for and premiered by the Glee Club


Text and Translations Ring Out, Wild Bells

(text by Alfred, Lord Tennyson) Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light: The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out a slowly dying cause, And ancient forms of party strife; Ring in the nobler modes of life, With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind For those that here we see no more; Ring out the feud of rich and poor, Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring in the valiant man and free, The larger heart, the kindlier hand; Ring out the darkness of the land, Ring in the World that is to be.

Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Priidite, poklonimsia (text from the Vespers)



Priidite, poklonimsia Tsarevi nashemu Bogu. Priidite, poklonimsia i pripadem Hristu Tsarevi nashemu Bogu Priidite, poklonimsia i pripadem samomu Hristu Tsarevi i Bogu nashemu Priidite, poklonimsia i pripadem Yemu.

Come, let us worship God, our King. Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and our God Come, let us workship and fall down before him.

Slava v vishnikh

(text from the Vespers) Russian

English Translation

Slava v vyshnikh Bogu, i na zemli mir v chelovetseh blagovoleniye. (Slava!) Gospodi, ustne moi otverzeshi, i usta moya vozvestyat hvalu Tvoyu.

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace Peace on earth, good will to men. (Glory!) Open thou my lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.

Dixit Maria (Luke 1:38)



English Translation

Dixit Maria ad Angelum: Ecce ancilla Domini fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum

Mary said to the Angel: Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me, according to your word.

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There are many cumbersome ways to kill a man. You can make him carry a plank of wood to the top of a hill and nail him to it. To do this properly you require a crowd of people wearing sandals, a cock that crows, a cloak to dissect, a sponge, some vinegar and one man to hammer the nails home.

In an age of aeroplanes, you may fly miles above your victim and dispose of him by pressing one small switch. All you then require is an ocean to separate you, two systems of government, a nation’s scientists, several factories, a psychopath and land that no-one needs for several years.

Or you can take a length of steel shaped and chased in a traditional way, and attempt to pierce the metal cage he wears. But for this you need white horses, English trees, men with bows and arrows, at least two flags, a prince, and a castle to hold your banquet in.

These are, as I began, cumbersome ways to kill a man. Simpler, direct, and much more neat is to see that he is living somewhere in the middle of the twentieth century, and leave him there.

Dispensing with nobility, you may, if the wind allows, blow gas at him. But then you need a mile of mud sliced through with ditches, not to mention black boots, bomb craters, more mud, a plague of rats, a dozen songs and some round hats made of steel.

Sure on this Shining Night (poem by James Agee)

Sure on this shining night Of star-made shadows round, Kindness must watch for me This side the ground.

Sure on this shining night I weep for wonder Wand’ring far alone Of shadows on the stars.

The late year lies down the north. All is healed, all is health. High summer holds the earth. Hearts all whole.

She Walks in Beauty

(Based on a poem by Lord Byron) She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes; Thus mellowed to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies. She walks in beauty.

And when I look upon her face, So soft, so calm, yet eloquent, Her winning smile, her eyes that glow, But tell of days in goodness spent, A mind at peace with all below, A heart whose love is innocent!


Fire Down Below! There’s a fire in the galley, There’s a fire down below! Fetch the bucket of water, girls, There’s fire down below!

As I walked out one mornin’ fair, All in the month of June! I overheard a sweet Irish maid a-singing out this tune!

Fire, fire, fire down below, Fetch a bucket of water, Fire down below.

We’re pullin’ together, We’re singin’ together, We’re singin’ and pullin’ together!

There’s a fire in the foretop, There’s a fire in the main! Fetch the bucket of water, girls, and put it out again!

There’s a power in our singin’, There’s a power in our song! So won’t you get off your lazy rump and join in our work and song!

There’s a fire in the starboard, There’s a fire in the in the stern! Fetch the bucket of water, girls, And give the pump a turn!

It’s fire! Fire! Fire down below! It’s fetch a bucket of water, girls, There’s fire down below!

Let Us Plant our Gardens Now (poem by Megan Levad)

“Justice does not allow that the sacrifices imposed on a few are outweighed by the larger sum of advantages enjoyed by many” - John Rawls Neighbour, let us find nature. Near us, in us. Nurture the wild freedom of the human creature.

No longer sacrifice some among our numbers to a twisted idol, exiled from clear, cool water, wholesome earth, sun-warmed air, and bees, and time enough to grow. No longer offer gilded alibis as we make our whole communities canaries, whose silence has until now been their song. Neighbour, we are kind, kin, ken. We will all enter a commons, this only earth and air and water, in the end. Let us plant our gardens now, together, where we live.

Come and Go to that Land (Traditional Negro Spiritual)

Come and go to that land. Come and go to that land. Come and go to that land where I’m bound Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come!


‘Twas grace that brought me safe thus far and I know it will lead me home! Come and go with me to my Father’s house! There’ll be joy! Joy! Joy! Come and go to that land where I’m, Oh, where I’m bound!

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(Traditional Haitian) Haitian Creole

English Translation

Fre O di nou, di maladia pa gaya. Na jwe na rele. Ou malad mwen di yo Na jwa Papa Dambala eh! Mape mande Dambala Wedo gade nou. Nou tout changte Ayida Wedo men petit ou yo.

O Brother, you tell us your sickness will not be healed. We are playing (the drums and singing) and weeping. You are sick - I will tell the others. We are playing the drums and sining to Papa

Don’t Be Afraid (“True Colours” Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper) Dark is the night When you’re feeling all alone Weak is the light When you’re feeling far from home Warm is the heart, warm is the heart that loves true Real is the love, real is the love that holds you I have no fear that I’ve been hiding from the truth I have no question in my heart when I think of you And all this time, they told me we were wrong All this time, my heart did not have a song (oh) So I will sing, I will sing and be brave I will sing, don’t be afraid

There are mountains here There is darkness before the day As long as you are here all I can say (ay ee ay) Shine all your light, stand tall Don’t let anybody make you feel small Don’t be afraid But I see your true colors Shining through I see your true colors And that’s why I love you So don’t be afraid to let them show Your true colors True colors are beautiful,

Kwangena thina bo (Traditional Xhosa)


English Translation

Kwangena thina bo we-ma-mey Wayiyizela Kwatulamoya Lilizela zela

Welcome in the concert hall It was quiet and the spirit was moved!


Musical Direction

Eugene Rogers, Conductor

Recognized as a leading conductor, pedagogue, and lecturer, Eugene Rogers has appeared throughout the United States as well as in Africa, Canada, China, Singapore, England, Portugal, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Mexico, Spain, and Italy. Recently, Rogers conducted the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club in Salt Lake City, Utah at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). In December 2014, the Naxos recording of Milhaud’s monumental L’Orestie d’Eschyle, on which Rogers served as a chorus master, was nominated for a 2015 GRAMMY® Award (“Best Opera Recording”). Rogers is currently associate director of choirs at U-M where he teaches undergraduate conducting, conducts the Men’s Glee Club and the University Choir, and is the faculty director of the MPulse Vocal Arts Institute, a national high school summer program. His past appointments include Macalester College (St. Paul, Minnesota), the Boys Choir of Harlem, Waubonsie Valley High School (Aurora, Illinois), and Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago (formerly the Glen Ellyn Children’s Choir). In 2013, Rogers co-managed the production of the joint CD Ye Shall Have a Song with the Michigan, Yale, and Harvard Glee Clubs, a collaboration celebrating America’s three oldest collegiate choirs. Notable guest appearances include the Ministry Branch of Education Inaugural World Youth Choir Festival (Singapore); the Lisbon Summerfest Chamber Choir and Festival Chorus; VocalEssence and the Minnesota Public Radio Harmony in the Park; the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) High School Mixed Honor Choir (Luxembourg), the British Columbia Music Education Association Honor Choir; the NAfME All-Northwest High School Mixed Choir; Westminster Chamber Choir (Florence, Italy, and Princeton, New Jersey); Choral Music Experience (London, England); the Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asia High Schools Biennial Music Festival (Singapore); the Colorado All-State Choir; the Oregon All-State Mixed Choir, the Tlaxcala Mexico Second International Festival of Chamber Choirs; Choirs of America Festival (New York); the Oklahoma State University Choral Festival (Stillwater, Oklahoma); the Florida ACDA High School Mixed Honor Choir; the OAKE (Organization of American Kodály Educators) National Youth Honor Choir; the Alabama Middle School All-State Choir; Chorus America San Francisco Conference; the Illinois ACDA Summer Conference; the ACDA North Central Division Middle School Honor Choir; and the Vocalizze Youth Program in Lisbon. 2016-17 appearances include guest- conducting and conference presentations in British Columbia, China, Madrid, Portugal, Singapore, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Michigan. In 2015, Mark Foster Publishing began the Eugene Rogers Choral Series, a series featuring emerging composers who specialize in contemporary classical and folk music traditions. In 2011, Rogers traveled to and studied the choral traditions of East Africa (Tanzania) and subsequently published editions of Tanzanian choral music under the Hal Leonard World Music Series. As a singer, Rogers has performed with the World Youth Choir, the Portland Symphonic Choir, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale, and the May Festival Chorus in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to his duties as a conductor, teacher, and singer, Rogers is the first national chair of Diversity Issues for the American Choral Directors Association National Conference, co-artistic director of Portugal’s Lisbon Summer Choral Festival and, in 2010 and 2011, was the artistic director of the Disneyland Hong Kong Winter Choral Festival. He has served as a panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts and currently serves on the boards of the Central Division American Choral Directors Association (Male Chorus R&S Chair), the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and is the ChoralQuest series editor for the American Composers Forum. Rogers holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in choral music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in choral conducting from U-M.


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John Boonenberg, Pianist John Boonenberg is a highly versatile, prize-winning pianist who has performed both nationally and internationally to great acclaim. His awards include the Grand Prize at the 2001 International Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Piano Competition, 1st prize in the 2000 Piano Arts National Concerto Competition, 1st prize in the 2007 Poland International Music Festival Piano Competition, as well as awards in numerous MTNA and MMTA competitions. He has appeared in solo recital and as concerto soloist in Germany, Poland, Puerto Rico, Czech Republic, Italy, and across the US. He has participated in festivals including the Internationale Konzertarbeitswochen in Goslar, Germany, the Prague International Piano Masterclasses in the Czech Republic, the Poland International Music Festival in Naleczow, Poland, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival. Besides an active solo performing schedule, Dr. Boonenberg is also active as a conductor, coach, and clinician. He has conducted much of the Bach cantata repertoire, and has coached opera and art song at several music festivals. Dr. Boonenberg holds degrees from The Juilliard School and the University of Michigan. His principal teachers include Logan Skelton, Robert McDonald and Mary Siciliano. He currently holds the positions of Director of Music at Guardian Lutheran Church and Director of Choirs and Bands at Lutheran High School Westland, both in Michigan.

Jabarie Glass, Assistant Conductor Jabarie Glass is a doctoral student in choral conducting in the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, where he serves as assistant conductor of the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club and coconductor of the Orpheus Singers. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, holding the BME in Choral Music Education, and the Florida State University College of Music, holding the MME in Choral Music Education. During his undergraduate studies, he was named the University of Mississippi Department of Music’s Undergraduate Choral Music Education Student of the Year and was inducted into the University of Mississippi’s Student Hall of Fame, a university-wide honor bestowed upon only ten seniors each year on the basis of leadership, scholarship, service, and potential for success after graduation. Prior to coming to U-M, Glass taught middle school and high school choral music in Mississippi for nine years. Ensembles under his direction have received numerous honors and awards, including performances at both the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Conference (2014) and the Mississippi-ACDA State Conference (2011). He served the latter organization most recently as the Repertoire & Resource Chair for Male Choirs and previously as the R&R Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.


Andre Dowell, Percussionist

Andre Dowell currently serves as Chief Programming Officer for the Sphinx Organization, the leading national arts organization that transforms lives through the power of diversity in the arts. In his role, he draws from a diverse background as a performer, educator, and administrator. Originally from Trenton, TN, Andre received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan.

As an avid musician, he has appeared on several recordings which includes performing as soloist on both the premiere and recording of Michael Daugherty’s Timpani Concerto – Raise the Roof for Timpani and Symphony Band with the University of Michigan Symphony Band and was one of the featured performers in “Michigan on Broadway: A Tribute to Arthur Miller”. In addition to being a member of River Raisin Ragtime Revue, he is also co-founder and member of Identity Cubed, a dynamic percussion group whose focus is to expose new and exciting works that transcend the standard percussion ensemble. Andre’s teaching background as included drumline instructor for Chelsea High School, Novi High School, Redline Percussion, and other schools as well as guest clinician and speaker at Interlochen Arts Academy, University of TN @ Martin, Lindenwood University, University of Toledo, and University of Denver to name a few. Andre also serves on the board of Directors for River Raisin Ragtime Revue and Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.

Jennifer Harge, Dancer

Jennifer Harge is a Detroit based performing artist, dance maker and educator. Her creative research pulls from contemporary dance, choreographies of protest, and any and all things regarding black people. In 2014 she created a dance collective, Harge Dance Stories, to further investigate the intersection of black bodies/stories and experimental dance making. Her work has been presented by Detroit Institute of Arts, Music Hall Center for Performing Arts, The Carr Center, Illinois State University, University of Michigan, Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, and AUNTS. She holds a MFA in Dance from University of Iowa as a Dean’s Graduate Fellow and a BFA in dance from University of Michigan. Harge is currently a Special Lecturer in Dance at Oakland University.

A Cappella

The Friars

The University of Michigan Friars have been entertaining audiences with their unique brand of showmanship for over fifty years. A popular act on the U-M campus, the Friars have performed at the White House, before Michigan Stadium football crowds, and in concerts throughout the nation and the world. They have toured the Hawaiian Islands several times, Jamaica and other sunny locations, and have been featured as the main entertainment at many local and national events.


The Friars choose and prepare their own music and choreography, and select their members by audition from among members of The University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club. The octet takes its name from that of a prestigious society of campus leaders that flourished at Michigan in the early 1900’s. The frothy beer mug that serves as the group’s logo pays tribute to the spirit of light-hearted spontaneity, which is the trademark of every Friars performance.

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Dominick DiOrio: “Let us plant our gardens now”

The music of young American composer Dominick DiOrio has been called “a tour de force of inventive thinking and unique colour” (Gramophone) and “[full of ] sunny rays of heavenly light” (Opera News). In 2014, he was named the winner of The American Prize in Composition with the judges saying “his depth of vision, mastery of compositional technique, and unique style set him in a category by himself.” DiOrio’s music is widely performed, published, and recorded, having been presented in major venues across the United States as well as in Austria, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Sweden, and the UK. Recent commissions include new works for the GRAMMY award-winning Kansas City Chorale, eighth blackbird and the University of Richmond, the Texas Choral Directors Association, and the Handel Society of Dartmouth College.

Also an accomplished conductor, DiOrio has guest conducted ensembles both domestically and abroad including the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, the University of Maryland Chamber Singers, the University of Hawai’i Choirs, Ars Veritas (Göteborg), and the Houston Chamber Choir. Hired at age 28 and promoted to associate professor at 31, DiOrio is the youngest-ever tenured member of the conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is the director of NOTUS, an elite chamber chorus that specializes in performing and commissioning new music of living composers. Under his leadership, NOTUS has performed at both regional and national ACDA conferences and as an invited ensemble on the Distinguished Concerts International New York Artist Series at Carnegie Hall. DiOrio earned the DMA, MMA, and MM degrees in conducting from the Yale School of Music, and the BM in composition from Ithaca College. He currently serves as Treasurer for the National Collegiate Choral Organization, as a member of the Board of Directors for Chorus America, and on advisory boards for the Choral Arts Initiative, the Princeton Pro Musica, and the Young New Yorker’s Chorus.

Lincoln High School Choir, Directed by Toni Micik

Men of Lincoln is a class of 9-12 grade men with varying backgrounds in music. They are honored to have been chosen as this year’s Brothers in Song school and have relished the opportunity to work with the UMMGC and Dr. Rogers. Mrs. Toni Micik is in her fourth year as Choral Director at Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Before moving to the high school, Mrs. Micik served for 13 years as the Choral Director at Lincoln Middle School. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning degree from Nova Southeastern University.

While under her direction, the choirs have consistently received Excellent and Superior ratings at Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) District and State Festivals. Toni has served as the Junior High/Middle School Repertoire and Standards Chair for the American Choral Directors Association, the SATB Choir Coordinator for the Jr. High/Middle School State Honors Choir for MSVMA. Personal honors have included multiple nominations for MSVMA State Honors Choir Director and Southeast Michigan Middle Level Administrators Association ‘Teacher of the Year’.

Members Tenor 1

Tenor 2



Justin Henry Kaleb Jackson Nathan King Seth Klima Andrew Michael Animanishaun Mobley Louis Printup Jr Lukas Roark Lucas Snook

Keegan Fletcher Jasper Odum Christopher Thues Troy Zyngier

Drew Bos De Juan Deihl Dawson Frankowiak Kaden Kline Isaiah Moore Ra’Shaun Walls Dawson Wills Tirrell Youngblood

Kieran Westphal


Fall 2016 Michigan Glee Club Members TENOR I

Stephen Amori Chemical Engineering Junior Saline, MI Andrew Cohen Public Policy Freshman Kalinengrad, Russia Sounak Raj Das Voice Performance Biomedical Engineering Junior Atlanta, GA George Davidson Political Science Junior Haslett, MI

Wesley Fields* Voice Performance Junior Charlotte, NC Jasen Garborg Psychology Senior Petoskey, MI Zion Jackson Voice Performance Freshman Dewitt, MI Jonathan Jan Business Administration Computer Science Junior Canton, MI

Adam Kahana Jazz Studies Data Science Sophomore Ann Arbor, MI Alexander Martin Electrical Engineering Junior Highland, MI Christopher McClendon Organization Studies Freshman Topeka, KA Brian Newlon Voice Performance Choral Music Education Freshman Plymouth, MI

Alec Reznich Earth and Environmental Science Senior Traverse City, MI David Schuberth Program in the Environment Junior Scottsdale, AZ Graham Sell Hydraulics Engineering Freshman Vancouver, Canada Walter Stevenson III Mechanical Engineering Junior Detroit, MI

Jamaal Stewart Voice Performance Freshman Detroit, MI Daniel Walden Classical Studies Graduate Student Edina, MN Steven West Aerospace Engineering Senior Livonia, MI Maxwell Wu Mechanical Engineering Junior Trumbill, CT

TENOR II Sean Bacon Political Science Senior Temperance, MI

Sawyer Denton Music Composition Sophomore Winnetka, IL

Michael Klettner Computer Science Freshman Traverse City, MI

Sutton Bradley Computer Science Sophomore Denver, CO

Bryan Domanski Computer Science Freshman Grand Rapids, MI

Kyle Butler* Public Policy Junior Rochester, MI

Sam Druker Chemistry Freshman Bitter End, TN

Nicholas Kolenda Political Science Arabic Junior Grand Haven, MI

Parker Burrows Music Management Junior Wankum, Germany

Teddy Gotfredson Political Science History Junior Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Sebastian Capp Political Science Norwalk, IA Sophomore Marshall Cherry* Chemical Engineering Sophomore Dowling, MI


Tommy Lammers Economics Spanish Junior East Lansing, MI Ricky Lomas* Computer Science Sophomore Moraga, CA

Josh Miller Mechanical Engineering Freshman North Granby, CT

Clement Turner Performing Arts Technology Junior Petoskey, MI

Maksymilian Muno Computer Science Junior Ann Arbor, MI

Jeffrey Walker Industrial/ Operations Engineering Senior Brighton, MI

Grant Rossi Reading Sophomore Columbus, OH David Schmidt Data Science Freshman Warrington, PA

Adam Heins Computer Science Senior Washington, DC

Danny Luan Biochemistry Senior New York City, NY

Dominic Seipenko Communication Studies Junior Northville, MI

Alec Josaitis Physics Honours Senior East Pointe, MI

Jonathan Miller Journalism Sophomore Gotham City, NY

Joshua Shourds Voice Performance Freshman Purcellville, VA

Tommy Wong Undeclared Engineering Freshman Hong Kong Anthony Zheng Computer Science Freshman Portland, OR

*Member of the Friars

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Paul Giessner Electrical Engineering Senior St. Joseph, MI

Mark Emmanuel Lynch Undecided Freshman Escanaba, MI

Ryan Montgomery Business Management Freshman Grand Haven, MI

Andrew Schafer Voice Performance Music Education Sophomore Novi, MI

Addison Thalhamer Mechanical Engineering Senior Darien, CT

Jabarie Glass DMA Choral Conducting Graduate Student Jackson, MS

Ryan McDonald Undecided Freshman Nowhere, OK

Socrates Papageorgiou Sound Engineering Computer Engineering Junior Ann Arbor, MI

Parker Schaub Computer Science Sophomore Breckenridge, MI

Karthik Srivatsan Aerospace Engineering Sophomore Sunnydale, CA

Julian Goods* Choral Music Education Sophomore Chicago, IL

Arthur Mengozzi Undecided Freshman Ann Arbor, MI Jacob Meyers Political Science Junior Rochester Hills, MI

Sam Groh Undecided Freshman Ann Arbor, MI Adam Horn Biology Senior Melrose Park, IL

Tommy Moening Statistics Junior Livonia, MI

Josh Partridge Women’s Studies Graduate Student Princeton, NJ Ajilan Potter Undecided Freshman Grand Rapids, MI Tyler Read Physics Senior West Islip, NY

Frank Scola Aerospace Engineering Junior Redford, MI

Tom Wilson Accounting Graduate Escanaba, MI

Dwight Seahorn Zoology Senior Detroit, MI

Charlie Yokom Composition Junior Chicago, IL

Asher Strayhorn Computer Science Linguistics Senior St. Joseph, MI

Chris Yu Biomedical Engineering Senior Holt, MI


Section sponsered by Mark Sommerville Samuel Allyn Cain Biology Senior Durant, MI Noah Caplan Undecided Freshman Rye, NY Alexander Cherry* Political Science Environmental Management Senior Dowling, MI Christopher Bert Animal Husbandry Freshman St. Joseph, MI David Conzelmann Economics Sophomore Saline, MI

Zachary Cascalho Cox Voice Performance Communication/Media Studies Junior Ann Arbor, MI Fisher Diede* Performing Arts Technology Computer Science Junior Traverse City, MI Jacob Emery Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Freshman Middleville, MI Daniel Gu Aerospace Engineering Freshman Pearl River, NY Luum Habtemariam Computer Science Senior Salt Lake City, UT

*Member of the Friars

James Heinlein Honours Physics Mathematical Sciences Senior Okemos, MI

Corey Miles Political Science Economics Senior Marquette, MI

Rex Sae Lim Computer Science Art and Design Sophomore Macau

Alex Ingraham Biochemistry Senior Owosso, MI

Owen Nakatani Plant Genetics Freshman Bangalore, India

Phill Schultz Grammar Freshman Beijing, China

Adam Junn Undecided Freshman Bloomfield Hills, MI

Niraj Patel Physics and Music Senior Ann Arbor, MI

Joseph Kiessling* Business Administration Senior Traverse City, MI

Marcus Peterson Voice Performance Music Education Senior West Bloomfield, MI

Roger Teng Theatre Design and Production Freshman Taipei, Taiwan

Patrick Kiessling* Voice Performance Senior Traverse City, MI Ryan Lynch Marsupial Studies Freshman Inallo, Australia

Samuel Ward Political Science Freshman East Grand Rapids, MI

Max Rotenberg Undeclared Freshman Farmington Hills, MI


A Round of Snaps The University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club is one of the premier vocal music ensembles in the country! Founded in 1859, the MGC is the longest-running student organization on the University of Michigan’s campus and is honored to hold this title. The Club’s dedication to musical excellence is unparalleled at the college level, and it works hard every day to build, grow, and develop its members and to focus on musical excellence, community engagement, leadership development, and accessibility. Thus, the costs of our initatives continue to escalate and this provides for you an opportunity to help. Won’t you please consider one of the sponsorship gift options offered by the Club? When you commit, you will enter the Sponsor Circle, a select and valued group of key contributors. As the MGC strives to enhance its reputation for excellence, your support makes all the difference!

Members of the UMMGC Sponsorship Circle Anthony L. Alcantara ‘85 Christine A. Alcantara ‘86 Terry L. Bangs ‘66 Richard J. Bowman ‘59 Craig D. Brennan ‘80 Irene Bronner Robert C. Chapel ‘67 Wayne T. Cooke ‘55 LeRoy A. Engelhardt ‘49 Ford Motor Company Fund David P. Haas ‘68 Judith A. Haas David F. Hagen ‘58 The Hagan Family Foundation T. S. Hauser ‘55 John M. Hein ‘67 Erick Irigoyen IBM


Bruce G. Jacobson ‘78 Merle T. Jaffe Bruce C. Johnson ‘77 Milton L. Kevreson Schuyler G. Lance ‘83 Philip T. Lincoln Jeremiah F. Madden ‘59 Thomas D. Marion ‘68 Paul D. Marquardt ‘90 Michigan Critical Care Consultants Inc. Thomas D. Morrow ‘73 Emilio Munoz Christopher L. Nordhoff ‘91 Nancy E. Pfund Pfund polakoff Family Trust E. Stephen Ramsey ‘67 John M. Rintamaki ‘64

Benjamin R. Rizzo ‘12 Richard R. Roemer ‘40 Donald L. Sanderson ‘68 Nancy J. Sergeant Roger N. Sergeant ‘62 Carl R. Smith ‘66 Paul D. Sponseller ‘78 Samuel J. Stoorman ‘78 Andrea Tokheim David G. Tucker ‘84 Reid Wagstaff ‘56 James B. Walter ‘75 Gregory P. Weidler ‘73 Allen J. Wilcox ‘68 Wilard E. Smucker Foundation William C. and Rosella E. Bauman Family David L. Wynne ‘86

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for Our Sponsors Michigan Song Sponsorship… $500: You can sponsor any of the Michigan songs which ring back to those “dear ol’ college days” to be performed at the concert. As acknowledgement of your generous contribution, you shall receive: • A Copy of the CD “Ye Shall Have a Song” • Program Mention Beneath the Song Sponsored Voice Section Sponsorship…$2,500: In recognition of your section from your time in the Club, 1st Tenor, 2nd Tenor, Baritone, and Bass section sponsorships are available. As acknowledgement of your generous contribution, you shall receive: • An invitation to attend a post concert reception with clubbers and fellow sponsors. • Program mention and on-stage acknowledgement from the Musical Director • A framed photo of you with the section sponsored • A UMMGC 150th Anniversary Songbook signed by the Executive Board and Musical Director Hill Concert Sponsorship…$10,000: Sponsorship of the Hill Concert in its entirety; make even more history with the Glee Club. As acknowledgement of your generous contribution, you shall receive: • An invitation to attend a post concert reception in the Spring with clubbers and fellow sponsors • Program mention and on-stage acknowledgement from the Music Director • A framed photo of you with the Glee Club at Hill Auditorium • A UMMGC 150th Anniversary Songbook signed by the Executive Board and Music Director • A personal serenade from a small group of the Glee Club at your scheduling Every Sponsor Circle member also receives complimentary VIP tickets to the year’s concerts in Hill, recognition in concert programs, and name/gift listing on a commemorative plaque. Won’t you please voice your support and move into the Sponsor Circle today? Make your pledge by reaching out to Ericka Bigelow, Development Office, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, University of Michigan 734/764-6525.


Thank You for your support A hearty round of snaps for all of the generous donors who provided financial support from May 1st - October 31st, 2016! Without your gifts both large and small, none of what we do would be possible. Thank You! SPONSOR $2,500+ Mark C. Somerville PATRON $500+ Eugene C. Rogers Philip C. Berry Thomas D. Sweeny Carl R. Smith James S. Lancendorfer Brian K. Bennett BENEFACTOR $250+ Henry W. Dunbar Clarence L. Stone Joseph A. Placek Todd and Miriam Bakal Charitable Foundation of the Jewish Federation Chicago

ASSOCIATE $75+ Matthew J. Hill Timothy G. Lynch Donald A. Leopold Patrick J. Pjesky Steven Fisher Susan H. Brown Claire B. Wilcox Dennis R. Beemer Bruce G. Jacobson Neil C. Weinberger Frank L. Kratky Elizabeth A. Christensen Michael A. Kasiborski Raymond J. Strobel Timothy J. Dombrowsk CLUBBER $25+ William A. Benish Carol W. Beggs Wesley O. True Marc A. Weagraff Robert W. Aylesworth Thomas R. Weadock Clinton Canady James C. Iannuzzi John F. Rhoades Matthew A. Clapham S. Gregory Smith ...See our Laudes Newsletter for a full list of our supporters.

Gifts to the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club are greatly appreciated. With the ever-increasing costs of performing and touring, every gift makes a difference to the Club. If you would like to make a gift, please pick up a Donor Form from the merchandise table or make a secure credit card gift online at All gifts are tax deductible and those $25 or more will be acknowledged by the Club in a future Fall or Spring concert program and in Laudes, our official newsletter.


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Michigan Men’s Glee Club Calendar of Events The Friars’ 61st Annual Study Break Concert Friday, December 2nd at Rackham Auditorium, 8:00PM

SPHINX 20th Anniversary Comptetion: Finals Sunday, February 12th at Fisher Music Center Detroit, 2:00PM

The Friars’ 61st Annual Best Concert Ever Friday, March 31st at Rackham Auditorium, 8:00PM

157th Annual Spring Pre-Hill Concert Saturday, April 1st at First Congregational Church of Battle Creek, 7:30PM

157th Annual Spring Hill Concert Saturday, April 15th at Hill Auditorium, 8:00PM

Bicentennial Tour May 3rd-22nd, 2017

International Male Song Symposium November 10-11th, 2017


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In Memoriam, Dr. Bradley Bloom It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Dr. Bradley Bloom, conductor of the Men’s Glee Club from 1987-1988, who passed-away on June 6, 2016. Dr. Bloom joined the Michigan community as an undergraduate, and later as a masters student. After pursuing a doctorate at the University of Iowa, he began his career there. Dr. Bloom later became Professor of Music at Schoolcraft College before returning to the University of Michigan community, first as Professor of Music, then later as assistant dean. As conductor at Michigan, Dr. Bloom led the Glee Club on its 1988 East Coast Tour. After his tenure with the Men’s Glee Club, he moved to the University of Windsor to teach. Dr. Bloom and his wife, Wendy Bloom, returned to Ann Arbor after retirement, remaining active members of the local music community.

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Men's Glee Club - Fall 2016 Concert  

Program for the U-M Men's Glee Club Fall Concert: How Brave, How Beautiful, How Blue on November 5, 2016 in Hill Auditorium.

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