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A testing ground for student
creative arts, from violin sona-
tas to verse plays, is provided
by the Inter-Arts Union.
The Union, comprised of stu-
dents, presents a festival every
spring. At this time, student
art work is displayed, dramas
are produced and musical com-
Last year, Inter-Arts Festival
featured two one-act plays, a
ballet with choreography and
music composed by Universi-
ty students, and a chamber mu-
sic concert, with text from
Shakespeare, James Joyce and
William Blake set to music by
students. A poetry session also
took place with student works
Plans for this year's Inter-
Arts Festival will not be an-
nounced until next spring.
Prof. Klein Directs 'U' Choirs
Under the direction of Prof. ;;
Maynard Klein, conductor of the
University C h o i r s and Director
of Choirs at the National Music
Camp, Interlochen, M i c h i g a n,
choral singing at the University
abounds in rich and plentiful op-
In total there are five singing
groups under Prof. Klein's direc-
tion, and over 400 participating
voices. The largest ensemble is of
course the 350 mixed voices who
comprise the University Choir.
This choir usually rehearses f
from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
It covers a wide range of litera-.-
ture consisting from works of the
sixteenth century to the present. j.
In the past they have given per-
formances of Bach's St. Matthew
Passion, Mozart's Requiem, and
Stravinsky's Symponie de Psau- :
The most advanced and select
Choir is the Michigan Singers, a
group of 50 voices chosen very
carefully from the best voices on
campus. When possible this group
goes on tour. Their repertory con-
sists mainly of- motets, madrigals,
contemporary works, and those
pieces that demand the technical
perfection of a small ensemble.
The Tudor Singers is a Choir of
16 voices who sing music of all
periods. They are the usual per-
forming group for the Collegium
Musicums an organization noted for
their research, and performance
of old music, particularly Renais-
sance, which has just been redis-
covered, and re-edited.
The Bach Choir has 80 mixed
voices and also sings music from
all periods. In addition to the Wom-
en's Choir, there is the Women's
Glee Club which consists of 40
voices. The Women's Glee Clubj
each year goes on tour.
The Arts Chorale is a mixed
group affording any student the
opportunity of singing a varied
reportory of good choral music and
the experience of concert perform-
ances. They rehearse from 7:00-
8:30 p.m. Thursdays, and give a
few concerts during the year. For
those inexperienced in choral sing-
ing Arts Chorale provides a splen-
Exact rehearsal timesafor groups
not mentioned in the article will
come out in the time schedule
distributed during R e g i s t r a-
'U' Student Wins
Two Music Awards
William G. Doppman, '56 SM,
last year became the first student
ever to win both the Walter W.
Naumberg M u s i c Foundation
Award and the Michaels Memorial
He was also the first Univer-
sity student. ever to receive the
about the latest in
715 N. University
HILL AUDITORIUM - Every year, the University's largest a -
ditorium hears some of the finest performers in the country.
Those already established appear on the Concert Series or the
Extra Concert Series. Many who will become performers of the
first rank make their debut here with University choral groups.
Considered one of the accoustically finest auditoriums in the
country, Hill Auditorium houses most of the musical productions
given at the University, while dramatic performances are given
across the street, in Lydia Mendelssohn Theater.
Choral Union Founded at U'
Three Quarters of Century Ago
When the University Choral Un-
ion aided in presenting Mendels-
sohn's oratorio, "Elijah," at last
spring's May festival, they were
concluding their 75th consecutive
year of performance here.
Participation in this University
tradition will be possible for enter-
ing students this fall, for new
members are selected at the be-
ginning of each year through au-
Founded in the season of 1879-
80, the group has grown from 40
members to its present m'ember-
ship of 350, which is limited only
by the size of the Hill Auditorium
Originally, the Choral Union,
composed of members of the Ann
Arbor Methodist, Congregational,
Presbyterian and E p i s c o p a 1
churches, had as its chief interest
the singing of Handel's "Messiah."
Soon after the group's inception,
however, it was assimilated into
the activities of the University
Musical Society, and began to per-
form other choral works as well.
To date, the group has per-
formed practically all of the major
oratorios, as well as operas adapt-
able to concert performance and
other works of various natures.
Frequently, American or world
premieres of choral works have
been presented by these singers.
They gave one such American
premiere when, during the last
May Festival, they sang "Corrido
de El Sol" or "Ballad of the Sun"
by Mexican composer Carlos *
During the three quarters of a
century of its existence, the Chor-
al Union has had over 16,000 mem-
bers, many of them students but
a large number of them Ann Arbor
residents as well.
In addition to singing in the
May Festival each spring, the
Choral Union also presents two
performances of the "Messiah"
at the beginning of the Christmas
season each year. .
During the May Festival, the
group sings under the guest lead-
ership of Thor Johnson, conductor
of the Cincinnati Symphony Or-
chestra. Associate conductor Les-
ter McCoy, who has been with
the group more than eight years,
readies the Choral Union for the
In addition to its many other
services to students, the U n i o n
sponsors several trips a year into
Detroit to see popular stage shows.
Among the performances at-
tended last year was "Guys and
Dolls." Generally limited to about
100 students, the trips include bus
; transportation to and from De-
troit and good seats at a low cost.
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