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September 15, 1959 - Image 50

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Glee Club Performs in Europe



Celebrating its centennial anni-
versary this past year, the Michi-
gan Men's Glee Club has just
returned from a concert tour of
Forty men, an accompanist and
Prof. Philip A. Duey of the music
school 'and director of the Glee
Club spent 35 days visiting Great
Britain, France, Belgium, Nether-
lands, Germany, Denmark, Swe-
den and Norway.
The program consisted generally
of songs by American composers
including folk and college songs.
Sings in Contest
At Llangollen, Wales, the group
sang in an international music
contest, and they had special radio
appearances in France, Denmark
and Sweden. Another special con-
cert was given in West Berlin.
The entire trip was financed
from the money added to the
Glee Club treasury over a period
of several years. Most of the
funds came from concert receipts
and record sales.
In 1955, the Club went on a
four-week concert tour of Europe
at which time they gave a com-
mand performance before Queen
Juliana of the Netherlands.
Gives Many Concerts
Throughout the year, the Club
gives many concerts on campus as
well as other cities in this area.
In the fall of 1951, it began its
combined concert program which
has proven very successful. The
combined programs are usually
with the glee club of a football
The first such concert was at
Cornell. Others have been with
Michigan State, Ohio State, In-
diana and Illinois. On Nov. 21, the
Club will give a joint concert
with Ohio State at the University.

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THE FRIARS-Shown here holding an informal rehearsal is the Glee Club's specialty group, eight
young men who perform songs and patter in a style all their own. All the men are also members of
the Glee Club itself.

Each year, during spring vaca-
tion, the Club takes. a tour in the
United States. In 1957, it toured
the West Coast. 1958 saw the
Club in/ Missouri and this year
it visited Buffalo, Endicott, Ro-
chesterrand New York City with
a performance in Town Hall in
New York.
It also went to Philadelphia,
Canton and Cleveland.
Formed in 1859
Organized in 1859, the' Glee
Club is the second oldest college
glee club in America. It is com-
posed of graduate and under-
graduate members from every col-
lege in the University. Thomas E.
Dewey, former governor of New

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soloist with the Club while he
attended the University.
The Glee Club is student-man-
aged and self-perpetuating. The
student officers are completely re-
sponsible for the managing of the'
Club's concert tours and other
Although the Club has ap-
peared in a variety of dress
throughout the past, formal wear
only is worn during concerts as
club members feel "everyaspect
must be considered if professional
standards are to be maintained as
they have been in the past."
Small ensemble groups and
soloists have also been featured
with the Club in the past.
Changes Director Format
Although the Glee Club had
faculty directors from its con-
ception in 1859 to 1894, it was felt
in 1894 that since the Club was
entirely student managed, it
should also bestudent directed.
Therefore, from 1894 to 1909,
students directed the Club.
Finally, though, Club members
requested a faculty director to
take charge of the organization
because members realized their
limitations in experience and
Prof. Duey, the club director,
came to the University in 1947 to
teach vocal music. Before coming
to the University, he was a mem-
ber of the "Revelers" quartet with
James Melton, Lewis James and
Wilfred Glenn.
Sang under Toscanini
He has sung under John Philip
Sousa, George Szell, Paul White-
man, and Toscanini and he has
appeared with Fred Allen, Al
Jolson, Deems Taylor, Grace
Moore and Jan Peerce.
The Glee Club director has

played Broadway in "Lady Do"
and "Good News."
Prof. Duey received his bache-
lor of arts and master of music
degrees from Indiana University
and his master of arts and doctor
of philosophy degrees from Co-
lumbia University.
He was head of the music de-
partment of Butler University be-
fore coming here and he has
recently published a book, "Bel
Canto in Its Golden Age."
Publishes Club Arrangements
In 1956. Prof. Duey began pub-
lication of the "Michigan Glee
Club Series." This series includes
arrangements of many of the
works the Club has done in the
At 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, a mass
meeting will be held in the Union
Ballroom to inform interested
men about the Glee Club and to
assign them appointments for in-
dividual tryouts. The tryouts will
be held during the first week of
The club encourages everyone
to attend and. it is stressed that
vocal experience is not necessary.
Attending the mass meeting does
not obligate one in any way.

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