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October 22, 2008

They’d rather sing than fight

Worcester Telegram (MA):

To interview for a chance to be a member of this University Notre Dame University all-male team, students are officially advised that “interviews are a chance for the officers of the club to get to know you a little more personally … They are fun and are not intended to be stressful. Relax, enjoy your interview.”

Wait a minute. This doesn’t sound like a tryout in front of a growling and snarling Charlie Weis, the head coach of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team.

Indeed not. We’re talking about what we might call the “Singing Irish” — The University of Notre Dame Glee Club. Tomorrow, those who have made the cut will be sharing “glee” and a love of music in a concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 38 High St., Worcester.

Glee Club director Daniel C. Stowe said the concert will be a potpourri including classical music (with compositions by the likes of Schubert and Gabrieli), along with folk songs, spirituals and lighter material. Chances are, the “Notre Dame Victory March” will also be part of the repertoire.

The tenor of the audition interview may be relaxed, but the club has high musical standards and is regarded as one of the best of its kind in the country. While genial sounding, Stowe said the club rehearses four times a week, one hour per practice. There are a large number of singing commitments, both formal and informal, at university functions, Masses and revue concerts two hours before the kickoff of Notre Dame football home games. There are fall and spring tours, and the club recently completed a 28-day tour of Europe, including performances in Dublin, Paris, Vienna, Munich and Rome. Read more

Posted by acapnews at October 22, 2008 12:05 AM

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