Harvard Glee Club Foundation: Long may continue our unity and joy!
March 2014 e-Bulletin
Memories Linger for 2014 West Coast Tour Members
Reflecting on the recently completed 2014 J-Term Tour, HGC President Emmet Jao wrote, “The experience I most remember from tour was the alumni sing and banquet following our Grace Cathedral concert… singing had never been so much fun as it was that night. Finally, I saw for myself what kept people coming back well beyond their college days.”
A new blog post on the Harvard Glee Club Foundation website captures “Memories and Reflections” from the tour written by sixteen of the tour members. Themes of friendship, camaraderie, and musical excellence abound. But other life lessons were also learned and shared. Junior Daniel Park reported, “The lesson I’ve taken from the experience is that we are not defined by one performance, one test, or any one event in life. Challenges are inevitable but having true friends to rely on during those times of adversity is a blessing because with them there will always be hope to bounce back better than before.” And Freshman Michael Patterson expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to tour, “I will always be indebted to the Harvard Glee Club for making such a life-changing experience possible.” Read more from the men of the 2014 West Coast Tour on the HGCF website.
Alumni Sing Proves Worth the Trip!
HGC alumnus and recently-elected HGCF Board member William Cheng ’92 made the trek from sunny California to bitterly-cold Cambridge for the 2014 HGCF Alumni Sing & Dinner Weekend. Upon returning to California and thawing out, Bill reported on his Alumni Sing experience:
“The weekend kicked off on Friday with a fantastic concert. I witnessed a totally unified group that sang with palpable energy, flawless dynamics, and perfect blend. The sound was balanced and pure, a testament not only to the quality of the singers, but also to the skill of Conductor Nostrum, Andy Clark. One highlight was the absolutely show-stopping, bring-the-house-down spiritual Got a Mind To Do Right. I don’t think I’ve ever seen HGC sing a piece with that much pure joy—there were members on the sides of the arc who were turning to the audience to sing out with big smiles on their faces. On Saturday, we enjoyed a nostalgic Alumni Sing with the help of about a dozen current members. Resident Conductor Harris Ipock confounded us old fogies with some of his challenging warm-ups and we all had the pleasure of rehearsing with Andy Clark. He’s perfect for HGC, displaying the right combination of professionalism, humor, and musicianship. The thrill of singing old favorites like Sicut cervus, Beati mortui, and Gentle Annie made the trip back East so very worthwhile. It was a short but very full and fulfilling weekend trip from California, and I look forward to the next time. To all alumni out there who have never visited for these Alumni Sing weekends, I highly recommend it. It’s a great way to support HGC, and also to nourish your musical soul.”
Over the past few years, the Board of the HGCF has changed dramatically. With a new, modern governance structure and strict term limits, the Board now represents the alumni of the Glee Club in much broader ways in terms of geography, age, and HGC experience. Today, fully half the Board does not reside in Massachusetts, including the President, the Vice President, the Treasurer, and all but one Committee Chair.
Each year we seek names of good candidates for new Board members, due to term limits. Please consider nominating yourself, or someone you know well who would be a good candidate. The requirements of our Directors are not onerous—we meet usually 3 times a year, and you do not always have to attend in person. Committee meetings are almost always held by conference call in the evening. All we really ask is enthusiastic support for the Harvard Glee Club, and some time to give back in gratitude for what the Glee Club gave you.
The financial and advisory support that we give the HGC is stronger than ever, but we want to do more. If you, or someone you know, feel this passion too, then please let us know. To nominate a candidate, just complete the online nomination form. If you have any questions about the activities of the Board or the roles of the Directors, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Wellborn -HGCF Vice President
& Chair, Governance Committee
Reflections from a New HGCF Board Member on the March 1 Board Meeting
I really don’t think that in 1988 you could have convinced me that I could have a great time at a Harvard Glee Club Foundation Board meeting. I saw it more like going to the Principal’s office: “Remember what we were.” “What are we doing now, what are we doing next?” “Have you spoken to anyone in the next tour location?” It seemed somewhat mechanical to me back then. Don’t get me wrong, the Board still takes care of business at these meetings but there is so much more going on. We all had an opportunity to reflect on the J-term tour to the West Coast, what it meant in terms of morale, what it meant in terms of music, and what it meant in terms of bringing together that special sound we look for in the Glee Club. We also met the next tour manager and other new members of the management team. We shared stories and experiences and discussed our mutual purpose. We also got a chance to hear from a leader outside of our Holden community, David Howse, Executive Director of the Boston Children’s Chorus. He talked about the challenges his organization has faced in reaching out to a community, about meeting the challenges of being relevant and maintaining excellence. There were great opportunities for real inquiry, with an eye on what we can take from this for the Glee Club’s future. I can’t wait for my next meeting! And I know that sounds a little ridiculous, but it was that fun and meaningful at the same time. ~Nick Hatzis ’88