Glee Club Celebrates 70 Years

Fairfield University’s Glee Club celebrated its 70th anniversary with a Gala Concert on April 8 at the Quick Center for the Arts. The concert featured musical performances by the Fairfield University Glee Club and the Fairfield University Chamber Singers, conducted by Carole Ann Maxwell, D.S.M., accompanied by Beth Palmer and hosted by the Rev. Charles H. Allen, S.J., university chaplain.

Sweet Harmony, the all-female ensemble of chamber singers directed by Jessica Jalbert ’17, and the Bensonians, an all-male a cappella group directed by Benjamin Bayers ’17, also performed.

During the 70th Anniversary concert, current students were joined by Glee Club alumni. The Glee Club opened the evening with The Men in Red and Hail, Stag! The concert also featured Fanfare for a Festival, The Holy City, She Walks in Beauty and The Lord’s Prayer, which was sung in Swahili. The Chamber Singers performed Praising Song, In the Name of Music, O Nata Lux, Light Born of Light and more.

The event featured a world premiere of We Will Sing of a Dream, which was commissioned in honor of the Glee Club for this celebration and composed by Kevin A. Memley. The Fairfield University Glee Club, founded in 1947, is the oldest club on the Fairfield University campus and numbers more than 130 undergraduate and graduate singers.