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THE GLEE CLUB
This club was organized shortly after the beginning of the fall term by Dr. Homer C. House, who had brought with him to Peru an ability in work of this kind born of years of experience in part singing. It may be said that the boys themselves were surprised at the rapidity with which they rounded into form and began to achieve the confidence and precision as well as the wide repertoire of an actual, established glee club.
The boys made their first public appearance in the mid-winter chorus concert in December, singing Buck's On the Sea. After the holidays rehearsals were pressed and dress suits purchased. The first out-of-town engagement was filled March 12, at Nemaha City, followed a few evenings later by the home concert in the Peru chapel. A fine audience was in attendance and made the singers happy by hearty applause and repeated encores.
It should be said that no small part of the success of these programs was due to the very excellent work of Miss Lena Larimer, the club's skilled accompanist.
The Glee Club hopes still to do a considerable amount of concert singing, both at home and in neighboring Nebraska towns, before commencement. And although considerable part of the present membership will be lost by graduation, there will remain next fall the nucleus of a superb organization to continue the work so auspiciously begun.
There is some very excellent material among this year’s club members, certain of the voices deserving special mention did space allow. I Iowcver, it is in the ensemble effects, the delicate blending, the spirited interpretation and execution of the club as a whole that gives their music the fine character that it has. The fun and piquancy of youth, the richness and buoyancy of student life, the charm of artistic sentiment, alike find expression in the songs which audiences arc 110 more pleased to hear than the singers delight to sing.
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Jamie Soutar once said, “There's more real satisfaction in a becrial than in a merridge, for ye never ken hoo a merridge is goin't’ turn oot.”
And there is a certain disadvantage in making a write-up of a musical organization at precisely the opening of its public career. As we go to press (Doesn't that sound business-like and responsible? Just like real editors, for all the world!) the Octette is contemplating some serious adventures in concert giving. If we only could make up the forms (observe again the printer’s jargon) a month later we might be able to tell of a series of successes—crowded houses, applauding audiences, heavy box-office receipts, etc. Ihit enough of dreams and golden visions.
The girls have honestly delighted the Peru public again and again, with real harmony, delightfully phrased melodies, rich, sweet tones, and true poems truly interpreted and faithfully sung. They have even helped, in a small way. to make history: for when the biennial appropriations were in the balance and the legislative committee was down from Lincoln to look us over and see “how about it," the girls sang them into a delightful trance, from which no man recovered until he had voted “Aye" on every proposition favoring Peru.
Adalyn Blankinship, first soprano. The most popular girl soloist we ever had here. Full, rich, sweet voice, with lots of color (gold) in it. Extremely pretty girl—hair much the color of her voice.
Louise Segelke, first soprano. Tall, queenly style, swell dresser. Cloy lival for “Adalyn" as soloist. Light, lyrical voice, high and clearly sustained, keen as to pitch—an altogether indispensable voice, with exceptional intelligence in execution.
Winnie Delzei.l, second soprano. A very winsome person, specially gifte 1 in the musical temperament. Shows poetic feeling and insight in her singing. Clear voice, of good timbre, accurate as to pitch.
Esther Bi.ankenshii , second soprano. This young lady is a basket-bail star, who sings with as great enthusiasm as she throws goals. Her voice is wide and full, and of fine promise.
Li ra La.miiktii. first alto. Pretty enough to have her picture in the Sunday supplement. A11 intelligent singer, and a reliable soloist.
Burtis Kennedy, first alto. Another athletic person, distinguished alike in music and in basket-ball. Voice like a ’cello—rich and vibrant.
Lena Larimer, second alto. A girl distinguished by exceptional graces of person and bv remarkable musical attainment. (See write-up of the Glee Club.) The place made vacant by her graduation this year will be hard indeed to fill.
Ethel ii.i.iams, second alto. A handsome girl with a fine, deep voice.
Prof. H. C. House has directed the club since the beginning of the school year, and has developed a choice repertoire of standard songs.
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