February 27, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: February 27, 2002

MIDDLEBURY, VT - The Morehouse Glee Club of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Mead Chapel on the Middlebury College campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Morehouse College Glee Club has a rich 90-year tradition of musical excellence. It was officially founded in 1911, but its origins date back to 1903. Its members, all of whom are Morehouse College students, are from the United States, Africa and the Caribbean. The group is visiting Middlebury as part of its annual spring tour.

Over the years, the glee club has performed at a number of notable events and venues, including the funeral services of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lincoln Center, Atlanta's Symphony Hall, the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter, Super Bowl XXVIII, and the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta. The group has also toured Germany, Russia and Poland.

In the spring of 1987, the glee club recorded "I'm Buildin' Me a Home," arranged by former club member and 1972 Morehouse graduate Uzee Brown Jr., for the soundtrack of Spike Lee's movie "School Daze."

Since the fall of 1987, David E. Morrow has served as the group's director. A 1980 valedictorian and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College, Morrow earned his master's degree at the University of Michigan in 1981 and then returned to his alma mater as a member of the music faculty and assistant director of the glee club. In 1995, Morrow received a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

For more information, contact Middlebury College Associate Dean Marichal Gentry at 802-443-5382