Men’s Glee Club releases virtual performance video honoring alumni with military service
March 2020 — a time when the performing arts were silenced. From dancers, to orchestras, to Broadway, to choirs — many forms of artistic creation and expression went dormant. An enemy we could not see and could not combat took away not only livelihoods but also ways of life. For a creative/performing artist, it is not always easy to separate who we are from what we do.
Pre-pandemic, success in the Men’s Glee Club at The Ohio State University was, in part, defined by inspired concerts, community outreach, summer alumni-reunion concerts and engagement with students. During the months of the COVID-19 shutdown, the MGC’s definition of success was expanded to include virtual rehearsals and virtual choral performances.
The MGC’s final project of the 2020-2021 season was this virtual recording that recognizes MGC alumni who honored both themselves and the United States through their service in the military. There is also a secondary theme here. The ideals of honor, service, community and commitment that are the hallmark of the military are also woven into the fabric of every MGC blazer. The men who have had the privilege to wear our iconic scarlet blazer exhibit many of those same qualities.
A presence on the campus since 1875, the MGC has survived challenges ranging from the pandemic of 1918, the Great Depression, military conflicts and COVID-19. United we stood and united we continue to stand… and SING!
Robert J. Ward