October 30, 2014

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Celebrated glee club comes to Avon Lake

AVON LAKE — Avon Lake’s getting a dose of glee.

Not the hit television show, but an actual glee club.

Miami University’s men’s glee club will give a free performance 7 p.m.

Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Church, 32929 Lake Road.

The performance will also be a homecoming for several members of the club, including Avon Lake native Chris Walsh, a student conductor with the club who is a music educa­tion major.

“I was active in the choir at Avon Lake, so it’s going to be exciting to show what I’ve been up to,” Walsh said.

Walsh will stay Tuesday night with his parents, Denise and Jeff. The Wal­shes and other Avon Lake residents also will host some glee club mem­bers, Walsh said, while others will stay at club members’ homes around Northeast Ohio.

The concert is part of a whirlwind two-day tour designed to recruit stu­dents for the Oxford school as well as for its music department.

“We’ve sent letters to local high school music departments letting them know about this,” Walsh said. “I hope they attend.”

The club has about 100 members, 55 of whom are part of this concert.

They will leave Oxford around 7 a.m.

Tuesday for a performance at two schools in Columbus, then arrive in Avon Lake around 4:30 p.m. for the St. Joseph’s concert. The group will then give a performance at Avon Lake on Wednesday, followed by a performance at Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville before returning to school.

The group’s repertoire is pretty var­ied, Walsh said, from traditional choral music to world music. Tues­day night’s show will reflect that eclectic mix, he said.

There will be four patriotic and four drinking songs, followed by tra­ditional songs such as the Miami fight song and alma mater. Then, Walsh said, there are some “fun” pieces that will be a surprise for the audience.

The glee club at Miami is 103 years old. Every three years, Walsh said, there is an all-years club reunion where members of all ages rehearse together for a few days then give a large concert.

“I love the tradition of it,” Walsh said.

Walsh got involved with glee club because he had to join a choir as a requirement of his major. The club is a credited course, with three 75-minute rehearsals each week.

Among the Miami glee club alumni is Michael Lisi, the choral director at Learwood Middle School.

Contact Melissa Hebert at 329-7129 or mhebert@chroniclet.com.