Gleefully eastward | Arts & Culture

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) museums and galleries are closed, and various events and exhibitions have either moved online or have been postponed. For U-M’s guide to living, learning and working together safely, please visit Campus Maize & Blueprint.

Gleefully eastward

Gleefully eastward

Tunde Olarniran. Photo by Landon Speers

Ten alumni are touring China with the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club through May 16. The choir group is embarking on a 15-day, five-concert tour, performing in Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Wuhan, and Shanghai.

The alumni, who are former Glee Club members and live in seven different states and England, graduated from the University of Michigan during the late 1950s through the 1970s. They will perform with the Glee Club in Wuhan and Shanghai.


The Glee Club — second oldest collegiate chorus in the U.S. — is renowned for its wide repertoire of Renaissance motets, Romantic anthems, opera choruses, contemporary works, and Michigan songs. Graduate and undergraduate members are chosen by audition and represent nearly all of the 17 schools and colleges at U-M.

The Glee Club was honored in 1959 to be the first American male choir to win first place at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales, and has since won three more first-place prizes.

The Glee Club performs regularly within the Michigan, and embarks on annual tours in the U.S. and abroad.  In 1967, the Glee Club went on a world tour globe in celebration of the University’s sesquicentennial year, and toured the Far East in 1989, Russia and Eastern Europe in 1992, South America in 1996, Australia in 2000, and Great Britain and Ireland in 2004.


Rudy Bickel ’59, Haymarket, VA; Craig Brennan ’80, San Francisco, CA; Bruce Johnson ’77, New York, NY; Frank Lum ’69, Ann Arbor, MI; Stan Majewski ’61, Troy, MI, and Alice Majewski; Rom Portwood ’57, San Francisco, CA; Steve Ramsey ’67, Lake Forest, IL, and ‘Cille Ramsey; Doug Sheperdigian ’79, Surrey, England and Terese Sheperdigian; Bill Tiffan ’68, Sarasota, FL and Linda Tiffan; Ted Wybrecht ’64, Grand Rapids, MI, and Barb Wybrecht.

2012 Glee Club Members

L.J. Chang Hoon, Bae, Goyang, Republic of Korea (South), Chemical Engineering, Senior; Billy Cedar, St. Clair, MI, Performing Arts Technology & Business, Freshman; Jean -Luc DeLadurantaye, Bay City, MI, Freshman; Jack Duiven, Grand Rapids, MI, Organization Studies, Junior; Elliot Faulk, Cincinnati, OH, International Studies, Sophomore; Billy Finkenstaedt, Grosse Pointe, MI, Communications, Screen Arts & Cultures, Junior; Kyran Groce, Flint, MI, Computer Engineering, Sophomore; Dakota Hadfield, Farmington Hills, MI, Screen Arts & Cultures, Junior; Kevin Harvey, Freshman; Dyle David Pham Henning, Lapeer, MI, Nuclear Engineer & Radiological Sciences, Graduate Student; Matthew Hill, Minneapolis, MN, Political Science, Sophomore: Alex Hollingsworth, Goodrich, MI, Junior; Nathan Hyson, Tallahassee, FL, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Senior; Thomas Jones, Flushing, MI, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Junior; Joe Jozlin, Capac, MI, Freshman; Winston Kelly, Chevy Chase, MD, Psychology, Junior; Greg King, Ann Arbor, MI, Industrial & Operations Engineering, Graduate Student; Gregory Kocsan, Rocky River, OH, Latin, History, Senior; Justin Lu, Taipei, Taiwan, LSA Psychology/SMTD Vocal Performance, Sophomore; Michael Martin, Southfield, MI, Vocal Performance, Senior; William Azkoul, Grand Rapids, MI, Neuroscience, Senior; Aaron Bindman, Hastings, MN, Evolutionary Anthropology, Senior; Alex Blugerman, Architecture, Senior; Chase Burnhardt, Wake Forest, NC, Choral Music Education, Sophomore; Marc Campos, South Lyon, MI, Molecular Biology, Junior; Nick Clayton, Computer Science, Sophomore; Michael Conroy, Screen Arts and Cultures, Junior; Kar Epkar, Weston, MA, Computer Science & Mathematics, Freshman; Judson Gilbert, Portage, MI, Psychology & Philosophy, Senior; Raul Jimenez, Clarinet Performance, Junior; Henry Johnson, Computer Science Engineering, Freshmen; Alex Kloehn, San Diego, CA, MPH – Human Nutrition: Dietetics, Grad. Student; Daniel Mahoney, Jacksonville, FL, Mechanical Engineering, Freshman; Bryan Mathison, Grand Rapids, MI, Performing Arts, Technology, Senior; Chris Parker, Engineering, Freshmen; Josh Partridge, Chemical Engineering, Sophomore; Spenser Paul, Great Falls, MT, Recent Graduate; Domenic Rizzolo, Freshman; Nicholas Snow, Industrial & Operations Engineer, Grad. Student; Robert Sullivan, Grosse Pointe, MI, International Studies, Middle East, & North African Studies, Sophomore; Mark VanAlstine, Owosso, MI, Material Science Engineering, Sophomore; Alex Veras, Political Science & History, Sophomore; Justin Xuanqi Yang, Industrial Operations Engineering, Freshman; John Arnold, Traverse City, MI, Architecture, Sophomore; Brandon Cory, Greenville, MI, Psychology, Junior; Steven Fisher, Bethesda, MD, Complex Systems, Junior; Andrew Goulston, Plano, TX, Performing Arts Technology, Freshman; Reginald Hammond, Detroit, MI, Movement Science Junior; Bradley Harlan, Northborough, MA, Microbiology Senior; Gabe Moss, Grosse Pointe Park, MI, History, Senior; Chris Parr, Mechanical Engineering, Junior; Ronald Perkins Jr., Detroit, MI, Vocal Performance, Music, Graduate Student; Patrick Pjesky, Saint Joseph, MI, Freshman; Alexander Rink, Rochester, MI, Aerospace Engineering, Freshman; Benjamin Rizzo, Haslett, MI, Chemical Engineering, Senior; Matt Rouhana, Plymouth, MI, Engineering, Sophomore; Jeffrey Sarazin, Birmingham, MI, Biochemistry, Sophomore; Arthur Snow, Libertyville, IL, Economics, Senior; Alex Verros, Lake Orion, MI, Mathematics & Informatics, Freshman; Erik Walker, Farmington Hills, MI, Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences, Senior; Luke Washer, Darien, CT, Freshman; Ryan Wawrzaszek, Ann Arbor, MI, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology, Sophomore; Peter Winter, Chemical Engineering, Senior; Ted Zaroff III, Belleville, MI, Chemical Engineering, Senior.

Member of the Friars — Elliot Begley, English, Junior; Jordan Bell, Tinley Park, Illinois, Civil Engineering, Freshman; Rob Bisel, Moraga, CA, Sound Engineering, Sophomore; John Bohenick, Troy, MI, Biomedical Engineering, Freshman; Michael Chrzan, Detroit, MI, Mathematics, Freshman; Carl Ciaramitaro, Huntington Woods, MI, English, Senior; Matthew Griffith, Detroit, MI, Sociology, Senior; Mark Grum, Ann Arbor, MI, Industrial & Operations Engineering, Sophomore; Ethan Hain, Williston, VT, Industrial Operations Engineering, Graduate Student; Sakib Jabbar, Flint, MI, English, Sophomore; Bryan Kendall, Williamston, MI, Computer Science Engineering, Senior; Matt Kodis, Saint Joseph, MI, Statistics, Senior; Andrew Lumley, Novi, Michigan, Bachelor of Business Administration, Sophomore; Charlie Rhodes, Grand Rapids, MI, Architecture, Senior; Adam Schwartz, Ann Arbor, MI, Neuroscience, Freshman; Ken Sieloff, Northville, MI, Choral Music Education, Senior; Clayton Smith, Bethesda, MD, Earth & Environmental Science & History, Junior; Raymond John Strobel, Spring Lake, MI, Chemistry, Sophomore; Eric Szcarlett, Allen Park, MI, Performing Arts Management, English Language, & Literature, Junior; Omari Jawanza Tabor, West Bloomfield, MI, Architecture, Freshman; Ryan Upton, La Cañada, CA, Movement Science, Sophomore; Steven West, Freshmen; Jeffrey White, Midland, MI, Computer Science, Junior; Mackenzie Young, Ada, MI, Industrial & Operations Engineering, Senior; Jacob Nathanson, Brooklyn, NY, Freshman; Chris Osborn, Grand Rapids, MI, Economics & Financial Mathematics, Sophomore; Josh Ross, Troy, MI, Business, Sophomore; Brian VanTimmeren, Jenison, MI, Screen Arts and Cultures, Junior; Joseph Vessecchia.