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Miami Men's Glee Club wins top honors in European Choir Competition

Written by Susan Meikle, university news and communications, meiklesb@MiamiOH.edu

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Poster advertising the Miami Men's Glee Club performance at Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany.

The Miami Men's Glee Club, conducted by Jeremy Jones, won the First European Prize with Great Distinction at the Concours Europeen de Chant Choral 2014 (European Choir Competition) May 31. The choir participated in the competition, held in Mersch, Luxembourg, during their international tour of England, Wales, France, Luxembourg, Germany and Belgium.

They also received a monetary award of 1500 euros. 

Ten adult choirs — all very well prepared and excellent ensembles, Jones said — performed in the competition. The Miami Men's Glee Club was the only choir from the U.S. with the others from Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands.

The five professional conductors of the jury represented Finland, Luxembourg, France, Belgium and Germany,

The Glee Club gave a 30-minute performance of a variety of choral works from around the world. 

"We were asked to sing a final song for the audience of choirs and general attendees," Jones said. "We performed "Wedding Qawwali" from A.R. Rahman's "Bombay Dreams". The audience leapt to their feet and cheered for an encore, which we gave." 

"To my knowledge, this is the first international choral competition the Glee Club has participated in many years, if ever." 

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The Miami Men's Glee Club in performance at the European Choir Competition (photo courtesy Federation Nationale de Musique du Grand-Duche de Luxembourg).

The international tour capped off a "historical year" for the Men's Glee Club, Jones said. They were invited to sing at two major conferences this year and gave well-received performances at the American Choral Directors Association Conference in Cincinnati and the Intercollegiate Men's Choruses National Conference held at Rutgers University.

"The ACDA conference performance (as one of only 12 invited choirs) was our 'Rose Bowl' or 'College World Series' of the year," Jones said.

Watch a video of the Men's Glee Club performing A.R. Rahman's "Wedding Qawwali" at the ACDA Conference here.

Auditions: Are you a student interested in joining the Men's Glee Club or the Collegiate Chorale (male and female singers)? 

Auditions for all vocal ensembles will be held during the first week of classes. Additionally, students on campus for summer orientation may contact the director, Jeremy Jones, for an audition time at jonesj5@miamioh.edu or 513-529-6009.

The Choraliers (all women) and Chamber Singers are conducted by William Bausano, bausanwp@miamioh.edu.

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  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Contact and emergency information for the Luxembourg Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    luxembourg@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

    Directions

    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    Contact and emergency information for the Voice of America Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
    voalc@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/voalc

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    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

    Contact and emergency information for the Middletown Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

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    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Hamilton
    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    Contact and emergency information for the Hamilton Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

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    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

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    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

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    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency