Last year Professor Schirmer formed a new musical group on our campus which is as interesting as it is unusual. This is the group known as the Madrigal Singers. It was started to fill on educational need for the music students apart from the more formal choral groups.
The Madrigal Singers sing a type of song not ordinarily sung. It is entirely secular music, but originated in the Elizabethan family song fests in which the master and servant alike took port. The composers ore mostly those of the sixteenth century. Thus the group is entirely informal, singing a light type of song - more like on ensemble. They are not a performing organization.
Our own Madrigal Singers number seven women and seven men this year. They give occasional recitals in the Thursday afternoon concerts. Off-campus activities ore mainly musical performances before various clubs around Cleveland.
The Baldwin-Wallace Marching Band has an existence independent from the regular Concert Band. This organization holds sway during the fall of each year and again in May when it traditionally leads the big May Day parade through the streets of Berea.
During each football season, this band performs between halves at each local game and often accompanies the team to out-of-town games.
Last fall the Marching Band marched down the field sixty strong. And they were all men! Contrary to the custom of former years, no women were permitted to march.
Led by Drum Majors Robert Wilcox and Harry Sprang, the new band greatly augmented the use of lights at the night games. In addition to this specialty, they introduced the monogrammed "B-W" and the fanfare.
In the fall every loyal B-W-ite is stirred when he sees the flash of the sun on the instruments of our marching band, and when he hears the band playing as it parades down the field.
The marching band is an organization separate from the concert band. Last year the band was composed entirely of men but this year women were included.
The formations which were executed between halves of the games brought forth "ohs" and "ahs" of pleasure from the fans. The pride and joy of all B-W rooters were the Sprang brothers, Bud and Dick, as they strutted down the field twirling their batons.
Under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Snapp, the marching band highlights halftime at the college football games with its precision drills and musical excellency. The majorettes, led by head majorette Diane Andrusko, add beauty and spirit to each of the band's performances.
The Debate Team was very active this year in its combat of wits with other college teams, and met with a great deal of success. It spent the entire season debating the Pi Kappa Delta question: "Resolved; that the nations should agree to prevent the international shipment of arms and munitions." During the course of the season the team has engaged in a total of forty-six inter-collegiate debates and has argued both sides of the question. Then, too, it has engaged in several large tournaments, some of which were held at Westminster, Iowa City, Akron, and Otterbein. The last was the provincial tournament of Pi Kappa Delta Forensic Fraternity.
The men who represented the college in these tournaments benefited enormously by these experiences. They have been able to broaden their contacts, increase their forensic ability, take pleasant trips, and win enough victories to make the season a most successful one.
For several years the College has been without a Men's Glee Club, but this year Professor Schluer succeeded in organizing one, and under his able direction a very successful Men's Glee Club was brought into being. The club gave several out-of-town concerts and joined with the Girls' Club in a joint Home Concert in March. It is hoped that the Men's Glee Club will become a permanent and established organization on the campus.
The Modern Dance Club holds dance classes open to everyone and at no charge to Baldwin-Wallace students. The only requirement is that the students participate in College dance classes in order to maintain physical flexibility. The Dance Club also has classes in co-operation with the Cleveland Modern Dance Association which are also available to Baldwin-Wallace students at no cost.
The primary interest of the group is in growth in all areas of dance. Although jazz is one of the more popular styles, exposure to other forms of dance is encouraged. This is accomplished, in co-operation with ACES, by sponsoring master classes. The enthusiasm of members and the College community surmount monetary limitations.
In 1978, Artist-in-Residence Jim Corti was sponsored by the Dance Club with financial assistance from Student Senate and interested academic departments. The format of Corti's workshops focused on basic modern jazz with emphasis on floor and bar exercises. The workshop classes were open to all interested students.
The Dance Club is also responsible for the annual Dance Concert: The Concert has no admission fee. Donations accepted at the Concert are used to finance the Dance Club's Summer Dance School Fund. This fund enables interested students to attend dance schools during summer vacation.
The officers for 1977-78 were: President - Timothy Johnson, Vice President - Rick Rose, Secretary - Sue Hart, Publicity Coordinator - Rick Rose, Costume Coordinators - Cindy Adams and Cynthia Judge, Scholarship - Kathleen Been and Barbara Weikamp, Advisor - Mrs. Suzanne Strew.
The Modern Language Club is made up of the students who are particularly interested in Spanish, French, or German. In reality it is the combination of these three groups, and efforts are made to meet the needs of those in all of these fields.
Lectures and talks of outstanding merit and interest are delivered from time to time in their meetings. The club also attempts to sponsor at least one major play each year in either French or German and also a minor Spanish play.
The Modern Language Club adds much to the college spirit in the way of fellowship through group writing of songs and conversation in the various tongues. In this fellowship lies the aim of the club.
The Modern Language Club is composed of three sections, German, French, and Spanish. Membership is open to any student who has taken one of these languages.
President Doris Mae Hasel informs us that the club is "on the proverbial ball" this year, sponsoring such noteworthy activities as the presentation of Emile de Sauze on a chapel program, lectures by Professors Mercer and Ficken, and varied student programs.
The Modern Language Club is of interest to those who aspire to membership in one of the three modern language fraternities, Sigma Delta Pi, Delta Phi Alpha, or Sigma Lambda Alpha. Admission to these is gained through high scholarship.
With a common desire to increase their knowledge of the lands and peoples of the German, French and Spanish tongues, language students unite to form the Modern Language Club. Its main activities have been dinner meetings with varied programs, discussion led by speakers, and the annual Christmas caroling. President of the group was Jane Mercure.
M.E.N.C. is a professional organization for students interested in teaching music in public schools. Its purpose is to supplement learning on the college campus. Through its monthly meetings, the group becomes acquainted with guests from many different specialized fields of music education. These guests present new materials on such topics as what to expect in the first year of teaching, how to handle discipline in the classroom, and problems which will involve curriculum and administration.