Virginia Glee Club history: the University Band and the Arcadians

Virginia Glee Club recording with the University Band, 1947 (courtesy UVA Visual History archives) I’ve devoted some of my Virginia Glee Club historical research time to non-Glee Club topics in an effort to better understand the life of the average Club guy across the decades of the group’s existence. In the process, I’ve learned some interesting … Continue reading “Virginia Glee Club history: the University Band and the Arcadians”

Fossils on the bench

As I celebrate the appointment of a fellow Glee Club alum to the bench of the fifth judicial district in Virginia, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the company he joins of fossils who’ve been judges. John W.G. Blackstone (1879–1880 season). Blackstone (1858–1911) was one of the more notable politicians of the … Continue reading “Fossils on the bench”

Hot Feet: Lewis D. Crenshaw

On an airplane flight yesterday that had (extremely slow) WiFi, I did a little research and came across some more information about Lewis D. Crenshaw, the UVa alum who co-authored the football song “Hike, Virginia” and put together the first modern UVa reunions in 1914. I remain awed by his tireless energy as UVA Alumni Association … Continue reading “Hot Feet: Lewis D. Crenshaw”

Pictures of the past: 1896, 1898, 1912, 1921, 1922

If you do research on a topic that has useful materials in Google Books, it pays to periodically check again to see what else has turned up. Yesterday, I happened to try my customary search term (“university of virginia” “glee club”) and was pleased to find a full five editions of Corks and Curls from … Continue reading “Pictures of the past: 1896, 1898, 1912, 1921, 1922”

Glee Club history Friday: New directors on the Wiki

I’m going through the backlog of blog posts I have about Club history and translating them into articles on the new Virginia Glee Club Wiki. It’s going to take a while, but slowly but surely things are getting filled in. This week I created new articles on J. A. Morrow and the Virginia Music Festival … Continue reading “Glee Club history Friday: New directors on the Wiki”

Virginia Glee Club: the musical comedy years

No, that’s not a typo, and no, I didn’t post the wrong picture–at least, not if the attributions in the Holsinger Digital Collection at UVA are correct. Today’s stroll down history lane with the Virginia Glee Club covers an era in their history which is, perhaps justifiably, forgotten–their days as a musical theatre troupe. To … Continue reading “Virginia Glee Club: the musical comedy years”

The Virginia Glee Club disbands — in 1912

This week’s Virginia Glee Club history post comes a little late, but better late than never because it sheds light on an interesting chapter of the Club’s history—its apparent, and apparently intermittent, disappearance in the years between 1905 and 1915. Thanks to a new item that has turned up in Google Books, and which I … Continue reading “The Virginia Glee Club disbands — in 1912”