Center Stage: PMO in Zionsville
The Glee Club and the Purduettes traveled down to Zionsville Highschool to perform a show together. This is the first in the past few years and was a great bonding experience for the two ensembles. Sophomore Michael Blakley and Senior Patrick Brown join Assistant Director of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club in a sound check before the Friday night performance.
The Glee Club and the Purduettes warm up "There Will Always Be a Song" with the Zionsville students.
The men and women were provided a generous meal by the Zionsville Royalaires and Choralaires parents and spent time getting to know the Zionsville High School students. The food was absolutely delicious! Director of Purdue Musical Organizations, Bill Griffel, joins in the fun teaching his table the table song, "By the Light of the Silvery Moon".
Manager of Purduettes, Emily Gorrell and Senior Amanda Conte take part in a large Chocolate Fondu Fountain which was provided by the Zionsville parents. There were various scrumptious treats to dip in the rich chocolate including all kinds of fruit and cream puffs!
After the meal, the Glee Club quickly changed to open the show. They began with a fairly new run in song, "Ambassdors in Song" arranged by Ted Arthur. This was a great transition to their next song, Shoshaloza, a powerful African tune.
Purdue Varsity Glee Club member Noah Demerly beautifully serenades one of the lovely audience members..
The men of Lighthouse raise the audience up with their upbeat "My Lord Will Come Again".
Ba-na-na are up to no good as usual but bring the house down with "Shout".
Junior Jacob Ludwig wails on the guitar during the Glee Club set.
Junior Phoenix Lyons, a resident of Zionsville, performed "When You Say You Love Me" on his home stage.
The Purduettes performed next adding a little pizazz and sparkle to the night. They opened their set with "I Hear A Song".
The Purduettes display their unique style and class in a number of fun upbeat tunes but also some very inspirational and slower tunes. Whatever they are singing, they never let go of their smiles and stage presence.
Director of the Purduettes Jeff Vallier directs the women in their uplifting tune, "Get Happy".
The Purduettes specialty group The Holy Cow Girls performed "Only Love", a new song to the group. This specialty contains two Zionsville natives, Katie Peine and Ali Norman.
The women also got the opportunity to work with the Zionsville women on Hosanna. Sophomore Allie Rieth and her sister Sarah had the opportunity to perform with one another.
"Hosanna, forever we worship you".
Senior Barry Helfrich presents the Zionsville Director, Deana Broge, with a gift from the Glee Club. Amanda Haney, a Junior, presented a gift from the Purduettes.
The men and women of Zionsville combine with the men and women of PMO to perform "There Will Always Be a Song".
The Glee Club and the Purduettes close the performance with the greatest fight song known to man, "Hail Purdue!".
Zionsville is a big show for alumni in the Indianapolis area to visit. Former Purduette and Purduette Manager Monica Ruberg catches up with some current Purduette ladies after the show.
Director of PMO, Bill Griffel, and Director of Zionsville choirs, Deana Broge, pose for a picture before the PMO buses leave. What a great night full of fun but most importantly love for music!