Center Stage: Alumni Song
I sang in the Purduettes, the University Choir, the Collegiate trio, and traveled with the Varsity Glee Club as a soloist. Dr. Stewart and Bill Luhman had such great ideas for the Christmas concerts, one of which appealed to a handsome young man in the audience who is now my husband of almost 43 years! He fell in love with me as the "Angel in the Christmas play." Unfortunately, we can't find the song. I would love to sing it for my grandson. All we remember is that after I sang the song, I surprised the audience by roller skating off the Elliott Hall of Music stage. It was an exciting moment! My second favorite was "Lonesome Road" performed by Jeanine Witham, Jody Johnson and I (Collegiate Trio). With this song, we won a talent search and appeared on the Jackie Gleason show!
Connie Anderson ‘67, Purduettes, University Choir, Collegiate Trio
Being in the music groups was a great diversion from the constant studies and classes. I sang in choral groups in high school, so this was a great privilege to continue the positive and uplifting activity in choral music groups and concerts. Thank you Purdue!
Marilyn Peretti ‘57, Choraleers and University Choir
The Creation, by Willy Richter, has always been my favorite. During my Glee Club years, 1955-58, we often opened programs with that selection, first singing in total darkness and then the "house" lights would come on during the phrase, "Let there be light." Whenever I have had an opportunity to see & hear the PVGC (in Southern Cali) I always request they sing The Creation. I also had the opportunity to sing it again with our church Men’s' Choir; I played the PVGC CD recording for them so we could all hear how it should be sung. Note my PVGC Blue Blazer still fits, after 53 years.
Stephen Zawadski ‘58, Purdue Varsity Glee Club
No Alum anywhere has an Alma Mater more melodic, harmonious, emotional & memorable than the PURDUE HYMN. I swelled with pride every time we sang it. Still do. It’s MUSIC to my ears. “Fairest in all the land, Our own Purdue.”
Darrell Eubank ‘51, Purdue Varsity Glee Club