Welcome to the Director’s Corner!
It's official! On December 18, 2010 the Purdue University Board of Trustees approved constructing our new home, Ralph and Bettye Bailey Hall! Schmidt Associates of Indianapolis will design the $8 million, 18,000-square-foot facility which will be paid for entirely from gift funds. Bailey Hall will be located at the southeast corner of Grant Street and Northwestern Avenue in West Lafayette. We hope to be in the building by the spring of 2013.
On behalf of our current students and staff, as well as all those who came before us and those who will come after, thank you to the 472 donors who helped make this dream a reality. A most special “thank you” to Ralph and Bettye Bailey, whose tremendous generosity will enhance the student experience for generations of PMO students and allow our program to accommodate the ever-growing interest in musical opportunities at Purdue.
For PMO, 2010 was a year of collaborations. We were proud to partner in performances with Purdue Bands & Orchestra, Purdue’s Black Cultural Center and Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. We also collaborated with Purdue Convocations, Greater Lafayette Commerce, Lafayette-West Lafayette Convention & Visitors Bureau and Purdue Athletics. Perhaps our most visible partnership of 2010 was with Purdue’s Office of Marketing & Media to launch our new website.
In 2010, our students performed in 126 shows in 31 cities across six states. Even though 2011 has just begun, we have already accomplished much. Highlights from our year thus far include accepting an invitation to perform at The Palladium, the new Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, during their grand opening. Most recently, Glee Club performed with the Indiana University Singing Hoosiers. This collaboration marked the first time these ensembles shared the stage since 1997. For a complete listing of what we have planned this year, visit our online calendar.
As we look to the future, we are planning an international performance tour in May 2013 which will bring Glee Club, Purduettes and Purdue Bells to Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France. More details regarding the tour will be available in 2012.
As you can see, we are experiencing an exciting time for Purdue Musical Organizations! You help make it all possible. Thank you for staying connected with us. Even if distance prevents you from participating in person, check out our Facebook page to stay connected with us anywhere in the world. We hope to see you again soon. Until then, Hail Purdue!
William E. Griffel
Director, Purdue Musical Organizations