The Glee Club Experience Blog

A reflection from President Lillian Xu '15

This past year in Glee Club has been an incredible ride— from our packed concerts to our successful launch of the Glee Club Fund, I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Gabriel and the officer corps during this period.  On the heels of our amazing tour in Europe last year, 2014 has been rewarding in different ways. We kicked off the year with our second Glee Club Presents concert, featuring Oxford’s Schola Cantorum—by the time the concert began, there were people standing in the back of the church because all the seats had been taken. Though our football team may not won this year, the Glee Club certainly triumphed in our annual Football Concerts with Harvard and Yale, which were both filled with fun and friendly rivalry as always.  However, perhaps the most memorable moment of this past year was our December performance of Marsalis’ brilliant Abyssinian Mass, which marked a historical moment of onstage choreography (gasp!) This collaboration with the Jazz Ensemble was met with an audience larger than any in recent Winter Concert history.  When we found out that we had to open the balcony for the first time since Gabriel has been here, we were all ecstatic.

Smaller moments have been special too. Our incoming class of 33 has not only contributed their fantastic voices but also their enthusiasm and spirit to the Glee Club community. Our mentorship program, holiday gift exchanges, and weekly tea times have allowed all 81 of us to form a giant Glee family which makes singing together more meaningful. On behalf of all the singers in Glee Club, I want to thank you all for making our Glee Club Presents concert series possible and for supporting us in any capacity you can. In my final months of presidency, it has meant so much to me to see the hard work of our choir rewarded with full audiences and the immense generosity from our alumni, parents and friends. We still have many exciting plans ahead and I can’t wait to see what next year will bring.