1899 Glee and Mandolin Clubs

The 1898-1899 season of the Virginia Glee Club was directed by a student, Francis Harris Abbot. The officers were Edmund Bradford Burwell, president; Briggs McLemore, manager; and Charles Archibald Clunet, assistant manager.[1]

During this season the Glee and Mandolin Clubs performed together.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Roster[edit | edit source]

The roster below is all the members who were listed in the 1899 Corks and Curls, and may not include all members who participated in the season.

First tenors: Wythe Leigh Kinsolving, Herbert Rollo Morgan, Marshall Lee Nininger, James Harry Deyerle

Second tenors: John William Brown, Charles Archibald Clunet, Joseph Clay Stiles, Harry Howard Shelton

First basses: Francis Harris Abbot, Thomas Graham Dabney, William Walter Rose

Second basses: Rockwell Smith Brank, Edmund Bradford Burwell, Edgar Howard Farrar, Thomas Gardner Foster

Other mentions[edit | edit source]

A fiction story in the November 1898 issue of the University of Virginia Magazine gives an idea of the general reception of the Glee Club on Grounds:

...the Glee Club's speciality was college songs, and so they tried a song that they had heard sung on the "bleachers" when the "rooters" wished to encourage the team. Five of them knew most of the words; three of them knew the tune; and all of them were able to come in on the chorus; so between them, with Langdon leading manfully on the piano and filling up the breaks with beautiful dashes of chords and scales, "The Good Old Song of Wah-Who-Wah" was sung with much feeling and much original interpretation. ... This song was followed by others, not always in tune, and not always in time, but it would have taken a harder hearted musical critic than Miss Withers to have found fault with their voices, when they all made themselves so charming in every way. [2]

References[edit | edit source]

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