Despite the stiffening of standards in quartet trials last week, this year's Glee Club is the largest in history, it was announced yesterday. Although 38 men were dropped as compared to 20 last year, the present membership exceeds that of 1936-'37 by 12 men.
The executive committee of the Glee Club is reported to be studying the constantly increasing enrollment as an obstacle to the preparation of high-calibre concerts. Two clubs may be the final solution.
Fundamental Purposes of Glee Club
The chief purpose of the Glee Club, as outlined by G. Wallace Woodworth '24, conductor, last night, is to give the undergraduate an opportunity for singing music which ranges from the 14th to the 20th century, from Beethoven to Gilbert and Sullivan.
"But there is a basic conflict", said Mr. Woodworth, "between that objective and the necessary duty of any glee club to present good concerts. A group of 237 becomes unwiedly in practising for public performances.
As a first step in solving the dilemma, the management announced that the 72 men who had received a grade of 72 or below in a scale ranging from 70 to 82 should not expect to sing in any concert this year. It was hinted that this might be the initial measure toward the eventual separation of the club into upper and lower groups.
For the present, however, all men will attend rehearsal for the whole Club; and quartet trials will be given again in December for the 72 lowest men, as a special opportunity to improve their status. This is an innovation.
Joint Rehearsal Next Monday
The Radcliffe Choral Society will join the Glee Club next Monday evening for the first full rehearsal on Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis." The annual concert with the Yale Glee Club will be presented Friday evening, November 19.