Troy Music Study Club begins club year with program

Published 3:00 am Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Troy Music Study Club began its 2014-2015 club year when it met for a “Pot Luck Supper,” Business and program Monday night, Sept. 22 at 6:00 in the home of Jerry and Betty Spann on West College Street

Following the meal, Lyndia Dew, president called the meeting to order and welcomed the guests, Melanie Hawkins, Thomas Johnston, Carol Anne Osborne, and Carlton Copeland.

President Dew led the Federation Collect. The Federation Hymn was sung directed by Choral Director William Denison and accompanied by Lyra Crapps. Together We Sing for September, “Anchors Aweigh” by Alfred hart Miles and Charles A. Zimmerman was also sung after Betty Chancellor gave the background of the song. June Kendrick, Music in Poetry Chairperson, read “A Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns in Memory of Bobbie Burns Swisher who was long time member if Troy Music Study Club and was Vice President at her death this summer.

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During the business session committee reports were given by officers and committee chairmen. The nominating committee reported the selection of John Jinright as vice president for this club year. President Dew announced that Troy Club had been awarded The Award of Merit for their Senior Club Yearbook 2013-2014 for the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Program coordinators Don and Lyra Crapps planned a most enjoyable program of International Songs with group singing by club members and solos by guests. The following songs were sung:

1. Scotland: “Flow Gently, Sweet Afton” by Robert Burns, J.E. Spilman.

2. Great Brittan: “Tit Willow” from the Mikado, by Gilbert and Sullivan. (This one was not sung but introduced by Don Crapps)

3. Great Brittan: “We Sail the Ocean Blue” from H.M.S Pinafore, also by Gilbert and Sullivan. Men’s Chorus.

4. Ireland: “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” by Olcott, Graff and Ball.

5. Spain: “Cielito Lindo” by Fernandez/Raven

6. Italy: “Son pochi fiori” from L’amico Fritz by Pietro Mascagni. Carol Anne Osborne, soprano.

7. France: “La Marseillaise” by Rouget de Lisie

8. Canada: “O Canada” by C.Lavallee; R.S. Weir

9. Australia: “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken” Croatian folk song, arr. Franz Joseph Haydn.

10. America: “The Gambler’s Lament” by John Jacob Niles, solo Carl Copeland, bass-baritone

11. Germany: “Lullaby” from a theme by Johannes Brahms, Ladies Chorus

12. Russia: “Dark Eyes” Russian folk song arr. Riegger.

The Group songs were directed by William Denison and accompanied by Lyra Crapps. She also accompanied the soloists.

The next meeting will be Monday night, Oct. 27 in the home of Mrs. Jean Barr in Banks.

The Troy Music Club, founded in 1905, is a member of the Alabama Federation of Music Clubs and the National Federation of Music Clubs.