STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

CHORUS, 1930-ONGOING

Historical Note:

With the discontinuation of the College of Music in 1930, music ceased to be an academic program and participation in the chorus became an entirely voluntary, extra-curricular activity. During the chorus' history, membership has ranged from a low of about thirty to a high of 159, averaging around sixty members. Alfred Hiles Bergen directed the chorus from 1932 and 1936. During these years, the chorus performed as guests of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and appeared at the World's Fair in Chicago. In 1942, William J. Geisheker assumed directorship of the chorus. For the next thirteen years, he led the chorus in the performance of several operettas and two concerts annually. In 1956, Gunnar Granquist took over as chorus director. Under his leadership, the chorus expanded its activities and enjoyed some of the most exciting years in its history. During these years, the group performed "Marquette Night at the Pops" with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and recorded four record albums. Under the directorship of William H. Ross, the chorus added extensive tours to its schedule, with trips around the Midwest; the Washington, D.C. area; and throughout Florida. Performing in a wide range of musical styles, the chorus has been well-received by audiences both at Marquette and across the country.

Chorus Directors:

Mark Konewko, 2010-ongoing
Gregory Carpenter, 2007-2009
William H. Ross, 1993-2006
Joseph Brachmann, 1987-1993
Gunnar Granquist, 1956-1987
William J. Geisheker, 1942-1956
John P. Feicht, Jr., 1940-1942
Silas L. Boyd, 1938-1940
Jacques Homines, 1936-1938
Alfred Hiles Bergen, 1932-1936
William E. Brennan, 1930-1932

Scope and Content:  This series contains the records of the Marquette University Chorus, including scrapbooks, sheet music, concert announcements and programs, and administrative records.

Restrictions:  Access to these records is unrestricted. However, the researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of these records. Consult an archivist for further information.

Series 14 General Information, 1936-ongoing
Series 14.3 Sound Recordings, 1968-ongoing