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1921 Yearbook

1921 Yearbook


1921 Yearbook


The Department of Music at the College during the past year has been
most successful. Each of the several different branches has expanded its activities of the previous year; so that, with the conclusion of the present term, all
were convinced that a proficiency has been reached which was never attained
Probably the department most deserving of praise is that of the Orchestra.
A serious problem confronted the director at the commencement of the term,
for it was necessary to secure nearly all new material, as last year's graduating
class had wrought havoc with the membership. Very few veterans were on
hand for the first practice, but with these as a nucleus, Professor Paarmann
constructed an organization which would be able to compare favorably with
any that has represented the College in previous years. All the members
attended practice regularly and were ever most zealous to make the department a success. It was the duty of the Orchestra to work in harmony with
the Dramatic Society and to render selections during the intermissions at all
theatrical presentations. Many other occasions were also presented where
their services were required.
More fortunate than its sister organization in not having its ranks depleted
so extensively by graduation was the Glee Club. When Father Mell Morrin
returned to his Alma Mater, as a professor, he assumed the directorship of
this club. The society was in need of just such a man to instill into it the vim
and enthusiasm without which a club of this kind must inevitably prove a failure. Yet he did find good material with which to work for all the members
have excellent and well-trained voices; and so by much diligent practice, a
club has been perfected which is able to afford a very pleasing entertainment.
Like the other two branches of the Musical Department the College Chapel
Choir has striven to do its best. Under the wise guidance of Father Meinberg
the Choir has developed into a very pleasing and delightful organization. It
is their duty to assist at all chapel ceremonies and lend their aid toward beautifying the services. Probably music fulfills its mission more appropriately in
this way than in any other. By working nobler sentiments and thus elevating
men's thoughts to higher things, music becomes the humbly beautiful handmaid of liturgy. Simply yet cogently she enlists the aid of the senses in the
worship of God. And surely they cannot fail of pleasing God, who by their
efforts to enhance the externals of divine service show their love for the beauty
of His house.
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