The Singing Irish
A History of the Notre Dame Glee Club
240 pages, 11.00 x 8.50 , 250 halftones and 25 line drawings
Hardcover | 9780268020453 | October 2015
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268074852 | October 2015
In The Singing Irish, Michael Alan Anderson brings to life the rich history and traditions of the Notre Dame Glee Club. Replete with nearly three hundred images, the stunning large-format book examines the early history of the ensemble before 1915, its robust membership, rehearsal and concert customs, and the contributions of its conductors through the decades. Anderson interviewed dozens of Glee Club alumni going back to the early 1940s to narrate the vibrant story of the group, while assembling a wealth of documents that detail the activities undertaken—and impressions made—by this extraordinary musical ensemble. The group’s famous appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in the early 1950s marked the height of the Glee Club’s visibility; however, the ensemble continues to sell out concerts on national and international tours, having traveled to nearly every state in the United States and numerous countries in Europe, Asia, and Central America. Through its eclectic repertoire and polished singing, the Glee Club has achieved a lofty status among collegiate choral ensembles in the United States, beloved by students, members of the Notre Dame family, and friends and supporters of the university around the world. Combining the meaningful culture of Notre Dame with the highest standards of artistic excellence, The Singing Irish makes a wonderful keepsake for fans and alumni of the Notre Dame Glee Club as it enters its centennial year.
Michael Alan Anderson is associate professor of musicology at the Eastman School of Music and was a member of the Notre Dame Glee Club from 1993 to 1997.
“One of the greatest assets we have here at Notre Dame is our Glee Club. Somehow, year in and year out, they come up with wonderful singers, great songs, and performances that are nothing short of fantastic. I don't know what we can do to thank the men for their long hours over the years that the Club puts into practicing for their performances. May I say that I am grateful for all of the wonderful performances of the Glee Club, not just here on campus but around the world. I have enjoyed many of their performances each year and I never cease to be edified by their spirit and wonderful presentation.” —Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. (1917–2015), President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame
“Glee Club alumnus Michael Alan Anderson has bravely and lovingly taken on the job of recording the history of this special group in The Singing Irish. In the first place, it is thoroughly researched and scrupulously verified from archives, articles, letters, yearbooks, newsletters, and reports. But more than that, its real goal has been to uncover the spirit underlying the facts of the story. The Notre Dame Glee Club is not just a trained and well-practiced group of university level students working in the field of music. It is a fellowship, a fraternity, of more or less ordinary young men who have been guided and shepherded as much as academically taught, accompanied on their way to maturity.” —Dorothy A. Pedtke, daughter of longtime Glee Club director Daniel H. Pedtke
"Music historian Michael Anderson, a 1997 Notre Dame graduate and alumnus of the Glee Club, says the tradition of the club, along with the timing of the centennial, inspired him to write the club's history. . . . The group was primarily influenced by three directors, Daniel Pedtke, current director [Daniel] Stowe, and Joseph Casasanta, who wrote such favorites as the Alma Mater and 'Hike Notre Dame.' Two-thirds of the group's 100 years were under the leadership of one of these three men, Anderson says." —South Bend Tribune: In the Bend
“Impressively well written, beautifully illustrated, informed and informative,The Singing Irish: A History of the Notre Dame Glee Club is a delight to simply browse through and should be considered a ‘must’ for all Notre Dame alumni. A unique contribution, The Singing Irish is strongly recommended for academic library Music History reference collections. It should also be noted for personal reading lists that The Singing Irish is also available (enhanced with audio and video) in a Kindle edition.” —The Midwest Book Review