“The Singing Hoosiers isn’t like a class it’s like hanging out with your friends,” says IU Senior and Student Manager Anne Litchfield.
Litchfield has been a member of the group directed by Professor Michael Schwartzkopf since she was a freshman.
Her IU Theatre and Drama Department advisor Charles Railsback e-mailed her a suggestion that she try out and she’s been a happy member for four years.
“When people ask me about the group, I always say the same thing,” she says. “It’s where I’ve found a great group of friends, people that I know I’ll stay close with.”
In fact the IU Singing Hoosiers have a very active alumni group that regularly comes back to Bloomington for concerts and has a yearly dinner and get together.
IU Junior Steve Greist is equally enthusiastic about the group.
Like Litchfield he found out about the group from the grape vine of contacts and joined his junior year.
It was Greist who remembered all five of the songs that the group is featuring from the musical “Damn Yankees.”
He also mentioned the Queen Medley that the group had such success with last year that this year it’s a featured encore.
Both Litchfield and Greist were high in praise of the Singing Hoosiers’ Vocal Jazz group led by assistant director Chris Ludwa, but they had to confess that they hadn’t heard that group’s pieces for this year yet.
Like the rest of us, they’ll have to wait for the concert.
The IU Singing Hoosiers directed by Michael Schwartkopf perform in the IU Auditorium Saturday April 4, 2009 at 8 pm.