Quartets to sing at Homecoming

Wed, 2012-07-25 10:28 -- univcomm
Homecoming weekend is more than the football game, a play in Byrum and the presence of the luminaries across campus, but a celebration of life at AU over the years. This year alumni and students will join together in a celebration of the ministry of song and music through the reunion of many special singing male quartets of throughout the university’s history. Click here to see a special online scrapbook of quartets from the past. The event, “Celebration of Song,” will be held in Byrum Hall from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4. The public is invited to attend this free event(pictured at left: 1955 Anderson College Quartet).

“They were some of the greatest ambassadors of the university,” said Kim Wolfe, director of Alumni Programs. “In some ways, they were a strong branch of the admissions team, traveling to churches all over the country in order to spread the news of the Church of God school in Anderson, Indiana. Several quartet members can share stories of how enrollment would increase from a particular area after their trip.”

Quartets such as the Preachers Quartet of 1939 were used to form relationship in churches throughout the Midwest.

“We had numerous students come to the college from that area,” said Charles Wilson, member of the quartet from 1939.

DC Holloway, now residing in Florida, traveled with the Envoys Quarter in 1960 traveled around the country to minister to students and Church of God’s from Texas, Seattle and many other locations.

“It was a Christian ministry but it was also a good way to get word out about the college,” said Holloway. “It got me out of the Midwest and I saw the country. I met people who have influenced me over the last 40 years.”

Holloway came up with the idea of having a reunion to enjoy catching up with fellow quartet members over the years and reminisce of their experiences. The Alumni office then sought out other quartet members in response to Holloway’s dream and made the Celebration of Song concert possible.

“We were approached a couple years ago by DC Holloway regarding a reunion for quartet performers...his thought being a reception or small gathering where they could simply sing with one another,” added Wolfe. “Our office had the ability to take on the project this year and it didn't take long for enthusiasm to build. The concert will be a blessing! These men are traveling from around the country to be here and to perform for us.”

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education and theology.

--Student writer Stefanie Kinstle works in the AU Office of Media and Electronic Communications.