Quinnipiac’s “Glee” fans may soon experience a “glee-gasm.”
Two months ago, Quinnipiac “glee-aholics” created a Facebook group in attempts to form an official glee club. All they need are some talented ‘Gleeks’ and an advisor like Will Schuester.
Senior accounting major Ramon Sanchez organized the group “Let’s Start a Glee Club here at QU” before the university closed for winter break in December.
“I’m a huge fan of the show and it just got me thinking that we should start one up ourselves,” Sanchez said. “I know we have the QU Singers, which is like a chorus, but I wanted to bring charisma, choreography and up-to-date song choices, and perform them to the Quinnipiac community – that and I love to sing.”
Although the group’s 21 members expressed interest via Facebook, Sanchez has yet to take action due to his hectic schedule.
“I am currently just way too busy to take the point, but I am willing to consult whoever it is that wants to step up,” Sanchez said. “In order for this to be successful we are going to need 100 percent dedication from everyone. It will take a lot of work but I know we can do it.”
Quinnipiac offers a music minor, but campus music groups are limited. In addition to the QU Singers, other musical groups include the Praise “2” Him Ensemble gospel choir, and the Quinnipiac Jazz Ensemble.
QU Singers, currently 70 members, practice once a week for three hours. They conclude every fall and spring semester with a concert in Buckman Theater.
Fred Rossomando, part-time music professor and QU Singers director, has conducted the choir for 10 years and is skeptical about a potential Quinnipiac glee club.
“Unless it’s going to show a different direction or a different purpose that won’t duplicate the Quinnipiac Singers, then I would have a concern because it would interfere with the group that I conduct,” Rossomando said. “I’m kind of interested to know what the goal would be, or what they would like to concentrate on. If it’s different or has a different angle, then that’s fine.”
But the necessary steps to create an official glee club aren’t all that gleeful.
Certain criteria must be met to establish a new student organization. At least five undergraduate students are required to start the club, and a list of potential faculty advisors must be provided, according to the Quinnipiac University student handbook.
The student handbook also states, “The proposed organization must be unique from currently recognized student groups.”
Rossomando encourages glee club supporters to find their own musical niche, one that is different from the QU Singers.
“They need to offer something to the students that the university is not offering.,” Rossomando said. “And if they do, then they can gather more of these kids who are vocally talented who can go in this direction.”
Potential new clubs must also complete a new organization application as well as a written constitution. Once all criteria have been met, the Office of the Student Center and Student Leadership Development must approve the club. All new student organizations start with a one year review period before receiving an official charter.
If glee club is approved as an official organization, students will be responsible for choosing music, writing arrangements and holding practices. But finding a performance venue in the midst of incessant campus construction may be the most difficult challenge of all. With Alumni Hall under construction, Buckman Theater remains the only Mount Carmel space readily available for performances.
“Without a lot of backing from administration and no places to perform and no practice rooms, you can only do so much with a slice of ham,” Rossomando said. “You can doll it up all you want, but it’s still a ham.”