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To the Editor:
The latest issue of Holy Cross Magazine featuring
the musical world of Holy Cross is wonderful. I was especially
pleased to have been contacted for a feature interview. It
must have been a daunting task to speak to several musicians
about their whole musical life and retell those stories in
relatively few words. Allison Chisolm did a magnificent job.
Speaking for myself, I felt she really captured the essence
of the origins of what has become my life's work and the
Holy Cross played in those beginnings.
With such a huge undertaking it would be extremely understandable that a few
facts might get a little confused. I would like to take this opportunity to clarify
a few items in my feature. First, it is important to note that Bruce Miller not
only "encouraged" my "solo work
on numerous occasions," but actually hired me as a soloist for several concerts.
In the statement "I'm just one of the instruments. It's their
show," I meant the conductor's show as it is his or her interpretation of the
work. I do Wagner "in small doses" only because of lack of opportunity here in
Boston. My intention is to make a career out of singing mostly Wagner as it is
very comfortable for me and I have been encouraged to do so by many Wagner experts.
Finally, though Centre United Methodist Church was indeed my first soloist position,
that was back in 1982, and I have had several positions since that time. An understandable
in that, this year I have returned to that church as Music Director.
I am always proud to be an alumna of Holy Cross and
it is a wonderful environment
for the pursuit of music.
Rebecca O'Brien '81
To the Editor:
It's a great
day in the Pacific Northwest . . . the coffee was just right,
the Mariners are hitting for a change and
the sun is shining! And, the morning mail brought the
April/May issue of Holy Cross Magazine and some fairly
The inside column about Fr. O'Callahan caught my attention first of all. I
read I Was Chaplain on the Franklin as a young teen in the mid-60s,
and it had something to do with my awareness of Holy Cross, beyond the fact
that the Syracuse Orangemen of Ernie Davis and then Larry Csonka beat them
each year. (Dad was a Syracuse grad.)
The second thing that stirred memories was your piece on Mark Randall. Somewhere
in my junk is a water color Mark did of Alumni Hall in our senior year . .
. no great work of art, but we'd lived on Alumni 3 Freshman year, and I was
always nostalgic about the place. Mark was incredibly talented; one of
those people who could get good music out of three rocks and a string had he
tried. In addition to piano, Mark played clarinet and guitar well enough. A
major player in the glee club and the Paks, his humor and good nature really
were incredible. In a time of life and a time of national life when we took
ourselves oh, so seriously, Mark maintained an effective sense of balance.
While we wrote agonizingly heavy poetry about love, Vietnam, and racism (or
some combination thereof), Mark wrote limericks -and sold them as Animal Poems
in the Hogan Center. He tried to take navigation from the ROTC department,
because he liked sailing . . . gentle, balanced and always smiling.
Great memories. And, it hasn't started to rain here yet today.
Mike Farrell '73
To the Editor:
I enjoyed the section of the
April/May Holy Cross Magazine dealing
with the music department. I was very disappointed, however,
that the only mention of Fr. Thomas Culley, S.J., was to
allude to him as Tim Culley on page 18.
Fr. Culley brought classical music, especially baroque music, to the masses
for many years, including my time at Holy Cross from 1969 to 1973. For me,
a biology major, studying music was an important part of my liberal arts education,
and Fr. Culley made the study of music a delight. How many schools can boast
of a Jesuit professor with a harpsichord in the back of his station wagon,
with unlimited zeal to share his knowledge, enthusiasm, Oklahoma chili, and
friendship with his students? I'm sure he was a highlight of Holy Cross for
hundreds of students, and he deserved mention (and honor) in your magazine.
It's not too late.
Paul Barcewicz, M.D., '73
To the Editor:
I read with much enjoyment
the recent edition of Holy
Cross Magazine. When I was a student in 1974, there was
not a music major. I therefore majored in psychology but
took as many music courses as offered. I fondly remember
my many nights in the Administration Building where we had
headphones and big leather chairs in which to hear our lessons.
I admired Suzanna Waldbauer a great deal. She was a fantastic
inspiration. Shirish Korde was very special. I remember taking
a course with him where we were supposed to come up with
our own topic on American jazz. I wrote a children's book.
It was great fun.
My dream, however, was to spend junior year in Vienna
so I could hear some of the most wonderful performances in the world. Unfortunately,
not let me go as a music major since there was none, but since Freud was from
Vienna, I was allowed to go under my psychology major. It was a life-changing
When I graduated, I became the Box Office Manager for
the Albany Symphony Orchestra, my home-town orchestra. However, I was invited
to attend a symphony management
conference in Chicago and decided that the Chicago Symphony was the best in
our country. I ended up working for them for five years in the development
department. Although I am no longer involved in the music community, I still
love it and attribute much of my knowledge to the wonderful professors I had
at Holy Cross.
Jane M. (Alvaro) Stern '78
To the Editor:
Your new magazine format is
wonderful. The articles are excellent and most informative.
I do, however, have to make mention
of a glaring oversight in your recent music issue. This,
I am sure, was not intentional and should have been brought
to your attention by the music department. But "out of sight,
out of mind"-they probably do not even know about the man
who, for 30 years, from 1921-1951, directed the Holy Cross
Music Clubs. They comprised the Glee Club, the Marching Band,
the Dance Band, and the Philharmonic Orchestra. The 30-stop
Concert Tour of the Glee Club, Orchestra and Soloists each
year brought Holy Cross to audiences of thousands throughout
the East Coast.
Hundreds of us "older alums" were privileged to perform under his expert direction.
He was a legend! This gentle, bubbly man, with a skill to impart the love of
music, both classical and contemporary, to students and audiences alike, brought
honor to Holy Cross wherever we performed. He always epitomized the best of
what our College had to offer to its students in the realm of leadership and
education. We are grateful for his devotion and dedication.
Please do not omit from your next music issue, and please acknowledge the contribution
to Holy Cross, of Professor J. Edward Bouvier. The current music department
should thank their lucky stars for the heritage passed on to them from "J.
Joseph F. Whalen Jr. '52