The 1957-1958 season of the Virginia Glee Club was the first directed by David Davis. Officers included Palmer Rutherford, president; Wingfield Roberts, manager; Donald Ward, assistant manager; Robert Velle, librarian; Wilson Brown, assistant librarian; and Charles Nichols, publicity manager; the accompanist was Peter Cressman, and assistant accompanists included Warren Coleman and Ben Fulton. Performances included appearances with the Roanoke Symphony, concerts in Norfolk and Richmond, the Concert on the Lawn,[1] and the annual Christmas concert, which in 1957 was a joint appearance with the newly formed University Singers under the direction of Donald MacInnis.[2][3]

During this season, the Glee Club supplemented its income by becoming the exclusive sales agents of the Virginia Spectator magazine. The revenues were planned to help finance a European tour. [4]

In the University community, 1957–1958 was notable for concluding the term of William Faulkner's period as UVa's first Writer in Residence.[5]



This roster includes those who were members of the Glee Club as of the Christmas Concert (1957). It may not include all who sang in the group during this season.

First tenors: Charles Cowley, Robert Caven, Warren Coleman, Neil Davis, Andrew Francis, Robert Velle, Malcolm Wyatt

Second tenors: Jack Brandt, Wilson Brown, William Czechanski, Peter Cressman, Peter Gilbert, Herbert Lord, Ed Lovern, John Nunn, Wingfield Roberts, Palmer Rutherford, Clark Stearns, Phillip Walker

Baritones: Eliot Wells, Lloyd Bird, Winfrey Blackburn, Philip Davis, Ben Fulton, Houston Lynch, Calvin Parker, William Poole, Robert Randall, Douglas Roller, Daniel Stapelton, Fred Tims, Howard Townsend, Charles Tunstall, Arthur Ward, Donald Ward, William Wheatley

Basses: Charles Nichols, James Brewbaker, Russell Carew, Peter Kennedy, Henry Moyer, J. William Powers, Henry MacDonald, Eugene F. Russell, III, Charles Shook, Paul Tipton


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