Varsity Men's Glee Club

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS VARSITY MEN'S GLEE CLUB

EXECUTIVE BOARD

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Jonathan Cortez - President

Jonathan Cortez is a Senior studying Vocal Performance in the college of Fine and Applied Arts. This is the beginning of his fourth year in Varsity Men’s Glee Club, He serves as a Baritone in our choir, and he is excited to return this year as President! As president he hopes to keep the organization moving forward and set down the stepping stones to be able to share our music with the world. Jonathan is also treasurer of Crescendo: a group for underrepresented students in the school of Music, and is involved in student theatre groups on campus!

Ryan Grosso - 

Vice President

Ryan Grosso is a senior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences studying Environmental Sustainability with a minor in Political Science. He has spent all 4 years of his time on campus as a member of VMGC and is looking forward to working as Vice President for the second year in a row!

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Connor Pils - 

Publicity Manager

Connor Pils is a Sophomore at the University of Illinois majoring in Accountancy and Finance with a minor in Leadership. Connor is a member of the Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, the Illinois Investment Banking Academy and the University's premier a capella group, The Other Guys. When Connor isn't singing, studying, playing basketball or hanging out with friends, he can be found devouring a 10-piece order of McDonald's Chicken McNuggets, complemented nicely by a large unsweetened (you read that right) iced tea. Connor looks forward to what promises to be a great year filled with brotherhood, music and fun!

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Erik Berrones - 

Treasurer

Erik is Senior studying International Trade and Policy, with minors in Political Science and History. He serves as Secretary and is in his first semester on the board. His responsibilities include creating and maintaining the budget, keeping financial records, and keeping records in regards to out concerts. In his free time, Erik enjoys reading the news, watching the gameshow network (loves trivia games) and  watching any kind of horror movies ( 1 and 2 star horror movies on Netflix are my bread and butter).

Jarod Fox - 

Secretary

Jarod is a Junior in Global Studies and Geography/GIS. Currently, he works as a research assistant, and hopes one day to be a GIS analyst. He serves as our group Secretary, keeping notes on all official glee business and maintaining attendance records. In his spare time, Jarod is an avid runner and always enjoys watching HGTV and the Food Network.

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Michael Olszowka - 

Alumni Relations

 

Michael Olszowka is a Junior studying Music Theory and Composition. As this year's Alumni & Outreach officer, Michael's responsibilities include communicating with a variety of alumni, as well as publishing the Varsity Men's Glee Club's newsletter. Michael is also a member of The Other Guys, and when he's not composing or arranging music, he is most likely playing electric guitar or watching Saturday Night Live.

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Nicolás Román-Ahlgrim - 

Social Chair

Nicolás is a Sophomore in Political Science, an aspiring diplomat, and a current member of The Other Guys. He will be serving as the Social Chair for the Glee club! His responsibilities revolve around organizing social events with other groups on campus. In his free time, Nicolás enjoys reading travel brochures and eating.

Tristan Antonsen - 

Librarian


DIRECTOR

Barrington Coleman

BM, Illinois Wesleyan University; MM, Northwestern University; DMA, Juilliard School of Music.

A professor of vocal studies, aural skills, humanities, performing vocal artist, pianist, and choral conductor, Barrington Coleman has performed and recorded as a tenor soloist with such esteemed organizations as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Music of the Baroque Ensemble, Royal Opera House of Covent Garden, La Fenice (Venice,Italy), Glyndebourne Opera, London Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras, and the Sunday Evening Club of WTTW-TV in Chicago.

He has collaborated with such prominent composers as Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, Adolphus Hailstork, Doug McConnell, and Richard Hundley on various premier and standard works for voice, as well as performing as a jazz pianist with many prominent jazz artists, including Christian McBride, Lonnie Plaxico, Sam Rivers, in addition to Coleman’s own jazz trio.

Having taught as an assistant professor of music at Saint Xavier University of Chicago, assistant professor of voice at his Alma Mater, Illinois Wesleyan University, and a guest artist/choral conductor at Northwestern University, Dr.Coleman has served as a teaching fellow in the study of Aural Skills at the Juilliard School of Music, and an Associate Professor of Voice and conductor of the Varsity Men’s Glee Club since 1996 at the University of Illinois (Urbana). 

In 1990, Barrington and his wife, internationally acclaimed lyric soprano and UI vocal professor emeritus, Cynthia Haymon performed  in the world premiere of  Richard Blackford’s musical, King, as well as featured artists on the EMI label recording and film of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. 

A frequent guest artist, pedagogue,choral conductor/arranger, and astute clinician, Barrington has served in numerous capacities over the years with such American national organizations as the Illinois Music Educators Association, All-State Choral conferences, American Association of Choral Conductors, New York Choral Conductor’s Association, the International Association of Jazz Educators, and the Black Sacred Music Symposium held on the campus of University of Illinois throughout his tenure as professor.

As a guest conductor, he has also collaborated with numerous choral ensembles in England, Wales, and Austria. In addition to directing and performing, Dr. Coleman established the Marquee Artist Immersion Lecture Series which is a significant educational and artistic component for attending audiences and some of the world’s prolific guest artists at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Illinois.

Along with experiences in commercial television work in the U.S., Barrington has served as an adjudicator for arts programs of universities, high schools, community arts organizations, churches, and an array of professional music associations in America as a classical, jazz, and gospel artist.