Varsity Men's Glee Club

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS VARSITY MEN'S GLEE CLUB

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Walter Kasmer - President

Walter Kasmer is a senior at the University of Illinois, majoring in Music Theory and Composition in the school of Fine and Applied Arts. As well as serving as Tenor II section leader, he serves as President of the VMGC, where he leads the executive board and helps coordinate with faculty and membership. Working to help the club run smoothly while also pursuing long-term goals such as touring and recording, Walter hopes to help the club grow and offer memorable experiences for all its members.

Ryan Grosso - 

Vice President

Ryan Grosso is a junior at the University of Illinois, studying Environmental Sustainability and Geology. This will be his second semester serving as Vice President of VMGC. In this role, he's there to assist any other officer in completion of special projects, as well as organizing and producing programs for concerts throughout the year. He has been a member of VMGC for three years now and is beyond happy to have it as such an integral part of his college experience.

Michael Brower - 

Treasurer

Michael Brower is a senior at the University of Illinois, studying Media and Cinema Studies and minoring in Art History. He joined the Glee Club in the spring of 2016 as a bass, and immediately fell in love with VMGC. This will be his second year serving as the Club’s treasurer and can’t wait to help the club grow as an organization as well as a brotherhood. Michael is originally from Carbondale, IL and plans to start a career in television after he graduates this spring.

Brian Williams - 

Alumni Relations

 

Brian Williams is a senior at the University of Illinois, majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Chemistry. This will be Brian's fourth year with VMGC and his third as the Alumni Relations chair. Brian also serves as a member of the Other Guys a cappella group, as a LAS Intern for the College of LAS, and as the proud brother-in-song of all his fellow gleemen. He looks forward to communicating with both alumni and new members alike!

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Jonathan Cortez - 

Publicity Manager

Jonathan is a Junior at the University of Illinois, majoring in Vocal Performance studying with Jerold Siena. He is an active member in Theater RSO's on campus and is the Treasurer of Crescendo, a group made to support underrepresented students in the school of music. He serves as a Baritone and the Publicity Manager in VMGC. He is in charge of everything social media: Email, Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, Twitter, YouTube, and the official VMGC Website. This is his third year in VMGC and couldn't be happier about the experiences and relationships he's gained.

Chris Doruff - 

Events Coordinator

 

Chris Doruff is a Junior at the University Illinois, where he studies Music and the Voice. He is a premedical student involved in numerous organizations on campus. Chris is serving as VMGC's Special Events Coordinator, overseeing various commitments and activities the club is involved in, as well as working closely with the other board members to facilitate a rich and rewarding experience for all VMGC members. This is his third year as a part of VMGC, and he is honored to be selected a student leader for the upcoming year!

Zach Palmisano - 

Social Chair

Zach Palmisano is a Junior studying English with a Teaching Concentration. He is a member of the VMGC and the a cappella group the Other Guys. He proudly serves his Brothers In Song as the VMGC Social Chair. As Social Chair he organizes outings that the organization takes all together. Did you know Zach likes music? He does, it is true!

Tristan Antonsen - 

Librarian

Tristan Antonsen is an incoming Junior at the University of Illinois, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Art & Design. He sings in the Baritone section and is joining the executive board as the new librarian, though it will be his third year in the VMGC. He works to contribute as much as he can to the group, and hopes to help the board achieve its long and short term goals.

Jarod Fox - 

Secretary

Jarod is a sophomore in Global Studies and an aspiring lawyer. He serves as the secretary of the group and is in his first semester on the board. His responsibilities include maintaining attendance records for rehearsals and taking notes during board meetings. In his free time, Jarod enjoys running, reading legal documents, and watching reruns of the Golden Girls.


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.