Michigan Men's Glee Club stops by to sing to former member

by: SUBMTTED PHOTO: - The 53-member touring group of the Michigan Mens Glee Club stopped by to sing to Vince Lowenberg last week. He was unable to attend their concert in Salem.

Longtime Lake Oswego resident Vincent Lowenberg, 87, received a special serenade last week from the Michigan University Men’s Glee Club. The 53-member touring group stopped by his home to sing a few songs for old time’s sake.

Lowenberg, who had been a member of the glee club in 1947 and ’48, was not able to attend a concert the club was presenting in Salem, so his daughter, Kirsten Haas, called the group to see if they could possibly fit in a private performance for her father at his home.

“They checked the map and figured that since it was just off I-5, they could stop by,” Haas said. “You can imagine the excitement of seeing the buses arrive in the neighborhood.”

The Michigan Men’s Glee Club is the oldest collegiate vocal group in the country and is also the oldest undergraduate organization on campus. It upholds an “ancient tradition of excellent entertainment.”

Haas said her father was decked out in his Michigan gear for the special event.

“I shared the videos with him yesterday and he loved it,” Haas said.

The glee club was on a performance tour of the West Coast. The tour began at Oregon State University, continued to Salem, Seattle, British Columbia, and will be returning to Los Angeles and finishing in San Francisco.

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