Music to Our Ears

UT Singers perform

The UT Singers livened up alumni events across the state of Tennessee over Spring Break!

Beginning near Memphis on March 15, almost 100 UT alumni and friends gathered at the Advent Church in Cordova, Tenn., to hear the group of 14 talented UT Knoxville students.

“The UT Singers provided a delightful evening of musical entertainment that captivated the group. There was a variety of music presented with real enthusiasm from these gifted young singers,” said Mike Moss, Memphis/Shelby County Alumni Chapter president.

Since 1949, the UT Singers have been entertaining groups such as the Memphis/Shelby County Alumni Chapter with their signature sound. The state of Tennessee General Assembly actually appointed the student singers as Tennessee’s Musical Ambassadors.

Next on the Singers’ Spring Break tour was the Lake County Alumni Chapter, where nearly 50 alumni and friends had the opportunity to move to the tunes of the UT Singers. The group sang songs such as “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson and “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight.

“The UT Singers are an incredibly talented group of college students and my, what a director! UT should feel immeasurable pride in knowing that such a wonderful, delightfully entertaining group represents the university,” said Dianne Homra, Lake County Alumni Chapter president.

Wendel Werner, director of the UT Singers, returned to his alma mater to direct the group. Werner, a former UT Singer pianist, received his bachelor of music in studio music and jazz and his master of music in choral conducting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Werner and the UT Singers made their final stop on March 17 at the White County Alumni Chapter. Again a large group of alumni and friends enjoyed the harmonious tunes of the UT Singers at the Sparta, Tenn., Civic Center.

To find information about alumni chapter events in your area, visit http://alumni.tennessee.edu.

UT Singers pose for a photo

5 Comments on “Music to Our Ears

  1. How wonderful that the tradition of the SIngers goes on! Having been a Singer from 65-67, I remember Spring Break tour as one of my favorite memories from UT. You will never forget these days so enjoy sharing your music with others.

  2. How great to see and read about UT Singers. I was senior secretary for Singers for 16 years and traveled with them on tour each Spring. I was under the impression that they had disbanded and was VERY happy to read of their continuing to serve the Alumni Association of the University. Wendel was accompanist while I was working and he kicked butt everywhere we went. Glad to know he is their director. Couldn’t do much better than Wendel, Wendel, Wendel which is what I always called him back then. Keep up the great work Wendel!!! Momma New

  3. Would it be possible to get (“buy” is fine) a recording of the U-T alma mater?

    Please advise. Thanks, Ed

    • Hi Ed,

      You can listen to the UT Alma Mater online on our Tennessee Traditions page, located at http://www.utk.edu/aboutut/traditions.shtml. Just follow the link, scroll down to the Alma Mater section, and click to play the song. Hope that helps!

      Best,
      The Torchbearer Staff

      PS: There’s a full list of “Songs of Tennessee” available on our main Athletics page, located at http://www.utk.edu/athletics/. Songs include the “Alma Mater,” “Down the Field,” “Fight, Vols, Fight!,” and “Rocky Top.” The lyrics are available as well.

  4. Happy 60th Anniversary to the UT Singers.

    Louminda Roberts Torbett, class of 1971