Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club To Perform
POSTED ON: Monday, October 27, 2014 8:00 AM by USNA PAO
Press Release: #091-14
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The U.S. Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club will perform a Salute to America’s Heroes concert, Monday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at Old St. Patrick’s Church located at 700 W. Adams St., Chicago. The concert is free and no tickets are required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club, under the direction of Cindy Bauchspies, regularly travels around the country representing the Naval Academy and the naval service. The Glee Club has received national acclaim for public appearances in Phoenix, Chicago, and most recently a special concert with James Taylor at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston as part of the JFK 50th Commemorative events. A ten-day visit to Brazil in 2010 garnered international acclaim from ambassadors and state department officials.
Two midshipmen from the local area will be performing with the group, Midshipmen 2nd Class (juniors) Monique Valliere, of Palatine, Ill. and Jenna Westerberg of Grayslake, Ill.
“It's so exciting to have the opportunity to travel with Women's Glee Club and represent USNA in Chicago, a city that I've grown up around,” said Westerberg.
In addition to the concert at Old St. Patrick’s Church, the Glee Club will be visiting several area high schools, providing the music for the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Orland Park Sunday, Nov. 9, and will be the featured musicians at the City of Chicago’s Veteran’s Day Salute at Soldier Field at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11.
“We are excited to return to the Chicago area for high school visits and public appearances. To perform a concert on the eve of Veteran’s Day to honor those who have served means a great deal to our Glee Club members. All of them will be serving our country as officers in the Navy or Marine Corps upon graduation from the Academy,” said Bauchspies. “We are honored to be able to perform in such a magnificent venue which has a well-established tradition of musical excellence in the Chicago community.”
Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. U.S. News and World Reports has recognized the Naval Academy as a top five undergraduate engineering school and a top 20 best liberal arts college. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects like small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, leadership, ethics and military law. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a federally funded Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.