Dr. David E. Morrow is a native of Rochester, New York. He earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College in 1980. While at Morehouse, he became a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was awarded the Kemper Harreld Award for Excellence in Music, received departmental honors, and graduated Valedictorian of his class. He received the Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan in 1981 and was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in 1995. He has studied conducting with Wendell Whalum, Thomas Hilbish, Elmer Thomas, John Leman, Earl Rivers, Elizabeth Green, Teri Murai, Fiora Contino and Donald Neuen.
Dr. Morrow is a member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Musicians Association and is the past President of the National Association of Negro Musicians Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, Inc. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the Georgia Music Educators Association, The National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and is a “Friend of the Arts” member of Sigma Alpha Iota.
A BRIEF HISTORY
The Morehouse College Glee Club is the premier singing organization of Morehouse College, traveling all over the country and the world, demonstrating excellence not only in choral performance but also in discipline, dedication, and brotherhood. Through its tradition the Glee Club has an impressive history and seeks to secure its future through even greater accomplishments, continuing in this tradition through the dedication and commitment of its members and the leadership that its directors have provided throughout the years. It is the mission of the Morehouse College Glee Club to maintain a high standard of musical excellence.
In 1911, Morehouse College, which was then Atlanta Baptist College, had a music professor named Georgia Starr. She served the College from 1903-1905 and again from 1908-1911. Mr. Kemper Harreld assumed directorship and officially founded the Glee Club when he joined the College’s music faculty in the fall of 1911. Mr. Harreld became director of the Glee Club and chairman of the Music Department. After faithfully serving for forty-two years, he retired in 1953. Mr. Harreld was responsible for initiating the Glee Club’s strong tradition of excellence and passing it on to its members.
Wendell Phillips Whalum, Sr., ’52, took the helm as the Glee Club’s second director. Dr. Whalum was a prized student of Kemper Harreld and had served as Student Director during his tenure in the Glee Club. Dr. Whalum, more commonly known as “Doc”, served Morehouse College and the Glee Club with the continued tradition of excellence until his passing on June 9, 1987. From 1961-1963 Albert T. Perkins served as interim Director while Dr. Whalum finished coursework for the doctoral degree.
In the fall semester of 1987, David E. Morrow, ’80, assumed directorship of the Glee Club. David Morrow was a prized student of “Doc”, just as “Doc” was of Kemper Harreld. He earned his Master’s degree in 1981 and then returned to his alma mater as a part of the music faculty and as Assistant Director of the Glee Club. During the 1992-1993 school year, Harding Epps, ’74, served as interim Director while Dr. Morrow finished the coursework for the doctoral degree.
On January 18, 1993, the Glee Club, as part of the Morehouse-Spelman Chorus, sang at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall with soprano Jessye Norman in a concert celebrating the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The Glee Club also performed the National Anthem with Natalie Cole for Super Bowl XXVIII. They participated with Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan and Trisha Yearwood in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games held in Atlanta. In February 2002, the Glee Club performed for the Witness Concert with the Plymouth Music Series and premiered the work Of Dreams and Other Possibilities written by Patrice Rushen. In 2004, the Glee Club performed with Take 6 at the Rialto Theater in Atlanta. In 2008 the Glee Club recorded the spiritual He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands for Spike Lee’s movie Miracle at St. Anna. Earlier that year they performed with mezzo soprano Denyce Graves for the inaugural concert for the 10th president of Morehouse College, Dr. Robert Franklin. In August 2011, the Glee Club performed for events leading to the dedication of the King Monument on the National Mall and later that year recorded Zachary and the Scaly Bark Tree by Bill Lee for his son, Spike Lee’s movie Red Hook Summer. In 2013, The Glee club performed at the 129th Commencement Exercises at Morehouse College where President Barack Obama was given an honorary degree. The Glee Club has also performed internationally in West Africa (1972), Russia (1996), Poland (1998), Bermuda (2001), the Bahamas (2005), South Africa (2008) Canada and Puerto Rico (2011).
The Morehouse College Glee CLub is celebrating 105 years of its musical legacy throughout the 2015-2016 calendar year beginning with the release of a new album in December, out of state concerts, and culminating with an Alumni Reunion concert in February. Since the Glee Club’s origination, it has not ceased its dedication to excellence in musical performance and looks forward to another one hundred years of continued traditions that make the Morehouse College Glee Club the pillar it is today.
The current members originate from all over the United States and other places around the world. While many are music majors, our singers come from majors in all divisions of The College. Some members take Glee Club as a course for credit, but many still sing as a labor of love and enjoy being ambassadors for Morehouse College.
THE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEMORIAL CONCERT
Now these talented young men will be visiting Cambridge for the first time to sing their sophisticated repertoire of classical, spiritual, and folk-songs at the historic St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Cambridge, MA on March 11, 2016 at 8:00 PM. Without a doubt, this will be an exciting and enriching catalogue of music, and a wonderfully new experience.