December 14, 2012
View from the 6th floor!
Despite the bright clouds there is a Colorado low moving across the Midwest that might bring heavy snow. The last system only brought disappointment for the snow lovers. The expected 7-9 inches avoided the Marquette County area and dropped, at most, 4 inches of the white stuff compared to the foot of snow some Midwest areas received.
For Gerald Pieti ’61, ’62, the path from growing up in Baraga, Michigan to becoming Director of the Metropolitan Police Male Voice Choir in London, England included earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Northern Michigan University.
He decided to attend NMU because his music teacher was an alumnus, and Dr. Harold Wright from Northern came to visit his school. Dr. Wright would go onto having a great impact on Gerald, as did Professors Gunther Meyland, Edwin Avril, T. Ray Uhlinger, Allen Niemi and Ruth Mathews. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education and his master’s degree in thesis research and music studies.
He became an educator himself, teaching history at the school in National Mine. He was also the Director of Music at St Paul’s Episcopal Church where he performed organ recitals, and was involved with the Marquette Community Theater. In 1972, he moved to London to study with the organist at St. Paul’s Cathedral. He started a new life in London and gave up his apartment in Marquette.
Gerald recently retired after a 31-year stint as director of the Metropolitan Police Male Voice Choir, an internationally famous group of singers, comprised current and retired officers of all ranks and civilian staff with a full complement of approximately 30 members. In addition to performing spiritual music, the choir’s repertoire includes music of the Beatles to Wagner. Established in 1872, the choir leads the singing at funerals for police officers and performs concerts to benefit charities, including Kith & Kids, an organization that provides activities, opportunities and care for people with a learning disability or autism and their families, and also the Evelina Family Trust, supporting the Evelina Children’s Hospital.
The choir has performed in all of the well-known churches and halls in London, including Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, and St Paul's Cathedral, along with the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Hall and Blenheim Palace. In 2004 the choir took part in ‘FlashMob: The Opera’ which was aired on the BBC and filmed live at Paddington Station.
Gerald remembers his time at Northern fondly, and recalls listening to Abby Beecher Roberts, JM Longyear’s daughter, tell many stories about the formation of Normal College. In reflecting on what he misses most about Marquette, Gerald stated Lake Superior, Marquette Community Theatre and many friends still in the area.
You can learn more about the Metropolitan Police Male Voice Choir, and listen to some of their performances at: http://www.metropolitanpolicemalevoicechoir.co.uk/index.shtml
Completion of the music courses as well as the professional education sequence lead to secondary certification, which enables the holder to teach music at the K-12 level.
Master's Education offered online
Welcome new graduates to the NMU Alumni Association
The mid-year graduation takes place at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15 in the Superior Dome. There is expected to be around 400 graduates walking the stage and receiving their degrees and certificates. R.D. (Dan) Musser III, the Grand Hotel President on Mackinac Island, will be the keynote speaker. If you know a graduate make sure to congratulate them and let know that the Alumni Association is here to keep them connected. We have a website specially for them and it can be found at www.nmu.edu/newgrad.
Watch the ‘Cats take on St. Cloud State and gather with NMU alumni and Wildcat fans after the game!
Friday, January 4, 2013
NMU at St. Cloud State
Puck drops at 8:37 p.m. EST
NMU alumni and friends are invited to a post-game gathering at Old Chicago, 4040 2nd Street South (adjacent to Fairfield Inn & Suites and the Quality Inn) in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Wildcat Night Across the Country - 2013
Wildcat Night Across the Country is an opportunity to meet and mingle with NMU alumni and friends in your community to watch NMU hockey LIVE on Fox Sports Detroit. Check the list to see which party is nearest to you. No party nearby? Hosting is easy! Pick a location that will televise the game and let the Alumni Office do the rest. We’ll get the word out to local alumni and send you an official NMU Party Pack, complete with raffle prizes and NMU swag.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
NMU at Michigan State LIVE on Fox Sports Detroit
7:30 p.m. EST
The watch party list is growing! We’ve got 14 watch parties in 6 states and the District of Columbia: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, and Washington, D.C. Check the official party webpage for information on how you can host your party in your community!
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Starting Hourly Rate: $12.03
Submit application by January 3, 2013
Thanks to all of you who have visited the Alumni Office while on campus. Whenever you’re in town, please drop by 603 Cohodas Hall to say hello! (You don’t have to be visiting - for those of you who live in Marquette, we want to see you too! Please stop in.) If you can’t get to campus but you’re off exploring the world, be sure to send us a photo of you wearing your favorite Wildcat gear so we can share it with other alumni.
NMU's Len St. Jean '62 who currently resides in Stoughton, Mass visited his home town of Newberry, Mich to award a graduating senior with the Len St. Jean award. The award is given to a graduating senior of the Newberry High School varsity football team. Len was a Defensive End for the Boston Patriots starting in 1964 and known as the "Boston Strong Boy."
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