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The Singing Statesmen celebrate 50-year choral tradition

The Singing Statesmen, UW-Eau Claire's male chorus that includes students from across diverse academic disciplines, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with concerts at 7:30 p.m. May 6 and 7 in Gantner Concert Hall in the university's Haas Fine Arts Center.

The Statesmen have earned a reputation as one of the premier university male choruses in the nation. The ensemble, established in 1966 by Morris D. Hayes, has performed in many locations around the United States and abroad. In addition to their vocal talents, the group is known for its performance attire (tuxedos and white gloves) and the close brotherhood that is formed among its members past and present (reflected in its members' motto, "Once a Statesman, always a Statesman"). 

The Statesmen will perform under the direction of Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, who has been the group's conductor for 25 of its 50 years. The group's May 7 concert, which is sold out, will include approximately 150 Statesmen alumni.

Read more about The Singing Statesmen's tradition at UW-Eau Claire in a Leader-Telegram feature story. Also read a history and personal reflection on being a Singing Statesman by alumnus Max Athorn.