The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 88
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As the music department grew larger and larger, more stu-
dents were available, thus enabling the creation of an all-male.
all-female and various mixed choirs.
T he music department grew rapidly in
1938 under the influence of Dr. Wilfred
C. Bain. Part of this growth was the a
cappella Choir. In addition to being
heard on WFAA in Dallas the a cappella Choir
had several performances and took extensive
tours. Throughout the years the choir had
multiplied, divided and merged.
In 1942 a number of choirs combined to
create the Great Choirs to perform Beetho-
ven's Ninth Symphony with the Dallas Sym-
phony. Also during the year two a cappella
choirs were developed to handle the growing
number of singers. From this various choirs
were created. An all-female choir, all-male
choir and mixed choirs.
At the Avon Gillespie Memorial Concert in
1990, all the choir groups performed together.
The NT women's chorus performed its first
solo concert in November 1989. Although the
concert was open to the public, the chorus
asked patrons to bring canned goods to don-
ate to the Denton Community Food Bank.
The women's chorus had 43 members.
The NT Men's Chorus' second annual
Thanksgiving concert was not a traditional
concert. The admission fee to the concert was
non-perishable food items and monetary do-
nations that were distributed throughout Den-
ton during the holiday season. The concert
included different aspects of Thanksgiving
from Europe to the New World and offered
some traditional songs as well as comic relief.
Although Bain could not have known the
far-reaching ramifications of the first a cap-
pella choir in 1938, the effects still surrounded
the music department today.
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