Welcome to the 2015-2016 Season!
A Word "From the Podium" with Dr. Ward
For the past twelve years there has seldom been a day gone by that I didn’t quietly ask myself, “who has a better job than me?” When I listen to the Men’s Glee Club perform, when I hear their improved sight-reading skills, and when I see them interact with the public I am filled with pride at their accomplishment and their commitment to bettering themselves and the university they represent.
On December 4 the MGC sang two performances of the School of Music’s annual Celebration concert. In between those two performances the Statesmen volunteered to sing a memorial service in German Village. On the Monday morning following I received the following email:
Not only were they smashing...you would have been very, very pleased by their manners. So respectful, so concerned about doing the right thing. Thanks for making it possible—they knocked it out of the ballpark!
In November the MGC sang two benefit concerts. First for an organization called Circle of Caring in Circleville. This not-for-profit group works to help senior citizens stay in their homes as long as possible. To this organization the MGC donated their performance fee and the proceeds from their after-concert CD sales – a total of $485. The next week the MGC participated, along with several Columbus-based churches, in a benefit concert to raise money for a local food pantry. All that said, it seems like MGC rule #4 is in operation: “Don’t be tied to the outcome.”
The Ohio State University Men's Glee Club is a brotherhood that commits itself to excellence through artistry, achievement in academics, and outreach to the community. The Men’s Glee Club has been sharing music with the OSU campus, community and around the world since 1875. They are active throughout the year with fall tailgating before football games, multiple concerts on and off campus and frequent trips both within the US and abroad.
Name: Dana Thacker
Current Residence: Lewis Center, OH
Occupation: Director of IT, Cardinal Health Inc.
OSU Degree: BA Broadcast Journalism (1995), MBA (2005)
Years in MGC: 1991-1995
Dana Thacker graduated from OSU after working for ESPN, Fox and ABC in television while still in school, though he now works in IT. Dana has led major programs of IT work for a Fortune 20 company, most notably for building an ordering web site that processes more than $30 billion in annual revenue. He is now Director of Customer Support Services IT leading a team of 35 IT associates based in Dublin, OH. Customer care operations have more than 13 million customer touch points per year and process more than $6 billion in annual revenue. Dana leads the “Walker, Texas Ranger” American Heart Association Heart Walk Team, which was the #4 team in Central Ohio raising more than $13k in 2014.
In his free time Dana enjoys creating adventures with his wife Jennifer and two sons (William and Charlie), singing with the Alumni Glee Club, exercise, writing humorous essays and playing golf. He serves as a charter member of the OSU Men's Glee Club Alumni Society, where he has been president and newsletter editor. His time singing with the Glee Club was among the best in his life, filled with moments of musical awe and a deep love of men’s choral sounds echoing through acoustical halls around the world.
Did you know... Over half of the OSU Men's Glee Club are NOT Music majors?
Visit the Audition page for details about scheduling an audition for the Men's Glee Club.