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 Summer Offerings at WMU

Western Michigan University offers a variety of classes in the summer. Summer courses are open to WMU students, guest students from other colleges, and high school students seeking to take a college course. WMU offers undergraduate and graduate courses in two terms: summer I and summer II.

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Before Gold Company, there was the Varsity Vagabonds

Varsity Vagabonds playing

Varsity Vagabonds performing.

The Varsity Vagabonds performed in various programs consisting of folk songs, spirituals, light classical and classical music. Over the years, the Varsity Vagabonds created many recordings including an audition tape for the 1974 USO Caribbean Tour. The track featured is one of many included on the audition album recorded in the fall of 1972.The Varsity Vagabonds were brought to life by Dr. Elwyn Carter who served as head of the music department from 1945 to 1965. The 14-voice group provided a solid foundation for today’s internationally recognized vocal jazz ensemble that has given WMU much to be proud of.

The recording showcases the range of talent represented by the members of the ensemble. In 1978, the group was renamedGold Company when Dr. Steve Zegree became director and began to focus on vocal jazz.

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