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MIT Has Musical Talent

In the May 6 issue of The Tech, Devdoot Majumdar claimed that the singing in the Musical Theatre Guild’s production of Clue “bordered on shriek.” He later stated that “the singing was MIT,” an insult not only to MTG but to the MIT’s entire musical community. While I cannot defend MTG’s performance, since I have never seen any of their productions, I can defend MIT’s musical reputation.

The students and community members of MIT have exceptional talent when it comes to singing. The Concert Choir, conducted by Lecturer William Cutter, has performed various challenging works of music, ranging from Handel’s Messiah to Broadway. The Chamber Choir has had members who hold music degrees from various colleges and conservatories. The Emerson Music Scholarship program has many extraordinary student singers, some of whom have been invited to sing with professional groups such as the Boston Pops and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

There is great collective and individual talent within MIT’s seven a capella groups. One member of the Logarhythms made it to the semifinals of American Idol last year, and a past president of one a capella group was accepted to the Julliard School of Music but instead chose to attend MIT.

Not every show is dynamite, but abysmal is far from the norm at MIT. Last April, a Tech reviewer stated that the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ show “was a solid two hours of the best musical theater I’ve seen at MIT so far.”

MIT recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences showing the world that those areas are strong and thriving here. The singers of MIT have great gifts, and have been oppressed by people who still believe in the stereotypical view that MIT should stick to the sciences and engineering because we have no talent in the humanities. They could not be more wrong.

Sonya C. Tang ’04
President, MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players