John Matthews - Hendricks Chapel Choir member 1979-1982
So at this point, you might be wondering WHY I put together an HCC alumni webpage. The answer is threefold.
First - There was a NEED. In early 2008, just out of curiosity, I googled "Hendricks Chapel Choir", and it was almost like the group never existed. There was virtually nothing of interest on the internet, and at the time, the existing HCC website was hopelessly out of date.
Second - I wanted to preserve the music - OUR music. I was motivated to act when I unearthed a 25-year-old cassette tape of the choir's 1981 LP record album. The tape had disintegrated to mud, and my copy of the album was not in great shape, either. I used to own a copy of the choir's 1982 concerts, but someone (Bill Sieling) borrowed it in 1983 and never returned it until - ironically - I hunted him down while building this website and retrieved the audio so it could be memorialized here. Several other kind HHC-ers sent me their tapes, and the result is the music library you see on this site today. If any of the choir's concert tapes still exist out there, I'd like to get them recorded digitally and preserved for us all to enjoy and share.
Third, in the words of Professor Harold Hill, "the idle brain is the devil's playground". In March of 2008, after spending my entire career working at the same radio station in Washington, DC, my job was eliminated in a staff reduction. I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands to learn some website skills and to work on a project of this magnitude. The training came in handy, too. After working for several years as a freelance writer/producer/news editor, I returned to a full time gig at my old radio station, where I not only run the newsroom, but edit the station's website as well!
Your webmaster is John Matthews. You can reach me via email at email@example.com.
The same HCC Music you hear here can now also be found on this website that features choirs from around the world! If you think we sound funny singing French, you should hear non-English speaking people singing "The Lord Bless You And Keep You"!
For the Chapel's 75th Anniversary, a number of S.U. grads, including several choir members, shared their memories. Eric Lindstrom (HCC 1978 - 1980) wrote a wonderful essay, and you can find it here (Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page).