Page 33 - 2012 Spring Lycoming Mag

Singing career
comes full circle
An opportunity to perform
in Lycoming’s 2011 fall
production of “Trial by Jury,”
during Homecoming brought
the five-decades-long singing
career of Guy Rothfuss ’64
full circle.
Clarke Chapel served as the
venue for the one-act operetta
that also featured Glenn Klein
’94,
Bernadette (Ulrich)
Boerckel ’99, Tim Oliver ’94
and Joseph Bergen ’98, along with a student chorus and professional orchestra.
Rothfuss performed his very first opera role on the chapel stage as a freshman
in 1961. It was a production of “The Beggar’s Opera,” in which he sang the
baritone lead.
I sang that role in Clarke Chapel and became smitten with theatre,” said
Rothfuss. “From then on, I was in every play that was put on at the College,
performing on stage, building sets, designing lighting, etcetera.”
When Rothfuss first arrived on campus from his family’s 205-acre dairy farm
in Nesbit, Pa., just a few miles away from campus, he was a pre-med major
and planned to follow in his father’s footsteps as a medical doctor. But that all
changed when he began voice lessons with family friend Walter McIver, the
College’s choir director at the time, and joined the choir.
Singing with McIver and the choir tours changed my life,” said Rothfuss,
who earned a degree in English. “I wanted from then on to be a musician of
some kind. I don’t play an instrument, so it had to be singing!”
From Lycoming, he studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia,
where one of his teachers thought he would have much more success as a tenor.
A few years later, he embarked on a career as a leading tenor in opera for 30
seasons in Europe. Based in a small town in Germany, he had the opportunity to
perform more than 1,500 times in opera houses in cities such as Paris, London,
Barcelona, Helsinki and Munich, to name a few.
“‘
Trial by Jury’ completed the circle. I have no ambition whatsoever to go
back on the stage and sing. It’s not what I do anymore,” said Rothfuss, who is
now on the voice faculty at the Westminster Choir College of Rider University
in New Jersey.
Looking back at the last 50 years, Lycoming opened up my eyes to so many
things. It enlarged my world. I took philosophy, religion, mathematics and his-
tory, which I loved, and English literature. The professors were so learned. It
was an amazing education for me.”
1970
Susan Stewart
1971
Jon “Craig” Koons
(570) 587-3928
1972
Linda (Burton) Kochanov
(203) 744-0393
1973
Virginia “Ginny” Shamlian
or
Sherrie (Burton) Smith
(410) 280-9086
1974
Sherry L. Macpherson
(856) 765-1476
J. Scott McNeill
(
religion) was
recently honored by the Pennsylvania
State Soccer Coaches Association with
the W. Gene Davis Memorial Award
for Coach of the Year in Class A boys.
He is the boys’ head coach at South
Williamsport (Pa.) High School.
1975
Gail (Gleason) Beamer
(508) 460-0682
1976
Tom Eisenman
(567) 204-8889
Gary Colberg
(
sociology),
president and
CEO of Southeast
Georgia Health
System, has been
appointed as an
adjunct professor
with the Master
of Healthcare
Administration
program at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College
of Public Health at Georgia Southern
University.
1977
Brian Leonard
(703) 220-8121
1978
Edward and Jane (Snyder) Bird
Peter Brown
(
criminal justice) has
worked for 22 years with Travelers
Insurance Company, where he is regional
vice president for the New York region.
He recently broadened his management
role, assuming responsibility for the New
Jersey region.
Harry Perretta
(
social studies), head
women’s basketball coach at Villanova
University, tallied his 600
th
career win
Nov. 12, 2011. He became the 35th
coach in the history of women’s
basketball at any level, including
the 22nd in Division I, to reach the
milestone. He is also just the seventh
Division I coach to win 600 games at
one school.
Gary Colberg ’76
Guy Rothfuss ’64
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