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Monthly Meeting Schedule and Speakers

UMRA’s members gather at 11:30 at the Campus Club, in Conference Room ABC, on the fourth floor of Coffman Union, on the 4th Tuesday of each month, for lunch, good fellowship, and an interesting speaker.

Meeting Reservations ARE Required

Reservation Deadline is always the Thursday before the meetingEXCEPT THIS TIME THE DEADLINE IS TUESDAY MAY 20!!!

Please phone or email your reservations with your check for $25 for each reservation to:

UMRA Reservations
c/o Judy Leahy Grimes
1937 Palace Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-1728

Or, contact her before the deadline at 651-698-4387 or

Please honor the reservation deadline date; if cancellations are necessary, please let us know by noon the preceding Thursday.

April 22, 2014 Luncheon Meeting

“Making the most of later life–with Music” illustrated by Clif and Bettye Ware, May 27

Clif & Bettye WareUMRA’s Annual Meeting and Special Festive Luncheon is on May 27 this year. Our final program of the year features UMRA members Clif and Bettye Ware, whose presentation will illustrate how music and performance helps us enjoy the challenges and opportunities presented in later life. their repertoire for this special event includes: their repertoire for this special event includes: “The Aging Singer” by C & B Ware; “Favorite Things” (The Sound of Music) by R. Rodgers/O. Hammerstein; “Sunrise, Sunset” (The Fiddler on the Roof) by S. Harnick/J. Bock; "Money, O!” by Michael Head; “No One Ever Said Aging Was Easy” by C & B Ware; “The Right Way” (“My Way”) by J. Revaux & C. Francois/P. Anka; “Que Sera Sera” by J. Livingston/R. Evans.

Annual Meeting Festive Luncheon features
your choice among three entrées

(Please be sure to indicate your menu selection
when you send in your reservations.)


Come early and mingle with friends and colleagues. Wine and beer cash bar opens at 11:30 a.m.; lunch served at noon. the business meeting, award presentations, and program will follow.


All meals are served with fresh baked bread and seasonal vegetables.

please select one entrée from the following:

1. Mediterranean Herbed Chicken: locally raised, bone-in chicken, both dark and white meat marinated with lemon juice, garlic, and fresh herbs; perfectly roasted until crisp and juicy. served over soft parmesan polenta.

2. Pan-seared Canadian walleye: the most popular item from the Campus Club menu, the walleye is lightly seasoned and topped with Hope Creamery herb butter and lemon. served with steamed herbed potatoes.

3. seasonal Vegetable Crepe: Delicate spinach crepes filled with fresh vegetables, gruyere cheese, and béchamel.

Finale for all: assorted organic cookies, fresh brewed coffee and water will be served.

Deadline for reservations: Tuesday,
May 20
Please rush your reservations with your entrée selections and check for $25 for each reservation to:
UMRA May Reservations, c/o Judy Leahy Grimes, 1937 Palace Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105-1728.

Clifton Ware, D.M., emeritus professor of music (voice), taught for 37 years in the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities Sschool of Music. He has been an UMRA member since his retirement in 2007. Clif’s
professional music career has involved vocal performance, writing books, teaching, and service. as tenor soloist, he has performed extensively in opera, oratorio, and recital venues in the U.S. and abroad; he has
made four recordings.

He has authored three highly acclaimed publications: Adventures in Singing(McGraw-Hill, 4th ed., 2008), Basics of Vocal Pedagogy(McGraw-Hill, 1998), and The Singer’s Life: Goals and Roles(Birch Grove
Publishing, 2005). His most recent book is The Aging Challenge: Making the Most of Life After 50(Birch Grove Publishing, 2009). As teacher and clinician, Clif has given numerous presentations for professional organizations, colleges, universities, and conservatories nationally and internationally. He has served in leadership roles in several national music organizations.

Bettye Ware earned a B.A. degree in piano and organ and an M.S. degree in English literature. In addition to having maintained a private piano studio throughout her professional career, she serves occasionally as an organist, a recital and auditions accompanist, a piano adjudicator, song arranger, and keyboardist (CD accompaniments) for the Adventures in Singing song anthology. She also sings and is an alto in the Plymouth Congregational Church choir. Bettye and Clif have three married sons and four grandchildren.

Join us on Tuesday, May 27, for what promises to be an enjoyable and memorable end-of-year program.

—John Adams, UMRA President

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Program Committee (2013-14)

Harold Miller (Chair),;
John S Adams;;
Ron Anderson;;
Craig Swan;;
Julie Medbery;;
Cal Kendall;;
John S Anderson,,

The Program Committee is always looking for good speaker ideas. If you have any suggestions, please contact Hal Miller (

Speakers April 2014

April speakers Henry Blackburn, Carol Miller, & Jack Zipes being introduced by Ron Anderson before they each spoke about their PDGR projects


Lance Brockman presents

March 25 Speaker Lance Brockman lucidly and animatedly explained the "Theater of the Fraternity" to an attentive umra audience


Lowell Noteboom

On February 25, 2014, Lowell Noteboom very clearly explained the situation of Orchestras including the SPCO and the Minnesota Orchestra -- just weeks after the MOA lockout was settled



Bob Holt applied economic and political history from postwar Germany, Italy, and Britain to help us understand today's world at the January, 2014 Luncheon


Deborah Swackhamer

Deborah Swackhamer shared what we know and still need to know about Minnesota's water at the final meeting of 2013, November 19