Forward Ever: Birmingham-Southern Sings

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Forward Ever: Birmingham-Southern Sings

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On May 24, 2024, Birmingham-Southern College graduated its final class of seniors; the college officially ceased operations one week later, on Friday, May 31, concluding the 168-year history of a beloved institution.

In the days before the school's closing, the Southern Music Research Center invited members of the Birmingham-Southern community to record themselves singing the BSC alma mater for preservation in our archive. The recordings reflect the spirit of a proud and resilient community and provide an audio snapshot of an historic moment.

Also included in this collection are musical selections from the school closing ceremony (May 23, 2024) and the Class of 2024 commencement exercises (May 24, 2024).

To the class of 2024, the SMRC extends its heartiest congratulations. While we join the BSC community in mourning the loss of an important and influential institution, we are grateful for the powerful ripples the BSC family will continue to send into the world for many years to come.

Thanks to all who leant their voices to this project. Any members of the BSC community — including students, alums, faculty, staff, and administration — are invited to contribute by sending their own recordings to almamater@southernmusicresearch.org.

Birmingham-Southern College Alma Mater

On the city’s western border,

Reared against the sky,
Proudly stands our alma mater
As the years go by.

“Forward ever!”
Be our watchword;
Conquer and prevail.
Hail to three our alma mater,
BSC, all hail!

Cherished by us all forever,
Alma mater strong,
Hold our faithful hearts and minds
As we sing this song.

“Forward ever!”
Be our watchword;
Conquer and prevail.
Hail to three our alma mater,
BSC, all hail!

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Musical selections from the 165th Birmingham-Southern Commencement, Bill Battle Coliseum, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama, May 24, 2024. Anthem: Auld Lang Syne, arranged by Dr. Lester Seigel. Performed by the Birmingham-Southern…

Musical selections from Birmingham-Southern College's closing ceremony:Forward, Ever Always: A Celebration and Farewell, Bill Battle Coliseum, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama, May 23, 2024. Recording includes the singing of the Alma…

Birmingham-Southern College Alma Mater, in an arrangement by Hugh Thomas, performed by Southern Harmony: Thomas Head (tenor, Class of 1985), Kyle Bass (lead, Class of 1986), Daniel Potts (baritone, Class of 1987), and Thomas Waters (bass, Class of…

Violin solo of the Birmingham-Southern College Alma Mater, performed by Joanna Pepple, BSC Visiting Assistant Professor in Music, May 2024.

Birmingham-Southern Alma Mater, performed by Helen Morris, BSC Class of 2011, May 2024.

Birmingham-Southern Alma Mater, performed by Nick de Castro, BSC Class of 2017, May 2024.

Birmingham-Southern Alma Mater, performed by Emily La Branch Delikat, BSC Class of 2003, May 2024.

Birmingham-Southern Alma Mater, performed by Katie Leatherbury, BSC Class of 2011, May 2024.

Birmingham-Southern Alma Mater, performed by Sean Alexander, BSC Class of 2016, May 2024.

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