Author of the Alma Mater

Paying tribute to Philip G. Klein for creating the College's Alma Mater are (left to right) Music Professor Dr. David Abrams, OCC President Dr. David Abrams, Klein and his daughter Amy Klein who is a Professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

Paying tribute to Philip G. Klein for creating the College’s Alma Mater are (left to right) Music Professor Dr. David Abrams, OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill, Klein and his daughter Amy Klein who is a Professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

Philip G. Klein has left an indelible impression on OCC. He’s a founding member of the College’s signature Music department who served as a professor from 1963 to 1985. He is also the author of the College’s Alma Mater.

At Convocation for the fall 2016 semester Klein was honored for his role in creating the Alma Mater. College President Dr. Casey Crabill presented Klein with a plaque which contained his original sheet music. During the ceremony he played the Alma Mater on keyboards while Music Professor Dr. David Rudari, D.M.A. sang along.

A larger Alma Mater plaque was hung on the second floor of Academic II which is the home of the Music program. Below are Klein’s words to the Alma Mater.

The Alma Mater hangs in the Academic II building.

The Alma Mater hangs in the Academic II building.

Sing we now a song of praise

That everyone may hear,

A song of our own Alma Mater

To all hearts so dear.

(Refrain)

All hail, our Alma Mater

Most noble sight to see!

We gratefully acknowledge

Our faith and trust in thee.

Happy hours at Onondaga

Go too quickly by;

But words of truth and golden wisdom

Will not ever die.

(Refrain)

Though the years may come and go,

Sweet mem’ries ever dwell

Of friends and days at Onondaga

That we loved so well.

(Refrain)

Below you can see and hear the OCC Concert Choir sing the Alma Mater in the Recital Hall of the College’s Academic II Building.

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