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Tuesday Musicale of Greater Pontiac was founded in 1923 and is affiliated with the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs and the National Federation of Music Clubs. One aspect of their purpose is to develop and maintain high musical standards and to aid and encourage musical education. For ninety-eight years this club has kept that promise. Seventy years ago Glenna Mae Cox, a young mother with two toddlers, became a part
of that history when she was invited to join the Musicale by then President Florence Woolcock and her friend Jean Putnam. Knowing how her daughter loved to sing, Glenna Mae’s mother encouraged her to join and she promised to care for her boys. When interviewed, 96 year old Glenna Mae stated that to this day she is so grateful her mother made it possible for her to become a Tuesday Musicale chorus member. Her love of
music extended to not only singing in the chorus but playing the piano and she joined the Hand Bell Choir.

A lifelong resident of Pontiac, Michigan, Glenna Mae was introduced to music by her father, Glenn Williams, who for years was a soloist at many of the Pontiac churches. Glenna Mae would, on special occasions, accompany her father on the piano and many times sing duets with him. After her marriage to LaVerne Cox, he became her father’s accompanist. Glenna Mae praised LaVerne because after their family grew to five children, he was very supportive of her Tuesday Musicale involvement and he would care for their children
making it possible for her to attend rehearsals and participate in musical events.

At one time Glenna Mae was Chairman of the Chorus and determined she would never accept the office of President as she was not comfortable with that position. Mary Ann LaMonte, President of Tuesday Musicale of Greater Pontiac, commented that through the years Glenna Mae has helped the club in many ways, from working fund raisers to working in the kitchen. When asked to volunteer she would always reply “I can do that.”
Glenna Mae’s strong wish is that more people would join music clubs and attend concerts and programs because she has had such fun as a member. Classmates at Lincoln Jr. High and Pontiac High School, Glenna Mae and 96 year old Helen Schmitz, continue their friendship through the years as members (Helen 61 years) of Tuesday Musical. Their love of music and their sense of humor has enriched their lives as they had been a part of many musical programs at Pontiac All Saints Episcopal Church and then fifty years at Central United Methodist Church in Waterford. Tuesday Musicale of Greater Pontiac welcomes and encourages anyone who loves music to join them to sing, play bells or just listen.

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