REDLANDS - A 2008 recording of the University of Redlands' Madrigal Singers will make it to one of Fox's most celebrated television series tonight.
The recording will be featured in the winter finale of "Glee," where the choir of the fictional William McKinley High will compete against other groups at the annual regionals competition.
One choir - called Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow - will lip-sync to a 30-second section of the recording by the Redlands singers.
A Southern California-based company that works with producers of the show stumbled on the recording while searching for selections on U of R's website, said Nicholle Andrews, director of choral studies at the university
From there, the company brought recordings from four other groups to "Glee" producers and they were narrowed down to one - U of R's.
The 2008 recording was taped at a recording session with Brad Andrews, a professor of auto engineering at the university.
The recordings were then posted on U of R's website.
The company found the recordings and contacted Andrews with the news.
"It came as a shock to me and I was really surprised when I received the email," said Nicholle Andrews. "(They) really liked that recording and asked if we had something else."
Specifics for the recording had to be non-religious, had to be in English and had to feature women's voices only.
Andrews looked around and told the company that they only had recordings featuring coed groups.
However, the company decided to use only a snippet of the recording, which - its beginning - features women only, she said.
"The song is by a young American composer, so it's neat for him. Great PR for him," she said, adding that the recording was of Eric Barnum's "She Walks in Beauty."
The news of the song's selection had to be kept under wraps for several months, because the company wanted to make sure the recording made it through to the final cut.
Once Nicholle Andrews was notified that it was, she spilled the news to her current class and to former students via Facebook.
"Their faces went blank and they asked, `Are you serious?' And they got really, really excited," she said. "The students are really proud of it and it gives great exposure to the university. It's great."
Andrews said that if the ratings for the show - which airs at 8 tonight - spike a bit, there's a reason for that.
"I'm sure there will be a lot of TVs turned to Fox to see that 30-second clip," she said.
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