Sign up to be a part of the oldest singing group on campus!
The Men’s Glee Club is hosting our fall 2019 auditions on September 5th and 6th from 6-10pm. Follow the link below to sign up for Glee Club auditions:
Who are we?
Founded in 1859, the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club is the oldest student organization on campus, and the second oldest collegiate choir in the country. We’re made up of around 100 male-identifying students from all across the University of Michigan’s campus. Together we create an environment of camaraderie, inclusion, service, leadership, and musical excellence.
The Men’s Glee Club performs in many different settings each year. Each semester we have a concert in the historic Hill Auditorium, as well as performances at various sporting events across campus. This fall, our concert will be focused on men’s mental health. We also perform at local food banks and sing to hospital patients. Last year we partnered with the Prison Creative Arts project to sing for over 120 inmates at Milan Federal Prison. Through this partnership we plan to continue and expand our engagement with incarcerated people in the coming years.
Finally, the Men’s Glee Club travels on two tours each year, spreading our music domestically or internationally. This upcoming Spring, we will be traveling to Argentina, Chile, and Peru as part of our 2020 international tour.
How New Singers Join the Choir
We hold auditions every fall and spring to admit new singers. Our audition process consists of two parts: a 5 minute singing audition with our musical director and a 5 minute interview with our executive board.
The singing portion consists of:
Singing a short solo that highlights your choral singing ability (we recommend “My Country Tis of Thee”)
Vocal range and tonal quality testing
Minimal sight reading
The interview is run by 10 members of our executive board. It is not meant to be stressful for auditionees, we simply want to get to know you and hear why you want to join the Glee Club. The decision of who is invited to be a part of the choir rests ultimately with the musical director, however the interview is an important method by which we can get to know more about you before a final decision is reached.
Rehearsals and Time Commitment
We rehearse every Thursday and Sunday evening while school is in session. These rehearsals are two hours each, totaling in four hours of rehearsal each week. We have two major concerts in our choral year: The Fall Hill Concert in November and The Spring Hill Concert in April. Both concerts take place in the acoustically perfect Hill Auditorium at the University of Michigan. Singers are expected to be at every rehearsal during the year. However, exceptions will be made in the case of maintaining mental and physical health, as well as allowing members to participate in Marching Band. With this in mind, we expect members to plan ahead and make firm commitments to each concert of the season.
The Men's Glee Club is a student-run ensemble affiliated with the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan. Because of this, members are responsible for providing their own performance attire, which consists of black tails, a white tux shirt and vest, and black patent-leather shoes. This attire is part of our tradition and enhances our on-stage appearance. Members can purchase the outfit through a local men's clothier with whom the Glee Club has made arrangements. The approximate cost is $350. Also, a fully refundable music deposit of $45 is required. Although these fees are necessary, we never put financial ability before musical, and as such, arrangements can be made for those members unable to meet the costs mentioned.