Auditions

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Thank you for your interest in the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club! If you're interested in being a part of our Glee Club family, here is what you need to know. 


 

How New Singers Join the Choir

We are thrilled to have over 100 singers from colleges all over the University. We hold auditions every fall and spring to admit new singers, to register use the button at the top of this page. 

The Men's Glee Club audition process consists of:

  1. Singing "My Country 'tis of Thee"
  2. Minimal sight reading
  3. Vocal range and tonal quality testing
  4. An interview with the Executive Committee

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.

Uppermost in our decision to accept new singers are:

  1. The vocal quality of the singer
  2. The needs of the choir (i.e. which sections need new members)

The singer ideally suited to the Men's Clee Club will possess:

  • a voice of good quality, and adaptable to ensemble work
  • an ear for tuning and intonation
  • an openness to try to sing all types of male choir music
  • and a personality suited to withstand the enthusiasm of 100 fellow students

Rehearsals and Time Commitment

We rehearse every Thursday and Sunday evening from mid-September through mid-April while school is in session. We have two major concerts in our choral year: The Fall Hill Concert and The Spring Hill Concert, the former always performed in mid-November and the latter performed in late-April. Both concerts take place in the acoustically perfect Hill Auditorium at the University of Michigan. Each Hill concert is preceded by a concert the week before. Other events include performing at football game tailgates, Winter Commencement, a weekend tour in late January or March, and a two week tour in May. Singers are expected to be at every rehearsal during the year. However, exceptions will be made for Marching Band members, and a certain number of absences are allowed. With this in mind, we expect members to plan ahead and make firm commitments to each concert of the season.

Financial Commitment

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 $400. 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.