Yale Glee Club

About Us

The Yale Glee Club is Yale’s principal undergraduate mixed choir and oldest musical organization, currently in its 155th season.

In recent seasons, the Glee Club has won rave reviews in the national press, from The New York Times (“one of the best collegiate singing ensembles, and one of the most adventurous…an exciting, beautifully sung concert at Carnegie Hall”) to The Washington Post (“Under the direction of Jeffrey Douma, the sopranos - indeed, all the voices - sang as one voice, with flawless intonation…their treacherous semitones and contrapuntal subtleties became otherwordly, transcendent even”).  Learn more.

New Music

Since the days of Marshall Bartholomew, the Yale Glee Club has been recognized throughout the world for its new contributions to the choral repertoire.

Today, we keep this tradition alive by sponsoring our annual Emerging Composers Competition and Fenno Heath Award, by presenting frequent premieres of new music by the world’s leading composers, and through the Yale Glee Club Choral Series and Yale Glee Club New Classics Choral Series, sources for exciting new music for mixed chorus.

SING WITH US!

Auditions for our upcoming season will take place Sep. 3-6.

Membership is open to all current Yale students. Highlights in 2015-16 include performances of Haydn Creation, Bernstein Mass with the Yale Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, music of Herbert Howells with internationally renowned guest conductor Matthew Halls, joint concerts with the Princeton and Harvard Glee Clubs, and concert tours to New England, Texas, and New Orleans

An introductory meeting for potential new members will take place Wednesday, Sep. 2, at 5:30pm in the Faculty Room of Connecticut Hall on Old Campus. More information about the audition process is also available here.

Sign up to audition now!


Haydn - The Creation - Awake the Harp (H XXI:2)

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Alumni

Our many devoted alumni remain actively enaged with the Glee Club in many ways, attending annual events such as our singing dinner and weekend choral workshops, participating in our alumni organization, the Yale Glee Club Associates, or by performing throughout the world in the Yale Alumni Chorus.

Current Season

We sing a broad spectrum of great choral music from the 16th century to the present, including Renaissance motets, newly commissioned choral works, world music, spirituals and folk songs, traditional Yale songs, and the great masterworks of the baroque, classical, and Romantic choral-orchestral repertoire.

 

Tours

The Yale Glee Club is one of the world’s most traveled collegiate choruses.  It has appeared before enthusiastic audiences in every major US city and abroad on six continents.

In recent seasons, the Glee Club has traveled to Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Florida, Hawaii, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Spain, Turkey, Cuba, and China.

Our tours in 2016 will take us from Massachusetts to Maine and from Texas to New Orleans.