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.
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.
The Yale Glee Club’s many loyal alumni are spread throughout the world, but find many ways to remain connected to the Glee Club family through their involvement in the Yale Glee Club Associates and Yale Alumni Chorus, as well as participation in singing dinners, reunions, singing weekends, and other alumniactivities.
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.
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, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, Florida, Hawaii, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Spain, Turkey, Cuba, and China.
Our tours in 2017 will take us to Washington, DC in January and to South Africa in May and June.