Welcome to Yale Glee Club Auditions 2020

Why should I audition?

The Yale Glee Club is Yale’s principal undergraduate mixed chorus and oldest musical organization, currently in our 160th year.

Originally a group of 13 men from the class of 1863, today we are an 80-voice choir all-gender chorus. Throughout our history, the Glee Club has not only been a place for great music, but for friendships which last a lifetime. 

Directed by School of Music professor Jeffrey Douma, the Glee Club’s diverse repertoire includes everything from Renaissance motets to major choral orchestral works, and from world folk music to traditional Yale songs, and we premiere new works by leading and emerging composers every season. We’ve sung for audiences on six continents and tour every year.

Like choirs throughout the world, we will not be able to do many of the things we normally do this coming fall, but we are committed to maintaining the Glee Club as a vibrant community for Yale students who love to sing by making music together, learning, serving our community, and cultivating connections with each other. These interractions will take place primarily online in the Fall semester, but we will be ready to return to normal performing as soon as it is possible to do so.

Although many things about Fall 2020 will be different, we will still be auditioning and welcoming new members, and we encourage students who love to sing to secure their spot in our ensemble. You can take part in the Glee Club online even if you are on leave in the Fall semester, or if you are an enrolled student learning remotely.

Join generations of Yale students who have found their musical home at Yale in the Glee Club!

Learn more about us here.

Highlights of our 2020-21 Season

  • Premieres of new choral works by Joel Thompson, Natalie Dietterich, and others

  • Virtual joint concerts with the Princeton and Harvard choruses

  • Virtual collaborations with the Yale Symphony Orchestra and Yale Concert Band

  • Expanded opportunities for community service and musical education work

  • Private voice lesson opportunities (fully funded)

  • Other opportunities for musical enrichment and social interraction

Listen to us:

Listen to the Glee Club in live recordings on our audio page.

What is the audition process this year?

The Yale Glee Club will hold auditions online this fall, and the audition will consist of three elements:

1) Fill out this audition form. You can submit it any time between now and Thursday, Sep. 3, but it should be submitted by the time you send in your audition video (see #2)

2) Submit a pre-recorded video of yourself singing a song of your own choosing. This can be accompanied or a cappella, and videos recorded on your phone are perfectly fine - there’s no need for elaborate recording equipment. Art songs, arias, folk songs, hymns, or musical theater selections are all good choices - choose something you enjoy singing and that demonstrates the sound of your voice and your musical personality. The singing excerpt should be 1-2 minutes long. You can also use the video as an opportunity to share or demonstrate other musical abilities you may have, but this is not required. Please send your video no later than Thursday, Sep. 3 directly to our Director, Jeffrey Douma, at jeffrey.douma@yale.edu with a subject heading that includes your full name and the words “YGC Audition”.

3) Sign up for a live online audition time here. Live online auditions will take place from Thursday, Sep. 3 to Sunday, Sep. 6. Your audition will take about 20 minutes and you do not need to prepare anything in advance. You’ll have a chance to chat with our Director and Assisant Conductor about your musical background and interests, and do a few short vocalises, ear-training exercises, and some (non-threatening!) sight-reading. Sight-reading is only one aspect of the audition, so if it’s not your strong point, please don’t worry. You’ll also have a short conversation with some of our student officers, which will give you a chance to ask other questions you may have. We will send you a link in advance of your audition time.

To learn more about who we are and what we do, you are also invited to attend our Online Introductory Meeting, Wednesday, Sep. 2, 5:30-6:30pm. The introductory meeting will tell you more about our plans for the coming year, and will give you a chance to ask questions and meet returning members of the ensemble. You can join the meeting here.

We are also hosting YGC Office Hours, Thursday, Sep. 3, 5:00-6:00pm. This will be an open, informal session hosted by current YGC members to answer all questions YGC and Yale! You can join the office hours here

Lastly, you can email our Director at jeffrey.douma@yale.edu, our current student President at divine.uchegbu@yale.edu, or our current student Manager at sophie.latham@yale.edu with any questions you might have.

Our roster will be finalized by Sunday, Sep. 6.