Harvard Glee Club

January 17, 2025 | 7pm


The Harvard Glee Club’s repertoire has historically drawn from the collegiate, folk, and sacred music of Europe and North America, incorporating pieces dating from the Renaissance onward. This season, the Glee Club will draw upon a variety of choral traditions, including that of the country of Georgia for its performances. As both the bearers of Harvard’s beloved football songs and the authors of new traditions, the Glee Club seeks each year to strike a balance between preservation and innovation.

An ensemble of tenor and bass voices, the Harvard Glee Club is the oldest collegiate choir in the United States. Since our founding in 1858, we have sought to cultivate and sustain the art of tenor-bass—traditionally men’s—choral music through regular concerts at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre as well as performances around the world, including at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Disney Concert Hall in LA, and the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, the Duomo di Firenze in Italy, and the American Cathedral in Paris, France. To foster the growth and vitality of tenor-bass choral repertoire, the Glee Club has commissioned pieces from composers such as Bongani Magatyana, Molly Joyce, Morten Lauridsen, Robert Kyr, Brandon Waddles, and Sir John Tavener.

The Glee Club’s membership is comprised of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, with interests and concentrations ranging from Applied Mathematics to Sociology. This diverse group of students interfaces with the organization in a variety of ways—the Glee Club is a bridge for many types of participation and shared expression of the love of music.

The choir’s status as a student-run 501(c)(3) non-profit provides members opportunities for leadership and arts management, including planning and executing multi-week international tours, organizing concerts with collaborating universities, and marketing the Glee Club’s concerts and merchandise. The Glee Club’s a cappella subset, Glee Club Lite, allows students to arrange, conduct, and perform their own pieces. This smaller pop-driven ensemble expands our normal repertoire with performances that include everything from Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo to international folk music.

Recognized together as the Harvard Choruses, the Harvard Glee Club (tenor and bass chorus), Radcliffe Choral Society (soprano and alto chorus), Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum (mixed chorus), and the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus (mixed symphonic chorus) annually perform with professional orchestras and soloists, regularly present world premieres, and collaborate with community and campus organizations. The Glee Club strives to provide a unique musical experience for all members through excellence in performance, student management, education, and community. Bound together in song, the Harvard Glee Club is committed to our music and our four cardinal virtues: glee, good humor, unity, and joy.

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