The College of Arts and Architecture

Cornell University Glee Club and Penn State Glee Club

Cornell Glee Club
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 8:00pm
Esber Recital Hall - University Park, PA

General $4.99/Student $2.00

The Penn State Glee Club hosts the Cornell University Glee Club in a rousing evening of music performed by two collegiate men's choirs. The Penn State men will sing works by Randall Thompson, Alexander Sheremetev, Joseph Gregorio, Camille Saint-Saens and David Conte. The evening will conclude with the two choirs joining forces.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance online at the Cornell University Glee Club website.

Directed by Robert Isaacs, the Cornell Glee Club will be performing repertoire exploring the themes of “Love and Loss.” This performance also features a new commission, Lincoln the Musician – a setting of the Gettysburg Address by New York composer Toby Twining.


The Cornell University Glee Club (CUGC) is the oldest student organization at Cornell University, having been organized shortly after the first students arrived on campus in 1868. The CUGC is a sixty-member chorus for male voices, with repertoire including classical, Cornell University Glee Club sealfolk, 20th and 21st-century music, and traditional Cornell songs. The Glee Club also performs major works with the Cornell University Chorus, such as Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Handel's Messiah, and Bach's Mass in B Minor.

The CUGC has performed as an ensemble in twenty-five different countries including being the first American collegiate ensemble to tour the Soviet Union in 1961. They have also visited England, Germany, Japan, China in recent years. The Glee Club performed by invitation at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association in 2008 and 2009.

In 2005, the Glee Club established the Thomas A. Sokol Commissioning Endowment in recognition of the 75th birthday of Director Emeritus Thomas Sokol. The proceeds help fund an annual commission from a well-known composer of a new work (or works), typically premiered by the Glee Club during the fall Homecoming weekend concert. The Glee Club has given the world and American premieres of many works for male chorus, written by a variety of notable composers.

"The Hangovers" are the current a cappella subset of the Cornell University Glee Club, founded in 1968. The Hangovers' repertoire consists mainly of popular songs arranged for a cappella by members and alumni of the group and traditional Cornell songs. The name is taken from the nickname given to fifth-year students in Cornell's five-year architecture and engineering programs of the '60s. After their fourth (senior) year, students in these programs had to hang over an additional year to complete their degrees.


Penn State Glee ClubThe Penn State Glee Club was founded in December of 1888, and is Penn State's oldest student organization on campus. Since its first spring tour in March of 1889, the Glee Club has performed throughout the United States and abroad, with recent tours to Wales, Trinidad and Tobago, France and New Zealand. In recent years, the Glee Club has sung at the National Presbyterian Church and National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. They have sung for state and regional conventions of the Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association (2007, 2013), the Intercollegiate Men's Choruses (2008), the National Association for Music Education (MENC, 2009), and the American Choral Directors Association (2010). Since 2005 the Glee Club has performed major choral works including Symphony no.2 in C minor, “Resurrection” by Mahler, Ein deutsches Requiem by Brahms, Symphony no. 9 in D Minor by Beethoven, and Verdi's Requiem. Directed by Christopher Kiver, the Glee Club’s members hail from all colleges and schools on the University Park campus. You can find out more information about the Penn State Glee Club at www.pennstategleeclub.com.