October 24, 2015
Typically occurring on a Saturday in October, the Men of Song festival is intended to foster a lifelong love of singing in young men grades 8-12 with changing and changed voices, and to provide an opportunity for them to sing with a collegiate men’s choir. The objective is to motivate young men to sing throughout high school and beyond. Participants will experience the exhilaration of rehearsing and performing with the Penn State Glee Club and Hi-Lo’s, the Glee Club's small ensemble, in a combined “Men of Song” choir.
Intact male choirs, select ensembles, or individuals are welcome to participate. The festival schedule is designed so that participants can travel to and from Penn State's University Park campus in one day.
In the morning session, visiting singers will join forces with the Hi-Lo’s to learn two pieces of male choral repertoire. After lunch, participants will rehearse four more compositions with the Penn State Glee Club. The day will conclude with an informal concert in the 2,000 seat Eisenhower Auditorium - free and open to the public. If a director is bringing an intact men’s choir, that choir may also perform on the final concert.
In addition, short private consultation voice lessons are available to any sophomores or juniors who are seriously considering studying voice at the collegiate level.
Details regarding the 2015 festival and a list of repertoire can be found here. Music should be purchased by the schools and, if possible, be prepared in advance of the festival. Downloadable application forms and other registration materials are available on the Glee Club website.
The Penn State Glee Club is Penn State’s oldest student organization. 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 performed at Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh), as well as the National Presbyterian Church and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. In addition, the choir has presented concerts at conventions of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (2007, 2013), Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, Inc. (2008, 2014), the National Association for Music Education (MENC, 2009), and the American Choral Directors Association (2010, 2014). Since 2005 the Glee Club has performed major choral works including Symphony No.2 in C minor ("Resurrection”) by Gustav Mahler, Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, and Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem. Conducted by Christopher Kiver, the Glee Club’s members hail from all colleges on Penn State’s University Park campus. For more information, please visit the Glee Club website.