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Men of Song Festival

October 12, 2019

Penn State Glee Club Men of Song Informal Concert
Saturday, October 12, 3:00PM
School of Music Recital Hall
Admission is free for the concert
Day Participation fee is $15 per student

More than 120 young Tenors and Basses from public schools throughout Pennsylvania and beyond will join forces with the Penn State Glee Club for a day of rehearsals and an informal concert.  The concert will include performances by the Hi-Lo's, Glee Club, and Men of Song Massed Choir.

The Men of Song festival is intended to foster a lifelong love of singing in young students grades 8-12 with changing and changed voices, and to provide an opportunity for them to sing with a collegiate lower voice choir. The objective is to motivate young students 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. The rehearsals and performance are conducted by Penn State professor Christopher Kiver.

Intact 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 and afternoon sessions, visiting singers will join forces with the Penn State Glee Club to rehearse four pieces. The day will conclude with an informal concert in the School of Music's new Recital Hall - free and open to the public. If a director is bringing an intact ensemble, that choir may also perform on the final concert.

Voice Lessons

The Penn State voice faculty is available throughout the morning to offer short individual voice lessons at no cost. These lessons are intended for seniors, juniors and sophomores who are seriously considering studying voice at the college level. Lesson spots will be filled in the order that applications are received.

Dress Code

This is an informal festival, so “street clothes” are perfectly acceptable.

Repertoire

Tuba                                        arr. Michael Barrett                   Walton                         TTBB
Gott ist mein Hort                     Johann Friedrich Peter               Hinshaw                       TTBB
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald arr. Alan Dunbar               Alfred                          TTBB 
Gentle Annie                            arr. Alice Parker                        Lawson Gould/Alfred    TTBB

All titles are in stock and available at a discounted price at The Musical Source

Cost: $15 per student (checks made payable to Penn State Glee Club)

Parking

The closest parking for cars and minivans will be the Nittany Parking Deck next to the Nittany Lion Inn. It is likely that school buses will need to drop off students at the auditorium, then proceed to park by the football stadium. Parking is at an hourly rate. All surface lots around the Music Buildings are RESERVED ON WEEKENDS. 

Expressions of ínterest and questions should be directed to Christopher Kiver at cak27@psu.edu.

Founded in 1888, the Pennsylvania State University Glee Club is currently celebrating its 130th anniversary. The Glee Club has performed across the United States and overseas, including state and divisional conventions of NAfME and ACDA, and at such prestigious venues as Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York. The Glee Club has hosted ‘Men of Song,’ an annual fall festival for middle and high school men since 2012. The oldest student organization at Penn State, 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