October 20, 2018
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. The rehearsals and performance are conducted by Penn State professor Christopher Kiver.
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 three 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.
The Penn State voice faculty is available throughout the morning to offer individual, 20-minute 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.
This is an informal festival, so “street clothes” are perfectly acceptable.
The closest parking for cars and minivans will be the parking deck next to Eisenhower Auditorium. It is likely that school buses will need to drop off students at the auditorium, then proceed to park by the football stadium. Limited spaces might be available outside Music Building II on Allen Street, and there is no charge for parking on a Saturday, although this is a good 10-minute walk from Eisenhower Auditorium. More specific details will be sent to teachers before the festival.Expressions of ínterest and questions should be directed to Christopher Kiver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.