Glee Club

Glee Club Fall 2012

The Glee Club (Music 293fs) is an advanced ensemble enrolling students from all four classes, graduate students, female faculty, and staff. The group meets twice weekly in McCulloch Auditorium--Mondays 7:15-9:30 pm and Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 pm. Students receive 1 academic credit per semester.

The Mount Holyoke Glee Club travels across the country and around the world. Under the direction and leadership of our previous director, Catharine Melhorn, we have undertaken choral tours to South America, Canada, England and Wales, Russia and Sweden, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, the former Yugoslavia, Spain, and Costa Rica, as well as to many parts of the United States (most recently to Pennsylvania; in earlier years to Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, California, Washington, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Washington DC, and bi-annually to Boston and New York). Our 2012-2013 season includes annual favorites such as the Family and Friends Weekend Concert, Christmas Vespers in South Hadley and New York City, and a collaboration in March with Cornell University. In addition we are performing at the Founder's Day Celebratory Concert in November and in April will embark on a New England Spring Tour to Vermont, New Hampshire, and Boston.

We explore a wide range of music, for women's and mixed voices. Joining with some of America's finest collegiate men's choirs (most recently from Harvard, Cornell, Rutgers, and University of Virginia), we perform major choral/orchestral works, such as Haydn's Creation, Brahms's Requiem, and Bach's St. John Passion and Mass in b minor. We also value shorter and smaller works--from brand new pieces written especially for us, to music spanning all the world's folk traditions.

We know that music--choral singing especially--connects us with others and provides true recreation for the soul. Our singers often claim they leave even the most demanding rehearsals with new energy to face the long night ahead, to tackle that essay due in the morning, or that lab report due yesterday!

Repertoire

2011-2012

Betinis, Abbie, "Cedit, Hyems"
Brown, Gregory, "Five women bathing in moonlight"
Debussy, Claude, "Salut printemps"
Fili, Michael, "Himmelsknabe"
Førde, Jan Magne, "Safari"
Georgian traditional, "Diadeb"
Georgian traditional, "Lechkhumuri maqruli"
Handel, G. F., Foundling Hospital Anthem
Paranjoti, Victor, "Dravidian Dithyramb"
Paulus, Stephen, "The Road Home"
Tchaikovsky, P. I., "Much too soon in the season"
Schubert, Franz, "Psalm 23"
South African traditional, "Hlonolofatsa"
South African traditional, "Saphela isizwe"

2010-2011

Alfvén, Hugo, "Och Jungfrun Hon Går I Ringen"
Bach, J. S., "Brich an, o schönes Morgenlicht"
Biegel, Jeffrey, "Hey Ho, the Wind and the Rain"
Finney, Ross Lee, Pilgrim Psalms
Gjeilo, Ola, "Gloria"
Holst, Gustav, "For the Splendor of Creation"
Kodály, Zoltán, Mountain Nights
Kodály, Zoltán, "Wainamoinen Makes Music"
Rheinberger, Josef, "Ave Regina"
South African traditional, "Ke nale monna"
Szymko, Joan, "Nada te turbe"
Szymko, Joan, "Variations on a Theme by Rilke"

2009-2010

Gardner, John, A Shakespeare Sequence
Mathias, William, Salvator Mundi
Rautavaara, Einojuhani, Suite de Lorca
Saariaho, Kaija, "Horloge, tais-toi !"
Saariaho, Kaija, Tag des Jahrs
Sandler, Felicia, "Ring Out, Wild Bells"
Sibelius, Jean, "Finlandia"
Sibelius, Jean, "Giv mig ej glans, ej guld, ej prakt"