Glee Club

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 4:15-9:30 pm and Wednesdays 7:15-9:30 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 New Orleans and Pennsylvania; in earlier years to Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, California, Washington, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Washington DC, and bi-annually to Boston and New York). 

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 Harmoniemesse 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

2014-2015

Amy Beach, The Chambered Nautilus
Johannes Brahms, Adoramus Te
Maurice Durufle, Requiem 
Reena Esmail, Tuttarana
Frode Fjellheim, Eatnemen Vuelie
Gabriel Faure, Cantique de Jean Racine
G.F. Handel, Music, spread by voice around (Solomon)
Gustav Holst, Two Eastern Pictures
Sarah Hopkins, Past Life Melodies 
Arvo Part, Peace upon you, Jerusalem 
Eric Sawyer, Concord Hymn 
Ethel Smyth, March of the Women 

2013-2014

Ernani Aguiar, Salmo 150
Betty Bertaux (arr.), What Wondrous Love
Johannes Brahms, Nänie (Funeral Song), Op. 82
Johannes Brahms, Vier Gesänge für Frauenchor (Four Songs for Female Choir), Op. 17
Aaron Copland, At the River
Claude Debussy arr. Alan Raines, Nuit d’etoiles
Ēriks Ešenvalds, Gaujas Meita Rotātāja (Adorning River Gauja Daughter)
Georgian Traditional, Diadeb
Robert Hugh (arr.), How Can I Keep from Singing?
Otmar Mácha, Hoj, hura hoj!
A.J. Rahman, Wedding Qawwali
Joan Szymko, A la media noche
Guiseppe Verdi, Laudi alla vergine Maria

2012-2013

Leroy Anderson (arr. Gionfriddo), Sleigh Ride
Allen Bonde, To Walk Beyond Dreams
Georgian, Diadeb
Georgian, Qanuri
James Gordon, Frobisher Bay
William Hauser, Invitation
Joseph Haydn, Harmoniemesse
Gustav Holst, Ave Maria
Stephen Hatfield, Las Amarillas      
Nathan Jones, What Shines
Felix Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night’s Dream incidental music
Knut Nystedt, Hosanna        
Robert Schumann, Der Wassermann
André Thomas, Keep Your Lamps!
Veljo Tormis, Sügismaastikud (Autumn Landscapes)
Mack Wilberg, Shenandoah                              

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"