With repertoire ranging from works with orchestra to 19th-century a cappella works to works representing the best in contemporary composition, this highly select SATB choir is comprised of graduate students and upper-level undergraduate students. The choir (MUS 2203.02/7203.02) sings a variety of distinctive choral literature with frequent solo opportunities. Open by competitive audition to all Ohio State students (sophomore through graduate level); those with extensive vocal background and sophisticated reading skills are encouraged to audition.
Men's Glee Club
Having performed for regional ACDA conferences, the OMEA conference, and national conferences of the Intercollegiate Male Choruses, Inc., the Men's Glee Club (MUS 2203.04) is highly visible among male choruses nationwide, and has a long tradition of choral excellence.
This ensemble welcomes singers from all academic disciplines on campus, undergraduate through graduate level. MGC maintains an active performance schedule, performing frequently throughout Ohio and beyond.
The Statesmen is a select a cappella group auditioned from within the Men's Glee Club, comprising 12 to 16 singers.
Women's Glee Club
The Ohio State University Women's Glee Club (MUS 2203.05) was established in 1903. This ensemble has the distinction of being the first musical organization to appear in concert at the university’s largest performance space, Mershon Auditorium. Currently over 60 voices strong, membership in the Women’s Glee Club is by audition. The Women’s Glee Club represents a wide variety of majors and interests from throughout the university, with singers ranging from freshmen to graduate students.
Under the direction of Dr. Kristina Caswell-MacMullen, the Women’s Glee Club uses their artistry to address relevant topics and social justice concerns. Recently the Glee Club hosted the three-day summit CONCEPT:Freedom, raising awareness about human trafficking in and around central Ohio. This summit included a film screening of Very Young Girls, which focused on the work of Rachel Lloyd, founder and executive director of GEMS (Girls Education and Mentoring Services). The second day consisted of a performance by the Glee Club with Ms. Lloyd as guest speaker. On the final day, fourteen ensembles collaborated to create a festival chorus of women from within the midwest. In addition, interest sessions featuring local abolitionist organizations allowed attendees to discuss solutions for this human rights issue. The Unchained Fashion Show completed the summit. Inspiration for the concept came from Lloyd's book, Girls Like Us. Her writing focuses on the young women within her care victimized by human trafficking, as well as Lloyd's own experience as a survivor.
The Women’s Glee Club has performed for both state and regional conferences of the Ohio Music Education Association and the American Choral Directors Association. Annually, the Women’s Glee Club tours throughout the midwest, and hosts an invitational event on the Ohio State campus featuring women’s choirs from across the state.
This ensemble is open to all Ohio State students, with a voice placement to determine readiness for ensemble participation. Intended for non-music majors, singers will explore a wide variety of music and perform 1 – 2 times per semester. University Chorus (MUS 2203.03) is designed to help students develop vocal and musical skills in an enjoyable environment with minimal constraints on time outside of rehearsal.
This non-auditioned group (MUS 2208.16) specializes in a single genre of music and performs for the Columbus community at least once per semester. Singers develop skills within the framework of a strong aural tradition and explore techniques of improvisation as well. Music majors may participate in this group for small ensemble credit only, and music education majors are especially encouraged to do so.
All Ohio State students, both music majors and non-majors, are enouraged to join our choirs. Visit Choral Auditions for more information. Note that no audition is required for the Gospel Choir.
For more information, email Dr. Robert Ward or call (614) 292-4622.