Men's Glee Club

Welcome to the 2020 – 2021 season!

A word "from the podium" with Dr. Ward


The current members are embarking on a virtual recording project that will honor MGC members in past or active military service, including National Guard and Reserves.

We call on all who have served to submit information by March 1, 2021 to be recognized in our virtual recording of "Armed Forces Medley," arranged by alumnus Dr. Tim Sarsany.

Visit Alumni Project 2021 for details.


In this COVID-laden time, I am having to redefine the word “success.”  In the previous 16 years at the helm of the MGC, I have defined success by inspired concerts, community outreach, summer alumni-reunion concerts, and engagement with students. In 2020, a virus took much of that away. What I understood to be the measures of accomplishment and success has been temporarily suspended. And as success has had to be redefined, so has pedagogical process.  

Leading a rehearsal by staring at my computer screen. That is something I never thought to consider and something for which I have no experience or training. RJW — the seasoned teacher whose job it is to inspire and elevate — is now a first-year teacher again; in some ways less than a first-year teacher because the students in the class know more about the necessary technology than I do. Being the least smart person in the room is something to which I am accustomed (all MGC members have high IQs and GPAs). My advantage is the 38 years of experience I bring to the rehearsal. Then came March 2020. COVID — the computer — Zoom — the playing field has been leveled.

MGC Rule #1 is, Show Up! In this pandemic I am pleased to report that MGC members have continued to show up. Our enrollment is strong, our attendance at Zoom rehearsals is consistent, and the enthusiasm of the “chat” indicates that the community is important to all.

There is ongoing success in the current MGC. Our definition of success has necessarily been modified and expanded, but our commitment to success has not been altered or diminished. A presence on the campus since 1875, the MGC survived the pandemic of 1918, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II and Vietnam. United we stood and united we continue to stand.

I believe all that is good, right and valuable will return once the COVID pandemic ends. Be it the rehearsal room, the concert hall or Zoom, the MGC continues to show up. And because we commit to showing up, we are, by definition, a success story.


Robert J. Ward
MGC conductor

The Men's Glee Club at Ohio State is a brotherhood that commits itself to excellence through artistry, achievement in academics, and outreach to the community. The Men’s Glee Club has been sharing music with the OSU campus, community and around the world since 1875. They are active throughout the year with fall tailgating before football games, multiple concerts on and off campus and frequent trips both within the U.S. and abroad.


School of Music  |  Robert J. Ward, Director of Choral Studies |
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Did you know...
Over half of the OSU Men's Glee Club are NOT Music majors?
Visit the Audition page for details about scheduling an audition for MGC.

Officers 2020 – 2021

Christopher Wright, President
Jarrod Hay, Vice President of Operations

Nathan Hensley, VP of Communications
Jacob Chestnut, VP of Musicianship
Alex Hoet, VP of Finance

The MGC proudly congratulates recipients of the following 2020 scholarship awards:

Louis H. Diercks Choral Award: Noah Shireman
MGC Alumni Society Scholarship Fund:
David Scott, Kevin Baum
J. Norman Staiger Memoral Scholarship:
Tyler Osborne, Casey Wood, Jarrod Hay, Indigo London, Grayson Abend, Chris Wright

The MGC proudly congratulates recipients of the following 2020 Banquet awards:

Making It Better Award: Casey L. Cook
Most Improved Award: Noah Shireman
Conductor's Prize: Parker Kronen
Gallagher Spirit Award: Wesley Henkel

Alumni Spotlight

Austin DuFresne








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