Men's Glee Club

Welcome to the 2018 – 2019 season!

A word "from the podium" with Dr. Ward

(August 2018)

"Like sands through an hourglass, so are the days of our lives." For over 50 years, MacDonald Carey has narrated the opening title sequence of the NBC television network daytime drama, Days of Our Lives. Our days are like that. They begin as seconds, then minutes; as hours, then days. Weeks turn into months, and months into years. I think about this as summer vacation is ending and I embark on my 15th season as conductor of The Ohio State University Men’s Glee Club.

There have been many changes in 14 years. One of those changes is the emergence of an ever-stronger and more confident student leadership. Student leaders elected by their peers and volunteering to serve — while also pursuing rigorous academic curricula — is the stuff that defines the true essence of the MGC. I heard Urban Meyer say that one of the key elements in establishing a strong team is to "harness the power of the elite." MGC members who choose to serve are among the elite.

"The Times They Are a-Changin' " is a song written by Bob Dylan and released as the title track of his 1964 album of the same name. The lyrics speak of the inevitability of change and challenge the reader to adapt (“Then you better start swimmin'...”) or be left behind (“...or you'll sink like a stone”).

The MGC must respond to the financial and social changes that are upon us. The “Brothers in Song Endowment” was established to ensure that a highly qualified musician is at the keyboard. MGC Alumni President Dana Thacker is leading the charge in the pursuit of that financial goal. The sale of MGC CDs is used to provide funding for MGC projects and travel. However, changing technology has resulted in a significant decline in CD sales. Two questions: how will we replace that revenue stream, and what is the best way to make MGC performances available to the singers, alumni and public?

It was announced that the historically all-male Harvard Glee Club has opened its membership to students of all genders. Expecting that this topic will soon reach the OSU campus, I have asked MGC President Adam Othman to begin a conversation with the officers and the membership about how we can best respond.

Recruitment and retention of qualified singers and leaders is always at the forefront. Academic curricula are expanding and OSU’s policy stipulates that a full academic load is 18 credit hours. Students are challenged to make difficult decisions so that they can graduate in four years.

"The Times They Are a-Changin'.”  The MGC membership, its leadership and its alumni stand ready to face those changes and challenges.


Robert J. Ward
MGC conductor

The Ohio State University Men's Glee Club 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.


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Did you know...
Over half of the OSU Men's Glee Club are NOT Music majors?
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Officers 2018 – 2019

Adam Othman, President
Henry Newberg, Vice President of Operations

Mark Gnatowski, VP of Communications
Parker Kronen, VP of Musicianship
Brighton Hummer, VP of Finance

The MGC proudly congratulates recipients of the following scholarship awards:

Maria Melnyk Franks Award: Jacob Soles
Richard DeSelm Fellowship: Ryan Adams
MGC Alumni Society Scholarship Fund:
Ryan Adams, John Gudz
J. Norman Staiger Memoral Scholarship:
Henry Newberg, Scott Fasone, Parker Kronen, Brighton Hummer, Mark Gnatowski, Cole Biedenharn

Alumni Spotlight

Scot Helton








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